Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hypocrisy, thy name is politics

मज़हब नहीं सिखाता आपस में बैर रखना

I'm confused.
There are articles doing rounds of social media, promoted by extremist anti Congress groups, which, it appears, are comprised primarily of Hindu Extremists and Loyalists.
These articles talk about the Nehru bloodline and how corrupt and anti Hindu (and therefore anti India) its always been. I dont know, and frankly dont care, about the degree to which the information stated in the articles is true. It just creates one rather confusing paradox.

I realised this while watching a documentary about operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the ensuing riots of 1984. Surviving Sikhs interviewed by the filmmaker quoted the Hindu mobs (comprising, I presume, to a great degree of the same breed of Hindu extremists as the ones dissing the Nehru bloodline now) saying :

" इन्होंने हमारी माँ को मारा है, जला दो सब को "

(They've killed our mother, burn them all)

referring, as is obvious, to the Indira Gandhi assassination by Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, two of her bodyguards, both Sikh.

You see the paradox emerge?

While we're on the subject, here's something whimsical I was idly thinking about earlier today.

Preventing communal violence 101, The options :

i) Genocide - Feasible. But not sustainable in the long term due to population growth rate exceeding genocide rate.

ii) Forced Atheism - Likely to escalate religious identity. We are all little brats, always want what we cant have.

iii) Public execution (or at the very least excommunication and deportation) of anybody how politicises a communally sensitive issue. Now there's an idea.

ज़िन्दगी  मौत  ना बन जाये, संभालो यारों!
खो रहा चैनो अमन,
मुश्किलों में है वतन,
सरफरोशी की शमा दिल में जला लो यारों!

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