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Patriot Indian citizens will never forgive Sadhvi Pragya

Lalit Shastri

I was horrified, shattered and dismayed when Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate in the poll fray against senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh for the Bhopal parliamentary seat, went into the assertive mode and told mediapersons that Nathuram Godse, who had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi by shooting three bullets in his chest when he was holding his morning prayer on 30 january 1948, was a patriot.

While talking to a former bureaucrat on Friday morning, I had expressed my reaction saying that just as I would not forgive Godse, I shall never forgive Sadhvi Pragya for her mindset and views on a coward and depraved person, who had shot the Mahatma in such a cold-blooded manner.

After she was censured and rebuked by her party bosses, Sadhvi Pragya was quick to apologise for her Godse remark. The apology notwithstanding, nation’s ire is going to haunt her the entire life. Even Prime Minister Narenda Modi is raging on this count. He said in a televised interview that even though she had tendered an apology, he would never forgive her.

Sadhvi Pragya, immediately after filing her nomination from Bhopal, had said that Hemant Karkare, the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), who was killed in action during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, had died as a result of her curse.

Sadhvi Pragya, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case (6 persons were killed and over a 100 others were injured when a bomb attached to a motorcycle was blasted in Malegaon town in Maharashtra in September 2008), was granted bail in 2017 by the Bombay High Court on the ground that prima facie no case was made out against her. The contention of the BJP that has fielded her from Bhopal is that Sadhvi Pragya was roped in a false case and tortured by the Maharasthra ATS at the behest of the Congress party when it was in power. This was done only to appease the minority vote bank by masterminding the conspiracy to raise the bogey of “Hindu terror”.

Politics, charges, counter-charges aside, there is a miniscule section of Indians, ingrained for successive generations with sectarian views, that thinks that Godse was a nationalist who was forced to eliminate Mahatma Gandhi as he was chiefly responsible for India’s partition and creation of Pakistan that left in its wake mayhem, mass-slaughter and displacement of millions.

Those with such rabid views have continued to shut their eyes and fail to appreciate the life and role of Mahatma Gandhi, who had led the Freedom Movement from the front and was a symbol of peace, amity, brotherhood and communal unity.

All through his life, Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Freedom Movement from the front, preached “ahimsa” (non-violence) and fought an unceasing battle against the scourge of untouchability and the caste system. He was of the view that the economic status of the vast majority of those living in the countryside could be improved only by strengthening the village economy and his perception was that it was possible to lift the village economy by developing and supporting the growth of villages and small-scale industries. Mahatma Gandhi had his priorities as far as the country’s welfare and progress was concerned. He had sharp differences with Jawaharlal Nehru, who was all out to pursue a policy focused entirely on speedy industrial development.

Gandhi felt that if the country was to go solely for industrial development, majority of the people would end up suffering from poverty, illiteracy and lack of even the basic amenities. He did not want to compromise the interests of the vast majority of successive generations of Indians by taking a path that promised a quantum leap in terms of industrial growth but was also a recipe for the worst as it was destined to open the floodgates that he knew would drown a large part of the value system of the Indian society. He knew the pitfalls and was against people chasing materialistic goals. His big caution was that human greed will become the order of the day and there would be reckless exploitation of natural resources to meet the growing demand for energy and goods – most of it from the ever expanding urban centres.

When the British had announced the Communal Award in 1932 as a tool to divide and rule India, Mahatma Gandhi treated this as an attack on Indian society. Protesting against the decision by the then British Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald to give separate electorates to Dalits for electing members of provincial assemblies, Ganhiji went on a hunger strike and opposed the provision of a separate electorate. Babasahab Bhimrao Ambedkar, on the contrary, was pressing for separate electorate for Dalits but Mahatma Gandhi was steadfast in his stand that the Hindu society would get divided if this was allowed. In this backdrop, the Poona Pact was signed between Babasahab Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi on 24 September 1932. This agreement provided for separate constituencies but not electorates for the Dalits.

As per the terms of the Poona pact, the system of seat reservation for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) was to come to end in 10 years. This provision was incorporated in the Constitution after Independence. But the irony is that the 10 year clause has been ignored by political parties of all hues and colours that treat the Dalits as a vote bank and in the process reservation of seats for SCs and STs in State Assemblies and Parliament continues without end.

During the last 70 years since Independence, we all know that the country has made tremendous progress in the field of science and technology, space research, and the nuclear arena. The country has also become a leading industrial power. But all this has been at a great cost. While the rich have become richer, the poor have continued to languish in utter poverty. Social inequality in India is a huge curse and it is a pity that our planners have failed to prioritise strategies and have ignored the development related needs of the countryside. As a result, there has been a constant influx of people from the villages to the cities in search of employment. In the process, while our cities have grown at a chaotic pace, most villages have remained devoid of even the basic facilities.

Even today, Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and vision would provide a solution to all that ails the nation and the World combating the scourge of terror -compounded and aggravated by religious radicalisation.

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BJP promise to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A: J&K leaders stand exposed

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Farooq Abdullah

Leaders like National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah, and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti – all of them former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir – today dropped their masks completely and took a common posture that complements the secessionist groups and those associated with the Hurriyat movement after BJP released its ‘Sankalp Patra’ (election manifesto 2019) promising to scrap Article 370 that grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir and Article 35A that guarantees special rights and privileges to the citizens of the state.

Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti has gone to the extent of retorting that the “Indian occupation of Kashmir” will become “illegal occupation” if Article 370 and Article 35A get scrapped. In a TV interview, she has also said “it is my warning to the BJP that they should stop playing with fire. Jammu and Kashmir sits on powder keg. If you hurl a spark, there will be no Jammu and kashmir and no Hindustan. If you do away with Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir will also get freedom (from India)”.

Senior Abdullah, was in a belligerant mood today. “They talk of abrogating Article 370. If they do that, the accession (of J&K) will also get nullified. I swear by Allah, I think this is the wish of the Almighty. We will get freedom from them”, he said from a public platform.

Farooq Abdullah spewed venom. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said: “yah sadak banegi voh sadak banegi, agar mulk hi nahi raha to sadak kya banegi” (this road will be built, that road will be built. If there is no nation, where are you going to build the roads).

“They think they will bring outsiders and settle them in Kashmir to reduce our numbers. We will face the situation, In shāʾ Allāh. I swear upon Allah. It must be Allah’s wish. We will attain freedom.” – National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah

Amar Abdullah also threw a direct challenge to “Modi sahab and Amit Shah” (Prime Minister and the BJP President) on this issue.

When terrorists from across the border or the home grown terrorists and jehadi elements have targeted Indian troops or military installations, not even an iota of this belligerance has surfaced even remotely when it comes to these leaders. They remained pathetically silent, when the Kashmiri Hindus were hounded, raided and driven out of their homes by terrorists and the secessionist forces to meet the objective of ethnic cleansing. These leaders never raised the demand for the return of the Kashmiri Hindus, who have become refugees in their own country.

The one voice in which these leaders are now crying hoarse makes explicit that they are hand in glove with the terror outfits operating from Pakistan and the secessionist elements who want another partition of India on religious grounds. Who is going to tell them that India chose to be a Secular, Sovereign Republic when those advocating the two nation theory managed to partition the nation and create the the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The two nation theory was the founding principle of the Pakistan Movement and the partition of India. Partition saw the displacement of about 15 million people who crossed the borders. Violence and slaughter at the time of partition resulted in the massacre of hundreds of thousand who were caught in the two-way migration. Any demand for secession on religious grounds now could fan unrest in the country. What will happen if the situation goes out of hand in case there is a build up of demand that the majority religion be declared the official religion of India. Wonder if any one has thought of such a possibility and its consequences. The Jammu and Kashmir leaders should realize that ours is an inclusive society and the Indian citizens, cutting across regional and religious lines, who believe in values of secularism and co-existence, should have equal rights and opportunity when it comes to settling in any part of the country. It is high time the nation gives up the whole idea of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. They should know that winning hearts is not a one way traffic.

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Kashmir: Ethnic cleansing, exodus of Kashmiri Hindus and the continuing crisis

Show of strength by Opposition at Kumaraswamy’s oath taking ceremony

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Bengaluru: The swearing in of HD Kumaraswamy as Chief minister of Karnataka and the formation of the Janata Dal (Secular) – Congress alliance government here on Wednesday turned into a big show of strength by parties opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Present on this occasion were Kumaraswamy’s father and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi along with party president and son Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, whose party had a pre-poll alliance with JDS and has won one seat in the Karnataka Assembly, Samajwadi Party leader and former UP Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Sharad Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party,bSitaram Yechury of Communist Party of India, Marxist, Ajit Singh of Rashtriya Lok Dal, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, Television Dream Party president and Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tejashwi Yadav.

BJP retains Gujarat, captures power in Himachal

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party has defeated the main rival Congress in two States Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with convincing majority.

The BJP has retained power in Gujarat by winning 99 of the 182 seats and restricting the Congress to 77 seats. The Nationalist Congress Party could manage to open it’s account in Gujarat with just one seat, while the Bharatiya Tribal Party has tagged two and one seat has gone to an independent candidate.

In Gujarat, it being the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah, BJP’s prestige was at stake. The Gujarat General election was being viewed as a mandate on 3-year plus rule of Modi at the Centre. Especially this was an acid test for the BJP when it came to gauging people’s mood and response to demonetization and introduction of GST. From the Congress side, Rahul Gandhi, who was elevated as party president during the course of electioneering for the Gujarat and Himachal polls, it was time to prove a point as the phrase goes, nothing succeeds like success. But failure in these elections that were fought bitterly with no holds barred on both sides – the Congress and BJP – will call for more than just introspection within the Congress camp, which has to put it’s house in order for the Assembly elections due next year and also the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In Gujarat, the Congress has paid a heavy price as it’s leader Rahul Gandhi was busy hobnobbing with rabble rouser Hardik Patel,  who is seen by many as a sectarian and divisive leader heading a movement in Gujarat to demand reservation for his Patel community. Gandhi’s new found love for temples and his declaration that he is a ‘janau dhari’ Shiv Bhakt (sacred thread wearing follower of Lord Shiva) also could not deliver dividends for the Congress that has been battling with the crisis of leadership for  a long time.

In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling Congress, has been defeated by the BJP, which has won 44 of the 68 seats in the Assembly against 21 bagged by the Congress. The Congress parry went to poll in Himachal with the handicap of defending it’s position against the onslaught of corruption charges against Virabhadra Singh, the longest-serving Chief Minister.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has won a seat while Independens have got two seats n Himachal. The victory notwithstanding what has come as a big setback for the BJP in this himalayan state is that it’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost the election.