Monday, September 3, 2007

Religion and Politics

There is a growing trend in the terrorists attacks in the past one and half a year. It is indicating that the terrorist strikes are just not to weaken the Indian economy and incite communal violence in India. It has a much larger conspiracy that might lead to disintegration of India. By exploding bombs in Malegaon and on Samjhauta express they tried to spread rumours that it might be the work of a Hindu outfit. They hoped by doing so they can trigger a communal violence and get the support of Indian Muslim for their larger goal. Some pseudo secular parties’ initially uttered same words that it could be a handicraft of a Hindu outfit later it was revealed that LeT and other similar organisations were involved.

About a fortnight before two blasts rocked Hyderabad on August 25, 2007, Lashkar-e-Tayeba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed told a gathering at Lahore that he has started a movement to occupy Muslim populated regions in India. He said Pakistan must reclaim Muslim areas like J&K, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Munabao and West Bengal which, he said, was forcibly occupied by India in 1947. How ridiculous it is!

Since there is a lot of western pressure on Pakistan to weed out the terrorist outfits most of these organisation are cut to size and got relocated to some other countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia etc. Now they have gone Hi-Tec, recruited engineers and doctors to carry out their missions. They are no longer sporting long beards.

There is growing evidence of how terror networks along the Bangladesh-West Bengal border are pushing in cadres in the guise of students. Among all the check posts, Haridaspur in Bongaon, about 100 km form Kolkata, is reportedly the most “active” in terms of trans-border smuggling and human trafficking. They come in as students from Bangladesh to India. With “student” stamped on their papers, they don’t have to worry about the law enforcement agencies for the duration of their visa. And then, they seem to stay on illegally at a variety of “Islamic” study centres, from Lucknow to Hyderabad. In Hyderabad alone there are more than 70,000 illegal Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslms are staying in the old city and many more in Lucknow, Bihar, Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Thanks to the corruption in the government organisations they obtain ration cards and other documents like domicile certificates etc. They use these documents to obtain Indian passports. If you take a look at the Indian demography statistics it shows that the Muslim population in India is growing at a faster pace in some areas. It is alarming. Our governments turn a blind eye to all the data available to them. They don’t even bother to probe and see whether there it is by design or a natural growth. They just worried about their votes.

Add to this some Muslim clerics like Imam Bhukhari, and Maulana Kalbe Jawad incite certain feelings in the heart and minds of the people in their community. "Politics cannot be separated from religion and it will always be better if clerics lead Muslims in Indian politics", said noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad. It looks like they are hand in glove to the terrorist’s network. One side they carry out extremist ideology and another try to motivate ordinary Muslim people through Maulanas and Imams like Kalbe and Bhukhari.

I have a feeling. Being Secular made India a soft nation. And every one out there is trying to take advantage of it, including all the political parties of India. Nothing sells like a religious faith. So in order to secure votes they try to mix religion in their poll strategies. So what is the difference between them and the terrorists? Only difference the political parties are moderate in their nature.

Religion is a private matter of an individual and it cannot be a guidance to rule the State. A State comprises of people from all faiths and if each of those faiths say the State should run according to their own religion and if not “A Separate State” exclusively for them then it is a dangerous situation. This is not acceptable.

There should be a common law and common rule in a democratic way. We believe unity in diversity. Though everyone is free to follow any faith but it should be limited at an individual level. That is the essence of Secularism. So far Indian politicians made fun of secularism concept. They allowed different laws based on religions in the country to settle the disputes though it is against constitution. They fail to bring stringent anti terror laws sighting that might upset a minority community and hence would affect their votes. Its high time now they wakeup and eliminate such idealogies in the budding stage by following Chankyan politics. Any person or act or propaganda, separatism that would work against our Motherland should be suppressed with brutality.

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