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Modi’s Impetus to Hindu Chauvinism

Discussion in 'Internal Affairs' started by Incredible India, Aug 20, 2014.

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  1. Incredible India

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    By Sajjad [​IMG]

    Hindu politics and culture, dominated by the fundamentalist parties such as BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena and other similar groups which have been propagating Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) felt pleasure, because Indian elections 2014 based on the campaign against Islam, Muslims, and Pakistan enabled BJP hardliner Narendra Modi to get a land sliding triumph.

    Prior to the elections of Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister, some people were opining that Modi, being an economic reformer, will not fall prey to the Hindu Hawks surrounding him, and will move ahead with his “Economic Agenda” rather than “Hinduvta Agenda.” But, it was widely believed that he would give an impetus to the Hindu chauvinism in India.

    Undoubtedly, Muslims were aware of Modi’s agenda to reduce the Muslim community in India to second class citizens. Muslim anxiety in India is multiplying due the fact, because, during the election campaign, Hindu majority was mobilized on ‘hate Muslim’ slogans and ‘anti Pakistan’ jargons. Hence, Modi regime is likely to target and persecute Muslims in India, while the incessant and unjust Indian propaganda against Pakistan is beyond anybody’s cognition.

    However, as part of anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan move of the BJP including other Hindu extremist parties, Indian Prime Minister Modi is giving impetus to Hindu chauvinism which could be judged from various recent incidents and developments, and which point towards emergence of Hinduvta under the umbrella of Shiv Sena backed by BJP government led by hardliner-cum-reformist Modi. Encouraged by the election-victory of the BJP, on May 28, this year, in a provocative act to disturb communal harmony among different religious communities in India, Rashtriya Hindu Andolan, a little known Mangalore-based Hindutva outfit and activists from various right wing groups organized a protest in Mangalore in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner by demanding the authorities to ban the morning Muslim call to prayer (Azan) across the country. Moreover, forcing the Muslim employee in a Parliament Canteen by BJP leader to break his fast by stuffing piece of bread in his mouth, statement of Deputy Chief of Goa, declaring India as a Hindu state, opposition to declaration of Sania Mirza as Ambassador of Indian state by calling her daughter-in-law of Pakistan might be cited as instance.

    On July 12, while threatening a nuclear war, BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, a staunch promoter of Hindutva stated that India needed only two years to defeat Pakistan militarily, and the only solution of Kashmir was war, as “there is no peaceful, democratic solution.”

    Besides, soon after assuming power, Modi government, hurriedly decided to forcibly annex and integrate disputed territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), uncovering its intentions to wrap up the article 370 of the Indian constitution which ensures a special status to J&K. The aim behind is to fortify measures and continue its illegal occupation in the J&K. Therefore, United Nations Military Observer Group India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in New Delhi was asked to vacate official accommodation, claiming that its role had become irrelevant, and indicating its intention to violate UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir dispute, and to further commit human rights violations in the India-controlled Kashmir.

    Furthermore, New Delhi which has initiated unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir including Working Boundary in Sialkot and other sectors across Pak-Indian border, wants to continue it.

    Nevertheless, New BJP led-Indian government is vigorously pursuing an aggressive agenda of jingoism to strengthen its hold in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (J&K). Besides keeping pro-movement leadership of Kashmir under detention and house arrest, masses are being subjected to worst kind of psychological trauma with a purpose to weaken the ongoing Kashmir movement. In this context, Indian refusal to repeal draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the Public Safety Act (PSA), continuation of oppressive regime through barrel of gun, search operations to harass innocent masses especially the youth, undemocratic attitude towards peaceful protestors (wherein recently a 15 years old youth has been shot dead in Kulgam), creating environment for revocation of article 370 of Indian constitution to absorb J&K as state like Bihar and Punjab, conspiracies to divide Kashmir on communal lines by creating separate and protected colonies for Kashmiri Pandits, and setting side Pakistan’s efforts to resolve the core dispute of Kashmir including other issues between both the neighboring countries might be cited as example.

    It is notable that abrogation of article-370 was one of the election slogans of Modi’s BJP. Now, Modi’s government has accorded top priority to this issue and intensified the efforts towards its attainment. Article 370 protects people of J&K in matters of citizenship, ownership of property and fundamental rights, besides acting as jugular vein between State government of J&K and central government of India. New Delhi is also making large scale propaganda to justify revoking of article 370 at all possible domestic and international forums.

    As already stated, BJP led India is trying to change demography of J&K by settling Pundits in the valley by offering hefty financial incentives. It is aimed at getting legitimate control over J&K. Such a move has always been rejected by all leading political parties of J&K.

    It is the right hour that Pakistan’s high officials and media must expose the real intentions of the Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi who is implementing Hindu chauvinism as per agenda of BJP, Shiv Sena and other Hindu fundamentalist parties.

    In this respect, Pakistan’s internal entities must show Indian evil designs to suppress Kashmir movement, and make all out efforts to bring J&K under Indian fold. In this regard, BJP- led Indian government’s inner psyche to promote Hindutva philosophy also needs to be linked—Indian extremist Hindus’ desire that India becomes a classical Hindu state where all others are to be treated as second rate citizens, as Hindutva thinking does not accept outsiders as Indians. This is particularly in reference to Muslim community and Christians living in India. These internal entities of Pakistan must indicate perennial human rights violations by Indian security forces against people of the Indian-held Kashmir, shameful criminal silence by world opinion builders and key communicators regarding atrocities on Kashmiris, draconian laws, arrests of the Kashmiri leaders on any plea for an indefinite time and illegal detentions—rape of innocent women, extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri people including the youth.

    While on such human rights violations, the state and Indian security and law-enforcing agencies appear to be in connivance. Thus such organized crime goes on in J&K on behest of New Delhi. The aim is to maintain calm and suppress the voice of people of Kashmir.

    Pakistan’s internal entities, especially media must point out the practice of enforced disappearances, perpetuated under the auspices of two black laws, AFSPA and Jammu Kashmir Disturbed Area Act as an enduring legacy in Indian controlled Kashmir since 1989. They should widely promote the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani’s appeal to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, about taking steps to initiate investigation into the gross human rights abuses, being committed by Indian troops in the occupied Kashmir.

    Meanwhile, BJP government is stressing the need to open cross LoC routes between J&K and Gigit-Baltistan (GB) under the gambit of providing relief to divided families between J&K and GB, besides boosting the depressed economy of GB. There are scores of wicked objectives behind this move including exploitation of sectarianism and projection of human rights violation in GB against Pakistan. Opening of LOC routes will afford India to engage in recruiting agents and contracting favorable audience for promoting Indian chauvinism, based upon its aggressive policies and anti-Pakistani propaganda. Such a jingoism of New Delhi, in the long run, would instigate anti-Pakistan sentiments, and promote separatism on the lines, followed in Baluchistan. It will realize India’s longstanding dream of accessing Central Asian states through GB. This scheme would also help India to contain China’s presence in GB by restraining their economic interests. So, our media must expose Indian designs, behind opening of cross LOC routes.

    Particularly, educate domestic masses of GB and opinion builders of Pakistan that India wants to manipulate sensitivity of GB by targeting depressed economy, sectarian divide and divided kinship. New Delhi, wants to open LoC between J&K and GB for fulfilling its own vested interests at the cost of our country.

    It is mentionable that on the one hand, Modi is projecting himself as a young, secular and energetic Indian leader, having a vision to bring economic reforms in the country, besides fostering friendly relations with neighboring and regional countries, while on the other hand, his projected image is being eclipsed by various statements and actions of his party leaders, challenging the secular status of India.

    We can conclude that BJP’s hardliner and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving a greater impetus to Hindu chauvinism which could destabilize the whole region in the modern era of renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and promotion of human rights.
     
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  3. INDIAN NATIONALIST

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    India is a predominantly Hindu nation, so any nationalist ideology attempting to unify the nation on the basis of some common background is going to be of Hindu character, or at least especially agreeable to Hindus more than any other community.
    India today is very religious. I wish it weren't so religious, but it is. As far as building nationalist unity among Indians, Hindutva is really what's available. There are no major nationalist movements that are purely secular or rationalist. Maybe there will be as India develops, but it's not there today.

    This comes as such a surprise to many westerners and muslims. In the west and Islamic world, what is essentially Christian and Islamic nationalism is so pervasive that people having grown up in these societies take it as a natural condition. The Christian and Muslim right being in the news every day is just part of the background radiation of people's life.
    When the prospect of Hindu political nationalism arises, it's perceived as though it were the Spanish Inquisition. "There can be societies where Hinduism drives politics??" I'm afraid this sort of mindset is also perpetuated by western media and internalized by many Indians.

    I don't have any particular love for many of the parties that promote their rendition of Hindutva. I find quite a lot disagreeable.
    But a national political ideology that acts produce greater unity and appreciation for fellow citizens, and aid in building consensus on national issues, is valuable for a developing democracy.
    What I think is reasonable to hope will be that unity on the basis of Hindu nationalism, but of a socially liberal bent, will ultimately manifest.

    Muslims are already second class citizens according to most economic metrics. Not just in India, but everywhere there exists muslim diaspora. And most tellingly, in nations where Hindu minorities perform without issue, muslims still tend to underperform, so racism is often not the reason.

    Islam requires that pursuit of material success come second to religious obligations. Receiving religious education, refusing contraceptives, stuff like this constitute self-imposed handicaps to competence. We can't realistically pretend this isn't the case. The only way muslims will stop being second class citizens economically is if Hindu families agree not to try and compete as much in academia and workplace, because for many muslims that choose to adopt a devout stance, their religious requirements themselves aregoing to serve as a handicap to performance, even if everything else is qual.

    I'm OK with some limited quotas and measures to raise the condition of their community. But we should not pretend that propagating attractive superstitions and backwardness is healthy for society or acceptable, especially not from such a large demographic.

    We would ideally limit the cultural influence of the muslim community and any other people, even if they are Hindu, that teach people to place the prosperity of their society in second place to superstition. We need to actively fight proselytization and backward teachings, not sanction them.
    Nobody has to have their rights taken, but we can still take reasonable steps like forbidding recognition of religious schooling, having children attend mixed schools as opposed to single-community schools, discouraging proselytization, providing economic incentives, and simply educating people, promoting contraceptive use and secular media.

    Which political party is there to combat the spread of proselytizing faiths today in India? There is no rationalist or secular nationalist movement today that's a significant force in politics.
    Hindu nationalism has been the only group showing any willingness to do so. Reactionary Hindu ideology will not necessarily be ideal either. But nobody will seriously argue that a predominantly Hindu nation is worse than a nation where Islam develops into the predominant faith.
    If the choice today must be between Hinduism and the growth of Islam, then a more Hindu India is much more conducive to ultimately facilitating secularism and an end to superstition than Islam.
     
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    Well i remember reading somewhere .

    a suicide bomber was captured by forces some months(or a year) ago & while searching him they found that he has a metal jackey(!!)
    rapped around his reproductive parts(p*n*s).

    So they ask him why he has done it since he was about to blow himself up in next few minutes.

    the stupid guy answer that he wants his reproductive parts to work in heaven where he would get 72 virgins because he is a shahid.


    This is the kind to stupid people that we are dealing with what do you expect from them. They just follow the path of creating a false propaganda & create a stupid jihad on the nation that has not started a war in last 1000 years.

    they just fuel up there generators (as there is no electricity in TSP) & go blogging /facebooking /twittering as they don't have any job.
     
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