With a Pinch of Salt : Sabka Saath - Sabka Vikas

November 13, 2016

Many believe that the 'majority-minority' game plan is nothing but a street play being enacted by the political parties to win votes from both the sections of the community. The hysteria created under the name of 'Babri Masjid' was one such street play that helped Hindu and Muslim hardliners fight each other, which eventually helped win votes for their respective parties. Soon the 'Godhra' experiment followed. Again elections were fought and won. Then planks of 'Black Money', 'Corruption under Congress rule' came to the fore and BJP made its appearance. Now after almost two years, no one talks about these incidents anymore.

What can happen anytime is the classic story of the goat and a calf fighting each other and inflicting considerable pain and hurt to the other, until both fell into a pit filled with cow dung, which was to be a biogas plant. They had no clue how they landed into the pit. Shocked and stunned, both stopped fighting and started helping each other to get out of the pit.

Of late, we have witnessed our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no more interested in communal rhetoric for much of his time is now devoted to issues like development and growth.

For now, Modi has offered a vision, especially to the younger voter, of programmes and policies which will foster 9 to 10 per cent growth and create millions of jobs. He is also aware of the fact that he will be able to translate his words into action only if he succeeds in keeping away communal tension.

He knows pretty well that he cannot afford to keep Muslims, Christians or even other backward Hindu classes away from opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.

It is he who has come out with an inclusive agenda as part of the BJP manifesto, that the only objective the government is committed to is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (progress for all, with the cooperation of all).

But there is a need for our Prime Minister to keep some of the opportunists away if he is concerned about everyone's welfare. They are the people like Anupam Kher, Dr Subramania Swamy and others who spit venom at others. Their sole intention is to please the high command.

Also, the outbursts of some of the leaders of RSS need to be kept under check. Quite recently, Sakshi Maharaj, a BJP Member of Parliament demanded the death penalty for cow-slaughter, and the Modi hand-picked chief minister of Haryana, Manoharlal Khattar commented that, 'if Muslims want to continue to be Muslims in this country, they will have to give up eating beef'.

Gandhi had said: Muslims cannot be vassals of Hindus in India. Nehru had written to Shyama Prasad Mukherji that Muslims cannot but be equal citizens of this country. Hindus cannot be their patrons and guardians. Muslims and Christians will live here as they are, not in the image Hindus want to see them as.

Are the secular parties as clear in their thinking as Gandhi and Nehru were? If yes, then they should come out into the open and stand up for the minorities, sending an unambiguous message to the anti-Muslim and anti-Christian forces that their politics has no place in India, any longer.


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By Hemacharya
Hemacharya is the Editor-in-chief of Daijiworld Weekly, the only English weekly magazine published from Karnataka.

Comment on this article

  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 15 2016

    Then why opposition for Uniform Civil Code from minorities and minority appeasing intellectuals?

    Agree [6]

  • vk, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 14 2016

    Fair enough. If you can quote what Gandhi said and what Nehru written to S P Mukherji, you also quote what Modi said about minorities.
    "Muslims and Christians will live here as they are, not in the image Hindus want to see them as". Very correct. Then why minority welfare schemes? Why not Uniform civil code?
    All parties, if they can achieve what they preach, India will be great place without any hate mongers. But alas...

    Agree [9]

  • Ibrahim muloor, muloor/dammam

    Mon, Nov 14 2016

    Thank you sir, Super article.such article need of present situation.
    sir, keep writing do not bother of few peoples , who are oppose it.

    Agree [10]

  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 14 2016

    In Kashmir, the hindus were victims of Kashmiri muslim retaliation after India's Hindu majority government's refused to respect the rights of Kashmirs by not holding a plebiscite in Kashmir which would have allowed Kashmiris to decide their future. A Hindu dominated Congress decided to put Hindu temples under government control. Both Congress and RSS members were involved in the Sikh genocided.

    Agree [5]

  • NITHIN, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 13 2016

    Mr Hemacharya.
    So where was you when muslim people forced hindu's to leave kashmir and where was you when people burnt alive in godhra .
    why when ever congress comes to rule they want to push Hindu cmmunity and bring new law against them like taking mata and temple under govt controle why not church and mosque.
    why shaadi bhgaya in the name of minority's to muslim's why not real minority jain,sikh,jewish,
    why you didn't mention in your article about sikh genocide after Indhira ghandi death .
    Why Tipu jayanti the king who killed so many hindu ,christian family's is it relay necessary then do Dr Abdul kalam jayanthi then we can celebrate without any problem.

    Agree [10]

  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Sun, Nov 13 2016

    Thank you sir, for this very invigorating article. I nothing but agree with :

    "Muslims cannot be vassals of Hindus in India. Muslims cannot BUT be equal citizens of this country. Hindus cannot be their patrons and guardians. Muslims and Christians will live here as they are, not in the image Hindus want to see them as"

    If Mr. Modi succeeds in ensuring the above, he will have support from the entire country except from a few those who disagree with it.

    Agree [20]

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