Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What passes off as secularism

In India secularism is communal and communalism is secular. Sample this. Sonia Gandhi begs to Imam Bukhari appearing for the secular vote to not be split. Essentially, in English, she wants him to issue a fatwa to ensure that Muslims vote en bloc for Congress. She is begging for Muslim votes. And what is in it for Bukhari? We do not know. Media does not ask. And this, ladies and gentleman is secularism. No media will run shows asking this question to Soniaji. This is blatant asking of votes in the name of religion.

Secularism in this country means, enbloc Muslim votes and a divided Hindu vote. As the above idea shows.

Look what happened to Bal Thakckeray when he did the same. From this page:

On 28 July 1999 Thackeray was banned from voting and contesting in any election for six years from 11 December 1999 till 10 December 2005 on the recommendations of the Election Commission for indulging in corrupt practice by seeking votes in the name of religion.[17][18] After the six-year voting ban on Thackeray was lifted in 2005, he voted for the first time in the 2007 BMC elections.

Now Congress has allied with the Muslim League (a party that even has the religion in its moniker) and this does not make either the league or the Congress communal. This party is the IUML - Indian Union Muslim League. And of course, this is not communal.

And then we have Imran Masood - who wants another leader (Narendra Modi - concidentally Hindu) cut to pieces- and this for the Congress does not qualify as hate speech - but a Varun Gandhi speech of last elections was debated in the media till yesterday. He is out on bail and will be contesting elections despite the hate speech. And the Congress has not withdrawn his nomination, neither is the media going hammer and tongs at this blatant spread of hatred. The same media which took Varun Gandhi apart.

This is 'secularism' in action and a 'neutral' media keeping quiet.

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