Friday, May 15, 2009

Communal Indian politics Harmful

Real secularism and not opportunism is in favour of India as a nation. Hardliners neither survive long nor do they achieve high positions. A secular ideology and having harmonious relations with fellow citizens can only lead the country to development..

COMMUNALISM HAS hit hard General Elections 2009 in India and there was a clear divide among the voters on communal lines, especially in the constituencies where opponents were of different religion. It is a harmful symptom as a communal divide may divide the country.
It won’t be wrong to call Indian politics a pure reflection of Machiavellism. Indian politicians draft and redraft their own definitions. The worst thing is that the same manipulation has been inherited and perfectly obeyed by the voters.
Secularism may have different meanings around the globe as in India. One of the meanings we perceive is the one which asks us to follow our own path but without encroaching on others’ territory. In Indian politics, these very definitions have been perceived in different manipulated forms.
Recently, we came to know that opposing BJP and allies is pure secularism. No matter you share the same platform with the BJP or Shiv Sena for as much time, but to be called secular one just need to switch the flanks. Overnight the party will be declared secular despite its past allegiances.
Kalyan Singh is the new face of secularism and the new one in the making is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Just wait for three more days and there are many surprise gifts for the voters who have just voted for India.
Although it was a good experience for a person like me to see the supporters of Kalyan Singh voting for Zafar Alam of the Samajwadi Party, a Muslim. It is not a usual scene in Indian politics. Our politicians have fragmented it and a clear demarcation line on communal lines is visible all over.
Somehow, I am proud of the Muslims as they usually vote for their Hindu leaders. The only reservation they have is about the parties like the BJP or the Shiv Sena, rest they have no objections regarding the caste, color, creed or religion. On the other hand, I am upset about the role of majority.
Being a secular and having harmonious relations with the minorities is more in their favour. It is not just a claim but I can prove my point. Just go through the past results. The secular Hindu leaders have not only been victorious from Muslim-dominated localities but have also secured a distinct position.
Real secularism and not opportunism is in favour of India as a nation. Hardliners neither survive long nor do they achieve high positions. Not many remember Vinay Katiyar and his fate. A one-time icon of hard-line Hinduism, he was denied in the city of Lord Rama (Faizabad/Ayodhya) itself. Murli Manohar Joshi is another example. We will continue with the debate and I am hopeful that one day many will join me in the movement of secularizing India at the ground level.

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