Going back about 75 years ago, we had a bald frail old man, a masochist some would call him, who went to a temple and, it’s reported, began to read the Quran. When questioned, by a woman, on whether he could read the Bhagavat Gita inside a mosque, he didn’t have an answer but, it’s said, the old man replied, “Hindus should be prepared to die but not retaliate against the people that attempt to kill them or their women and children”! That has basically set the tone for India, which we see today
You see Nupur, Hindus are EXPECTED to be secular; there’s no such expectation from those questioning India’s secular credentials. Just recently, the “famous” brother of the MP from Hyderabad made some derogatory references to Hindu gods and goddesses, rounding his statement with “इनमनहूस नामों को मैं इस महफ़िल में नहीं लूँगा” (I will not take these disgusting names in this gathering). He said this after referring to one of Mother Lakshmi’s names, Bhagyalakshmi. This, Nupur, is exercising the Freedom of Speech. But, pluralism का ठेका केवल हिंदू ने लिया है (Hindus are the only ones expected to be pluralistic). There are, per the 2011 census, 64% of Hindus live in Hyderabad. Whether they are self-respecting and proud Hindus is debatable given they vote this guy’s brother, repeatedly, to the parliament.
In 2010, that very secular painter, Maqbool Fida Hussain, AKA M F Hussain had to renounce his very valuable Indian citizenship and accept Qatar’s citizenship. Yep, the very same Qatar that objected to what you said!! But, getting back to M F Hussain, what was his fault? The bad Hindus wouldn’t let him paint!! So what if he painted the various Hindu goddesses naked?? Whatever happened to freedom of expression??? Freedom of speech and freedom of expression DO NOT apply to Hindus, Nupur, so please don’t use that as your excuse, for what you said! Pluralism का ठेका केवल हिंदू ने लिया है (Hindus are the only ones expected to be pluralistic).
Hindus do not have the luxury of exercising their freedom of speech nor their freedom of expression. You see, the politicians (both opposition and ruling) have their own agenda. That agenda might not accommodate you, nor your thoughts. Like, for instance, how every ruling party politician distanced himself/ herself from you while the opposition went to town making you look like the next coming of Old Adolf!! Yep, they conveniently forgot their own shady past when they talked about how Hindus didn’t have as much right on Indian resources as one other set of people did! That discrimination was quickly forgotten.
I don’t really understand how what you said, was wrong! But then again, I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack, so please explain to me how what you said is wrong but what is being said about Hindu gods and goddesses is freedom of speech. This is the exact same thing that Zakir Naik had said. The people kept quiet at the time, silently applauding him but when you said this, it turned out to be blasphemy!!!
Someone also please explain to me why the ruling party shouldn’t be growing a spine. Those that know me also know I’m a fan of the ruling party but I’m not a sycophant! I will call a spade a spade and this incident involving you, Nupur, really needs to be called out! You don’t find too many people who speak their minds, especially in politics. You, my friend, are a rare commodity because you do what others from the political arena don’t do.
More often than not, you find politicians kowtowing to specific groups that comprise their constituents. Not Hindus but OTHERS!!
Not ALL OTHERS BUT ONE SPECIFIC COMMUNITY. The funny thing is, the expectation that Hindus will pay their taxes but are NOT expected to have any rights. When someone makes fun of our beliefs, we are EXPECTED to grin and bear it; like that old bald masochistic man, I referred to at the beginning of this article, wanted, we have become such an impotent community that we don’t have any problem rolling over and playing dead when asked! With this being the situation that the Hindus are in, I have to say this: Nupur, you were wrong in saying what you did; only because the party that you proudly represented let you hang out to dry!! You have put yourself, and your family, at grave risk for a party that backed away from standing with you. This was a party that I and many others supported. That’s the reason I say, you were wrong in what you said, although everyone (including the impotent party leadership) had the same thoughts.
Will we continue to support them? I can speak ONLY for myself. I will have to think very long and hard about that. Does this mean I would switch allegiances like the floor-crossing politicians? No, I’m not a politician but will be more circumspect about J P Nadda and others running the party.
At the end of the day, the ruling party has proved itself to be every inch an appeasement-oriented party and nothing else. Supporters like yours truly wish the party president would grow a spine!!
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