India: Congress leaders meet president – will President take action on BJP’s sinister campaign?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
As the aggressive Hindutva campaign is in its full swing, trying to create communal discord in a society known for communalization of politics, India’s former ruling party Congress president Sonia Gandhi MP and her son Rahul Gandhi MP on November 11 led the party’s leaders and MPs in a march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the office of Indian president functions, in protest against “growing intolerance” in the country, accusing the Modi government of unleashing a sinister campaign to create social and communal tension, along religion and caste lines.
After leading the march from Parliament, Sonia handed over a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention in checking such incidents which are causing social divide. “Sinister campaign is being unleashed to create social and communal tension. It is being done with the objective of polarizing society and disturbing social harmony,” the Congress delegation told the President.
The opposition party also expressed its gratitude to the President for speaking out “strongly and unequivocally against forces of prejudice, bigotry and intolerance,” its memorandum said while expressing deep regret that the Prime Minister had not deemed it fit to do so. “While the President has spoken, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is silent which clearly indicates his tacit support to such activities,” Sonia told reporters after meeting Mukherjee. “Worse, his council of ministers continues to harbour individuals who are contributing heavily to spreading hate and divisiveness,” it added. “Congress conveys its grave concern at “growing atmosphere of fear, intolerance and intimidation being deliberately created by sections of ruling establish men.”
The march comes in the backdrop of protests by artistes, writers and scientists over the alleged rising intolerance reflected in the Dadri lynching, beef row and other such incidents. Following the march, a 125-member delegation, which included party vice president Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, met Mukherjee to submit its memorandum and seek his intervention.
They also expressed their gratitude to Mukherjee, a former Union minister and senior Congress leader, for speaking out strongly and unequivocally against the force of prejudice, bigotry and intolerance.
Delhi police, controlled by the Modi government, had severely barricaded the route of the march and deployed a large number of personnel. Many Congress leaders were not allowed to march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan as cops allowed only a small delegation to enter it.
Definitely, the image of BJP and PM Modi today is much different than what it was last year when they won the parliamentary poll hands down. In fact, historic debacle of the Hindutva party in Delhi assembly poll exposed them as being fragile entities.
In order to somehow revive the party fortunes, the BJP-RSS combine resorted to extreme Hindutva steps like Ghar Vapsi, anti-beef attacks, cow worship claims, etc, but yet they have failed to improve the situation as party is fairing badly almost everywhere. BJP is unable to gauge the mood of the people of India.
President Mukherjee, who has also begun touring the world like PM Modi, has not been a critique of BJP or RSS even as politician. As president he requires the support of the ruling BJP government to continue in office without any trouble and, more importantly, to get another term as India’s first citizen to enjoy life for some more years. Mukherjee, therefore would not annoy the Modi government with any “presidential advice” to behave and his Congress party leadership also knows that too well. After all, Congress-RSS-BJP, no matter who rules India, ill-focused on Indian Muslims, Islam, Kashmiris and Pakistan, maintains secret nexus for communication.
Indian voters do not seem to trust the BJP and its leader as sincere entities. In fact not only the BJP but Congress has lost the popular trust in the country. Both are like sponsored IPL and ISL (Cricket-Football joint exercises) players working only for Indian quick money by following the “instructions” of corporate bosses.
What a tragedy for India! People are in the hands of national and intentional frauds as leaders and their corporate allies.
Indian voters apparently are looking for a sincere alternative to govern India.