And Rahul Gandhi has thrown the gauntlet

No one should be blamed to conclude that RSS is learning to profit from the doctrines of Hitler. Its totally another matter that in its blind enmity against Muslims its favorite country in the world is Israel.

IT WAS vintage Rahul Gandhi, an embodiment of courage and honesty, a modest youth leader who has finally thrown the gauntlet in the court of obscurantist, communalists and fascists. In his press conference in Bhopal on Wednesday he equated Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.

He said that both are preaching hard-line fundamental ideologies. SIMI was a proscribed outfit and RSS is a Nagpur based right-wing Hindu group. According to him,” Both these organizations preach fundamentalist ideologies. That’s a fact and nothing is going to change the fact.”

The Sangh Parivar reacted by saying – Only a sick mind can do it. He seems to have lost his mental balance. The RSS is an institute of nationalist thought while SIMI is banned by Congress government as it was banned by us when we were in power.

The writer is neither an particular admirer of Congress, Sonia Ji, Manmohan Singh or Rahul Baba. However, one must not fail to register the appreciation where and when it is due; one should not hesitate also to put the mirror if someone challenges the fundamental principle of co-existence and democracy.

Following are the pearls of wisdom from the top luminary of RSS and it is left for the reader to draw his own conclusions.

“To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races—the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by.”

– Madhavrao Golwalkar, We, or Our Nation Defined, Nagpur: Bharat publications, 1939, p. 37

No one should be blamed to conclude that RSS is learning to profit from the doctrines of Hitler. Its totally another matter that in its blind enmity against Muslims its favorite country in the world is Israel. All fascist movements have few things in common.

They begin as quasi-religious “spirited’ movements; they indoctrinate their follower to believe that they are in minority even if they are in majority and they put a lot of emphasis on health and purity of body. RSS is no exception. What they forget that the enlightened youth of India is not going to buy their anachronistic philosophy.

The ordinary Indian youth recoil at the thought that they could be bound together by the chains of dogma and prejudice. Needless to say that no Muslim has any problem with Hindutva as long as it doesn’t trample upon their fundamental rights; as long they are allowed to live with dignity; as long there is no apartheid.

They know that followers of other faith won’t accept the saffronization of their lives at any cost.

RSS has a flawed vision that inspires to debunk the secularism and adopt the undercurrents of TMI (Toxic Majoritarian Ideology). This is where Rahul Baba has hit them, this is where he has nailed them to the counter.

The time is not very far when the Indians would realize that this organization is trying to wring the last drop of juice from Hindu ideology. We have full trust in the emerging enlightened youth. Well done Rahul !

And to conclude the write-up: “As a final result of the poison, the country had to suffer the sacrifice of the invaluable life of Gandhiji. Even an iota of the sympathy of the Government or of the people no more remained for the RSS. In fact, opposition grew. Opposition turned more severe when the RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death.” – Sardar Patel – freedom fighter, first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India

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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