April 30, 2005

Secularists have failed once again

-- Ashok

Time and again the secularists have been tested and they have been found
wanting. Such failures clearly indicate that the concpet of secularism
as practiced in India is a political one, and essentially one of bashing
Hinduism or Hindu organisations. the following three incidents are the
latest in a long list:

1. Anupam Kher has filed a defamation case against Harkishen Singh
Surjeet, the recently retired General Secretary of Communist Party of
India (Marxist). Despite receiving nine summons, this worthy gentleman
refused to make appearance in court. The excuse was health grounds. Of
course, the gentleman was hale and hearty to indulge in political
manoevuring all this time. In case of the Kanchi Shankaracharya, the
secularists shouted at the top of their voice theirhat the law should
take its own course. It matters not that the cases were purely without
any basis. However, in case of the Marxist gentleman, the secularists
were conspicuous by their silence, and pretended that nothing untoward
was happening.

2. Sanjay Nirupam has been one of the senior leaders of theShiv Sena for
a long time. During this time, Sanjayji was always at the receiving end
of the secularists, and was branded as one of the arch communalist of
this country. Due to some reasons, he has left Shiv Sena and has joined
hte greatest secular party in India, namely the Congress led by Smt
Sonia Gandhi. So, today, he has suddenly become a secularist, and The
Times of India has reported that he is going on a secular yatra! The
secularists seem to have accepted that there is a genuine change in
Sanjayji and that his past deserves to be forgiven.

3. Laloo Prasad Yadav seems to be in all sorts of problems with respect
to many cases of corruption, with sums running to hundreds of crores.
But if one reads the secular media, one would not fully comprehend the
gravity of the situation. When Bangaru Laxman, as president of the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was seen on film to accept some Rs 2
lakhs, there was a competition amongst the secularists as to who would
use a stronger language against the BJP. And there were multiple
editorials in the same publication on the subject. But Lalooji is to be
treated with respect. Why? He is a secularist. Did he not arrest Shri
Lal Krishna Advani of the BJP during the rath yatra to demand the
reconstruction of the Shri Ramjanmabhoomi mandir?

Secularism amar rahe! (Long live secularism!)

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