Forgotten film actor Raza Murad started another controversy about the most loved whipping boy of Indian Politics Narendra Modi during an Idd prayer on last Friday at an Idgah in MP. When Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wore a skull cap while greeting Muslims on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, he praised Chouhan's 'spirit of secularism' by saying that Modi should learn from him. He also said that "by participating in someone's festivities, your religion would not be corrupted”. This is all because in 2011, the Gujarat CM had politely refused to put on a skull cap offered by a Muslim cleric during his Sadbhavana fast.
What Mr. Murad or the Pseudo Secular politicians & media brigade fails to explain is - does wearing a religious symbol of only one particular community make Indian politicians specially hindu politicians secular?
It doesn’t matter to Mr. Murad & the secular brigade that BSP MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq, walked out of the Lok Sabha as India's national song Vande Mataram began playing, saying that it amounts to worshipping the Motherland & it is incorrect for a true muslim as he can worship only Allah. It also does not matter to them that Kerala ministers of Indian Union Muslim league IUML (allies of "secular Congress party ” ruling Kerala), are refusing to light a lamp to inaugurate public functions saying this Indian tradition is un-Islamic.
Why in India only hindus have to bear the burden of secularism and prove their secular credentials every time whereas we never see any Muslim leaders participating in any Hindu religious ceremony let alone wearing a Tilak or accepting Prasad. Have anybody ever seen any Muslim leader participating in Holi, Diwali or Ganesh Chaturthi Utsav wearing a Saffron Anga Vastra or Turban? But no they need not do so, as Muslims are born secular but they demand that others behave as per their whims and fancies. How does it matter if Imam Bukhari asks Muslims not to join Anna Hazare because of Vande Matram, how does it matter that Saudi King while visiting India does not go to Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi, how does it matter if Islam forbids its faithful’s not to offer respect to Hindu culture or deities?
Does this brigade know the meaning of secularism? It is separation of religion from state. A secular person or politician can continue to hold his personal religious faith & beliefs, but he doesn't involve religion in matters of governance. And this is what Modi says and does.
Just imagine how Modi would appear in the “Breaking News” and next day's News Papers if he had indeed worn the skull cap. The very media that is questioning his secular credentials today would have written head lines as “Maulana Modi” and that he is playing communal politics and ready to stoop to any level to become PM. Modi is a man who’s secularism is in his heart and deeds to his motherland. Anyone else in his place would have succumbed to the flashing cameras and simply worn the cap. They choose to ignore his dedicated work to improve the economy of Gujarat, but are outraged that he declined to wear a skull cap.
Modi is on record saying that for him “secularism is India First” & his philosophy is ‘Justice to all, Appeasement to none’. He also said “first thing, to Hindustan’s citizens, to voters, Hindus & Muslims, I’m not in favour of dividing. I’m not in favour of dividing Hindus & Sikhs. I’m not in favour of dividing Hindus & Christians. All the citizens, all the voters, are my countrymen. So my basic philosophy is, I don’t address this issue like this. And that is a danger to democracy also. Religion should not be an instrument in your democratic process”. But our secular media & politicians don’t understand, trust & publish what he actually means but very well interpret what he doesn’t mean (eg. Puppy & Burqa).
Secularism in India, provides a great escape route to politicians & political parties from performance & accountability. Therefore every mediocre, non-performing & corrupt Indian politician or political party is a self-proclaimed secularist. After the Himalayan blunders created by Congress & UPA Govt. in economy, infrastructure, social issues, law & order, defence, external affairs and the loot raj they & their allies unleashed on this nation by indulging in scams in every affair of governance, they have realised that the age old boggy of 'secularism' would have to be their last resort to hoodwink people. They have realised that raking up 2002 is safer than having to answer for 2004-2013. As such these politicians and their paid media have brainwashed India to react like this - with its poisonous vote bank politics. The policy of appeasement is a Congress invention. In a fractured Hindu society, managing the 15% Muslim votes would make all the difference between winning election to control power or sitting in the opposition. Congress needs only another 20% votes from the majority community to rule & that is what they have done in the last 65 years. Even most of the regional parties & the Left front have also been perfecting this tactic to win elections. The funniest part of Congress brand of secularism is that outright communal parties like the MIM in Andhra Pradesh, the IUML in Kerala & the AUDF in Assam are certified as secular, the moment Congress needs to ally with them.
The Muslim community has never really benefited economically despite going along with the Congress as per the diktat of their religious leaders is dawning on many Muslims. They and the entire nation have been taken for a massive ride by the corrupt Congress and its allies. Congress is superficially engaging with minorities whereas Modi has decided not to consider anyone as minority or majority but to treat all citizens as Indians. He has worked for upliftment of all communities in Gujarat. Unable to accept their minority vote bank being integrated into the main stream, Congress party is creating skull cap like incidents and enrolling out of job people like Raza Murad to raise these non-issues so as to fool the minorities. This should open the eyes of muslims and all Indians. Hopefully this will lead to a real political revolution in India, which will kill the politics of minority appeasement & vote bank politics. The only Leader who could defuse this time-bomb of vote bank politics to save India & unify Indians on developmental plank is Narendra Modi.
Sorry Mr. Namurads, your dangerous & notorious game plan has been exposed & will not work with the electorate this time. Rest assured, 2002 will not be an issue in 2014. This Govt.’s unending failures in the last 9 years will be a far bigger issue.
My vote will be for a leader who does not wear religion on his sleeve, or in this case, on his head.