India has an intense nationalism, is a greatest country on earth! India is multi cultural, pluralistic Nation. She has to arrive in economic, agriculture, social, educational, health and hygiene next to China. But, in reality corruption, religious chauvinism, pseudo politics, ignored minorities, industries employing not even one percent of the population is disturbing. Amity India strives to expose India’s anti secularist force , being detrimental to India’s progress and to the social justice.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Eliminate the cancer of the communal politics.
A woman candidate Mrs. Haseena Akhtar, 45, was gunned down, late nighton Friday, April 15, 2011, at the Panchayat elections, held in J & K.
AfterHaseena Begum’s murder, almost ten candidates had withdrawn their nominations from the democratic Panchayat elections, held for the first time after ten years in Kashmir.
Haseena Begum was aMuslim, and a free citizen of Indian Republic, resident of J&KState. She did carry any weapon, and threatened any one. She was picked up from her small home at midnight and made to tender apology.
Even though she expressed regret for contesting in the village Panchayat election, the hapless Haseena wasshot dead, not by the Indian soldiers but by the Muslim separatists. “Shaheed” Haseena Akhtar had carried the Cross for Secular Democracy defending the human rights to life and liberties.
A few weeks earlier, in Pakistan, Mr. Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, and Mr.Shahbaz Bhatti, the Minister of Minorities, were also assassinated for their commitment to the democratic rights of women, and minorities.
Though divided we are but following the futuristic paradigm we cannot allow any further regional or communaldivides in the sub-continent.
All SAARCStates are in dire need ofdoctors and teachers, - not preachers of hatreds and leaders of crimes and corruption.
I recall the life of Frontier Gandhi Badshah Khan, who at the time of partition, stood for the unity and brotherhood. Badshah Khansufferedeight yearsprison term at the British Raj, and to our wonder, he spent 18 years of jail in Pakistan, a country claiming Islamic fundamentals. Badsha Khan’s worthy son Dr. Wali Khan too suffered long term imprisonment under the Islamic rule in Pakistan.
The Badshah had willed not to be buried at a place what he considered as “thenaapak soil” meaning dirty ground. The “majaar” the tombof the Frontier Gandhi is located beyond the Khyber Pass, inside the Afghani soil.
Do weneed to recall the killings of Dr. Mujibur Rahman and his family, and thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims, by the Army of the Islamic Republic, not by the Indian Army?
Sub-nationalism and regional exclusive politics have no future intoday’s cyber world order. Past politicsof divide and rule, and partition notwithstanding, the exclusive regional or communal identity, in Kashmiror in Talangana can not be considered as the basis of democratic governance these days.
Javed Akhtar once said that,“To justify and legitimise undemocratic system you need religious fundamentalism”. That Fascism and fundamentalism have one thing in common – both believe in the total usurpation of the basic rights and civil liberties ofcitizens. The fundamentalist of all colours havetheir own version of history, and culture, own interpretation of religion and nationalism.
Given half a chance, like the Taliban, the Sangh Parivar will also start putting women in their place. “Behind all the pretensions of defending culture, religion and nation, the real agenda is to legitimize an unjust and an exploitative, outdated social -political (cultural) system,” confirmed the poet Javed Akhtar.
In 1946, the communalists had initiated civil war in Neokhali, and Calcutta witnessed a great killing frenzy. They had threatened to turn India into desert demanding partition. Today, regionalism and fundamentalist politics are threateningthe democratic cultural fabric of the Indian sub-continent.
WithWeapons of Mass Destruction, and Nuclear missiles,the chauvinistsof all colours canreallyturn the entire Sub-continent into an atomic desert lasting thousand years. History teaches not to repeat the mistakes. Any further concession to the communalprovocateurs will further engulf the continent into the Middle Ages.
In thedemocratic regime,civic services, and health andschools include students, irrespective of gender, caste, race or religion. One can note that in life saving treatments, blood groups are identified,but not, caste, region orreligion. And there is no exclusive blood group that can divide us between Kashmiri, and non-Kashmiri,Shia, and Sunny, Sindhi, and Baloch,or Hindu and Muslim, or Jews and Arabs!
Legal luminary, Nani Palkhivala,in his book “We, the Nation” describes how the Parsis came to India, in the year 936A.D, as “The boat people”, the people who crossed the seas in unsafe boats as refugees”.
Formerly they escaped by seven ships from their homeland Iran, when their country was conquered by the Islamic invaders. Today, the Parsi, despite their numerical irrelevance, (c. 80,000) are proud citizens of India. They were, in the forefront of Freedom movement. In times of Independent struggle, they had been leaders in financial andindustrial developments. Yet, the powerful Parsi community (micro minority) had never demanded a separate State, or a special quota in privilege of justice. There had been no Commission to quantify discrimination against the Parsi minority. But they had contributed philosophers, scientists, writers, poets, music maestros, and reformers who spoke in languages belonging to different ages, regions, and religions.
In 20th century, the western powers, with a sinister design, created three independent political entities, based on racial and religious basis - Israel (Jewish) , Pakistan (Islamic) and East Timor (Christian). In the 21stcentury, however, we cannot, and must not allow the disruptive forces to hold the Republic to ransom.
There is no other way but to explore the means to eliminate the cancer of the communal politics.
-- Dhirendra Sharma is an eminent scientist from Centre for Science Policy/Concerned,Dehradun 248009 (India).He has a website www.psaindia.org