ATROCITIES AGAINST THE SCs

Atrocities against the Schedule Caste

The atrocities, discrimination and oppression of the SC’s is not a new phenomenon. It has been there for ages. So it is unfair and unjust to lay the blame at the door of the BJP. This is not to mean that everything can be just past off pointing to the past. But statistics and an objective scrutiny of the social scenario will reveal that there has been a slide down. What is unsettling is that the political parties want to fish in troubled waters. Their actions and their utterances clearly show that they are not interesting in alleviating the suffering but in augmenting it and opening the wounds-they are itching to pour oil in the burning fires so that they would garner votes of this most vulnerable section of the Indian populace.

My own experience with the SCs issue starts from 1957.When I went to my husband’s village in Kanykumari district I found a grave-a mound of mud with a cross by the river side. On enquiry I was told that a woman used to come from a far off place for the annual church feast. She would remain there for a few days and leave. Once when she made her annual visit she died and the people of the village did not know her caste and hence buried her outside the village cemetery-which was only for the upper castes.

Catholic churches in some places have separate cemeteries for the SCs and other lower castes. So even in death they are discriminated. I was in charge of a village project in the 80s.The village consisted of three groups-the upper caste which owned all the lands-these are Nacikers-the costal people-the fisher folk and the SCs. The only tea shop in the village had separate tumblers of aluminum for the SCs-glasses for the others. They were not allowed to sit in the benches in the tea shop. Once when the cattle of the SCs strayed into the lands of the upper caste the caste people cut off their tails. When an SC dies his/her body was not allowed to be carried through the caste area. They were not allowed to wear chappals or hold an umbrella. This later from my own experience in three districts of TN I discovered was the general pattern. Wells again were separate. No SCs were allowed into the houses of the others. They were segregated. In almost all the villages their houses were at the end of the village where all the drain and slush of the village was directed and channeled. I had been to Trichy in the 80s when the floods occurred-the same story. The huts of SCs were left stinking in the water-nobody helped them out. Not one of them had a pucca house. Later when I was a Consultant for a few NGOs I had the opportunity to visit some of the villages where they worked-Found that the SCs were deceived. In their name foreign funds flowed but not even a hand pump was made available. They had to drink water from the nearby pond or rivulet in which the buffaloes, cows are bathed and the pigs also drink from the same source.

In this context I must mention that the SCs themselves practice a caste system among their own caste. For example not a single Pallar would inter marry drink of eat from a pariah’s house. It is relevant to mention that in Tamilnadu there are two political outfits-One headed by Dr Krishnaswamy-this is for the Pallars.The other headed by Thol Thirmavallvan-represents  the other sub sects (the Pariyars,the Chakkiyars and others.) One must note that the PMK headed by Ramdas had even issued a diktat forbidding the Vanniyars from marrying in the SC community. There has rioting-burning of the villages and murders if such happened. This is recently (And Ramdas’ son-Ambumani was a Union minister.)As far as I know not a single Congress member condemned this-neither did it visit these villages and affected families. I am narrating all this because I want to show that the discrimination and atrocities against the SCs has been abetted and fomented by politicians chiefly by the Congress. No Central government intervention worth the name was directed to punish those who practiced such discrimination during its regime. The SC commissions are not only show pieces but rehabilitation centers for providing taxpayers money and other perks to the Congress aged sycophants.

So what is the Congress and the AAP and other parties’ now so agitated-making it look as though for the first time in Indian history these things are happening. The NGOs are no better. They too add to the unrest and ignite the  SCs .It seems to me that their one and only  motive is to destroy the peace of the country-not to bring solace to the SCs-and of course in the process they do thumb their chests to exhibit their distress-pose as champions of the downtrodden  and get the votes of the SCs.? They want to blame the BJP because they want votes. These parties themselves discriminate. They do not condemn any atrocity-case of discrimination against the SCs if it happens in a non BJP ruled State. How honest then are they in their distress at the plight of the SCs? This kind of picking and choosing to foment unrest and instigate tension and violence against the ruling party is no solution. It only goes to prove that these parties are not honest and really are not keen to find a permanent solution and bring solace to the victims. They indulge in political tourism shows. It is another kind of exploitation of the SCs and their sufferings.  Then where is the remedy? Unless and until all stand united to wipe away this social sin can we find any solution. Why had the Congress simply closed its eyes and looked the other way when parties were abetting this discrimination. For that matter the Congress is the chief culprit in the social sin against the SCs. Too long they have remained indifferent and allowed the SCs to be kept suppressed and oppressed because then it was easy to keep them as a vote bank .

It is obvious that the Congress and other parties only offered lip service. This is substantiated by the Union Minister Venkaiah  Naidu in his article, ‘The culprits of Una’(IE 2nd Aug) gives data which clearly is a proof of the hypocrisy of other political parties when he states   “The irony of this opportunism becomes all the more glaring when one finds that Uttar Pradesh(8,066 cases)and Bihar(7,874),are among the top states as far as crimes against SCs were recorded. It is also pertinent to note that 113 Dalits were killed in Bathe,Miyanpur and Bathanitola when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the chief minister. All the accused were later acquitted”. This is not to justify the atrocities that are unabated against the SCs-neither is it a justification of the flogging of the SCs in Una. It is only to show that the blame game resorted by the Congress and other political parties against the Modi government must stop. It is crystal clear the Congress, the AAP are more keen on converting these atrocities to incite the SCs and to garner votes. This is again another kind of atrocity committed against them. It is not enough if one visits Kalavati’s hut and shares a meal-it is not enough to drink tea with those affected families in Una and make a show. This is not only hypocrisy but also making the SCs a tool and a vested interest which reveals a base callousness towards their centuries old discrimination. Instead they all must be one united voice and resolve not only to condemn the discrimination and atrocities but must request the government to bring in stringent laws against the perpetuators. It is the obligation of all political parties to be united in this and not indulge in blaming the Modi government. This becomes an obligation on all political parties to show solidarity and erase this blot in the social milieu. It is not something impossible. But it calls for genuine concern, steel like resolve to arrest the atrocities, to remove the social stigma and discrimination against the SCs. Will the netas abandon their vested interest? Will they put the nation and its honor on top of their list of priorities ?Will they unite in this national task to clean up the social fabric of the polity and usher in a humanism where there is no place for discriminating  any human being? Where the ghettos are removed and the uniqueness of every individual is upheld. This is the national task  in which each and every one –be they the religious leaders, the political leaders, the caste leaders and every common citizen need to all work towards. I am reminded of poet Tagore and his immortal poem which sums by beautifully what is needed and what we must aspire for and hence let me quote him hoping and praying that it will find an echo and resound in the hearts of my people .

‘Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where the words come out from the depth of truth; where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; where the clean stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habits; where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action-Into that heaven of freedom ,my Father ,let my country awake.’(Rabindranathan Tagore)

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara

August 4, 2016 at 6:00 am 4 comments

The new brand of Netas in the Indian political scenario. ‘PM, BJP can get me killed, says Kejriwal’(IE- July 28)It is ridiculous for a CM of a State to make such an atrocious accusation and instigate the people. Kejriwal must remember that Modi ji has better things to do. The fact is that Kejriwal is an attention seeker and media crazy. He cannot get these two with his own performance and hence has to fall back on Modi ji and draw attention. He is an upstart-and as many have stated an anarchist. He cannot get away with the fact that so many of his ministers/MLAs have been arrested. Ruling Delhi is not an easy job and Kejriwal thinks that he has the mandate of the people of Delhi and hence wants to think that he is equal to Modi ji. For every failure of his and his MLAs and Ministers he tries to bring in Modiji and accuses him there by hiding his own failures and diverting attention from the main issue-namely his inability to hold together and get on with governance. He has no good word for the governance of Modiji and considers himself as the sole savior of this country. If he has some sense he will not instigate hatred, foment passions and create unrest and chaos by making such false accusations against the PM and the BJP. What is his goal – create anarchy. Is that what a CM of a State should stoop to? The Indian Express its editorial ( July 30th )has rightly pointed out that the AAP must realize that it is party of the government. But then Kejriwal has not been able to realize that he is a CM and is a party to the government. First and foremost he must know to behave like a decent man-must learn the art of probity and good manners. That is what makes one a human being. On earlier occasions he called the PM a coward and a psychopath. In his latest accusation that the PM-BJP wants to kill him he reveals the characteristics of both the terms he has used against the PM.He seems to suffer from psychological problem. Let him first learn what decency is and then assume his role as a CM. Now no decent person will use such terms would be expected by those who elected Kejriwal to attend to governance and make Delhi a better place to live than run around accusing the PM and the BJP. It is also his duty to rein in his ministers and MLAs. What kind of politicians are we now seeing in the political horizon? In the name of serving the people and the country they are self-seekers-wanting to be netas. Towards this end they indulge in fomenting dissatisfaction, create unrest and on these they try to launch their ambition to power. But then Kejriwal is not alone he has a few others like Rahul Gandhi,Kanayha Kurmar(a new face and another upstart) now Hardick has also joined these ranks. What do they want? A careful assessment of their activities and utterances will reveal that they are just itching to grab power .They have become tools in the hands of political parties who are out to create chaos and destroy peace. In this category one must focus on Rahul Gandhi because he seems to think and act as though India is the fiefdom of the Nehru-Gandhi family. But he fails to realize that he is a zero and has no moral authority to question the PM. because he knows that his party had been in power for 56 years and what is its accountability? Yet Rahul Gandhi struts around questioning the PM.He tries to champion the cause of those who have grievances-those who are attacked. Not because his heart bleeds for them but because he finds these vulnerable and tries to play on their sentiments of dis-satisfaction. If he really cared for the oppressed and the suppressed then he should have a positive approach. Faulting the PM and the BJP is not the right strategy to bring solace. If the farmers commit suicides –he is there to tell them that it is because of Modiji and his government’s policies. He even tries to instigate them by pointing out that the PM is not with them but he Rahul Gandhi stands by them. He forgets that the wrong policies and the indifference of the Congress all these past years are the root cause for the suffering of the farmers-and the SCs. A scrutiny of the policies adapted by his grandmother-Indira Gandhi with her famous slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ had only abetted the rural-urban flow-propelled the rural masses to flee to the urban centers to take up some employment. Under employment and unemployment increased and the pauperization of the rural masses was a steady unfortunate growing phenomenon. What had the policies of the Congress done to restrain this? Why had it not provided the farmers with facilities and better support prices? Why had they to turn to the money lenders in dire need? Why was the agriculture sector abandoned and desolate? The result of this long period of abandonment of the rural people has naturally become so gigantic a problem. Farmers’ suicides are not a recent phenomenon and it is not isolated to the BJP period. During the Congress regime more farmers committed suicides-neither the then PM nor his mother Sonia Gandhi rushed to their rescue and provided them with some solace during the crisis. Today every time there is a suicide RG is there –not to provide solace but to question the PM and tell the people why the PM is not with them and has not visited them? ’See, he tells them..’I am standing with you but where is the PM-he is travelling to other countries?’ In his recent bugle call for the coming elections in UP RG has again reiterated the same .He rushes when atrocities are committed against dalits, farmers tribals and weaker sections of the society.But the PM only gives lip service he accuses.Well RG gives what service? Lip service combined with leg service by rushing to them and shedding crocodile tears. Next what does he do-takes his holiday and enjoys the comforts provided by these weaker sections of Society .He does not shed a drop of sweat and does not know what suffering is but makes a show of empathy and sensitivity. Someone should stop him and demand what he and his mother –has done for the past ten years. Would they be in such miserable state at the receiving end had they been empowered by the Nehru-Gandhi family which enjoyed the fruits of their sweat and blood. Now this big ‘tamasha’ and show embarked upon by RG reveals his utter lack of a conscience. It has been blunted and dulled by the luxury and the kind of life he lives. This hypocrisy is proof-continue fooling the vulnerable masses. This is nothing but cheap publicity and no mature person will stoop to this kind of childishness. This is not just any isolated behavior of his. Throughout he has exposed an imbecilic sense and attitude. Sonia Gandhi in Parliament on the 20th July slammed the government-stating that it’s polarizing society and destabilizing institutions. Mother and son are simply exhibiting their pettiness and seem unable to tolerate to sit in the Opposition benches. Communalism and destabilizing institutions was the brand of politics which the Congress followed right from the time of Nehru. It started with the Re-organization of States and continued unabated during Indira Gandhi’s time with her infamous call to the judiciary for ‘committed judges’ and then the imposition of the Emergency. For that one single dictatorial act of hers the Congress should have been banned and the other political parties should treat it at pole’s length. Communalism was vigorously injected into the polity when Rajiv Gandhi broke the Babri Masjid locks and proclaimed that he wants to usher in Ram Rajya. Even the proliferation of political parties was because of the Congress High command which made and unmade Chief ministers. The Kashmir problem must be laid at the door of the Gandhis because it was Nehru’s ill-conceived policies that have made it what it is today. A State of unrest, bloodshed and bitterness Now the Congress –especially Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi sheepishly talk of the BJP communalizing society. They become the great champions of the SCs and the Muslims. It is they who resorted to communalism and casteism .It is they who have ghettoed the people-divided them and paved the way for polarization of society. Sonia Gandhi must remember that the Hindus of this country is the most tolerant people in the world. But then with her fascist’s background she will not be able to comprehend this kind of openness and tolerance. The Hindus embraced every religion and made India the cradle of all religions. Will Islam and Christianity be able to do this? Who ravaged and rampaged and looted this country? Who destroyed thousands of temples? Who started proselytization and even today continues this with great crusading spirit? Why neither she nor her son nor the world bodies condemn this and are unable to arrest such a trend. This does not come under the right of Freedom of religion. Freedom does not mean converting and force conversion is anathema to real faith. When one mentions force it can be any sort of allurement-from a plate of rice to admissions to institutions-employment et al. Look at what has happened to the North East States? The Hindus for centuries have been at the receiving end and no one bothered to put a stop to this. This silence and indifference has only encouraged Islamization of India-nay the world-Christianization of India-even the Pope had said that he wants to plant the Cross in India. Is Sonia Gandhi an abettor to all this? Today when the Hindus can take no more and are driven to a corner they –especially the fringe groups are trying to hit back. This becomes global news and the media rushes in with its screaming headlines when a tin roof or a bamboo pole of a makeshift church is pulled down ’Church vandalized, Christians (read minorities) have no security and slogans are raised against the intolerance that has gained momentum under the BJP. What about other countries. When Syria drove millions out of its country and let them loose to l\migrate into Europe and other countries why had the Islamic countries not opened its doors to these unfortunate migrants? When Hindus are brutalized and killed in our neighboring Islamic countries why no NGOs and of course why no condemnation from Sonia Gandhi and her slogan shouting son? Are Hindus then cheap and can be mauled and murdered-their homeland occupied my others-Which country would allow a foreign born person to lead and direct its national policies. This is the tolerance of the Hindus..So to keep on blaming the BJP will only aggravate the whole issue and will not bring in peace. Sonia Gandhi and her son have others countries to rush for solace but for the Hindus this is their one and one birthplace and this Bharat Mata will not be allowed to be trampled by others-on the basis of caste-creed or region It will be relevant to at present scrutinize the Schedule caste atrocities. True that they are being discriminated-oppressed and are still slaves to their traditional menial jobs. Who has to answer why it is so? Should the BJP and Modi with a two year period in power be held answerable or should the UPA and the Congress be held responsible? It is a delicate issue if one is to analyze the policies which were directed for the SCs upliftment. Did these policies really uplifted them or were these policies not used to keep them where they were-continuing their menial jobs and being oppressed? The discrimination of the SCs is not a new phenomenon. It has been there for ages. But in their name Commissions have been set up and who benefitted. A few leaders like Mayavati Buta Singh Paswan et al. have benefitted. This brings me to the question of Reservation.The cake is one but if more and more castes demand a piece –naturally it will become smaller and smaller. Manmohan Singh when he was the PM did say that money does not grow on trees-quite true. Hence development will also be curtailed accordingly. Take the Reservation Policy which the Founding Fathers meant for a limited period-50 years. It seems that we need it permanently now. Who has benefitted by this reservation policy. What do we have today-demand for more and more sections to come within the ambit of the Reservation? The numbers of categories have increased. Hence one should say that the backwardness of the masses has increased after 67 years of Independence. Will any politician have the guts to call for a review of the policy and look into why it has failed to be game changer? Those who have got more get more but those who were in the last rung of the social ladders remain there. The rich of the SCs have grabbed the benefits and they have become a powerful lobby .We have Mayavathi –look at her clout – one is tempted to ask what she had done to erase the fences that keep these SCs in the social fabric oppressed. The creamy layers of the SCs have a vested interest and hence will not allow a scientific analysis of the policy. We have today the SCs,the MBCs, OBCs the BCs the EBCs categories –the list is never ending. Oppression and discrimination of the SCs were there from time immemorial. Religion was no escape. Every religion continued this discrimination-be it the Christians,Muslims Jains et al. So suddenly for Rahul Gandhi to reach out and make it look as though the BJP and the PM is responsible for this oppression and discrimination only betrays his hollowness. The question is what had the Congress being doing all these years to erase or at least alleviate this? Why should he and his mother –Mrs Sonia Gandhi blame the PM’? The other day the papers gave the headlines “Sonia slams government says it’s polarizing society, destabilizing institutions”(IE July 21st) One must ignore her because as an Italian born woman and with hardly any in-depth understanding of the ethos and the social history of this country she simply makes statements without substance. But then one must turn round and ask her and her son why has this come to pass? Why are they demanding Modi’s government to clean the dirt/muck which they have accumulated all these years? Instead of being a constructive Opposition Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi are destructive and block the government’s forward movement. Having injected communalism, regionalism into the country-it is they who are polarizing the society and using tit to destabilize the government. What is hurting is the fact that Rahul Gandhi is not just critical of the PM but stoops to a low level of criticism which is unbecoming of a mature person. But then he is not mature and will never grow-or learn. Hence he resorts to cheap catchy slogans like ‘Suit boot ka Sarkar’ He forgets that Nehru his great grandfather was immaculately dressed with a rose in his button hole. Why should our PM not be well groomed? So an aspect of the criticism only reveals envy and a discriminative mentality. This shows his childishness. Now it is ‘Arhar Modi,Arhar Modi’,Rahul Gandhi must learn to present statistics and made valid interventions and not resort to slogans.He behaves as a street urchin running around shouting and screaming just for the kick of it. One wishes that he uses his runaway days to undisclosed places to do some serious reading and study. It is disastrous to project him as a leader-it is shame that when he talked so much of democratic processes he was simply given the VP seat of the party. Does he deserve it? Imagine him being projected as the next PM.He has become the laughing stock of sensible and mature people. Every time he utters something he puts his foot in his mouth. Of course his backroom boys script for him. But then they would know what he likes and what he is capable of-just utter catchy slogans and hence that is what they give him. Feel sorry for him. SoniaGandhi in the Opposition is no better-she only prods her sycophants to be aggressive. Can one live in a glass house and throw stones on others? But then she cannot give what she does not have –that deep knowledge of this country and love for this country. She has got more than what she deserved from this country and its people. She must look back and recall the days when she was an au pair-with what knowledge did she come to India-what is her credentials? She has no substantive substance as the President of the Congress. She is unable to give a positive input to the Opposition. Just block governance. It seems to me that since under her and Manmohan Singh there was governance paralysis she does not want Modi to govern. But that development is not for Modi but for the nation. She forgets that crucial truth. When she makes the Congress to block and to place hurdles it is the people who suffer. But then what does she care for the suffering of the poor. Under her poverty has only increased and she with her patronizing attitude and mode sees it beneficial-to throw crumbs to the outstretched hands. Hence wants the people to remain so-with begging bowls and with outstretched hands. No doubt there has been some delay in implementing the promises which Modiji made-because of the previous paralysis of the UPA government. It takes time to remedy this paralysis and to make the government function robustly. But certainly it is not becoming of a ten year period UPA to demand a report card from a two year regime. For the first time in Indian history we have a Prime Minister who works and works hard .It is Modiji the PM who for the first time has made India globally recognized as a powerful and strong country. It is Modiji who in a two year period has become an astute global Statesman. Should we not be proud of this .May be the Congress its President and VP are suffering from envy and cannot tolerate that someone is greater than the Nehru-Gandhi family. They have exposed this low level mentality .But this country will push forward and gain greater momentum under the stewardship of the PM who is a rare diamond. That is what one gets if the alphabets in his name are jumbled it reads ‘rare diamond’. He is an example of what democracy is all about -that one from the ordinary levels can rise to the highest position by sheer hard work, conviction, determination and of course patriotism that is what democracy is all about. Continue- Mr PM -to be the Suit Boot ka Sarkar…..You make us proud. Dr Hilda Raja-Vadodara. Bharat Mata ki jai.

The new brand of Netas in the Indian political scenario. ‘PM, BJP can get me killed, says Kejriwal’(IE- July 28)It is ridiculous for a CM of a State to make such an atrocious accusation and instigate the people. Kejriwal must remember that Modi ji has better things to do. The fact is that Kejriwal is an attention seeker and media crazy. He cannot get these two with his own performance and hence has to fall back on Modi ji and draw attention. He is an upstart-and as many have stated an anarchist. He cannot get away with the fact that so many of his ministers/MLAs have been arrested. Ruling Delhi is not an easy job and Kejriwal thinks that he has the mandate of the people of Delhi and hence wants to think that he is equal to Modi ji. For every failure of his and his MLAs and Ministers he tries to bring in Modiji and accuses him there by hiding his own failures and diverting attention from the main issue-namely his inability to hold together and get on with governance. He has no good word for the governance of Modiji and considers himself as the sole savior of this country. If he has some sense he will not instigate hatred, foment passions and create unrest and chaos by making such false accusations against the PM and the BJP. What is his goal – create anarchy. Is that what a CM of a State should stoop to? The Indian Express its editorial ( July 30th )has rightly pointed out that the AAP must realize that it is party of the government. But then Kejriwal has not been able to realize that he is a CM and is a party to the government. First and foremost he must know to behave like a decent man-must learn the art of probity and good manners. That is what makes one a human being. On earlier occasions he called the PM a coward and a psychopath. In his latest accusation that the PM-BJP wants to kill him he reveals the characteristics of both the terms he has used against the PM.He seems to suffer from psychological problem. Let him first learn what decency is and then assume his role as a CM. Now no decent person will use such terms would be expected by those who elected Kejriwal to attend to governance and make Delhi a better place to live than run around accusing the PM and the BJP. It is also his duty to rein in his ministers and MLAs. What kind of politicians are we now seeing in the political horizon? In the name of serving the people and the country they are self-seekers-wanting to be netas. Towards this end they indulge in fomenting dissatisfaction, create unrest and on these they try to launch their ambition to power. But then Kejriwal is not alone he has a few others like Rahul Gandhi,Kanayha Kurmar(a new face and another upstart) now Hardick has also joined these ranks. What do they want? A careful assessment of their activities and utterances will reveal that they are just itching to grab power .They have become tools in the hands of political parties who are out to create chaos and destroy peace. In this category one must focus on Rahul Gandhi because he seems to think and act as though India is the fiefdom of the Nehru-Gandhi family. But he fails to realize that he is a zero and has no moral authority to question the PM. because he knows that his party had been in power for 56 years and what is its accountability? Yet Rahul Gandhi struts around questioning the PM.He tries to champion the cause of those who have grievances-those who are attacked. Not because his heart bleeds for them but because he finds these vulnerable and tries to play on their sentiments of dis-satisfaction. If he really cared for the oppressed and the suppressed then he should have a positive approach. Faulting the PM and the BJP is not the right strategy to bring solace. If the farmers commit suicides –he is there to tell them that it is because of Modiji and his government’s policies. He even tries to instigate them by pointing out that the PM is not with them but he Rahul Gandhi stands by them. He forgets that the wrong policies and the indifference of the Congress all these past years are the root cause for the suffering of the farmers-and the SCs. A scrutiny of the policies adapted by his grandmother-Indira Gandhi with her famous slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ had only abetted the rural-urban flow-propelled the rural masses to flee to the urban centers to take up some employment. Under employment and unemployment increased and the pauperization of the rural masses was a steady unfortunate growing phenomenon. What had the policies of the Congress done to restrain this? Why had it not provided the farmers with facilities and better support prices? Why had they to turn to the money lenders in dire need? Why was the agriculture sector abandoned and desolate? The result of this long period of abandonment of the rural people has naturally become so gigantic a problem. Farmers’ suicides are not a recent phenomenon and it is not isolated to the BJP period. During the Congress regime more farmers committed suicides-neither the then PM nor his mother Sonia Gandhi rushed to their rescue and provided them with some solace during the crisis. Today every time there is a suicide RG is there –not to provide solace but to question the PM and tell the people why the PM is not with them and has not visited them? ’See, he tells them..’I am standing with you but where is the PM-he is travelling to other countries?’ In his recent bugle call for the coming elections in UP RG has again reiterated the same .He rushes when atrocities are committed against dalits, farmers tribals and weaker sections of the society.But the PM only gives lip service he accuses.Well RG gives what service? Lip service combined with leg service by rushing to them and shedding crocodile tears. Next what does he do-takes his holiday and enjoys the comforts provided by these weaker sections of Society .He does not shed a drop of sweat and does not know what suffering is but makes a show of empathy and sensitivity. Someone should stop him and demand what he and his mother –has done for the past ten years. Would they be in such miserable state at the receiving end had they been empowered by the Nehru-Gandhi family which enjoyed the fruits of their sweat and blood. Now this big ‘tamasha’ and show embarked upon by RG reveals his utter lack of a conscience. It has been blunted and dulled by the luxury and the kind of life he lives. This hypocrisy is proof-continue fooling the vulnerable masses. This is nothing but cheap publicity and no mature person will stoop to this kind of childishness. This is not just any isolated behavior of his. Throughout he has exposed an imbecilic sense and attitude. Sonia Gandhi in Parliament on the 20th July slammed the government-stating that it’s polarizing society and destabilizing institutions. Mother and son are simply exhibiting their pettiness and seem unable to tolerate to sit in the Opposition benches. Communalism and destabilizing institutions was the brand of politics which the Congress followed right from the time of Nehru. It started with the Re-organization of States and continued unabated during Indira Gandhi’s time with her infamous call to the judiciary for ‘committed judges’ and then the imposition of the Emergency. For that one single dictatorial act of hers the Congress should have been banned and the other political parties should treat it at pole’s length. Communalism was vigorously injected into the polity when Rajiv Gandhi broke the Babri Masjid locks and proclaimed that he wants to usher in Ram Rajya. Even the proliferation of political parties was because of the Congress High command which made and unmade Chief ministers. The Kashmir problem must be laid at the door of the Gandhis because it was Nehru’s ill-conceived policies that have made it what it is today. A State of unrest, bloodshed and bitterness Now the Congress –especially Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi sheepishly talk of the BJP communalizing society. They become the great champions of the SCs and the Muslims. It is they who resorted to communalism and casteism .It is they who have ghettoed the people-divided them and paved the way for polarization of society. Sonia Gandhi must remember that the Hindus of this country is the most tolerant people in the world. But then with her fascist’s background she will not be able to comprehend this kind of openness and tolerance. The Hindus embraced every religion and made India the cradle of all religions. Will Islam and Christianity be able to do this? Who ravaged and rampaged and looted this country? Who destroyed thousands of temples? Who started proselytization and even today continues this with great crusading spirit? Why neither she nor her son nor the world bodies condemn this and are unable to arrest such a trend. This does not come under the right of Freedom of religion. Freedom does not mean converting and force conversion is anathema to real faith. When one mentions force it can be any sort of allurement-from a plate of rice to admissions to institutions-employment et al. Look at what has happened to the North East States? The Hindus for centuries have been at the receiving end and no one bothered to put a stop to this. This silence and indifference has only encouraged Islamization of India-nay the world-Christianization of India-even the Pope had said that he wants to plant the Cross in India. Is Sonia Gandhi an abettor to all this? Today when the Hindus can take no more and are driven to a corner they –especially the fringe groups are trying to hit back. This becomes global news and the media rushes in with its screaming headlines when a tin roof or a bamboo pole of a makeshift church is pulled down ’Church vandalized, Christians (read minorities) have no security and slogans are raised against the intolerance that has gained momentum under the BJP. What about other countries. When Syria drove millions out of its country and let them loose to l\migrate into Europe and other countries why had the Islamic countries not opened its doors to these unfortunate migrants? When Hindus are brutalized and killed in our neighboring Islamic countries why no NGOs and of course why no condemnation from Sonia Gandhi and her slogan shouting son? Are Hindus then cheap and can be mauled and murdered-their homeland occupied my others-Which country would allow a foreign born person to lead and direct its national policies. This is the tolerance of the Hindus..So to keep on blaming the BJP will only aggravate the whole issue and will not bring in peace. Sonia Gandhi and her son have others countries to rush for solace but for the Hindus this is their one and one birthplace and this Bharat Mata will not be allowed to be trampled by others-on the basis of caste-creed or region It will be relevant to at present scrutinize the Schedule caste atrocities. True that they are being discriminated-oppressed and are still slaves to their traditional menial jobs. Who has to answer why it is so? Should the BJP and Modi with a two year period in power be held answerable or should the UPA and the Congress be held responsible? It is a delicate issue if one is to analyze the policies which were directed for the SCs upliftment. Did these policies really uplifted them or were these policies not used to keep them where they were-continuing their menial jobs and being oppressed? The discrimination of the SCs is not a new phenomenon. It has been there for ages. But in their name Commissions have been set up and who benefitted. A few leaders like Mayavati Buta Singh Paswan et al. have benefitted. This brings me to the question of Reservation.The cake is one but if more and more castes demand a piece –naturally it will become smaller and smaller. Manmohan Singh when he was the PM did say that money does not grow on trees-quite true. Hence development will also be curtailed accordingly. Take the Reservation Policy which the Founding Fathers meant for a limited period-50 years. It seems that we need it permanently now. Who has benefitted by this reservation policy. What do we have today-demand for more and more sections to come within the ambit of the Reservation? The numbers of categories have increased. Hence one should say that the backwardness of the masses has increased after 67 years of Independence. Will any politician have the guts to call for a review of the policy and look into why it has failed to be game changer? Those who have got more get more but those who were in the last rung of the social ladders remain there. The rich of the SCs have grabbed the benefits and they have become a powerful lobby .We have Mayavathi –look at her clout – one is tempted to ask what she had done to erase the fences that keep these SCs in the social fabric oppressed. The creamy layers of the SCs have a vested interest and hence will not allow a scientific analysis of the policy. We have today the SCs,the MBCs, OBCs the BCs the EBCs categories –the list is never ending. Oppression and discrimination of the SCs were there from time immemorial. Religion was no escape. Every religion continued this discrimination-be it the Christians,Muslims Jains et al. So suddenly for Rahul Gandhi to reach out and make it look as though the BJP and the PM is responsible for this oppression and discrimination only betrays his hollowness. The question is what had the Congress being doing all these years to erase or at least alleviate this? Why should he and his mother –Mrs Sonia Gandhi blame the PM’? The other day the papers gave the headlines “Sonia slams government says it’s polarizing society, destabilizing institutions”(IE July 21st) One must ignore her because as an Italian born woman and with hardly any in-depth understanding of the ethos and the social history of this country she simply makes statements without substance. But then one must turn round and ask her and her son why has this come to pass? Why are they demanding Modi’s government to clean the dirt/muck which they have accumulated all these years? Instead of being a constructive Opposition Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi are destructive and block the government’s forward movement. Having injected communalism, regionalism into the country-it is they who are polarizing the society and using tit to destabilize the government. What is hurting is the fact that Rahul Gandhi is not just critical of the PM but stoops to a low level of criticism which is unbecoming of a mature person. But then he is not mature and will never grow-or learn. Hence he resorts to cheap catchy slogans like ‘Suit boot ka Sarkar’ He forgets that Nehru his great grandfather was immaculately dressed with a rose in his button hole. Why should our PM not be well groomed? So an aspect of the criticism only reveals envy and a discriminative mentality. This shows his childishness. Now it is ‘Arhar Modi,Arhar Modi’,Rahul Gandhi must learn to present statistics and made valid interventions and not resort to slogans.He behaves as a street urchin running around shouting and screaming just for the kick of it. One wishes that he uses his runaway days to undisclosed places to do some serious reading and study. It is disastrous to project him as a leader-it is shame that when he talked so much of democratic processes he was simply given the VP seat of the party. Does he deserve it? Imagine him being projected as the next PM.He has become the laughing stock of sensible and mature people. Every time he utters something he puts his foot in his mouth. Of course his backroom boys script for him. But then they would know what he likes and what he is capable of-just utter catchy slogans and hence that is what they give him. Feel sorry for him. SoniaGandhi in the Opposition is no better-she only prods her sycophants to be aggressive. Can one live in a glass house and throw stones on others? But then she cannot give what she does not have –that deep knowledge of this country and love for this country. She has got more than what she deserved from this country and its people. She must look back and recall the days when she was an au pair-with what knowledge did she come to India-what is her credentials? She has no substantive substance as the President of the Congress. She is unable to give a positive input to the Opposition. Just block governance. It seems to me that since under her and Manmohan Singh there was governance paralysis she does not want Modi to govern. But that development is not for Modi but for the nation. She forgets that crucial truth. When she makes the Congress to block and to place hurdles it is the people who suffer. But then what does she care for the suffering of the poor. Under her poverty has only increased and she with her patronizing attitude and mode sees it beneficial-to throw crumbs to the outstretched hands. Hence wants the people to remain so-with begging bowls and with outstretched hands. No doubt there has been some delay in implementing the promises which Modiji made-because of the previous paralysis of the UPA government. It takes time to remedy this paralysis and to make the government function robustly. But certainly it is not becoming of a ten year period UPA to demand a report card from a two year regime. For the first time in Indian history we have a Prime Minister who works and works hard .It is Modiji the PM who for the first time has made India globally recognized as a powerful and strong country. It is Modiji who in a two year period has become an astute global Statesman. Should we not be proud of this .May be the Congress its President and VP are suffering from envy and cannot tolerate that someone is greater than the Nehru-Gandhi family. They have exposed this low level mentality .But this country will push forward and gain greater momentum under the stewardship of the PM who is a rare diamond. That is what one gets if the alphabets in his name are jumbled it reads ‘rare diamond’. He is an example of what democracy is all about -that one from the ordinary levels can rise to the highest position by sheer hard work, conviction, determination and of course patriotism that is what democracy is all about. Continue- Mr PM -to be the Suit Boot ka Sarkar…..You make us proud Dr Hilda Raja-Vadodara. Barat Mata ki jai.

August 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

RAHUL GANDHI’S UNSOLITICTED ADVICE TO THE PM

Rahul Gandhi’s unsolicited advice to the PM.

Rahul Gandhi thinks he is qualified to advice Modi. Look at what he has said. He wants Modi to listen to the voice of the people. And in this aspect what is the Congress’s performance. Did his grandmother listen to the people? Was she tolerant of the advice from even her ministers? Was his grandmother amenable to listen to her council of ministers? Does Rahul Gandhi know why Pranab Mukerjee, Shukla, A.K Antony left the Congress. Did she not annihilate all opinions by arresting all the political leaders and banning the media from publishing its news? And her grandson RG faults Modi for not respecting his own ministers-that is the BJP’s internal problem. RG is not political and ethical qualified to take a call on that.

 Then what was his father record on listening to the people. He did not even respect Parliament. He used the shouting brigade to shout down the ruling parties. He used political cunning to boot the Dev Gowda and IK.Gujral. Then coming to the UPA’s regime-how can RG justify his mother’s unconstitutional role? What was this ‘inner voice’ that made her take over the power reins? She did not wait for the people’s voice-nor did she listen to the people’s voice.Its her own inner voice-that she relied on.                                         (So in what way is RG qualified now to extend such an advice to Modi-to listen to the voice of the people’)This act of Sonia Gandhi listening to her inner voice and acting on that the Congress sycophants termed as ‘renunciation’- gave this word a new meaning. Concentration of all powering her hands without responsibility made them call her act a great renunciation. Coming to Rahul Gandhi one is shocked at his political ignorance and his inability to learn. He does not even know his own family political history.

How is he qualified to extend advice to Modi to listen to the people? It makes himself a laughing stock. What is his political experience for him to presume that he can advice Modi? He did not work his way up-unlike Modi who rose from the lower levels was a Chief Minister for 15 years. What does it matter to RG if the RSS gave lessons to Modi. Again this shows him in a poor light because he does not know the ideology and the convictions of the RSS.RG was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He now struts about the country going from one university to another stoking unrest and abetting discord. He is not worthy to be a leader. RG states that the PM is not the country. He thinks that India is Indira- a slogan raised during his grandmother’s tenure. He wants us to believe in his belief that the country is the Nehru-Gandhi’s fiefdom. He is sadly mistaken. No more can the Congress take the people for a ride. He has forgotten that there were ten suicides in the Hyderabad Central University during the UPA when his mother was the defacto prime minister.Why had he not visited the HCU then? Why had he not listened to the people-the voices of the youth then? Be it the SC issue of discrimination, suicides or the distress of the farmers all this were there in larger proportions during the UPA tenure. Yet RG did not think of uttering a condemnation nor did he demand that his mother Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh must visit these sites and meet the grieving people. He did not think it necessary to advice them to listen to the people. So I request Rahul Gandhi to keep his own advice to himself –Modi does not need to take lessons from him.

RG must remember that the PM is the country. Not his family. The PM represents the people-in him the people look for a  forward movement of the country .RG must answer the people why after 50 years of the Congress being in power there is so much of poverty and discrimination. He must otherwise have the decency to stop giving advice to Modi and stop his abetment of unrest and stoking tensions. Does he think that by doing this he will come to power? The simple fact is that the Gandhis cannot accept the truth that they are no more in power. The people rejected them and will continue to do so. Hence he stoops to all sorts of political underhand, unethical methods. This is the man who enjoys his frequent pleasure trips and hardly works. Yet he wants us to believe that he stands with the farmers in distress. As alleged in the media heand his mother has money stashed in foreign banks-to prove his concern and anguish  he  could at least bring this money to the country and distribute it to the SC students and the farmers and then talk. His hypocrisy is so obvious. Either he is utterly ignorant or he is simply adamant in stooping to any method to unseat Modi.This includes wrong information-falsehoods and of course hypocritical actions. Does he want the citizens of this country to believe that praising Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon are nationalistic acts and expressions of nationalism? One need not be shocked of RG’s mindset because one is not sure even to which country he owes his allegiance. But let him and his mother and the Congress forget that they can dislodge Modi and the ideology which he represents and try to break India. The Nehru-Gandhi family had partitioned India once and now we will not allow the country to be broken again. That can happen only over the dead bodies of this country’s citizens.

Regarding Sitaram Yechury the less said the better because the strategy of the Marxists and Maoists are to infiltrate into universities and to brainwash the youth towards their ideology. And what is their ideology- to destabilize the country. They can never come to power -and all over the world the Communists and the Maoists have been decimated -They have found a safe haven in the JNU- the JNU and part of its youth are soft targets. But let them finance the JNU and not transfer the hard earned money of the taxpayers for propagating their ideology. This is day light robbery. I do not think it is necessary to remind them of the blood soaked hands of theirs. One can only pity them because they have to justify their existence of being ‘netas’.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

Vadodara

 

March 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

WHAT IS SEDITION

What is sedition?

Sedition according to the dictionary is conduct or speech inciting rebellion against authority of a State or monarch.But different people interpret this is different ways depending on their perception and convenience. It also depends on who said what and when. It is quite clear that Kanhaiya Kumar is guilty of sedition. He and other students of the JNU who indulged in sloganeering –praising Afzal Guru were inciting rebellion. Otherwise why were they shouting slogans-for the love of the country? Now we have many learned professors and even jurists coming to his rescue. One explanation is that he did not shout slogans. But that he was present. One’s presence is abetting the whole motive of the gathering. Why had the JNU students gathered and how can one absolve Kanhaiya Kumar of sedition because if he had not shouted the slogans how did he allow it. How did he allow outsiders within the campus? He as the president of the students union is solely responsible for what happened and is accountable for the outsiders’ presence. Surely without his knowledge they would not be there. When one cites inciting it means that person through speech and slogans fires rebellion. It need not be immediate but builds tension and hatred for the authority-here the government. Abetting this was Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal.These two by their very presence had certainly vouched what the students-be they outsiders or insiders, stood for-gathered for and sloganeering for. One such slogan is ‘break India’ is that love for the country, is there no violence embedded-It is like a bugle call given by Kanhaiya Kumar and his supporters.

 The praising of Afzal Guru –the terrorist who targeted Parliament is not something to be overlooked. In this I am shocked that eminent jurists and professors seem to tone down and give it an entirely different version. Rahul Gandhi must remember that Afzal Guru was sentence to hanging during the tenure when his mother was the extra constitutional power center. By condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru the outsiders or/and JNU students are condemning our judiciary. Whatever it be, the JNU students were part of the whole event-and Kanhaiya Kumar is answerable as he is the student Union President. Today the security guards and others can give another version-because they have to live with these students…They are to be believed by the advocates of the JNU students but not other versions. Whatever suits their cause is to be believed. It is really saddening to note that professors are supporting the activities of the students. It is a well know fact that JNU has been known for sheltering, nurturing Communists and Maoists. These two are no more in China but very much present in the Indian soil-and in JNU.What are their aims? Breaking India, Destabilizing, creating unrest dividing the nation, communalizing and finally overthrowing the government- towards this most of the foreign funds flow. I sincerely wish that the Government of India bans the flow of foreign funds. This can stop all anti-government activities and cut at the roots of proselytization

Day after day the Indian Express carries articles on these activities of the JNU by their own professors and others. Giving them a clean chit and trying to convince the readers how sincere they are, how studious they are, and how nationalistic they are. Even now the Indian Express continues to fill its editorial pages have given space in the Letters to the Editor column. Will it publish a dissenting article or letter?So much for Freedom of Speech. So all this is towards what…

It made strange reading to find that Kapil Sibal the advocate for Kanhaiya Kumar argued in the Court that ‘the offence of sedition could not be made out as the alleged sloganeering occurred inside a university campus and not a public place”. He continued “How can something happening inside a university campus between two factions incite people outside to create law and order situation”. This is a strange argument given by a senior advocate. Sedition can be hatched and incitement against authority can triggered any where-even within a closed room or a university campus. Surely if it happens within a university campus it has its larger implications. It spreads like ripples outside. For that matter has the media not brought it into the public domain? Is the print media not screaming how the Freedom of Speech is being suppressed? I do not for a moment hesitate to vehemently state that there is no country in the world which is so tolerant and gives Freedom of Expression. Will any country tolerate its PM being labeled ‘psychopath’,called a devil? We had RG foot in the mouth utterances that Modi’s 57 inches will be reduced to 54 inches in Parliament. Has there been any condemnation. Did the BJP go on a rampage? What if under Freedom of speech I call Sonia Gandhi a self server- one who has come to India with the sole purpose of destroying it after having garnered all its treasures. And use abusive tirades against her. I would have been asked to apologize to the nation. Because Congress thinks that India is the fiefdom of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Firstly I will not stoop to such low level trash. Secondly it is not becoming of any one with a minimum amount of decency. So public figures like Rahul Gandhi should uphold probity in public life-same goes for Kejriwal and Mamta.There is decorum to be maintained. Tolerance is the hall mark of Indian culture. This does not give unbridled license to utter what one likes-to be abusive and to degrade one’s country-the nation and its elected leader this-this not the spirit of  Freedom of Speech enshrined in the Constitution.

Reverting back to JNU affair-Are the taxpayers not concerned about how their money is being spent? Of course there was an article stating that to have freedom of speech the taxpayer must pay. This again is an absurd explanation. The taxpayers’ hard earned money is not to be spend on students becoming activitists instead of actively concentrating in their subjects, instead of aiming at completing their courses at the earliest- they hang on-simply because they and their parents do not feel the pinch in their pockets. Hence they continue within the campus paying a meager 11 rupees as room rent and get outsiders also to enjoy their largess.

Coming to Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal it is certainly to incite the students and to support their anti-Establishment (read Modi’s government) stand that they made their presence in the campus. So they are abettors in sedition. One cannot brush aside on the plea that as students they are filled with fervor and need not be taken to task. The students are not illiterate or semi literate. They are fully aware of what they are doing. In fact Kanhaiya kumar canvassed for the CPI in the last election in Bihar. So he is political oriented. But being political oriented is not to be faulted. But to use the University campus and his position to further his political ideology is wrong and worse if it is done at the taxpayers’ money. The core argument for the JNU students lies in the Right to Freedom of Expression. I do not think Rights are immutable and absolute. If that is so how does one explain Minority Rights where there is no equality with others but a differential treatment on the basis of religion?

 Dr Mrs Hilda Raja

 Vadodara

March 8, 2016 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

On ‘A TEST OF FREEDOM ET AL

On ‘A TEST OF FREEDOM ET AL

‘A test of freedom’ by Fali S.Nariman (IE17th Feb) was confusing. Being a senior advocate and an eminent jurist I thought he would throw more light on Section 124A.The eminent jurist was not right when he points out at the Kedarnath judgment. I thought the court upheld the constitutionality of Section 124A.While the five judge bench upheld, the constitutionality its operation was specified to activities involving incitement to violence intention to create disturbance of public peace. This is exactly what the students of the JNU were involved in. How could Fali Nariman state that ‘sedition’ in India is unconstitutional’ it remains an offence only if the words, spoken or written, are accompanied by disorder and violence’. He terms the disturbance of peace and the incitement made by the Kanhaiya Kumar ‘ mere hooliganism’, disorder and other forms of violence, though punishable under other provisions of the penal code and other laws, are not punishable under Section 124A.Perhaps to an ordinary lay person like me I fail to comprehend what amounts to incitement  to violence, intention to create disturbance of public peace.

If one careful scrutinizes the speech made by Kanhaiya Kumar his motive is very clear. First he raises the question and heralds himself as the champion of Afzal Guru and Kasab.There by he supports the action and the intention behind the actions of these two. Are these two not terrorists. Targeting the Parliament is not a simple point reaching where Afzal Guru was pushed to that point to target the very soul of our democracy. Similarly Kasab was not pushed to that point by the Indian nation to target innocent people and gun them down. These two are terrorists. One is a separatist and the other is a trained terrorists. To champion these two makes the President of the JNU student union a traitor. Did India and its people push these two to commit such acts to redeem their honor? No, if one is to answer Kanhaiya Kumar the answer is that they are trained jihadis. Does KK champion the separation of Kashmir? It seems so. Is that not sedition. Is that not incitement and towards  ‘mere hooliganism’. He coolly shuffles the blame on some unidentified people who raised the slogans of ‘Pakistan zindabad’ Is that what KK says and wants us to believe it. Did he object to these slogans which decried India and upheld Pakistan zindabad. As a president of the JNU student union he is responsible for what happened within its campus and in the rallies he organized. There were other slogans also which were shouted. How did these unidentified persons get into the campus if he had not permitted and known of it? Why has he turned the JNU into a hot bed of politics. It cannot be that he got a brain wave and suddenly raised all these questions on Dalits and throws challenges to the RSS. He is using the student body to incite violence and cause disturbance. Hence even according to Fali S.Nariman it is sedition. To want to separate Kashmir is nothing short of sedition. To take up the cause of Kasab is nothing short of supporting jihadi terrorism. So what else should there be as the causative factors to incite violence and to divide the country. His business is to study and to account for the taxpayers money spent in maintaining the JNU. After he finishes his studies he could easily join politics or even start a political party and have his own agenda .He has no business to use the campus to incite and propagate his own political agenda and  he cannot mislead other students and waste taxpayers money. He should organize public meetings outside the campus and not misuse the campus and then fault the police for its role. Hence I hold Kanhaiya Kumar guilty of sedition.

The media cannot be one sided. It is easy to play to the gallery. In this context one must seriously question the roles played by Rahul Gandhi and Kerjiwal. It need not be words but their very presence sanctioned and blessed the anti-India activities of Kanhaiya Kumar and his followers Did they till date condemn the slogans shouted against India and pro-Pakistan .Is that not also amounting  to incitement? Why should political leaders make a beeline to the campus? Afzal Guru and Kasab terrorism were not during the time of the NDA but during the UPA. Will Kanhaiya Kumar answer for the innocent lives lost? Why now under Modi these have been raked up? Is there not a sinister motive? The visits by Rahul Gandhi and Kerjiwal surely point out at their ulterior motives-destabilize the present government. It is a sad day for the nation. Will any country in the world countenance such behavior and the use of the university to become a hot bed for anti national activities?

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja, Vadodara

February 19, 2016 at 4:37 am 2 comments

Rahul Gandhi exposes his utter ignorance of india

Rahul Gandhi exposes his utter ignorance of India

It is distressing to say the least when one observes the actions and the utterances of Rahul Gandhi. And to think that he and his mother are eager to make him ascend the Prime Minister’s chair is nothing short of a calamity and disaster for the country. Look at what he has been undertaking in recent days in Hyderabad. One can understand or even forgive if he was genuine in his sensitivity towards the youth of this country committing suicides. But then he picks up only those cases from which he will garner votes. This is exploitation of the worse order and even suicides have become a vote catching mechanism. Can there be anything more debasing than this. This exposes the selfish and self centeredness of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Like vultures they are looking for the dead-and these have to be SCs- citing their concern and the discrimination they have been exposed to- these two are all out to exploit them.

Take the case of Rohith Velmula of the Hyderabad Central University. Why had Rahul Gandhi picked on this case? Why had he not gone to Villipuram where three students have committed suicides? Perhaps there is no SC issue in these or is there-nobody has yet talked about it. In the case of Rohith his father had gone public by clearly stating that the family is not SCs .He even explains how Rohith’s maternal grandmother got a false SC certificate.(This is a common strategy which the SCs are encouraged to resort  to gain the reservations and other benefits).Is Rahul Gandhi and the Congress more authentic that Rohith’s father in identifying the caste of Rohith? Instead they go on accusing the BJP-saying that they drove him to death and now they want to deny him his identity also. How petty minded-foolish and absurd can the Congress and Rahul Gandhi become? Another valid point to note is that normally suicide notes are authentic documents for the investigating agencies to nab the culprits. In Rohith’s case he has stated that nobody is to be blamed for his action-not his friends and not his enemies. He is solely responsible for the action he is taking. More than this what does one need? It is clear that the Congress somehow by hook or crook wants to blame the BJP and hence overlooks this vital evidence which normally is the sole guiding lead to ascertain the reason for the suicide

It is clear that Rahul Gandhi is seeking to score brownie points and wants to level out with Smriti Irani who can stand her ground. The Gandhis have never met with Opposition and cannot stomach anyone who stands firm and resolute against them and exposes them. Smriti Irani has real guts and RG is not prepared to meet the challenge she poses. Rahul Gandhi sees in her a threat and hence demands her resignation. This will not happen because it is illogic to blame Smriti Irani or for that matter any in the Modi Government in the case of Rohith’s suicide. If  resignation demand of the Congress   is the logical then when farmers committed suicides did Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi resign? Did anyone clamour for it?

It is obvious that Rahul Gandhi is a trouble maker-not a trouble shooter. He instigates, provokes, and augments troubles. This does not augur well for one who wants to become the PM of this country. This time he is on the wrong path because it is the youth in the universities that he has targeted upon for his own power craziness. The students have to work hard-sit for their exams-and make themselves employable. This is a powerful input for empowerment. This is development not only for them and their families but for the country. On the other hand RG has not worked hard. God alone knows what academic qualifications RG has and how. He does not have to be employed because he and his mother have acquired enough of wealth of the poor of India for them to last for generations. Look at the number of Trusts which Sonia Gandhi heads? Did they work for it-or has Sonia Gandhi inherited these from Italy? So RG and his mother are not bothered of what happens to the youth and their future. RG has never had and never will need to work for himself and the family. That has been provided by the poor of India. He has not sweated it out to earn a livelihood. Everything is given to him at the cost of the poor Indian people.

The Nehru Gandhi family enjoys the wealth of the country and throws crumbs as subsidies to the poor. This it boasts is the great reform the UPA has achieved. I am referring to the MGNREGP He does not know the dignity of labor .he only talks and if at all he struts around for rallies or obstructs Parliament then he seeks his leisure and pleasure  for days outside the country.

Do we need a man like him as the PM of this country? If fishermen are in protest-there he is-if farmers are in protest there he is, if students of the FTII-Pune are protesting against the appointment of Gajander Chouhan-there he is to incite them. Now he is has targeted the Central University of Hyderabad. Let us grant that he is genuinely concerned of suicides. If so was this the first of its kind? Let us grant that he has become sensitive to this problem after his sojourns in foreign countries become enlightened and invigorated. Hence he is now aware of the discrimination and the struggles the SCs face .But then where was his mind-what had he studied and learned of India and its past? How has he prepared himself to become the PM without knowing anything of India-its past and its present? Was this a sudden phenomenon? Were suicides of the youth-the students-the farmers and those who have lost hope not been there during the UPA’s regime. When his mother with her extra constitutional NAC was surveying the Indian scenario and drafting reforms and measures for the upliftment of the masses? Were they all ignorant of the reality.

I would like to cite just one area in this discrimination issue. In the 80s I was part of the committee which wanted to focus this issue hence we took up a case of a cobbler named Susai in Chennai who was denied subsidy though he was an SC because he was a Christian. This case we cited and appealed to the SC. The then CJ was Justice Bhagavathi. He stated that Christians do not have caste and we need to prove with more data that there is discrimination and Christians SCs also suffer from the social stigma.. Voluminous data was collected both by the ISIs of B’lore and Delhi to prove the social backwardness and the discrimination the SC Christians suffer from. But nothing came out of it. To over come this denial the Christians who convert from Hinduism were advised to continue using their Hindu identity. I am not justifying anything but only presenting certain facts.

As far back as 1910 there was blatant discrimination against the SCs and the Nadars even within Catholic Church. This again is a case which I personally know and have authentic information-data. The parish church in the village of Vadankulam-in the district of Kanyakumari and a few kilo meters from Nagercoil-on the way to Tirunelveli was under the Jesuits. The church was built with a wall inside lengthwise about three feet high partitioning the church into two parts. The wall was to keep the SCs and the Nadars from the Pillars and the upper caste. The former had to sit on the northern side and use a different entrance-while the southern side facing the main altar was for the upper caste. The SCs and the Nadars went to court-they lost the case. The Catholic Church authorities- right from Rome down to the local church dignitaries upheld and justified the segregation. In fact it was the Parish Priest a Jesuit who allowed the building of the wall right within the church. Even today quite a few parishes of the Catholic Church maintain separate cemeteries one for the Upper caste and the other for the SCs and other castes.

From time immemorial the SCs have been denied rights to walk through the caste areas-they were not allowed to use foot wears when they pass the caste areas etc. It is just not the Hindus or some saffron fringe groups who uphold discrimination. The Christian churches discriminate them from birth to death. Even the dead bodies are segregated in the cemeteries. So always to blame the Hindus is not right. The sole blame must be placed on the politicians-especially the Congress which has communalized politics and the polity of India by caste and religion

I request RG to study the history of the caste in India-then look into the present reality. Not suddenly pop up to spite Modi and to instigate trouble. Certainly he should not use universities for his own political gain. The SC/ST commission must wake up to realities and take stringent action. But the UPA was not bothered. After all the Congress was in power for more than 50 years what had it done towards alleviating this problem-if not eradicating the problem? It has abetted the communal/caste angle for vote banks. Look at each neta with his own bandwagon of caste communalism. How was the elections won in Bihar-on the basis of caste. How is the PMK in Chennai having its outfit on the single plank of the Vanniars.So RG cannot pick and choose but must be consistent in his approach to the problem and go wherever there is a SC/ST suicide-atrocity, oppression. He should make it his one point program.Rahul Gandhi must remember that education and employability of the SCs/STs alone can empower them. They are now strong enough to fight their fights. They do not need the politicians who have exploited them down the ages.

 Empowerment calls for inputs not exploitation of the SCs again for one’s own political gains. This exploitation has been going on for ages. The result is the SCs are where they were –at the bottom of the social ladder and the politicians want to keep them there so that they could be used as tools for their political gains. This is exactly what the Congress did-kept communalism alive. Created ghettos and fenced them within. How then would one explain why after 68 years of Freedom the SCs/STs are socially backward? How would one explain why and how after 68years of Independence poverty is on the increase-more and more sections of the population are being siphoned as ‘Backward’ Why is there so much of demand and protest for every community to be included in the Backward category? Should the political parties-especially the Congress not be made answerable to this? So all the planning, the poverty alleviation programs, the ‘haribi hato’  have failed and what we see today is a vast pauperized population. The result is the demand for classifying them as ‘Backward’ and the tags are SCs/STs,BCs,MBC,OBCs and so on. Is this the result of good governance, good planning and reach out to the poor? On the other hand look at the neo rich-the netas they are all crorepathis rolling in wealth. Whose money is all this and who is accountable for this deplorable despicable state of affairs. The Congress is the root cause and hence cannot be the answer or solution to upliftment of the SCs/STs and Backward communities.

 Finally as one who was in the field of education I would like RG to stop politicizing the youth and the education institutions. If caste has to be eradicated-if oppression and discrimination must be eliminated then we need educated youth. Towards this every effort must be made to see that universities function and function properly. Colleges ad educational must not become money churning business. It is a long path to freedom-and a man like Rahul Gandhi who wants to project himself as the future Prime Minister of the country must be clear sighted, have a vision and avoid obstructionisms and vendetta politics and stop playing with the youth and their future. This is nothing short of exploitation to continue keeping them where they are. For heaven’s sake leave them alone. See that the schemes meant for them are faithfully implemented and that the SC/ST Commission functions. Let it not be another white elephant draining the people’s money and not performing its duty. Will Rahul Gandhi remember that education is an important input for empowerment of the SCs/STs and hence not exploit this area and make them a tool for his political agenda?

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara

 

 

 

February 5, 2016 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Open letter to Rahul Gandhi

Open letter to Rahul Gandhi,

I feel sorry for you because you seem to know very little of India. You are 45 years old and I wonder when you are going to grow up. Imagine you waiting at the wings to become the Prime Minister of India. Can there be a greater disaster for the country than this? What one observes is that you are always ready to pounce at the tragedies-in this case of suicides and ignores the rest of the development momentum that has picked up since Modi took over. It looks that you were in Alice Wonderland and suddenly woke up to the discrimination against the Schedule Castes(Dalit word is unconstitutional)Were you in hibernation? You are least prepared to accept realities and go looking for events which can fault Modi.

Was the schedule caste discrimination of recent origin? Your Congress party was in power almost for 60 years and one would like to question its efforts to eliminate the discrimination against the Schedule Caste? Lives of the SCs alone are not precious-every life is unique and precious-then why do you pick at the cases against the SC and makes it out to look that under the Modi government these are becoming common.

I am referring to the suicide of the research scholar Rohith Vemula from Hyderabad Central University.His suicide note clearly states that no one is responsible for his act of killing himself. “No one has instigated me, whether by their acts or by their words, to commit this act. This is my decision and I am the only one responsible for this. Do not trouble my friends and enemies about this after I am gone” .Normally the suicide note is the most important testimony which gives the lead-in this case why should that be overlooked and why are you Rahul Gandhi blaming the Centre government and demanding the resignation of the resignation of Smirit Irani and Bandaru Dattaterya/Why not also add Modi’s name?You seem to be looking for fodder for your own political gains.Your whole approach is negative petty and exhibits your immaturity. Every case needs to be probed and investigated. One cannot go by what a politician like you demands.Being in the Opposition you seem to be always itching to fault Modi’s government.

This is not the first time you show great eagerness to fish in troubled waters. The same you did when farmers committed suicide-you had the cheap baazar outlook to tell them, ‘See I am standing with you but Modi is flying to other countries. Unlike you RG Modi does not fly to his hideouts to enjoy himself. He is at his job which demands him to fly. Similarly you rushed to the FTII and spurred them into continuing the protest and requested them to take the issue to Delhi-promising that you will raise it in Parliament. When people are hurt and are emotionally disturbed you use that to your political advantage. Is this a sign of maturity or a sick mind? Power at all cost is what you want.

You do not have a nationalistic mindset and cannot put the country first. It is you and the family which must be first and the interests of the family must be safe guarded. This was evident when you swore outside Parliament that you would block the GST bill-This you did effectively. What it costs the nation is no concern of you and your party. Similarly you used derogatory similes against the PM when you stated that the 57 inches chest will be reduced to 54(?) was that not a low level aside? You think that politics is child play. For nearly 60 years your party was in power and what do we have as a result-more poverty, more discrimination and more casteism and communalism lumpenised .You and your party are the root cause for the polarization of castes.

I like to place for your perusal a few cases of caste discrimination and want to demand of you that you visit these places and eliminate them. In Tamilnadu as early as the 80s there had been suicides in the Madras IIT campus.These were not schedule castes. Again the tradition that the dead bodies of the SCs cannot be taken through the caste areas for cremation was faithfully followed. I was working in a village –Pattipulam near Mahabalipuram-Chennai.The upper castes there were Naickers-the Panchayat President was also a naicker.There the practice was that the village road which ran through the caste area no dead bodies of the SCs were taken. Nobody protested though small voices were raised among the SCs. But the tradition continued. For that matter even their cattle was not allowed to be grazed in the ‘upper’ grazing lands. If the naickers found any of the SCs cattle straying into the grazing land their tails were cut off. This was in the 80s and I do not know whether this is being continued.But I do know for certain that in the Catholic church in some places the SCs cannot bury their dead in the common cemeteries.They have a separate area notified away from the caste  area This is faithfully followed in Trichy Dindigul and may be in other places too.

In Kanyakumari district in a village some 8 kilometers from Nagercoil there is a beautiful village of the upper caste-the saiva Vellalas.They have their own cemetery and will not allow any non Vellala dead  to be buried there.One Protestant man who was a nadar(not a SC mind you ) converted to the Catholic Church.When he died again the Vellalas refused to bury his body within  the cemetery of the Catholic Church’s after much coaxing and weeping and wailing by the widow the pastor of his former protestant church came and removed the body from the house and buried it in their church cemetery. Well these are not old stories –what about the present? A Vellala girl married a SC boy.Till date the boy has been refused entry into this village by the village elders-though his in-laws had no objection to his entering their house. But he cannot enter the village so how could he enter his in-laws house. This continues even today after 10 years of his marriage.

I am wondering what the SC/ST commission is all about when such blatant discrimination is being practised All this under the Congress government at the Center What about the clashes in Tamilnadu between the Vanniars and the SCs.The Vanniar outfit of Ramdas has banned the marriages between Vanniars and SCs.If any one defies it then there is havoc. Recently the villages of the SCs were burned by the Vanniars.But nobody dares to protest against the Vanniar outfit of Ramdas because it a powerful one. Where are you Rahul Gandhi in all these? I suppose Buta Singh still heads the SC/ST Commission. These are not atrocities and discrimination which has suddenly risen after the BJP took over. These are age old practices and village dictak

It looks ridiculous that Rahul Gandhi you have has suddenly woken up-but picks on only Modi’s government and demands action. What about the happenings and the atrocities all over the country. Is the Congress not accountable for allowing this state of affairs for years? Have the State governments no role to act and prevent such atrocities and discriminations.

What is disturbing is the fact that you look at these from your own political gains and not from the country’s need to level the ground and create equality which is a Constitutional Right. Another aspect which one must probe is the SCs reservations. When it comes to education after 60 years is it not the need of the hour to evaluate this and find out whether it was judicious to continue the reservation policy in education-the minority right and so on. As far as education is concerned it is high time that those meritorious and poor need to be helped irrespective of caste and religion. On one side when we talk of communalism and on the other hand we abet it by communalizing rights on the basis of religion and caste then we are not building but demolishing the Constitutional Rights. It is also relevant to question why after 64 years such rights on the basis of religion and caste have not leveled the differences. This proves that these are faulty and need to be restructured or done away with. Again it is political exigencies that the politicians want to cater to castes. It is they who are ruining the country and turning this into a land of communalism.

Rahul Gandhi please stop playing with fire and remember that nemesis will follow you if you do not put people and its development before your own power grabbing tactics. Can you afford to cut the branch on which you are sitting? You will never reach the PM’s gaddi.First follow basic courtesies – respect the PM of this country and take a positive outlook and not be so negative in everything .Stop jumping into troubled waters and do not argument friction It stunts your personality growth and hinders your mental maturity. Please do not go only by what Surijiwal prompts. Remember that all the ills of this country are the making of the Congress. People have not and will not forget it. So do not try to play the Good Samaritan and pretend that all the ills are of recent making. Do not always listen to your ‘chammchas’. Rahul Gandhi you have a long way to go…I wish you a real growth prone journey without constantly putting your foot in your mouth.

Dr Hilda Raja ,Vadodara

January 21, 2016 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

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