Analysis

Normally Silent Manmohan Singh Roars against Modi

What worries me is the perception of many that BJP is dangerous only because Modi is its Prime Ministerial candidate. The villainy of Modi is diluting the villainy of BJP’s ideology itself. The truth, however, is that the very ideology of Sangh Parivar needs to be confronted.

For those who understand what BJP is all about and what its most dangerous player, Narendra Modi’s heart speaks, Manmohan Singh’s utterances against Modi were enough to make up for his10-year old silence.

By declaring in no uncertain terms that “Modi as PM will be disastrous for the nation” he has spoken what a big percentage of the nation feels. This feeling is not just what terrifies 200 million Muslims, it also unnerves much a greater number of the rest of the population.

If Manmohan Singh has described the massacres on the streets of Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat as Modi’s real “strength,” it is exactly what BJP supporters feel in their heart as well. “Development” is nothing but a façade to cover up its real strength for public consumption.

But what worries me is the perception of many that BJP is dangerous only because Modi is its Prime Ministerial candidate. The villainy of Modi is diluting the villainy of BJP’s ideology itself. The truth, however, is that the very ideology of Sangh Parivar needs to be confronted.

This is what I told Mr Sanjeev Kelkar, a RSS ideologue, a few days back who was recently invited by Milli Gazette to have a dialogue with Muslim representatives. I told him that Muslims have absolutely no problem if BJP follows the values of Hindu Dharma or even fights for the rights of Hindus. The problem with Sangh is that its ideology is based on hatred towards Muslims and to a lesser extent against Christians. They are not too much fond of building temples; they are more concerned about demolishing mosques. They love singing Vande Mataram not because of its inherent beauty but because it irks Muslims who find hard to eulogise the land instead of the Creator of the land. Even if they do not read their scriptures with any regularity, they would want to impose it on Muslim students. They are not concerned about saving Hindu lives from fellow Hindus, they derive some sort of pleasure if Muslims are killed and harassed. They are not campaigning for bringing comforts to their fellow religionists; they are more interested in teasing and harassing the hapless Muslim populace. Even their hatred towards Pakistan is based not on nationalism but on hatred because Pakistan is a “Muslim” country. They count only the Hindu dead or displaced. The Muslim dead count hardly bother them. When talking of Gujarat riots, they will shout about the deaths in Godhra, the blame for which they have put on the heads of Muslims without any proof, and would not want to count the dead in the riots that followed. In Kashmir, they will keep counting the number of the Pundits killed, which does not cross even a few hundred mark, and would keep mum on the killings of more than 40,000 Kashmiris.

As I have repeatedly argued, BJP always relies on two poles: one a softer and the other a harder one. Almost always its leaders do shift towards the softer version with the passage of time once a younger and harder version is ready to replace it. It happened with Vajpayee who around 1950 had written his poem eulogizing Hindus as everything, negating every other community. It was after publication of his article in Indian Express in 1970s, which had made venomous attacks against Muslims that he became President of Jan Sangh. When Indira Gandhi succeeded in partitioning Pakistan, she had become Goddess Durga for him. Later, he assumed a softer stance. Advani was ready to take over the harder pole. Vajpayee was able to deceive many politicians and pundits of history in the process, many of whom were visibly impressed by his “humaneness”. Then after achieving eminence through the demolition of Babri Masjid, Advani started stepping into Vajpayee’s shoes. Modi now emerged as the harder version. He of course surpassed all his predecessors in achieving the real goals of Sangh Parivar.

Manmohan Singh’s attack against Modi is welcome even if it has come too late. Hopefully though, Kejriwal’s rise will help Congress in keeping Modi out of power, even if fails to recapture it. Even that will be a big achievement in itself. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2014 on page no. 11

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