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Published in the 1-15 Oct 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

REJOINDER

Saffron circus

Uma Bharati is outdoing what she is best at, awakening the people, this time telling them the importance of our National flag. BJP had come to power in Madhya Pradesh on the issue of Bijli, Sadak and Pani, these issues helped BJP utilise the anti-incumbency factor to the maximum. People of MP thought that BJP's Chief ministerial candidate being a sanyasin (a God fearing person) will fulfill her pre-election promises. Politicians like Uma Bharati are not for governance, they are the type who are happy shooting off their mouths. They are just a tool in the hands of shrewd politicians, who know when and where to use them. 

Uma Bharati was not at all comfortable holding the chief minister's post, she made an aborted attempt to relinquish the post and become a martyr when Sonia Gandhi was set to become the Prime Minister. Sonia's sudden withdrawal from the post meant that Uma had to remain in the prison for some more time. Congress provided her the escape route by opening a 10 year old case, if she would be made to stay longer as Chief minister of MP it would have exposed her non-performance and her party's in fighting.

Uma Bharati tried to exploit the situation and so took a rail route from Bhopal to Hubli to surrender, the move evoked lacklustre response.

She announced that she would take out a Tiranga yatra after she comes out of the jail. Now she is on with her Tiranga yatra which will culminate at the Jallianwala Bagh on the 25th of September. The BJP has tried to use the National flag for political gains seeing that Maharashtra elections are just a couple of weeks away. 

The irony is that Uma Bharati and her party which has taken out this yatra to make the janta aware of the importance of the National flag are the ones disrespecting it the most. Does Uma and BJP not know that one should not raise any other flag with the National flag, one saw a clear violation of this at the Hubli station and in her public gathering where the BJP party flag was seen along with the Tiranga. Did Uma not know that one should not lower the National flag, but then one saw her literally throw the Tiranga on the car top which she was climbing to address the gathering, is it not an insult of the National flag? Did Uma and BJP netas who had gathered at Hubli not know that people have to stand in attention in front of a National flag, but then the pictures that one saw on the television on various channels showed the opposite.

The sincerity of Uma Bharati and BJP in taking out this yatra can be judged by the response, shallow sincerity results in shallow response. BJP will have to pay a heavy price for insulting the National flag for the janta is no more ignorant. Has the BJP forgotten May the 13th?

Abdul Monim, Vashi
samvashi@vsnl.net 

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