I have not seen the NDTV program. I am responding to the Rediff article. I have not meant to hurt any feelings.
We had personal experience in US where Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad was heckled during a program whether he believes Hindus are citizens of India with regards to what is happening in border areas of West Bengal. We asked him why people in US stay up late in the night and call the magistrate in those towns for what is happening but we hear nothing about BJP taking up this issue. The poor man was terrified that there is media recording all this and all he spoke was what he did for Muslims during the time he was the minister, practically whole speech was on that. We had first hand glimpse of it.
Just few days ago, Sudheendra Kulkarni wrote an article that Assam issue is about illegals and nothing to do with Indian Muslims and two days later we hear 25 Muslim MPs went to center to take care of Muslims with no mention of Hindu Bodos plight. Even a child know Muslims in India would care a hoot for non-Muslims when it comes to Muslims anywhere, everyone knows that Muslims will never ever vote for BJP, and BJP leaders talk always in defense of Muslims trying to look secular and at the same time do not take up Hindu issues assertively, as the article below suggests. Today Hindu vote is going for asking if only BJP goes out and claims it because Hindus have become practically second class citizens. I spoke with a avid RTI activist in UP who came to visit his daughter in US and he went up in arms saying he does not understand why BJP does not take up Hindu issues and show to Hindus how they are marginalized for Muslims and Christians. He says, if BJP comes out strong with unity, they can take over power. He says he has been an RSS man all his life and he happened to migrate from Assam to US. This is the perception of people in India about BJP.
Nirmala ji mentioned how the communal violence bill was stopped by BJP in parliament even from getting into discussion. Is that enough? How dare they do that, because they know they can get away with it. Imagine that happening against white christians in this country. Obama would never overtly do or even give slightest impression that he is doing for blacks because he knows he will lose Presidency in no time and he will be termed a nigger working for niggers. Could not BJP make the communal violence bill a national issue going to every corner of the country? Where are the speeches on that? What has taken BJP to create national media in english when most policy making is influenced by english media? The impression is they are comfortably sitting in Delhi offices and traveling in planes to reach out to the hapless citizens of India, do not want to bother with hard decisions. What if Sonia congress threaten to jail for speaking out? If leaders are so pusillanimous, they why are they leading? Can they not step aside and make way for those who can? Politicians are today’s Kshatriyas and is it right for Kshatriya running away than face the war? Just see what Advani ji in Radha Yatra? It is a mockery to blame only MM Singh when he knows very well the poison is Sonia Gandhi and her family. Did he ever question why Robert Vadra can have all security clearances that even our Army chiefs do not have?
Why is UP what is today with Muslim ministers and riots will be common place? We were told that BJP could not announce the candidate quickly enough due to infighting and otherwise they had excellent chance of doing much better than they did. A person who is part of BJP and worked very closely said the biggest hurdle for Modi in 2014 is not Nitish, not congress but BJP itself since many are afraid that he will not tolerate hanky panky stuff. This is from a man who is in BJP Government. Look at recent articles on Advani ji already acknowledging neither Congress nor BJP will will. Why, because he perhaps knew that infighting will not allow to project a strong candidate. (I am being told that Advani statements has to do with the realities of BJP not coming together and the pressure from Industrialists to combine Congress and BJP and provide stable Govt). Seems like Advani ji is saying we would rather have none of us succeed because our jealousies and personal interests are more important than nation? Today Hindus are threatened, marginalized and if right leader like Modi is projected along with Dr. Swamy and even those like Ms. Nirmala ji who seems to be well balanced, BJP will succeed. It can strike a deal with Anna and Ramadev that candidates credentials will be run with them so that clean candidates will be selected. BJP can have it all, if only it has the will. No point in saying we do not know, you guide us etc. Please make way for those who can, India has 1.2 billion people.
More than anyone Advani ji himself knows what will happen with mini Pakistans arise all over India and the Northern part is lost to Mughalisthan. More than a year ago we met a 80+ year old Sikh lady who migrated from Pakistan to India and said how she saw with her own eyes of village wells filled with girls and women because of suicides they committed to escape mass scale rape. There is a video of a father who killed his daughter than make her prey to rape on internet somewhere. A Indo Canadian woman wrote to Pamela Geller who spearheaded the movement against Ground Zero mosque in US that her family had migrated from Pakistan and was terrified that she has to face Islam again in Canadian schools. She wrote about how men’s balls were cut off, how thousand of heads were severed and paraded on poles all over the Pakistan towns during partition. (Just yesterday I had detailed discussion with a Candidate for US Congress and she told me how she sees that Muslims will enter free societies and grow and become parasites and destroy the host. This is same thing Will Durant mentioned more than a century ago). Are we prepared for all this all over again? Did appeasement or throwing things under rug ever help? For all his greatness, Mahatma Gandhi was a utter failure with Islamic fascism. His advice to Hindu and Sikh women is to spread their legs and get raped than to commit suicide. Wonder if he thought about his own mother or Kastur Bai among them. He suggested Jews to surrender to Nazis and get killed until Nazis get sick of killing. My advice to BJP people, stop being Dhimmis and face reality. Moderate Muslims, even if they are they are irrelevant and will never consider to vote for BJP. Appeasement to fascism is not different than feeding a poisonous snake. It will become stronger and will devour with more brutal consequences. Do not try to be secular, you are not proving anything and only shows you are Dhimmis. Please take up issues of all non-Muslims and non-Christians and claim their vote. It is yours for asking today. It is silly to ask for help outside India such as US Congress, they will wonder why 80% of population feels under great threat, they just can’t understand.
What BJP leaders are doing in parliament is OK for some state leaders doing in Assembly. Nation is under peril and it is time to go out to people and let them know, be prepared to face jail time or even death if necessary and if not possible to do that, then step out and make way for others who can do it. Select a strong candidate and give your whole soul for that candidate. Let us change the history of Hindus who all along got butchered and destroyed because of lack of unity.
None of this is to hurt anyone, it is coming from the gut for love of our nation and our culture.
Bullying intellectuals, submissive BJP
August 17, 2012 20:25 IST
It is time those who claim to champion the cause of Hindus became a little more assertive and took on the peddlers of moral equivalence and exposed their lies, says Ravi Shanker Kapoor.
The most important part of Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] (BJP) leader L K Advani’s speech in Parliament on August 8 was not in which he used the word “illegitimate” — and withdrew it after Congress president Sonia Gandhi [ Images ] vehemently protested — but the one in which he bowed to the diktats of political correctness. He said, “The violence in Assam should not be seen as a communal incident. Let no one regard it as a Hindu-versus-Muslim affair or a tribal-versus-non-tribal one. The basic issue is between Indians and the infiltrators from across the border.”
His statement is emblematic of the BJP’s acceptance and internalisation of the Left-liberal narrative that reduces all issues to the vacuous and the trite. Always mouth platitudes, never discuss the real issues, and never talk about religion — these are some of the commandments any participant in public debate has to adhere to. Decades of haranguing (accompanied with rebuke by liberal intellectuals that it is ‘communal’, bigoted, etc.) dished out to the saffron party has ensured that it has fallen in line. So, even the tallest BJP leader refuses to call the present crisis in Assam as “a Hindu-versus-Muslim affair,” despite the fact that it is nothing but a Hindu-Muslim matter.
That the continuous inflow of Bangladeshi Muslims in Assam is at the heart of the disturbances in the eastern state is a truism for all those who rely on empirical evidence, commonsense, and reason; it requires a very high degree of intellectualism to blind oneself to the ugly realities occasioned by massive infiltration. Unfortunately, such intellectualism pervades the higher echelons of the opinion making establishment. We have legions of duplicitous ‘experts,’ media Brahmins, professional radicals, and garrulous academics who are blind to such realities and who situate their blindness in outlandish theories.
If you hurl the charge of racism at any Dutch person, “he will give you whatever you want,” wrote Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-Dutch author and politician who has critically examined Islam. In India [ Images ], the dreaded words are ‘communalism’, ‘hate speech’, ‘hate language’, etc.: you just have to utter these terms to tame any public intellectual. BJP members, in particular, are terrified of these verbal bombs. They start waxing eloquent about their ‘secular’ credentials, they point out that they are not against the Muslims. They lose their concentration and the track of argumentation; they also usually lose the argument.
Consider the case of BJP MP Tarun Vijay. A few months ago, he was participating in a television talk show discussing the plight of Rinkal Kumari, the girl who was abducted, forcible married, and converted to Islam and in whose case the Pakistan Supreme Court ordered that she be sent to her ‘husband.’ Vijay said, “What was the alternative before Rinkal Kumari? To accept, to kneel before those who raped her continuously for days? She was a girl who told the Supreme Court that she will give her life but never convert to Islam because she loves her Hindu religion most. Pakistan has become a huge torture cell for Hindus because of the religious hatred… I have been visiting Pakistan many times… I had seen how Hindu women are too afraid to even wear mangalsutra. And the Hindu priest in the Karachi Shiva temple and Hanuman [ Images ] temple, they support the half-scull Muslim caps to protect their identity. And they do aarti and pooja with that half Islamic cap…”
No sooner had he finished the statement than a panelist pounced on him, saying that “the kind of hate language that you are using is in fact responsible for the kind of prejudice that is so entrenched in both our countries.” By the way, the panelist was an Indian, not a Pakistani.
Now, comparison between India and Pakistan is a horrendous instance of moral equivalence: on the one hand, there is a secular republic where the rights of minorities are constitutionally defined and politically protected, where the minorities (except the Muslims) do better than the majority community in terms of human development indices; and, on the other, there is an Islamic state, which is doctrinally, foundationally, constitutionally, politically, culturally, and religiously anti-minority. Yet, the liberal panelist equated the two countries and maliciously accused Vijay of using hate language.
And what did Vijay do? Did he demolish the obnoxious arguments? No, he meekly surrendered and hid behind we-are-all-brothers-and-sisters claptrap. “I never used the hate language. In fact, I have been frequently visiting Pakistan and, perhaps, I would be having more friends in Pakistan than… [the fellow panelist] would have.”
So, you see, he is a regular secular, liberal guy! In fact, he is more secular than the fellow panelist, if having a large number of Pakistanis as friends can be a yardstick of secularism.
BJP leaders have to acknowledge the fact that there would always be demands on them to bend, to accommodate more of the liberal drivel: the more you appease them, the more aggressive they become. Vijay did not say anything offensive, yet he was hauled over the coals. More recently, Advani very timidly raised the subject of infiltration by Bangladeshis; he even made it a non-religious matter. But the liberal establishment is not placated. Congress leader Digvijay Singh [ Images ] called Advani’s comments as “ill-timed.” Singh went on to say that Advani’s comments “are like adding fuel to the fire.”
It is time those who claim to champion the cause of Hindus became a little more assertive and took on the peddlers of moral equivalence and exposed their lies. This is possible only if they have the courage to speak the truth. Satyamev Jayate, after all, is more than a television showed anchored by a film star; it’s our national motto.
The author is a freelance journalist