The Panchatantra is replete with stories in the deception of appearance. The tale of the cuckoo is particularly fascinating in this context. In the season of love the male and female cuckoo locate a crow’s nest just after mating and they time it in such a way as to coincide it with that of the crows. Once they find the crow’s nest, the female cuckoo hides behind the green bushes while the male cuckoo creates a diversion causing the unsuspecting crow to leave its nest chasing the trouble-maker. The wily female cuckoo then pushes the crow’s eggs out of the nest and lays as many eggs of its own in the nest and leaves the scene. When the eggs are hatched by the unsuspecting crow, it cannot distinguish between its own black fledglings and the black cuckoo chicks. Once they grow the parasitic cuckoos cheerfully sing, snooking at the crow and leave the nest to the everlasting angst of the poor crow as it realises its folly. But the helpless crow is ever condemned to suffer the slight.
There is a lesson in this for the patriotic people of this country as we celebrate yet another Republic Day in the shadow of the shenanigans of Sonia Gandhi and her lackeys to divide and destroy the Indian nation.
Sachar and Ranganath Reports are just the tools. To keep the Muslims alienated from the national mainstream, separatist Muslim fringe groups in the late eighties used to raise these demands. All the nationalist parties then had frowned at such fundamentalist assertions. Even the Congress Party under the late Rajiv Gandhi had criticised them. But Sonia Congress has now adopted that divisive Muslim charter of demands wholesale. This is a carbon copy of the demands of pre-Partition Muslim League of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Arif Mohammed Khan, who left the Congress after his memorable speech in the Lok Sabha on the Shah Banu issue, where he eloquently defended the right of a Muslim widow, much to the chagrin of the fanatic lot before whom his leader Rajiv Gandhi kowtowed, has succinctly summarised the tragedy confronting India in his article in this Republic Day Special. Where he advocates the theory of “One nation, One people” as he opposes the idea of religious reservation, even as he questions our assertions on the shrinking E 3 space of the Hindus. He is right. We are not happy with the title we have given. But truth is stranger than fiction.
How the Hindus feel deprived, how they are becoming aliens in their own land, how a bunch of minority politicians disguising both their name and intent, how the Republic is being wreaked from within by the usurper gang, which has no love for this land is laid bare in great detail in the opening piece by OP Gupta. He says, he is worried about the future of his grandchild. Most Hindu parents are. If the present trend is not arrested in a few decades India will become unliveable for those who believe in the one nation concept. Most Hindu youngsters find it more sensible to migrate to the West in search of opportunities for education and career. A catalogue of the actions of the UPA in the last six years will show that all its schemes smack of a pathological hatred for the Hindu. It seems its whole agenda is to erase the Hindu character of this country. Special affirmative actions in the name of religions have a justification if India is a constitutional Hindu theocracy. In a secular state such selective, segmented approach violates the Constitution. Here opportunities must visit equally, and equitably.
Poverty has no religion. To see religion in poverty is a sin. A crime that no recourse to political expediency can hide. We have no doubt that the UPA is out to create a class war in the country. Like the British, the UPA is smelling its chance in a divided, weakened and shattered India. One should not think, the Ranganath Misra Report presented in Parliament during the winter session is the last in a series of duplicitous vote bank ploy. That of course is the theme of this Special. The UPA, however, is not stopping there. Its Minority Affairs Minister, last week disclosed that the Union Finance Ministry will soon write to the Kerala High Court, supporting the proposal to introduce Islamic Banking in India. The court recently responding to a petition of Dr Subramanian Swamy stayed a Kerala Government proposal to set up Islamic Banks.
Addressing the social Editors’ Conference in Delhi on January 19 the UPA Rural Development Minister announced that all Muslims in India will be included in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list. This will accrue them extra benefits, he said. The Minister says, this is necessary so that the automatic inclusion in the BPL list would ensure all benefits of central and state-sponsored schemes like Indira Awas Yojna, NREGS, old-age pension, special loans etc. These are over and above Sachar and Ranganath. In the normal course one would have thought the fellow had gone crazy. And that he was either out of his senses or had gone mad. No, in the milieu in which we live such are the kind of pronouncements we hear from ministers whose only reason for their being there is that they enjoy Sonia Gandhi’s patronage. Have not we heard a few years ago India’s selected Prime Minister pompously bragging that Muslims have the first right on India’s resources? This is the man who lost his sleep thinking of the agony of the mother of a terror plot accused in Australia. Sad, that he is yet to come out with a decent reaction to hundreds of racial attacks on Indian students and taxi drivers in Australia in recent months in which about a score of Indians have lost their lives. This is the kind of selective amnesia and charlatan hypocrisy guiding this regime. They are not interested in the progress of India or the welfare of minorities.
What they want to do for the Muslims, these days they cloak under the subtitle ‘minority’, so as to camouflage and deceive the Hindus. The Muslims should be protesting for characterising all of them as living below poverty line. No self-respecting community would accept that sobriquet.
The UPA appointed committees on poverty have estimated the number of poor people in the country at 700 million. The Saxena Committee Report submitted to the Rural Development Ministry has estimated that 37 per cent of Indians are living below poverty line. There is no need here to elaborate the point we made at the beginning of this piece that the UPA’s priority is not welfare and development of this country. If that was the case it would not have been looking at poverty from a purely religious paradigm. If all its schemes are channelised to uplift only the 15 per cent minority will it let the rest 22 per cent below the poverty line rot in poverty and disgrace? Does it want 22 per cent of the Indian Hindus to go begging? And if we accept Sonia Gandhi’s Rural Development Minister’s logic of all the 15 per cent minority being categorised as BPL, only the Hindus pay tax and their contribution is being looted by the UPA to make 22 per cent of Hindu brethren beggars. This is the atrocity, deprivation we are discussing in this Republic Day Special. Time to expose the cuckoo perched in crow’s nest.