Ban, Religion and Inequality


As #bantheban banters the intelligentsia, the cause of pluralism and the idea of secularism faces quite an uphill task. On one hand, there is resilience, on the other hand there is resistance. The kind of secularism practised by the left of central ideology in the country portrayed a questionable dent in front of the world. The Shah Bano Case proved how temporary political interests can contradict the interests of the nation. The Congress Party played an important role in justifying its vote bank in the most populated state- consisting of Muslims, Dalits and the poor. Hence, people who today blame the Bharatiya Janata Party for all the woes and partisanship must look back and think about the intolerance that has had quite a lengthy history. In India in the past one year, communal tensions have increased- says the PMO report. Well, it will be extremely hard for the Prime Minister to disregard a report prepared under his sub control. But if we tend to talk about decentralisation of administrative power between the Union and the states- then law and order falls within the state list. And with 50% of the states being non BJP, can the Congress and the regional parties shed off their bit of responsibility in maintaining communal harmony? I see not.

Yes, there is a Hindu right and I must say an aggressive one in the Internet and Social media. Most of their views centre around a particular political figure attacking whom can bring you a respite from civility. But isn’t such a feeling born out of years of burning discontent and years of impeccable impression of a party entrenched excessively in two things- worshipping a specific dynasty and beholding multi-partisan politics of division more than cohesion. See for example the Entry of Asaduddin Owaisi and his AIMIM. I don’t want to crunch my word space by mentioning the party’s full name-but his choice of Seemanchal not only smacks of Muslim centred politics but also of opportunism and self-serve sanatorium. In the AAJ TAK PANCHAYAT, in Patna the Owaisi senior did not digest any qualms while confessing that he was not running an NGO, but a political party. The most vocal opponent of the entry of the Muslim centred party seems to be the party of C.P Joshi who already are hands in gloves with another Muslim constituency based political organisation called the Muslim league. Coming to the cause of the ban and its aftershocks, it is deeply astonishing how the mainstream media failed to excavate the meat ban brought about by the previous Congress Governments in Maharashtra. So, is there a sense of social untouchability attributed to the world’s largest political party? And how is it, that as such a state controlled ban is actually taking place in the financial capital in the country, that the mainstream media has no air space about it.

The statement of Mumbai Congress Chief, Sanjay Nirupam on NDTV was not only surprising, but inherently juvenile. On a question posed by Barkha Dutt, why is the Congress making such a hue and cry over an issue, it is itself responsible for, the “misogynist” leader says, “If the Congress had started a stupid occasion, why should the BJP continue it?” I sincerely hope, he is able to save his chair after calling his party by that name. And such is the theatre of the absurd nowadays, that even Shiv Sena has started to brand the business friendly prosperous Jains as “terrorists”. The continuity of the political system is an essential task, so is the need to come out of the veils of food, good or digital censorship. Bans from time immemorial have not served any right purpose.

Saif Ali Khan was correct enough to say, by imposing a ban on Phantom, the Pakistan Government has made it all the more important for ordinary Pakistanis to watch the film on pirated DVDs. The number of people who saw India’s Daughter exceeded twice the number that would have actually seen the documentary on the official broadcaster. Bans pave way to inequality at times, and on many an instance, inequality and visible partisanship brings about invisible bans. It is time to fight both, rather than injecting and inflicting suspicion and mistrust….

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Urbanised republic or ruralist democracy?


“lndia lives in her villages” -Mahatma Gandhi

The telling story of a changing nation has been the identity of India in the post liberalised segment.India still is largely the country of the poor or to be more specific the country of acute class divisions.

The Marine Drive of Mumbai largely showcases the boom of a burstling middle class.In the same state in Marathwada, farmers commit suicides to save themselves from the dwindling downturn of agricultural production due to unseasonal rain.

The basic criteria for deciding Human Development Index provides a 135th place for the world’s largest democracy,leading by 11 from archrivals Pakistan.Arnab Goswami can feel optimistic by seeing that India has atleast been able to defeat Pakistan!

The nature of urbanization has been for long a battle of contention.The lopsided presence of natural resources has only helped reasonably in providing inequitable progress in the country.Even the mechanism of internal trade or domestic barter has been unsuccessful in creating the greatest good for the greatest number(Jeremy Bentham).

While flipkart and Amazon have been the source of better employment,the middle and the elitist class have been the major benefactors.Pornography may have increased libidos but not rural employment for sure.The so called Left of centre parties have only considered the dairy traders and paddy cultivators as their loyal votebank.

But the general notion of Bijli-sadak-pani still guide majority number of elections in the rural economy. The women of villages whose physique may not resemble that of Alia Bhatt still endeavour to live a life of a ‘normal’ human being. 

While on the antipode,urban citizens strive for Wifi and 4G internet connection.The Indian Super League comes out as the general spokesman of Achche Din,but for people of huts good days stand for the time when they will marry off their daughters without dowry.

The Goverments in fact have only served the purpose of a charity organizations.Tax waivers and doles have been the bribe which is an offence whether consumed or given.The protracter of justice has only been biased to income strengths.

The Akhilesh Yadav Government paid ₹75 as an allowance to farmers who have been victims of the recent climatic agony.Am not too sure how many zeros were placed to the right of the two digit figure in the Saifai extravagence.

The crocodile tears being spoilt by the opposition on the issue of Land Bill is like Greg Chapell expressing remorse on the death of cricketian ethics.The democracy practised for roughly 68 years have seen about 100 amendments of the supreme law of the land.

The 42nd Amendment(1976) added the word socialist and secular in the Constitution.Embarking on the plank of Garibi Hatao,the Jawaharlal scion defeated the traditional coterie of syndicateraj-once a true firmanent of democratic Congressi culture.

But the dead,useless communist idea of complete state control blocked urbanisation as well as poverty eradication.The effects of such an abusive decision forced the traditional leftist Manmohan Singh or MMS to author a budget which will satisfy the lords of world economy.

The Panchayati Raaj which Gandhi advocated for most ruthlessly has turned out to be the basement of decentralized party politics.Bloodshed have only increased manifold in such local self government institutional elections.

66.5 crore people defecate in the open.On the discordant note,the hardware shops of the metros keep updating the up to date machineries and basins to be used in the bathroom.Home decoration is emerging as a thriving business in the miniature cocoon of the ocean of humanity.But none has still ben able to beautify the smoky mirror of the sacrosanct ruralist demography.

Today as we stand at the moment of transition in the era of Digital India,it is still an irony that the urban part of the country which is many a times indifferent to voting today sees greater progress than the rural belt which has always voted in much bigger numbers.

The hair style of Virat Kohli may optimise an urban outlook,but the bare nature of India’s more populous section demands greater attention than Deepika’s wardrobe malfunction.Urbanized republic still maybe the heart but ruralist democracy should not be treated as dirt…….