Protecting secularism or anti-Hindu pogrom?

Recent spate of controversial statements and actions by various ‘Sangh parivar’ outifts have produced a reaction, that is by now becoming all too familiar. Under the guise of protecting ‘secular fabric’ of the society, the loud mouth secular brigade, mostly from the hardcore Marxist/Maoist camp, are turning it into a witch hunt against anyone propagating the Hindu faith.

  1. First, there is no need to make a big fuss because there are enough laws to criminalise ‘forced’ conversions. Hence it should be possible to prosecute the alleged perpetrators of such acts without making a hue and cry and stalling Parliament. Interestingly the alleged event occurred in UP, ruled by ‘secular’ Samajwadi Party not the BJP.
  2. Instead what is being done is to brand every conversion from Hinduism to any other religion as “freedom of choice” and the reverse as “forced conversion”. This clearly is aimed at taking away the right to propagate faith granted to everyone under the constitution.
  3. No one from our liberal secular ranks protested when American evangelists spend millions, plaster the city’s wall with posters, hold huge rallies, promising miracles and cancer cures and instant cure for blindness etc. Instead they are treated as state guests and offered use of public spaces like the Bangalore airfield under Congress regime.
  4. It should also be remembered that Hindus are the target of not just well funded evangelist groups but also the so-called rational propagandists, who mainly if not exclusively target Hindus, often using unprintable and vulgar abuse against Hindu deities and practices. Yet they go around unhindered, even masquerading as progressive.

Pogrom in the name of ‘secularism’

  1. This article by Ms. Kavita Krishnan, a politburo member of CPM(ML) a ultra left fringe group presents the classic leftist arguments often repeated all over mainstream media. That is to assume that anyone converting to Hinduism is doing so out of fear or for inducement.  Strangely she appears to be fine with other religions doing the same thing.
  2. Even if the one recent incident in UP is assumed to be a case of ‘forced’ conversion, it by no means can be extended to every attempts at proselytism by Hindu groups.
  3. Yet we have even non-Marxist commentators like Karan Thapar here, automatically linking targets with forced conversions, that too only for Hindu groups.  Christian evangelists brazenly talk about ‘harvesting souls’ which doesn’t seem to bother our secular warriors too much!
  4. It should be obvious to any neutral observer, the left brigade wants to turn this opportunity into a full fledged anti-Hindu pogrom. Since Narendra Modi is in powr in the center, it is a great chance to incite anti-Hindu hatred, attract global media headlines, and paint every Hindu group as a bunch of wild fanatics. This can hopefully put a complete stop to Hindu religious propagation, even as conversions to other religions funded by billions of dollars of overseas funds continues unhindered.
  5. Having tried and failed repeatedly to capture power through the bullet as well as the ballot, the left fringe has lost hope even on riding the coattails of Congress to “power without responsibility”.
  6. The only route open now is to denigrate, destroy Hindu faith so that in the chaos and destruction that ensures, their own murderous ideologies can be brought to power.

Modi’s balancing act

  1. Narendra Modi has a careful balancing act to follow here. Given the Marxist stranglehold over mainstream media, the shrill anti-Hindu propaganda dressed up as liberal secular outrage can be expected to continue.
  2. However he has to work with the minorities to educate them on the real agenda of the left even as he reins in the rightist fringe and takes strong action whenever the law is broken.
  3. After all, unlike the Marxists the ordinary Muslim or Christian has no hatred for HIndus or their faith and this is the constituency Modi has to court and hopefully satisfy if he can take on the leftist camp.

Way forward

  1. Clearly Hindu groups as well as all other groups have to be, if necessary by force, compelled to spread their faith without demeaning or insulting others’.
  2. Once this is ensured, in an environment free of bias and shrill anti-Hindu hate campaign or anti-minority hysteria, Government can put in place reasonable code of conduct such as do’s and don’t that can be useful in practice instead of vaguely written laws and rules.  Examples of what is allowed and not allowed can be worked out by consulting every religious group.
  3. Hindu groups are somewhat unused to this marketing game perfected into a fine art by others. They are hence often caught making remarks that are self defeating and serve no useful purpose.  Others have used words like ‘pagans’, ‘heathens’ and other derogatory language, even discussing conversion quotas, marketing budgets and talk of “rescuing” Hindus from “darkness”, but that was before Twitter, Facebook and the World Wide Web. Clearly some ‘coaching’ is needed here on what to say and what not to say.

 

Sadhvi “hate speech” row

Hypocrisy and double standard

As if any reconfirmation is required at all, this episode has only provided fresh evidence of hypocrisy and double speak among our political class as well as fake liberal media. It would appear that two different standards apply depending on who you are. If you are from BJP or the Sangh parivar, first world standards of behaviour that would political correctness of USA, UK and other western standards apply. If you are not, then you can use any filthy, abusive, gutter language and join the ‘progressive, secular’ crowd after wiping your mouth with a tissue.

One did not have to wait too long for this to be proved beyond doubt. Within hours, Mamata Banerjee, whose MPs were vociferous in protesting in the RS, provided fresh proof. To quote TOI she “used crass words replete with invectives (sic) and accompanied by gestures that were downright vulgar“. Yet the dalal media was silent and made no mention of this in any of its coverage of the Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti affair.  Her MP Tapas Paul who threatened Marxists with rape, has of course not resigned, a demand made noisily by TMC MPs shamelessly for much milder words by the Sadhvi.

Omar Abdullah, not to be out done, was quoted by Mumbai Mirror with using the ‘b’ word, a charge he denies.  Be that as it may, he, Tapas Paul or Mamata Banerjee would not be the first or the last to use swear words and filthy language in the politics.

Media’s selective outrage

Our ‘progressive, liberal, secular’ media, dominated by the likes of Tejpal and Radia tainted yellow agents and corrupt coolies, was not too far behind its political pay masters in hypocrisy, selective outrage and double standards.  Media mouthpieces derisively labeled “Newstraders” vented out their feigned anger in op-eds, editorials and columns against the Sadhvi while remaining curiously silent on similar incidents involving non-BJP politicians.

In fact some even use language bordering on sycophancy when it comes to covering rude, vulgar abuse by BJP’s opponents, making it abundantly clear where their sympathies lie. More importantly their classification of so-called hate speech depends on who makes it and who it is targeted against. “Gives as good as she gets”, “Never the one to mince words”, “known for his frank opinions”, “forthright” and other positive phrases abound in media coverage of abuses against Modi and BJP. The usual journalist technique of selectively blacking out inconvenient words citing ‘editorial discretion’ is of course, always available.

It would indeed be sad if such biased and hypocritical approach by fake liberal left allows BJP to successfully highlight the built-in bias to the general public, thereby giving itself license to continued use of abusive language.  Any amount of moral posturing by the pseudo secular political class and their media coolies would fall on deaf ears as long it is not backed by proper conduct and decency on their part.

Senseless disruption

The opposition has been disrupting legislative and other business in the Rajya Sabha. One never hears the words “brutal majority” used by ‘independent’ media in this context, but this is precisely what is being used to hold the nation to ransom simply to score political brownie points. This is because these parties know, they will not get too far in the real stage where such ‘abusive’ words need to be taken up – In the streets and courts of public opinion. “What about you?” is the question that would confront them everywhere. Friendly media army is of no use there.

Here again, media has been selective in its outrage. Dailies like Hindu which used to write editorials slamming the BJP for similar disruptive tactics now use opposition friendly language to cover the disruption. TV channels like NDTV that were counting ‘cost’ of disruption appear to have lost their calculator.

One can only hope good sense would prevail and the prospect of being exposed by BJP outside the Parliament in the streets would force them to a workable compromise over this issue.