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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