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After Modiphobia, Congress now suffers from secularosis


By Ankit Grover on June 19, 2013

After Modiphobia, Congress now suffers from secularosisWhat does it take to prove the ‘secular credentials’ of a certain individual. Is secularism an absolute or a relative term? Is secularism decided by thoughts and actions, or is it certified by an overarching authority?

In the Indian political context at least, in both cases, the latter appears to be the case.

Most recently, the definition of secularism — subject to much revision — is defined by one man: Narendra Modi. Already, having identified him as the greatest threat to their fortress, the UPA has been doing all it can to supress the tidal wave of Modi coming at them, albeit with little success. BJP leaders have aptly termed this fear as ‘Modiphobia’.

The ruling party, devoid of any secular credentials itself, has been gleefully handing out certificates of secularism to those it deems fit. Especially to those who try and step up to Modi.

No sooner did Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announce his party’s breakaway from the NDA, a certificate was hastily prepared by the PMO for the country’s newest secular leader. Instant headlines were made, and talks of a prospective partnership between ‘like-minded secular parties’ were aplenty. Once branded secular by the Congress, one is absolved of all his sins, and more importantly, is free to do business with the UPA.

But really — what gives the Congress any credibility to decide whether a leader/party is secular or communal? This question remains, pitifully, unanswered. Plainly and simply, the Congress sees itself as the self-proclaimed voice of secularism and has tried to posit itself as the ultimate authority. Its ‘impeccable’ reputation cannot possibly be tarnished, even after having overseen most of the the country’s deadliest riots since independence.

Secularism was one of the founding principles of the Indian state, but it has been shamefully and annoyingly exploited, politicised and misconstrued by the Congress; so much so that it has become a disease — secularosis.

Congress is using your tax money to promote beef!


By Kanchan Gupta on February 19, 2013

Congress is using your tax money to promote beef!

Navbharat Times has published an interesting story, headlined अल्पसंख्यकों को सरकारी सलाह, खून बढ़ाने के लिए खाएं गोमांस” , about a booklet that is being circulated among children in minority-dominated areas of Uttar Pradesh. The booklet, called ‘Poshan’, has apparently been produced by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, headed by K Rahman Khan, in collaboration with the Department of Child Welfare. It urges children to eat green vegetables, chicken and beef to “generate oxygen and blood in the body”. This is possibly the first official, tax-funded promotion of beef in this country.

The Constitution’s Article 48 explicitly states: “The state shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.” If the state begins promoting the consumption of beef, it would be violating the Constitution. Such considerations have never stood in the way for the Congress in its pursuit of crass minorityism and pandering to Muslim vote-bank politics. Last year’s Union Budget listed the slaughter of bovine animals as an activity exempted from service tax.

Examples of Congress’s contempt for the Constitution abound. For instance, the Constitution’s Article 44 says “The state shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.” What the Congress has done, instead, is to reinforce shari’ah through the obnoxious and deceptively titled Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act that was pushed through Parliament by Rajiv Gandhi to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in the Shah Bano case.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – the more things change, the more they remain the same in this wondrous land of ours!