Post Mortem

Lest the North East fall asleep

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/5/2019 12:05:06 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

“He (Kuldip Nayar) was concerned about conformist, indifferent or pro-establishment press and felt that the present conditions in the country require the judiciary, the press and students to speak out.” (Morung Express)

2. Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani had remarked ... “the recurrence of emergency cannot be ruled out.” He further clarified that the arrogance of leaders leads to authoritarianism, taking a dig at Prime Minister Modi’s style of governance. . . Advani spent 18 months in jail for opposing the emergency. To snub Advani for his forthright comment, BJP did not invite him to an event where it honoured those who went to jail during the emergency.” (Nagaland Pos) 

3. A.B. Vajpaiyee was the moderate face of Hindu nationalism, admired even by prominent political leaders. . .Vajpaiyee was one of the leaders of the BJP to express anguish when hundreds of Muslims were killed in rioting in 2002 in Gujarat, which Modi governed. Vajpaiyee called the 1992 destruction of a 16th-century mosque on a disputed site by Hindu fanatics India’s darkest hour. (Morung Express). Vajpaiyee spent months in prison when Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency rule in June 1975 and put her political opponents in jail. (Morung Express) 

Speech of late PM A.B. Vajpaiyee in Kohima, October 28, 2003 (reprinted in Nagaland Post): “. . . This is the time for reconciliation and peace-making. This is also the path that Mahatma Gandhi and. . .Jayaprakash Narayan wanted us to follow. Both were true friends of the Naga people. It is true that, of all the States in India, Nagaland has a unique history. We are sensitive to this historical fact. . . We do not wish to impose any external customs on you. India has a long tradition of tolerating diverse customs and ways of life. You have nothing to fear. . .I wish to assure you on another score. India is a secular nation, both because of our Constitution and, more importantly, because of our civilisational ethos. As you know, India is home to all the faiths in the world. India has respected and protected all faiths. Indeed, Christianity came to India – to the Southern State of Kerala – before it spread to most parts of Europe. And it was a Hindu king who donated land for a church to be built... I thank you for this warm reception. . .My best wishes to the peace process. I assure you that you will find a trustworthy partner in my Government in reaching the cherished goal of peace in Nagaland with dignity and honour for its people.” 

4. Arun Shourie (former BJP Minister under Vajpaiyee) on Mainstream Media quoted a Zulu proverb, “A dog with a bone in its mouth can’t bark.” (Morung Express). “There is no doubt that there is also an attempt to intimidate the media. ABP news sacked some of its journalists. . . NDTV is also facing pressures. The strategy is to kill the chickens to frighten the monkeys. You don’t have to do it to everybody. . .My advice to readers is that you should support The Wire. There are only a few publications like Scroll, Altnews, The Wire and one newspaper, The India Express, which are telling the truth. . . Mahatma Gandhi used to say that the hands of copyists are our printing machines. Today you have the internet. If some story is blocked by a court order, let us all circulate it and it will reach all across India.”

5. Biswadeep Moitra, “India’s Silent Majority and the Battle for 2019” (Morung Express). “A threat similar to 1977 stares back at us. Will the present generation of Indians, far more educated in numbers, reasonably more resourceful than before, rise up again eight months from now to reclaim liberty?. . . The 2019 elections bear similarities to the elections of 1977. The people of India in 2019, like in 1977, will have to valiantly fight back to reclaim what was lost once before: liberty. ‘Hindu Rashtra’ is no longer a hidden agenda. The mask of a moderate BJP slipped a long time ago; the cremation rituals of the symbol have been performed as well. . . .The fight to save India from becoming a country for Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan is a fight similar to the one our mothers and fathers had fought against the Emergency. Can the million raging mutinis of today be harnessed into one J.P.-like movement before 2019? Or will we reject an India based on the ideals Nehru and Ambedkar stood for and embrace fascism?” (Morung Express)

6. “…the saffron brotherhood has nurtured an anti-minority outlook for decades, regarding Muslims as ‘internal enemy No.1’ and Christians as ‘internal enemy No.2’ according to Golwalkar.” (Nagaland Post)

7. Sitaram Yechury, CPI-M leader: “After weakening the Election Commission, CBI, CVC and other Constitutional bodies, PM is now interfering with court proceedings which is extremely dangerous. . . Modi government had truncated Parliament proceedings and was brazenly undermining the judiciary, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), the RBI and other Constitutional and autonomous bodies.” 

8. Yashwant Sinha, the former union finance minister under Atal Vajpaiyee. . . He “urged the people of the Northeast to be united to ensure that the saffron party does not get a single seat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in the region. . . . ‘The people of the north-eastern states are objecting and protesting as they are facing an existential threat due to the Bill (CAB),’ he said, extending his support to the agitation against the Bill’. . .” Sinha said ‘the current BJP government at the Centre has been challenging all the constitutional conventions and destroying all democratic institutions of the country. . .Referring to the status of the current Cabinet, Sinha said that in the current dispensation everything is decided from the Prime Minister’s office. . .’ (Nagaland Post) 

9. Rajat Ghai: “Dalit activists, leaders decry Prime Minister’s ‘Christ-like’ act.” (Nagaland Today) - - - Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar: “‘This tradition, of washing the feet of the lowest of the low exists in Christianity, not in the ideology that the Prime Minister believes in. Has he become Christian?’” he asked Down To Earth magazine. 

10. Kapil Sibal, “Democracy endangered by government and media: Misinformation is now treated as reliable information, a reflection of the turn our democratic institutions have taken.” (Nagaland Today) “If the government and the fourth estate are on the same page, democracy is truly in danger. It is, therefore, important for the people of our country, especially those who have the capacity to articulate, to stand up and speak their mind. For if they don’t, untruths will go unchallenged and truth will be buried deep. Institutions, given a special responsibility under our constitutional framework, are accountable to the country and not to the government. They too must speak their mind and not become fiefdoms of the government. Investigating agencies, both at the centre and the states, must pursue the wrongdoers no matter who they are. What we see is selective persecution and prosecution of those opposed to the government and the protection of those who are either part of the government or its affiliates. The judiciary must also realize that unless it protects those targeted unjustly, it may also be perceived to be partisan.” (Courtesy: The Telegraph) 

11. Yashwant Sinha, former BJP leader, Minister of Finance (1998-2002), Minister of External Affairs (2002-2004): “The Modi-Shah combine is practicing a brand of politics which is suicidal for the future of India. Their politics is exclusive and selfish. They have no use for the institutions of democracy, its conventions and practices, its norms and standards. The alliances they are building are purely for winning the elections and wielding power once again. They will go back to their old ways as soon as the elections are over. . .The Modi-Shah duo must be defeated decisively in 2019 in order to save the country. Nothing less will do.” (Nagaland Today)

12. John Feffer: “The political party of Narendra Modi subscribes to a virulent version of Hindu nationalism. He largely soft-peddled this nationalism four years ago when the BJP won a commanding parliamentary majority. Once in power, however, he has fallen back on what worked for him as the chief minister of Gujarat: inflaming the passions of more militant followers.” 

13. Writes Max Frost in The National Interest: “Indian politicians have normalized hardline Hindu nationalism through draconian cow protection laws, the renaming of cities with Muslim names, and the appointment of extremist Hindu nationalists to powerful positions. These shifting priorities explain Modi’s 2017 appointment of a firebrand Hindu monk, Yogi Adityanath, as chief minister of India’s most populous state. Adityanath has claimed that Hindus are ‘preparing for religious war’ and has called Muslims ‘a crop of two-legged animals that has to be stopped’.” (Morung Express)

Today nobody questions that the RSS is a Hindu religious, cultural and nationalist organization. Its primary goal is to make India one Hindu nation, with one Hindu religion, and one Hindi language. Also nobody questions that BJP is the political wing of RSS to carry out the latter’s Hindutva agenda; the current government’s Hindu theocratic cultural ideology will disintegrate the great country of India sooner than later; only a secular democratic government at the Center can keep India together. What’s happening all around us should be the concern of even the Hindus, let alone Muslims, Christians, Dalits, and other minorities. 

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (The Bible)


Tuisem A. Shishak

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