Sunday, 29 March 2009

BJP: the Dalit of Indian politics

The BJP is undoubtedly the Dalit of Indian politics - it is an untouchable for most of the 'secular' parties. The word 'secular' is in quotes because it's not what it actually means. In fact, 'secular' is the most misused word in Indian politics today. While in actual practice it means separation of religion from state, being secular in India means giving more importance to religious minorities than they actually deserve. The BJP, one of the few parties that speaks up for the majority community is looked down upon, criticized, censured and made to feel stupid.

Most of the English language media is openly anti-BJP. And, unrepenting about the bias too. For them, the BJP is the worst thing to have happened to India. I agree that the BJP has made its mistakes. It doesn't have a clean track record either. But, what disgusts me is that BJP and India's majority community are singled out for attack like ...

Like in the way the phrase 'Hindu terror' dominated headlines sometime ago. Like the way Gujarat 2002 is blown out of proportion even as the death of Hindu kar sevaks in Godhra is never spoken about. Like the way nobody comes forward to make a movie on the plight of Kashmiri pandits and their refugee camps in Jammu. Like the way the media never condemns the alliance of the 'secular' Left Front with the PDP in Kerala (whose leader Maudani has been linked to the Lashkar-e-Toiyebba and whom the CPI itself has dubbed communal). Like the way the Indian Union Muslim League and similar parties are part of the 'secular' front. Like the way illegal immigration from Bangladesh into Assam and elsewhere is allowed to continue. Like the way the Congress -orchestrated anti-Sikh riots of 1984 (which killed 3000 Sikhs in the national capital) is now forgotten. Like the way the CBI wanted to give a clean chit to the perpetrators of the anti-Sikh violence on election eve.

These and many more instances are ample proof of bias. Do not misunderstand me. I don't think anybody wants Indian Muslims to go through what Hindus have gone through in Pakistan. (We have a larger Muslim population than Pakistan at 13% of our population even as the number of Hindus in Pakistan is now down to below 2%.) But nor does anyone want Hindus to be sidelined even in the (only) country they can call their own in spite of it being regularly attacked for over 1000 years by Islamic invaders from Central Asia. I certainly wish there were more Francois Gautiers to understand the plight of the Hindu.



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