Analysis

Are you Hindu first or Indian first?

I find the very question of “what you are first/” absurd. Can you ask anybody: Are you a human first or Indian first? Are you honest first or Indian first? Or a doctor first or Indian first? Are you Delhite first or Indian first?

Indian Hindus, more specifically Hindutvavadis are fond of asking Muslims: Are you a Muslim first or Indian first. This question is obviously asked as a test of their loyalty to the nation. To them, if they think they are Muslims first, they are not patriotic. I now ask Hindus, again particularly the Hindutvavadis: Are you Indian first or Hindu first? And then I ask them:
  • When Godse killed Gandhi, was he a Hindu first or Indian first? When you declare him a “brave” man and want to build his temple, are you proving to be Hindu first or Indian first?
  • When you destroyed Babri Masjid leading the country to worst ever social and emotional division since Partition, were you being Hindu first or Indian first? When you still hope to build Ram Mandir on the ruins of Babri Masjid, are you Hindu first or Indian first?
  • When you provide reservation for Hindu Dalits, Hindu OBCs in the name of backwardness (about half of your population), and call any attempt for giving reservation to Muslims “appeasement”, are you Hindu first or Indian first?
  • When you call for making Gita and other Hindu scriptures part of educational syllabi, are you Hindu first or Indian first?
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Dr Javed Jamil

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2016 on page no. 11

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