By- Jaganniwas Iyer
Yet another self-appointed ‘secular’ has chosen to spew his vitriol on Narendra Modi, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate. And this time it is Derek O’Brien, once a popular quizmaster on the popular Bournvita Quiz Contest, and now one of the more known faces of West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) as its Member of Parliament.
In a tweet laced with unconcealed venom for India’s most popular leader, one who is slated to be the country’s next prime minister after the new government is in place, O’Brien tweeted, “The Butcher of Gujarat air-dropped into Bengal. He has no answers to Bengal's development model. So, he is making personal attacks.”
"The Butcher of Gujarat could not take care of his own wife. How will he take care of this great nation?” O’Brien went on. Predictably, the TMC figurehead’s barb had drawn ire throughout the country, with social media only reflective of the disgust at the outpouring of crass contumely on the part of this political lightweight, supposedly among the more sober of the elements one gets to see among the country’s political crowd.
That Derek O’Brien should chose to read out secular sermons to Narendra Modi must rank as a travesty of grotesque proportions. His jibe at NaMo as a ‘butcher’ is ostensibly based on the tragic events in Gujarat in 2002, which were provoked by the ghastly torching of Hindu karsewaks at Godhra, a fact that is conveniently dispensed with when it comes to the ‘secular’ narrative of the Gujarat events of a decade back. The Goebbelsian repetition of Hindus alone as perpetrators, and Muslims as innocent victims has been played out endlessly — and failed.
The cold, hard fact that Narendra Modi has been subject to judicial scrutiny — and media inquisition — of the most withering kind, and has emerged unscathed matters little for the secular crowd, as their agenda has always been clear from the outset. Demonize, Delegitimize and Dispossess Hindus — especially one who has the makings of a no-nonsense, nationalist leader. That there has been a thorough Supreme Court-appointed investigation of Modi’s alleged involvement in the riots, and that he has come out clean in a judicial process is also of no consequence to witch-hunting seculars — O’Brien included. Other hard facts, particularly action taken by Gujarat’s police to quell the rioting and the trial and conviction of many for their role in the happenings of those sordid days also are meant to be glossed over, when it comes to the well-motivated and well-funded campaign of calumny against Narendra Modi.
Derek O’Brien’s jumping on to the secular bandwagon through the quickest route, i.e., demonizing Modi is truly galling to say the least. A refreshing of memory, as well as some perspective would be in order. O’Brien is an MP of a party that gyrates furiously to outdo even its unabashedly anti-Hindu and pro-jihadi predecessor the CPM, in its naked courting of the Islamic votebank. Bangladeshis and fanatic Islamic elements are being courted with open arms, to the extent of even displacing Hindus from their ancestral lands in many bordering villages with the sole purpose of swelling Trinamool voters’ ranks; imams of mosques are being paid salaries at the taxpayers’ (mostly Hindu) expense, while the very real danger to the life and property of Hindus grows with each passing day. In neighbouring Bangladesh, the butchery of Hindus continues unchecked — and has even spread to areas in West Bengal bordering its now Islamized eastern neighbour. Enough has been, and continues to be, written about the existential crisis Bangladesh’s Hindus today confront. For O’Brien and his Muslim votebank-loving Mamata di, none of this is of any consequence. The ascendancy of Narendra Modi, India’s only real leader of substance in present times, with impeccable record of incorruptibility, governance and commitment, to this cabal is a “threat” of unimaginable proportions.
There is a more sobering aspect to O’Brien’s diatribe. His family has been a victim of Partition, with his great-grandmother having yearned — in vain — to see the separated part of her more unfortunate relatives trapped in Pakistan after 1947 (O’Brien’s own poignant write-up “Two nations and a divided family”; Indian Express, 23/09/13, is a wrenching testimony of this). Derek O’Brien has been candid enough to admit in this particular column of India’s hospitality to his Anglo-Indian family enabling them to not only survive, but proudly participate in its societal life and political process as equal and accepted citizens. On the other hand, women members of his extended family that were ill-fated to be trapped in Pakistan were later found to have converted to Islam. Similar is the story in the other part of Bengal, now a veritable hell for the Hindus, the very community among whom the O’Briens found not only safety and solace, but also acceptability and respect. Acknowledging India’s Hindu ethos that made it possible remains politically ‘taboo’, though.
Today however, one of them, who could not have dreamed of becoming a political representative in the de-Hinduized portions of the subcontinent wilfully chooses to turn a blind eye to the very real butchery of Hindus in those regions which were once India, but prefers the politically expedient route of a ‘secularism’ born of and sustained on falsehood. Derek O’Brien’s ignoring the suffering of Bengali Hindus at the hands of real butchers, and choosing to join the Modi-bashing crowd must truly qualify as the real butchery of secularism.
The author is a writer and researcher, focusing on issues of strategic, geopolitical and national issues from a nationalist perspective.
- Monday, 28 April 2014
- Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014
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