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Communal versus secular and its ugly hold on Indian politics
We are living in a hypocritical society and what's unfortunate is that many journalists are engaged in creating a sensation out of issues, which is counter-productive and leads to inaccurate portrayal of the realities on ground. Since the last few days I have been watching television and found that most of the debates and discussions are being polarized on lines of communal versus secular. Do we really need this debate? Are there not more pressing issues?

First of all, we have to be clear what are our priorities for the 21st century and beyond - for the nation and its citizens. The two largest parties of Indian democracy are engaged in a war of words in relation to what is communal and what is secular. Whereas the fact is, for the common man, the two parties can be accused of both the tags. These parties carry out a policy of appeasement where they rule, and use it as and when they need it politically. There are hardliners in both the parties.

The Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi can still set an example by implementing the central scheme of scholarship for minority children. This will indicate to people that in the state government's eyes all citizens are equal, and that scholarships running in his government for SC/STs and OBCs are based on the same logic as for minorities - that the state has the responsibility to nurture the under-priviliged without bias. The scheme's implementation is pending as courts are discussing the issue. The High Court of Gujarat had said that the scheme should not be equated with any kind of reservation. It also noted that it is an affirmative action and not discriminatory one in nature. But the Gujarat government has challenged the High Court verdict in the Supreme Court.

It is also true that the Congress has done little for the welfare of the Muslim community. Congress is using Muslims as a vote bank and their value is nothing more than that. India got its independence from the clutches of Britishers in 1947 and since then the condition of Muslims is deteriorating in the country.

Janata Party President Subramanyam Swamy during his recent interview with journalist Rahul Kanwal on Aaj Tak news channel had said a lot of wrong things about Muslims but nobody is saying anything against him whereas a single tweet of Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmad, that the 2002 Gujarat riots lead to the formation of Indian Mujahideen (IM) is under scrutiny. Though it is a fact that historically speaking Shakeel Ahmed is right but it is also a fact that IM is a terrorist organization. He should be reprimanded if he is supporting the ideology of IM.

Swamy said that ancestors of Muslims in India were Hindus and that Muslims should accept this fact. I think Subranayam Swamy has very little knowledge about Indian history; all the muslims in this country are not converts - some of them have their roots in the Arabian peninsula.

He also said that Shia Muslims are with BJP because of atrocities on Shia Muslims in Pakistan. I don’t know from where he got his facts. Most disturbing thing is that now he is trying to divide Indian Muslims as people like him had divided India on the lines of Muslims and Hindus.

The important thing is that as a people of this country, we have to oppose all such nonsense spread by political parties who are trying to divide the country on the lines of caste, creed, religion and language. These parties don’t have a good governance record and just because of that they are again trying to divide this country based on identity to retain and to come to power.

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