Part 1 of this series, A letter from two Hindu supporters to Hardcore Bhakts, post-Surgical Strike can be accessed here.
History repeats itself
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he Modi government seems to be following the same pattern as Atal Bihari Vajpayee who wandered away from Hindu ideals and as a result, lost in 2004 to Sonia Gandhi. Is BJP too blind to see that we make the pillar on which they stand? We give them our trust before our vote, but we got tossed in a corner, not even a year after we overwhelmingly voted for them. International issues are being sorted and the stacks of promises made by BJP to its supporters during election campaigning are clearly, forgotten. In light of this, if we vote for them again in UP, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat, won’t they misinterpret our verdict to their pseudo secularism?
Promises in the manifesto but not acted on
One of the biggest blunders (and some may say borderline crime) done by the UPA was in passing the religiously discriminatory RTE (Right to Education) bill, unfortunately supported even by the BJP. Sonia Gandhi wanted to communalize the entire Indian education system. UPA incongruously argued that the provision for admitting 25 percent children from disadvantaged groups and weaker sections in private un-aided (non-minority) schools is an attempt at affirmative action and social integration. If that is so, why give minority institutions alone the right to refuse affirmative action and social integration when they are the ones most in need of it? The problem with the RTE can be summed up thus: when 93 percent of households will have to continue to enroll their children in government schools even after children belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections obtain 25 percent of the seats in Pre-school/ Class I in private schools every year” where is the RTE even trying to address this larger issue? This is quixotic. If you can’t fix 93 percent of the system where no worthwhile education is delivered, why focus on the remaining 7 percent? Is this not an attempt to solve the problem from the wrong end? Or an attempt to pretend attempting a solution by shifting it to someone else’s shoulder?
Now except for people from the minority community no one will start education institution in India. When Government aided (financially) minority institutions will not provide reservation under right to education act, but un-aided Majority Institutions need to provide 25% reservation, such as the religiously discriminatory bill, which is against 79% population of the nation should have been thrown out the day BJP assumed power. It is now more than 2 years and there is still no sign of repealing the religiously discriminatory RTE.
Smriti Irani very eloquently spoke on, “How Communists And Congress Party Plant Poison In School Text Books” right there in the Parliament. Our kids are taught nothing but inconceivable deceptive and irrelevant content, with distortion of glorious Indian history. Kids are forced to learn about Burkha Dutt and Sonia Gandhi as the genius and Mother India, ignoring, the best Indian History had.
Please view this important video here.
Other than Smriti Irani’s speech the BJP did nothing to correct the syllabus in history books that preach about Christian missionaries created education! Ritu Rathaur recently tweeted about this issue to the Prime Minister but of course nothing was done about it. BJP doesn’t fret even once when the religion of their followers is ridiculed and a lie is allowed to spread like fire by means of a weapon as subtle as education?
The entire education system has got corrupted
@RituRathaur’s tweet to PM Modi on misrepresentation in History books
Another very important issue was the freedom to temples. Our temples are in need of liberation from government control. The law passed in Madras in the 1920s, by the name of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act had the motive to eliminate corruption and enforce better management in temples. It was of course, only applied to Hindu religious organizations as if this kind of corruption is absent in other religions. The offerings made by the devotee’s amount to more than hundreds of crores every year and all of it goes into government accounts. Even the in-charge officers appointed for this purpose are not necessarily from Hindu background, adding more insult. Worse, in some states, these officers get paid thousands of rupees a month but the priests are totally dependant on the dakshina that is put on the arati plate! That is a pittance! What more can BJP to do prove that it has taken its Hindu supporters for granted? In fact, the incident with the temple administration proves that BJP has tried to degrade Hindus, their own supporters!
- Repeated strikes at Hinduism – Part 3 of the Letter to Hardcore Bhakts - October 17, 2016
- Forgotten promises - October 15, 2016
- A letter from two Hindu supporters to Hardcore Bhakts, post-Surgical Strike P1 - October 8, 2016