Pseudo Secularism and the Congress
Alert! Long post
This post had been lying as a draft since the last two weeks.
It started off as a post about Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler.
I wanted to raise the issue of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler since most of the news channels were giving it a passing mention and nothing more.
The issue has come up again and how! Jarnailism has cropped up as a word by itself.
Then (which is just a few months and a few weeks back) the focus was on other rabid hate speakers. Fine by me.
Just please, please do bash up everyone equally and not according to timelines.
It gives my heart sadistic pleasure in a most amazing manner. When I see all the B######### being bashed up/locked irrespective of whom they killed or which community or whom they hate , it gives my heart immense pleasure.
Sadly, I cant remember the last time this had happened in India.
You know like, the incident happened in 1984? Hey! Not fair that was wayyy back! Who remembers anything now? I don’t ! Do you? Okay give him one slap and a Congress ticket.
The incident happened in 2009? Then slap the NSA and put him behind bars.
Brilliant ! Great going India’s secular liberal individuals!
The damn farce reminds me of this quote by Santayana
”Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
I live in New Delhi. Infact have spent a major part of my life here. I have seen how Sikhs live in sheltered colonies. Like they are animals in a herd who have to stay together incase the big wolf comes again to devour them .The houses. Almost ghetto like in their appearance. Rows and rows of flats all side by side jostling for space. And have any of you visited the place where the widows live? Please do.
And then tell me how this does not affect me directly but Gujarat affects me more directly. This affects me. Not any more or any less than Gujarat. But at the EXACT same level. Because I dont care when it happened or where it happened. Or who commmited these sins. I care because this happened in my country. My India. The India that I proudly proclaim to all and sundry to be secular and impartial.
Do you know how hypocritical that makes me feel?
Because I am witness to a party, a government that refuses to punish those who are guilty and infact hands them tickets for polls! Is Manmohan Singh able to look at himself in the mirror?
I used to be baffled when I was a kid. In the army, all I had seen were names that were as diverse as they could possibly be. There was a Kanjilal, an Acharyaalu, a Saud Shah, a Sandhu, a Singh, an Aiyyar and many more. We were simply Indians. But never had I seen so many people of the same community and religion staying together!
I remember asking mom and dad about this time and time again. They used to avoid answering the question. How would…..how could they tell a little child of the horror that forces humans to seek shelter in little groups that have something common? Of how identities of ‘us’ and ‘them’ surface when humans turn bestial ?
That horror when humans bay for each others blood?
I remember seeing the grandfathers of two friends . They were both Sikhs. The patkas were all in place. The bearing was as proud as ever if a little stooped sometimes. I also remember having seen the fathers of the two friends. The first ‘civilians I had come across out of army life. These men , the fathers of the two friends did not wear patkas (turbans) . I was baffled. As far as I knew they were supposed to wear one because their religion said so.
So I asked them about it.
And all I got was a painful silence. A stark reminder my question was to them, of all that they had seen. Of all that they had suffered. Of how the difference between wearing a patka and not wearing one was the difference between life and death.
Of how long hair could mean death . And how short hair could and did save lives.
This is India. And this is Congress.
Congress is pseudo secular.Apparently a lot of people have strong objection to this word.
Let me explain the meaning of the term first though I am sure most of you know it and then you can decide whether it is as bad a word as some make it out to be.
The term ‘pseudo-secularism’. It is the state of implicit non-secular trends in the face of pledged secularism. The term is used by groups who perceive a double standard exhibited within the established secular governing policy towards culturally different groups. ( Did the word reservation just pop into your heads? )
The word “secular” was inserted into the Preamble of our Constitution by the 42nd Amendment in 1976, during the Emergency in India. It implies equality of all religions and religious tolerance. In other words, India does not have an official state religion. Every person has the right to preach, practice and propagate any religion they choose. The government must not favour or discriminate against any religion. It must treat all religions with equal respect. All citizens, irrespective of their religious beliefs are equal in the eyes of law.
And when has the Congress NOT discriminated between religions or communities ??? Not treated some as more equal than others??
How can having reservations on the basis of caste (even after more than 50 years of Congress rule out of the 60+ of India’s independent history) lead to blurring of caste lines?? How?? Do enlighten me please.
And reservations on the basis of religion???
That’s unconstitutional!! But who cares right??
The first point raised by any anti-Congress fellow is the 1984 riots.
So the Congresswallahs feel all apologetic over this and say ”really sorry” ,”shouldnt have happened and really see how we have come such a long way”…”it happened more than 20 years back”.
The fact of the matter is there is not one single party in India that can stand upto the scrutiny of a GENUINE SECULARIST.
Understand that the Congress is no different.
All the political parties have had bloody hands at one point or the other.
Even the Leftists despite all their tom tomming have indulged in loot and rape and killings.
Yes, they might say it was the work of a few lunatics.But the lunatics count themselves as party cadres.
Anyway, I am digressing.
Back to Congress.
Someone once compared the Congress (or was it the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty? Oh Well its all the same isnt it? 😆 Thats all I feel like doing.. laughing my guts out when I see a holier than thou Congress supporter) to a Banyan Tree,a Bargad ka ped….its a tree that does not allow any other plant to grow…
I think thats pretty much true for the Congress.
Whatever else you might say for the BJP,I know I use a few choice words myself ..######!A##### and what not! You have to say,the poor sods have to work their way up instead of someone giving them the position on a platter…ofcourse, how they work their way up sometimes should ideally land them in jail, but sadly that almost never happens. Even certain other saathi parties which do the same. And so a Varun, a Raj are allowed to go scot free to become future Modis.
Let’s start on the Congress shall we?
The most secular of all parties.The most untainted party . (That WAS sarcasm btw)
The then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira Gandhi, made an insensitive statement at Boat Club in New Delhi on November 19 1984, on the birthday of Indira Gandhi, “Some riots took place in the country following the murder of Indiraji. We know the people were very angry and for a few days it seemed that India had been shaken. But, when a mighty tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little.”.
His widow, Sonia Gandhi and current President of the Congress Party, officially apologized in 1998 for the events of November, 1984.
Someone from the Congress apologised! Praise the lord! hmmm..After how many years?
And after the apology this was done.
New Delhi, Nov 24 , 2008 (IANS) Anti-Sikh riot victims Monday criticised the Congress for fielding former police officer Amod Kanth to contest the Delhi assembly election. Kanth is accused of helping the 1984 rioters.”The Congress first helped leaders such as Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and H.K.L. Bhagat by giving them senior positions, and to make it worse it has now given a ticket to Amod Kanth,” head of 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims’ welfare society Surjit Singh told reporters here.
He said Kanth, who has been given a ticket from Sangam Vihar assembly constituency, is accused of openly helping rioters during 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Also, his name is included in the list of accused officers in the Nanavati Commission report.
“What does the Congress want to convey by giving tickets to such candidates?” he questioned.
Singh said on the one hand Rahul Gandhi is giving statements that 1984 riots were wrong while on the other hand he is quiet on this kind of decision.
“We want that the Delhi government takes all steps for rehabilitation of riot victims but it is not possible during the Congress rule. That is why we appeal to punish the Congress and dethrone them,” he said.
The 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims’ welfare society also announced support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the elections.
This was last year. 2008 to be precise.
What is happening this year??
Ranchi, March 26 2009(IANS) Members of the Sikh community in Jharkhand Thursday held protests against the Congress’ move to field those accused of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the coming general elections.
Hundreds of Sikhs participated in the protests, under the banner of Jharkhand Sikh and Punjabi Cultural Society.
The society’s spokesman Kawaljeet Singh said the community was “hurt” over the Congress issuing tickets for two Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, who faces a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into his alleged role in the riots. He demanded the party change its candidates.
“If the Congress fails to cancel their tickets, then the Sikh community will hit the streets and may call on people not to vote for the Congress,” he said.
Around 3,000 Sikhs were killed in 1984 in riots that broke out following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her bodyguards.
OH! And do read this.
Rejecting the Nanawati commission’s contention that Congress could not be held directly responsible for the riots, J S Pholka, a senior lawyer who has argued for justice to the riot victims for around two decades, asked how the Congress could be seen differently from H K L Bhagat, then Delhi Congress president and Sajjan Kumar, party’s Chief Ministerial candidate in the capital.
“There is absolutely no doubt that Congress party was responsible for the riots. Don’t workers and leaders constitute a political party? Is it a commercial company where only a handful at the top makes the company? Pholka asked talking to “Asian Tribune” at his residence in South Delhi.
Pholka claimed that politicians and police were encouraged to kill people in Gujarat in 2002 because the accused of 1984 riots have gone unpunished. Demanding special laws to deal with mob violence, he said that he did not look at 1984 and 2002 as Sikh and Muslim issues.
These were not riots.They HAVE to be called pogroms.A systematic killing of Sikhs was carried out in Delhi.
Pogroms are cold blooded.HERE ONLY the SIKHS were massacred .
Delhi-based lawyer KTS Tulsi says the way the ruling Congress party-led government has treated the latest inquiry into the 1984 riots is “shameful”.
”Criminals just followed the politicians – but 1984 made them realise people leading mobs and killing others could get elected .”
No wonder the Sikhs are bitter and the media is sceptical.
-Lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has apologised to the Sikhs and promised those named in the report will be investigated.
There is a feeling of deja-vu about this attempt to atone.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi apologised for the 1984 riots over a decade ago and promised action.
The Asian Age summed the mood up in a front-page headline that simply said: “Mother of All Cover-Ups.”
Newspapers are already talking about the need for something along the lines of South Africa’s post-apartheid truth and reconciliation commission to unravel the truth and heal the wounds.
Because, as The Pioneer newspaper said, “justice delayed, also denied”.
And do read more on Wikipedia .I know ,I know how can wikipedia be the most correct source?But atleast the sequence of events as they unfolded in Delhi have been given correctly.The rest is upto your judgement and ofcourse you can always google
And then 92 and Mumbai.Let’s not forget that ,shall we?
It may be necessary to remember that the Congress government of Sudhakar Naik of Maharashtra remained virtually inactive while the riots raged, forcing prominent citizens of Mumbai to approach the governor to intervene.
It was also known at the time that the police were siding with the rioters in several areas. This shameful similarity between what happened in Mumbai in 1991-92 and during the Gujarat riots of 2002 is obvious. This is probably the reason why Congress president Sonia Gandhi now wants the Vilasrao Deshmukh government in Maharashtra to bestir itself lest she be required to answer accusations of Gujarat-style inaction when her party faces the electorate later this year in Gujarat.
Yet, it is very much clear that a Congress government too doesn’t always like to be seen being pro-active in the matter of saving minority lives in case it loses the support of Hindus. This is precisely the reason why only perfunctory steps were taken against the guilty after the Commission’s report was submitted, persuading Justice Srikrishna to demand that it should be made mandatory for a government to implement its recommendations, as in Australia and South Africa.
Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Ogden Nash’s doggerel published during his 1961 visit to the US sums it up quite well:
”Just how shall we define a Pandit?
It’s not a panda, nor a bandit.
But rather a Pandora’s box
Of sophistry and paradox.”
Nehru’s socialism has been the subject of much debate and has been described by rediff.com columnist Rajeev Srinivasan as the Nehruvian penalty of 50 wasted years. From -Nehru: The Invention of India, by Shashi Tharoor, Penguin India (Tharoor and his book and the Congress..there is irony in there somewhere)
His 17 years in office laid the foundations of dynastic rule.Granted he was a visionary,a leader. But the very fact that by the end of those 17 years no leader could even reach his stature should say something shouldn’t it?
A leader who was brilliant but one who sadly failed to think of new alternatives or let any new Indian leaders develop and think on their own. I admire the leader that he was. I am disappointed at his long term vision.
It is topic of huge curiosity for me personally as to why after his death in 1964 and then after Lal Bahadur Shastri’s untimely death in 1966, Indira seemed to be the logical choice to all the Congressmen.
Slavish tendencies clearly visible perhaps??
Some of the veteran members of the Congress did not accept her leadership and they tried to dispose her off. In 1969 the Congress split up into two parties.
Since Jawahar Lal Nehru, four generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family have dominated the Indian political scene.
What does it say about a party where the same family has been ruling since generations??
Even millionaires find it hard to sustain their wealth over so many generations!
Indira, Operation Blue Star, Assaasination,84 riots, IPKF and Sri Lanka, Emergency, Overruling the Court’s decision in the Shah Bano case,(done ofcourse to placate Muslims who had gotten all enraged), hmmm now what could he do to please Hindus? Why Open the Babri Masjid ofcourse! Opening of the Babri Masjid for worship (Brilliant!and this is sarcasm again) by Rajiv, (Just why did he unlock the masjid in 86????)….yes,events still might have unfolded in the same manner but atleast they could have been prevented or delayed…
This is what Rahul Baba had to say on the issue in 2007.
Speaking to reporters on the way from Meerut to Deoband in the Muslim heartland of UP, Gandhi said: “Had anyone from the Gandhi family been active then, it would not have happened at all. I have heard my father telling my mother that he would have stood in front of the masjid to protect it.” ROFL!!!Someone tell him to keep his naivete at home please before he embarks on these P2P contact journeys(people to people as the Congresswallahs call it 😀 ) (I was laughing out loud here)
And addressing students at Deoband’s Islamic seminary, Rahul reminded them of his family’s heritage. “I am blind to caste and religion. I see everyone as Hindustani… If one Hindustani tries to harm another, I promise I will come in between. Please remember that I am the grandson of Indira gandhi” ( Yes,yes, Rahul baba thats all you are, sadly)
Why couldnt you have some brains with those chocolate boy looks? *sigh*
Though aimed at garnering crucial Muslim votes in the Assembly elections, his remark that the Babri Masjid demolition would not have taken place if a Gandhi had been active in politics then betrays both ignorance of history and a dynastic arrogance that smack of political immaturity.
Since the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 took place when the P V Narasimha Rao Government was ruling at the Centre, Rahul’s comments are a direct indictment of his own party and its erstwhile prime minister. Several senior Congress leaders at that time were critical of Rao’s perceived inaction that facilitated the demolition on that “Black Sunday.”
But none, including Arjun Singh, quit the party over the demolition. As such, it was a collective failure of the Congress and the Central government. To distance his family from the party at this stage and give the impression that only the Gandhi family was the custodian of secular values which the party did not uphold is unlikely to help the Congress’s overall image — and as such is bad politics.
But it is also skewed history because well before Narasimha Rao took over power, it was the Rajiv Gandhi regime’s flirtation with “soft Hindutva” that helped the Ramjanmabhoomi campaign launched by the RSS-VHP-combine from the mid-1980s.
And oh this is what another party(not glorious by any means) had to say about the issue in 2007.
Reminding Rahul that the locks of the disputed structure were opened during the regime of Rajiv Gandhi, Singh said that the young leader should realise that the ‘Shilanyas’ (foundation stone ceremony) at Ayodhya was performed during that period in the presence of Congress leaders N D Tiwari and Buta Singh.
Alleging that the Babri Masjid dispute became more complex during the Rajiv era, the SP leader said that it cannot be forgotten that the late leader had launched the Congress campaign in the 1989 polls from Ayodhya.
Now to open a Pandora’s box.
Who started them?
Ambedkar would be the first answer.
Yes,he did .Though his idea of reservations was quite different from what the Congress has made it today.I am sure that after more than 6o years of reservations he would never have thought that they would still be so needed and yet be so useless.
Reason? The Congress government,which has been in power for oh! well …I dont know…err…how many years exactly? Would someone tell me pelase?
V.P Singh kickstarted things by dusting off an old file and implementing its recommnedations.Mandal Commisssion to be precise.
Arjun Singh’s proposal has been derisively described as Mandal-II.
The Muslim community in India should be recognized as a Backward Class and should be given reservation along with SCs, STs, and OBCs, demanded Joint Committee of Muslim Organizations for Empowerment (JCMOE) at the end of a national convention for Muslim reservation in New Delhi today.
Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said the Sachar Report has established that the governments have been biased against the Muslim community, so it is necessary for them to grant reservation to the community for its social, economic and education progress.
Justice Yameen (Retd. Judge of Rajasthan High Court) said the Muslim community should get ready for a long fight for this cause. Giving example of Gujjar movement he said that community has sacrificed its 25 members for reservation which is still a dream.
It has appealed to all secular political parties to exert due pressure on the government for urgent action on the recommendations of the Sachar and Mishra Reports, and urged Muslims to support only the secular parties which are committed to reservation for Muslims and field adequate number of Muslim candidates in all Muslim-winnable constituencies.
SECULAR PARTIES!!! What a joke!! I mean really! In the first line it is said that the governments have been biased against the community,in the very next breath it is claimed that only SECULAR parties will help them get the reservations!!
Is it near impossible for them to figure out that it is the very ‘secular’ government that has been in power mostly and has been ‘biased’ as they say. Or maybe it is precisley because they HAVE figured it out that such statements are being made?
And taking the example of Gujjars!! Brilliant!! This IS what happens when you teach the people of a country that to claim backwardness is a sureshot way of reaching high!
Let’s all claim backwardness shall we? After all we are a backward country ,a third world one. Why not officially be a part of the OBC/ST/SC/Mnority categories??
ALL of India will get the benefits! Yes,Sir we will!
Will reservation benefit the Muslims in India? (article excerpts)
-By Pratap Bhanu Mehta (link given at the end of the para)
The space for an autonomous Muslim politics has been almost non-existent, caught between political parties that ominously target them, and political parties that cynically use them. And Muslim politics has not been well served by its leaders, who have been reluctant to democratise institutions relevant to Muslims. All of these forces have combined to ensure that Muslims, rather than being integrated as equal citizens, unencumbered by the weight of their identities, are constantly put in the position of being a supplicant minority. Millions of ordinary Muslims have paid the price for this myopia.
What the Muslims need most of all is defeating the ideologies of hate that have made them more vulnerable over the last decade or so. Hindutva was, in part, made possible by Congress’ footloose interpretation of secularism. On this view secularism meant generating a political dynamic whereby religious groups would jostle with state for benefits qua religious communities.
This was a secularism of political expediency, not a secularism of principle. It created an ugly politics, where different religious groups would measure their standing by how many concessions they had mange to wrest from the state qua religious groups. Rather than making religious identities irrelevant for politics and public policies, it opened up space for them even more insistently. Anybody familiar with our recent history ought to understand that this reification of religious identities and their intrusion into public policy is a recipe for disaster. It is wishful thinking to suppose that enacting reservations for Muslims qua Muslims, will not unleash a politics of that kind again. We will all start measuring what a government does, not by the general provisions it makes for the common good, but by the benefits it targets towards particular communities. Anyone familiar with recent Indian history ought to be disturbed by this scenario, for its biggest beneficiaries are going to be the votaries of Hindutva.[MORE HERE]
Is anyone here still under any doubt???
It is time to wake up and snap out of that dream/delusion that we are under.
Think as Indians and not as Hindus,Christians,Muslims ,Jains,Buddhists,OBC’s,SC’s ST’s.
That way lies only more divisiveness and doom.
A society divided. India in tatters.All the political parties are the same.So to say that party A looks better because party B is pathetic is akin to settling for the mediocre or maybe the bigger devil?
The Congress! The most propah of parties or atleast thats what its supporters would like to believe. The Holier than thou attitude of the Congress which would be hilarious were it not so irritating.
The way all the Congresswallahs touch madam’s feet.
The way her two children seem like heirs of a kingdom.Absurd!
The way all foreign dignitaries land up at Madam’s place,as if the visit will not be complete without a trip to 10 Janpath.
What is her status that requires these visits?
Is she the leader of the opposition?
Is she the Prime Minister of India? What is she?
And how come all the Indians have quietly accepted a woman simply on the basis of who her husband was?And who her mother-in-law was?
Doesnt that sound insulting? Where is her own identity?
A feminist somewhere is turning in her grave right now at this moment.
This is the Congress which never functions like a democratic party.Never has infact.
Margaret Alva says party tickets are being sold in Karnataka and she is thrown out of the party.
This is a party that sits on the floor all laid out with diwans , its members wear khadi, wear gandhi caps and a token picture of the Mahatma and others will always be found in the background.
Please become the PM, please …they shouted in the streets. They literally begged. Just the thought of having Rajiv Gandhi’s widow as Prime Minister was enough for the poor souls.
Some carried it further.
Ex-MP Gangacharan Rajput stood on top of a car and took out a revolver attached to the drawstring of his pyajama and pointed it towards his head. ‘‘Sonia Gandhi ko yahan aane ko bolo. Nahin to main goli chala dunga (Call Sonia Gandhi or I’ll shoot myself)
Sorrow gave way to melodrama. Mahila Congress members wrote a letter in blood to Sonia Gandhi. ‘‘We want only Sonia Gandhi. The people have given her the mandate,’’ said Sushma, a Mahila Congress leader from Bihar.
Is it any wonder that with such a slavish mentality India was ruled for so long??
So please before getting all horrified when someone calls Congress and BJP two sides of the same coin….keep in mind the history of this most farcical party in India.
This whole drama over who is more holy in the Indian political scene reminds me of this couplet by Pakistani poet Habib Jalib,
”Tujhse pehle voh jo shaks yahaan takht-nashin tha,
usko bhi apney khuda honay pay itna hi yakeen tha”
”Are we not Indians?”
Written on the wall behind.
After the outbreak of rioting, a policeman walks past burning shops in downtown Delhi.
”The backlash is terrible.A civil servant said. It reminds me of the days of partition”
All images courtesy Wikipedia
Please note that a lot of the text presented here has been quoted with sources. I can only take credit for the article in part.
NO I am not a Sikh. But I am an Indian.
My heart does not bleed on the basis of community or religion but simply becasue another Indian had to see gruesome horrors because of who ‘they’ thought he/she was.
Some interesting thoughts