From JallinwalahBagh to ShaheenBagh

Zamana bade shouque se sun rahatha,
hameen so gaye dastan kehtey kehtey.”

The world was listening with rapt attention;
It were we who slept while narrating the story.

The country is still listening carefully once again when the clarion call of “Save Constitution, Save Democracy and Save India” is emanating from the ramparts of ShaheenBagh, Okhla, New Delhi. Today, this voice raised from AMU, JMI, JNU and ShaheenBagh is redefining Secularism and Indian masses slowly but steadily paying heed to it. Hundreds of ShaheenBaghs are burgeoning all over the country. Indian Secularism is finding its way back into public discourse. The innocent Indian public has begun to realise that the Preambles and Values of Indian Constitution are worth fighting for.

It’s not surprising that ordinary Indians irrespective of caste, creed and religion are participating in the protests that are being organised against CAA and NCR and NPR – the new inductions that erode the credibility of a healthy democracy. Indians are observing that instead of Improving economy, creating jobs and good governance this RSS inspired government is dividing the Indians on religious grounds. If this outfit succeeds in its scheme, this India won’t remain an India of ‘dreams of Gandhi’ but a facsimile of Theoretical Hindu Pakistan.In an India of RSS’ Hindutva, the idea of tolerance and inclusivity would be rendered sterile. The cacophony of the ‘we’ and ‘other’ has already poisoned the minds of young generation; a lot of them have been brainwashed. It’s a sinister agenda and undoubtedly, a putative attempt to isolate the biggest minority of Indian nation.

However, the nation as a whole is awakened by now and the crude attempt of BJP to marshal the might of State with violence, rancour and vendetta is losing steam. It would never succeed to subjugate the voice of REASON. Now, most of the countrymen – the vigilant citizens are joining together to defend the values of Indian Constitution. They are exposing the divisive agenda of Jaundiced rulers that has, so far, refused to lend its ears. For BJP, there is no common ground left for civilized dialogue; for RSS and the rest of the country, it has become a struggle over two mutually exclusive ideas of India.

The nervousness is evident from ad-hoc reactions of BJP governed States. Its leaders are confused rather they have lost their bearings.

They’re firing like loose cannons.And in this backdrop, the BJP government seems to have lost the road as well as the road map. In the world perception India has been placed in the category of ‘Flawed Democracies.’ The world is watching the way BJP governed States and Central government have been violently and intolerably responding to the peaceful demonstrations highlighting the Clarion Call of SECULARISM from ShaheenBagh. The Nagpur Syndrome is not allowing the prejudiced rulers to show concern and pay heed to this ‘Vintage Gandhian Assertion’ that is perhaps the strongest challenge to Fanaticism in the history of India so far.

Especially for a few weeks, the country is showered with provocative, mischievous and threatening statements from Saffron Firmament.
Our West Delhi BJP MP ParveshVerma on this Monday openly threatened ShaheenBagh protesters saying that it will take the BJP only an hour to clear off the protests in the area.

“If the BJP comes to power in Delhi on February 11, we will clear ShaheenBagh of all protest and protesters within one hour. Not a single person will be visible,” he said, appealing people to vote for the BJP in the upcoming elections. Verma added within one month all the existing mosques built on government land will be demolished if the BJP forms government in Delhi. Will someone inform his that more than 50 mosques in Delhi are under control of Archaeological Control even today, It is the other way round. He was addressing a crowd at a community centre in Ranhoula village which falls under the Vikaspuri Assembly constituency in West Delhi.ParveshVerma is the son of BJP politician Saheb Singh Verma that makes a mockery of BJP’s plank of Anti-Vanshwad.

In the show bravado, the BJP’s Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance, urged a crowd at an election rally in Delhi to say “goli maaro” – or shoot down traitors – in a widely-shared video that is being examined by the Election Commission.

The minister, who was campaigning for the BJP candidate in Rithala in North West Delhi for the February 8 Delhi election, can be seen prompting “desh ke gaddaronko…“, to which the crowd responds “…golimaaro sa***n ko“; the entire chant translates to “shoot down the traitors who betray the country”. The video was taken at a rally on Monday. Several BJP leaders were present at the time. The BJP candidate from Rithala, Manish Chaudhary, was also on stage when the slogan was being chanted. Later, Home Minister Amit Shah arrived and addressed the same rally. Asked who he believed were the “traitors” who need to be shot down, a defiant Mr Thakur told reporters: “First you should watch the entire video… Then you should see the mood of the people of Delhi.”

Mr Thakur, as junior minister of finance, is part of the team involved in the Union Budget to be announced on Saturday amid a sharp slowdown and worrying growth.

And here is latest threat or howler from Sakshi Maharaj, who had once asked a Girl to unbutton her jeans to show her injuries sustained during a raid in Unnao.
“Those who’re used to receive the kicks won’t bother about dialogue. A day will come when strict action is imminent.”

Public memory is not so week and they could easily recall the statement of Amit Shah, the then BJP General Secretary, in 2014 at Raajhar – a village in western UP. He had issued a call for ‘revenge’ against those who were ‘protecting’ the alleged killers of Jats.
Following his footsteps, Yogi Adityanath who holds a responsible Constitutional position of Chief Minister of the largest State of India, made the most threatening statement :
“Congress party ke netritva me tukde-tukde gang jo Dilli ke ashanti ke liye zimmedar hai, isko dand dene ka samaya agya hai…..” (The Congress-led tukde-tukde gang is responsible for spoiling the peaceful atmosphere in Delhi. The time has come to punish them.)
“Kyunki yeh sab chinhit chehre hain. Wo sab videography mein aachuke hain, CCTV ke footage meina achuke hain. In sab ki property kozapt karke, inse hum iska badla lenge aur sakhti se nipatne ke liye maine iske baare mein kaha hai.” (All their faces have been identified. They are visible in the videography and CCTV footage. We will take revenge by confiscating their properties, I have ordered strict action.)

It is not Yogi speaking in the personal capacity; it is the CM of UP who is supposed to implement law and order in the state. It is the language of fanatical Ideology, an expression of power and arrogance. It reflects that RSS has now begun to understand that ground under its feet is slowly but surely cutting. These sudden fustian sixers of anger from the top echelons is reading the writing on the wall. It is a panic-driven campaign – a gamble of Saffron Brigade to bring back its core vote bank that might have been losing its interest about saffronisationoIndia.

Looming ahead are Delhi elections where AAP seems to be poised for spectacular victory. The gain the lost round, the flare up of communal fire, the ignition of Hindutva cannon using CAA etc could be helpful in the strategy of BJP’s think-tank. It could never be a dignified opinion otherwise when a Home Minister of the largest democracy upon earth proclaims:
“When you press the button (of EVM) on February 8, do so with such anger that its current (poll result) is felt at ShaheenBagh.” Today, at ShaheenBagh, thousands of women have been in a 24/7 sit-in protest since December 15 against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The peaceful protests here have inspired several such protests across the country.

The whole world knows that protests in ShaheenBagh erupted spontaneously in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register. It was mainly led by women, the protests have continued uninterrupted for more than a month now. The road blockage at ShaheenBagh have led to a tussle between the Delhi police and the protesters.

And a few old sayings are conjuring up in mind as I read the reactions against the psychedelic changes this peaceful hub of awakening is fostering in the minds of thinking Indians and old Bakts also. ShaheenBagh is turning as an eyesore for the Right Wing Political Strategist as well as the foot soldierswho are well anointed with the RSS’ socio-political and cultural grease:

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
“Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.”
“Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.”

And these threats by the RSS juggernaut reminds me of JallinwalahBagh massacre. On 13th April, 1919, people had gathered to protest against the arrest of the two nationalist leaders, Satya Pal and Dr SaifuddinKitchlew. Suddenly, a British military officer, General Dyer, entered the park with his troops. Without even giving a warning to the people to disperse, he ordered his troops to fire at the unarmed crowd for ten minutes and when their ammunition was exhausted. In those ten minutes, according to the estimates of the Congress, about a thousand persons were killed and about 2000 wounded. The bullet marks can be still seen on the walls of the JallianwalaBagh which is now a national memorial.

There were no official data on the number of deaths during the JallianwalaBagh Massacre. But on the official enquiry of the British revealed that there were 379 deaths and the Congress quoted more than 1000 people died in the massacre.

According to Wikipedia, one Hans Raj (born c. 1890s) who was an Indian became an approver for the British government. Historians have debated whether he was an agent for the police all along or simply took the opportunity to save his own skin by testifying for the British. For several independent knowledgeable writers, he was behind the planning of that massacre.

Rabindranath Tagore, who had been knighted by the British, renounced his knighthood. In his letter to the viceroy, he declared: “The time has come when the badges of honour make our shame glaring in their incongruous context of humiliation and I for my part wish to stand shorn of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen, who for their so-called insignificance, are liable to suffer a degradation not fit for human beings”. The massacre marked a turning point in the history of the struggle for freedom.

The abject story of Power-Drunk rule seems to repeat after a lapse of a century. Nothing would explain it better than the immense popularity of Faiz Ahmad ‘Faiz’ poem “Hum Dekhenge….” It is now being translated in poetry in most of the Indian languages including the languages of South India.

The Tripura Chief Minister ManikSarkar had once urged the people of the state to resist the nefarious designs of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the RSS.

“They will turn India into a theocratic state. They will decide what one will eat, wear or with whom one makes friends with.”
The power is slowly slipping from the hands of BJP / RSS like sand of the fist. ShaeenBagh is just a signal for things to come.

……………concluded

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Modi’s Victory – A Pyrrhic Scenario

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

A few stray thoughts, some point of views………and a pessimistic observation.

The victory of Modi is a  foregone conclusion. The issue of debate is only the margin of victory, its implications for the nation in general and Gujarat in particular. I present here the future in simple terms without loading my arguments with statistical data.

 

A possible scenario:

If Modi wins big the Muslim minority in Gujarat (save the already rich trading Muslim communities which are exceptions) would be further pushed into oblivion. It would find life difficult and often miserable for itself. Helplessness and frustration would force it to resign to fate. Time to time Modi would throw some odds and bits before them for RSS propaganda and public consumption. But, from now onwards, they have to struggle much harder for their survival. In past Congress has done nothing for Indian Muslims  except lip service. A fleeting remark about their pathetic plight in P.M. Manmohan Singh’s address was all that it could do for them. Congress failed to take up a principled stand in Gujarat. This party wants people like Modi to remain vibrant. It makes easier for Congress to project itself as the protector of minorities. Ironically, Congress would remain a mute spectator while  RSS would force apartheid in the states where it rules. Indian National Congress has destroyed our economy, our language, our culture and our identity. New circumstances  would put the minorities between the devil and deep sea. The Urdu poet has said:

“Na tarapne ki ijazat hai na faryad ki hai,
ghut ke mar jayen yeh marzi mere sayyad ki hai.”

December 20 is also going to change the internal equations of BJP and the Saffron House for ever. A big electoral victory would catapult Modi into the central stage of Bharat. Modi would become the supreme leader. BJP and its leaders would be compelled to act as subservient to Modi’s dictates. The present cadre of leadership would have no control over the developing situations.

Undoubtedly, his towering personality has made him the pivot of every activity in Gujarat. He is able to attract the powerful rich investors, considerable middle class, media and film stars to bolster his aspirations and establish him as an undisputed leader. He is unstoppable. Consequently, RSS would no longer be in the driving seat. He would play politics on his own terms which is something unusual and contrary to RSS history and discipline. His march towards Delhi would begin on Dec 20, 2012.

Now, here is the rest of the story.

Mulayam, Mamta and Maya would find it difficult to opt for Modi as they also need the Muslim votes for their survival. With Modi at the helm of affairs, BJP would find it difficult to forge new alliances.

With the departure of Mr. Yedurappa from Karnataka BJP, Saffron Brigade has lost a powerful leader who had opened accounts of BJP in South India. Karnataka is about to slip from its stronghold. The results of Hills  do not augur well for BJP.  Defeat in Hills is almost certain as its victory in Gujarat. Mr. Gadkari, the present president of BJP has effectively become a liability for the party. The longer he sits at the top the more BJP is going to lose face.

The convincing victory of Modi would leave BJP with  no choice but to present him as the BJP’s Prime Ministrial  candidate. And lo ! here comes the Guardian’s knot. Nitish Kumar will never accept Modi. He finds himself a suitable candidate for the prime minister chair. Mr. Nitish is obviously more acceptable to  coalition partners even now. Mulayam, Mamta and Maya would find it difficult to opt for Modi as they also need the Muslim votes for their survival. With Modi at the helm of affairs, BJP would find it difficult to forge new alliances. The cultivation of new relationships would be an uphill task as the choice is limited. The time is running out.

Ultimately, the victory of Narendra Modi in Gujarat would be a Waterloo for BJP ambitions in Delhi.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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BJP will never change !

Older the goose harder to pluck. It is too late to expect BJP to change its lower ethos and low level of political morality. Those who objected artist MF for some piece of art are themselves making a mockery of norms of politics and culture. This cartoon is a reflection of a level of personal hate, an example of shock communications at its absolute worst. You can call it cheap sensationalism. The BJP politics only hacks stoop to that level. I am offended as the word DAYAN is used. I am sure this silly cartoon is the most eloquent display of personal Vendetta against Sonia Gandhi who had singularly pushed them out of power. And I would assume it is very personal to a lot of women also. If BJP wants to be treated fairly or to be considered as a credible voice to listen to they should think long and hard about what they are doing and saying.

 

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Hindu Fantics

If they are defeated in next election there is another Qureshi heading the Election Commission against whom they would cry. This is not unexpected from the supporters of BJP and Narendra Modi to call names to those who go according to the law of the land. Anything that goes against their parochial interests is against Rashtra, Hindutva and against Ashmita. They think they own this country. They have not yet become tired calling names to Sonia and Rahul. For sometime they are crying against CBI and now they are passing ugly remarks against judges to have send Amit Shah on remand. They are the same lot who hide behind the farce of Astha when legal issue is discussed about Babri Masjid. They actually believe in – either my way or high way. These are all signs of frustration, bankrupt politics and fascism. God save the nation !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Nitin Gadkari did it again !

We never expected any intelligent comment from Mr. Gadkari knowing his old Trade Union Congressman-turned RSS background. However, let me congratulate the BJP president for using a fine language of sarcasm this time. Calling CBI the Congress Bureau of Intimidation and declaring UPA has been using it against political adversaries as a weapon of vendetta, for friends as a protective umbrella and for those in between as a threat to make them fall in line. It%u2019s a real graduation FOR the same Gadkari who had earlier accused Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad of betraying the opposition on the cut motions in parliament and said: Bade daharte the sher jaise, aur kutte ke jaise ban kar Sonia-ji aur Congress ke ghar par talve chatne lage’ (these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and the Congress). In Dehradun, the ebullient BJP president had also let lose his tongue, when he taunted the Congress over the delay in hanging of Afzal Guru. Improvement !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Fallen Tower of BJP – Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Amit Shah, an old friend and a close aide to Gujarat C.M. Narendra Modi made a dramatic entry into the BJP office in Ahmedabad at 11.35 am and angrily denied the charges that he was involved in the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, an alleged Lakshar-e-Taiba activist. He tried to put up a bold posture and made a detailed defense of his case before the gaggle of journalists and then he drove to the CBI camp office in the state capital Gandhinagar, of course accompanied by a large contingent of supporters.

As expeccted the CBI formally arrested him, the process lasting only a few minutes. He was driven back to Ahmedabad where he was taken to the house of CBI judge AY Dave. Dave ordered Shah’s judicial custody for 14 days as a large number of BJP activists ringed his house shouting slogans hailing the man who quit as minister Saturday amid a hunt for him. One chapter in the life of this flamboyant politician closed that moment – another opened.

No one was surprised when the man who had put the Constitution of Indian on the back of elephant and paraded it on the streets of Gujarat only few months ago was heard and seen making a mockery of CBI’s inquiry and ultimately the Supreme Court that had ordered that.
Attacking the Congress, Modi said, “The case against Shah was a revenge for its loss in the 2 007 Assembly polls when it had made Sohrabuddin a hero. This was a politically motivated action against Amit Shah and the BJP government in Gujarat to corner it and to put obstacles in development work it was carrying out. Shah is completely innocent and the charges against him are fabricated. The CBI is being misused by the Congress against its political rival”.

Sunday’s developments marked a new turn in the case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh that has led to the arrest and jailing of 15 police officers including three from the Indian Police Service.

Here you are listening a Chief Minister who is supposed to defend the Judicial System of Democratic Indian and rule of law. Before any the results of an inquiry is made public or the Court gives its judgments a senior leader like Advani approached the government to derail the functions of CBI while Naredra Modi throws his judgment in a matter which is absolutely out of his purview.

We don’t know for sure about the background of Sohrabuddin and his luckless wife but one thing is sure that if have that kind of leaders at the helm of affairs, tomorrow it can be us and our own daughters and sons. We are witnessing ministers operating beyond certain powers and becoming thoroughly corrupt. They can go to any extent and in any business over time.

Let us know who is this Amit Shah.
He is an Ahmedabad-based leader of BJP who has been handling senior leader L K Advani’s elections year after year in Gandhinagar constituency. He is an important member of the inner circle of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He was a stock broker before he turned fulltime politician and a veteran of co-operative banks in Ahmedabad. He is known for his arrogance and he had rarely entertained reporters. He never gave regular briefings and often treated the media with disdain. Modi several victories went to his head also and he started believing that Modi and their government had absolute power. The abuse of power starts when political success comes easy in the absence of substantial opposition. In Gujarat religious elements are indistinguishable from the government. Police stations and panchayat buildings are sponsored by private companies and are fitted with marbles and pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses. Shah has been the prime inspiration behind this mixing the State and the Church.
Today this product of RSS has to face some 20 evidences against him in the chargesheet and some are likely to stand in a court of law. There are some businessmen who have given evidence that Shah demanded money from them after the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin.

Some businessmen have alleged that Shah told them that during the police inquiry into Sohrabuddin’s activities, their names were linked with his operations. They allege that they paid Shah to remain out of the investigation. Also, how the Sohrabuddin’s wife Kausarbi was murdered is a larger than life crime against this extremely religious man.

Shah will surely fight the case to prove his innocence because he will have to shield his boss too, who was and still running the show when this case took shape.

The turning point came for Shah when, under legal advice from senior lawyers, the Gujarat government accepted before the Supreme Court that the Sohrabuddin encounter was fake. It was unprecedented.
Modi’s and Shah’s political strategy seems to work at naught now.
Wheel of natural justice seems to have taken the full circle. His arrogance due to political success and his miscalculation about the functioning of bureaucracy are coming home to roost. Life, henceforth is not all cake and ale now.

Perhaps he had underestimated the power of men and women in khaki and his total lack of judgment about the Supreme Court’s influence over the cases before it has led him to his fall.

It is time Supreme court gives the maximum sentence and deter any politician to cross the holy line of our constitution for next 500 years.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Politics is a strange game Mr.Mulayam Singh!

Politics is a strange game Mr.Mulayam Singh!

Mr.Mulayam Singh!

And they are playing their political cards also well. Today all political parties vie for their support including BJP – the only problem with BJP is it mixes difference dance styles of political theatre without knowing the forward foot.

IRRESPECTIVE OF what the saffronized elements in the ruling elites of certain states and bureaucracy say or try to entrap Indian Muslims, Indian Muslims have always stayed away from national and international terror circles.

Muslims are conveying their grievances through proper channels. They have been flourishing in every profession and gradually making their mark where they are. From Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan; cricketers Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan to Azim Premji and Khoraliwalas and from Sania Mirza to The President of India, A PJ Abdul Kalam, they are proving themselves to respectable, vibrant and advanced citizens of India.

And they are playing their political cards also well. Today all political parties vie for their support including BJP – the only problem with BJP is it mixes difference dance styles of political theatre without knowing the forward foot. Muslims have taken the demolition of Babri Masjid and the pogroms of Gujarat in the most positive way in their stride and if anyone has any doubt about their political acumen, they can read the toady’s following recantation of Mulayam Singh turned Kalyan Singh’s buddy.

In an attempt to mend fences with Muslims after having aligned with Kalyan Singh during Lok Sabha polls, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday regretted taking support of those “responsible” for the Babri mosque demolition and sought pardon of the community.

“In the last Lok Sabha polls, I had to take support of some ‘galat tatva’ (wrong elements) to keep communal forces at bay from forming government at the Centre. This confused the secular forces especially my Muslim brothers and their feelings were hurt. I accept my mistake and seek pardon of the Muslim community for my act”, he said in a statement here. He said, “I have already made public statement that I will never take support of those responsible for the Babri mosque demolition in the future.

“I want to assure my Muslim brothers that whatever I have done will not be repeated and I will continue to raise voice in favour of the Muslim community”, Yadav, whose Muslim vote bank eroded in the last election, said.

Something for BJP to learn in it.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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For some reformatory is the best place

In Dehradun, the ebullient BJP president let lose his tongue, when he taunted the Congress over the delay in hanging of Afzal Guru, BJP President Nitin Gadkari asked the party whether the Parliament attack death row convict was its ‘son-in-law’.

ON 12th May 2010 at Chandigarh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari said that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad were like “dogs who lick the feet of the Congress” but later took back his words saying he didn’t mean to be offensive.

Gadkari accused Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad of betraying the opposition on the recent cut motions in parliament and said: “Bade daharte the sher jaise, aur kutte ke jaise ban kar Sonia-ji aur Congress ke ghar par talve chatne lage’ (these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and the Congress).”

In Dehradun, the ebullient BJP president let lose his tongue, when he taunted the Congress over the delay in hanging of Afzal Guru, BJP President Nitin Gadkari asked the party whether the Parliament attack death row convict was its “son-in-law”.

In comments that could stoke a controversy, Gadkari thundered at a BJP rally in Dehra Dun last night asking Congress leaders “Is Afzal Guru the son-in-law of Congress? Have you(Congress) given your daughter to him(Afzal). Why is he being given special treatment?”

Congress reacted with disdain to Gadkari’s remarks saying he has lost his mind and scoffed at the BJP chief. When asked by reporters whether he would apologise for his controversial remarks, Gadkari said he stuck to his stand.

“I have said nothing wrong. I stick to my stand and so there is no need (to apologise),” Gadkari told reporters in Dehra Dun.
It is clear that bad habits and bad society leave their mark even if you reach the moon. Now and again they crept up and unmask the reality of character and mindset. Often old Adam raises his head and people unlearn spontaneously.

Traditional, cultural and moral values that we learn from our elders and that had been the mainstay of our civilization seem to be losing their grip over society and politics. Our leaders are usually devoid of knowledge of protocols and decency. Civilized humor is something foreign to them. That reminds me of the sophisticated humor prevalent in civilized people. Samuel Butler had said sarcastically about Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carlyle: “It was good for God to let Carlyle and Mrs. Carlyle to marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four.”

Here is another example of vivacious humor in black, a letter to Duke of Grafton (1789) by some Junius:

“It is not that you do wrong by design, but that you should never do right by mistake. You may look back with pleasure to an illustrious pedigree in which heraldry has not left a single good quality upon record to insult or upbraid you….”

And the one I like the most by Sidney Smith addressing Lord John Russell:

“When I am in pulpit, I have the pleasure of seeing my audience nod approbation while they sleep.”

Or

“You and I are exceptions to the laws of nature; you have risen by your gravity, and I have sunk by my levity.”

There is something for the people like Gadkari to learn. Other wise, as someone has said, “You ought not to go into society if you don’t know how to accommodate yourself.”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Rebellion brewing in BJP over Women’s Reservation Bill

Sometimes the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing ; sometimes the government doesn’t know what the public is thinking; some times leaders do not know what the party men are thinking.

THE WOMEN’S Reservation Bill has exposed once again what a hollow pantomime this talk of ‘inner party democracy’ is all about. We did hear brilliant speeches of Arun Jaitly in Rajya Sabha and Swashma Swaraj in Lok Sabha. We were enlightened about the genuine hear felt concerns of BJP for the fair sex which is deprived of their due rights by the crooked creatures of earth the vile man ! These leaders were basking in the borrowed glory of Sonia Gandhi.

Sometimes the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing ; sometimes the government doesn’t know what the public is thinking; some times leaders do not know what the party men are thinking.

Today a very awkward and funny situation is developing in BJP as so many of its MPs are demonstrating open rebellion against the party’s plank. BJP never stops trumpeting the virtue of inner party democracy. What has happened in reality in this party was a blatant run of bleak dictatorship. The bosses of BJP thought that their dictats would be accepted by the party members with absolute submission.

Now listen what our dear Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, senior leader and MP from Madhubani: “History will not spare the BJP. The BJP was like Bhishmapitamah and Dronacharya in Mahabharata who remained mute spectators to the disrobing of Draupadi. If they issue a whip (to vote in favor of the Bill), I will break it and vote against it. Let them end my membership, I am not bothered. I am a socialist and I cannot compromise on issues of social justice.”
He warned his party that BJP would “decline further” if it ignored the backward classes. and supported the bill.

Singing in the same tune the a senior leader in Lok Sabha today claimed “at least 70 per cent of MPs” were against the Bill while a senior BJP MP said he would defy any whip to vote in its favor even though his party had offered it “unequivocal support” in the Rajya Sabha.

Caught in Catch-22 situation top leaders of the party are assuring that grievances of the MPs will be taken into account,” Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, senior leader and BJP MP from Madhubani in Bihar, declared he would defy any party whip in Lok Sabha and vote against the Bill.

The fiery Yogi Adityanath, MP from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is also airing his protest, wondering why the party had shown such eagerness to back the women’s reservation Bill when there were more pressing matters on hand.

As far as I am concerned, I don’t doubt the pious intentions of Sonia Ji who has pushed hard this bill. However, Women-Bill is not an innocent bill as it appears to a casual observer. Are we inviting a situation where in addition to 33% reservation, women will get some more seats from the general category and OBC/SC/ST category also with an extra of 20-30%.

The gross total would soar as high as nearly 60% or above. I wonder how Rajya Sabha accepted such important Bill without knowing any details. Congress has created the same brouhaha about different Commissions recommending the reservations of Muslims. Congress did never do anything except lip sympathy and garnering Muslim vote and support.

I accept that Indian women have traveled a long way from kitchen and fields to President House and Parliament; I agree that they must get their fair share. However, sometimes you suffocate or choke a cat with butter. Are we not going too fast ???

This best solution could have been a situation where there is no whip from any party. In all the august houses – Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha and State Assemblies the members are allowed to vote according to their conscience. That will be the real representation of the will of the people.

Last but not the least, I would request Mamta Banerji and Yadav Trinity to stop playing the DIRGE of Muslim community. We are quite capable to take care of ourselves. We don’t need enemies if we have friends like you. Jai Ho !

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Debate – The ornament of a parliament

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Last week the Lok Sabha witnessed a rare event in our democracy. An intelligent, dignified debate. It gives heart to the country to see its leaders indulge in healthy argument instead of wasteful walkouts. May this be the start of a new trend?

WHEN WAS the last time we saw, or our ebullient members of Parliament allowed us to witness their arduous intelligent debates about any one problem plaguing the millions of this country? My memory is as good or as bad as any of our readers’.

Of course it was last week! Those were the best of the moments of Indian Parliament. The leader of opposition Lal Krishna Advani and P.M. Manmohan Singh were debating at their best and the country and world realized what a healthy democracy India is. It was in sharp contrast to the pointless opposition walkouts.

Disruptions and adjournments are no way to advance discussions on any serious issues. This debate should be a lesson for the neophyte politicians and green horn parliamentarians. It proved that Lok Sabha is still more than capable of serving its intended purpose – a venue for the discussion of pressing issues, where the executive are held accountable.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an interesting and intriguing dialogue when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervened repeatedly and rejected senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani’s charge that United States’ pressure was behind India’s decision to talk to Pakistan. Advani suggested that the US was behind the recent Indo-Pak foreign secretary-level meet as President Obama had publicly said during his Presidential campaign that he would try to resolve the Kashmir issue.

This, the BJP leader contended, marked a change in the US position as the previous US administrations had maintained that they would not mediate in Indo-Pak relations unless both the countries wanted it.

In a sharp verbal duel during the debate Singh asserted that there has been no change in the US policy on Indo-Pak relations since US President Barack Obama came to power. He intervened on more than two occasions during the 75-minute speech by Advani, seeking to set the record straight on the Indo-Pak talks besides other issues like ‘one-rank-one-pension’ for armed forces.

“You are using this debate to sow seeds of rift between the government and the armed services,” Singh said.

”What you are attributing to President Obama is certainly not true. In my discussions with President Obama, he has unambiguously said that there is no change in the US policy towards India and Pakistan (relations),” the Prime Minister asserted.

Advani claimed that India and Pakistan had held “secret” talks over Kashmir and wanted the government to tell the Parliament what the parleys are about. P.M. countered him with the details of the series of parleys held between the former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh and US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott not being shared with the Parliament when BJP was in power.

“Let me ask you one question. How many times did Jaswant Singh hold talks with Strobe Talbott. Was Parliament kept informed about the over dozen meetings? Why then are you expecting me to answer hypothetical questions,” Dr. Singh said.

At this, Advani appeared to be defensive and said he had read about these “secret” meetings in the media. “If there is no substance, I will be happy,” he said. He, however, said the government should be cautious “even if there is an iota of truth”. Advani also questioned the utility of the recent talks with Pakistan, which he suggested marked a shift in India’s post 26/11 stand of not holding dialogue with Pakistan till it ended terrorism. He suggested that the government appeared to lack unanimity in approach over talks with Pakistan.

Noted economist and Noble laureate Dr Amartya Sen had raised some fundamental issues confronting democracy in his book ‘The Argumentative Indian’. Politics and current state of affairs have always been amongst the favorite topics for a vast majority of Indians. These debates do not play any significant role in national affairs but they illustrate that political awareness is the essential ingredient of democracy and has always been inherent in the Indian psyche.

The opposition must understand that ‘Dharnas’ & ‘walk-outs’ serve no purpose except that the precious Parliament time is lost. It leads to rallies and violence once it spills out on the roads. Our worthy leaders must realize that it is always better to stay and debate – even condemn and criticize – than to walk out and that too often en masse.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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