Friday, August 2, 2013

Communal and Secular trap...

Politics is a subject of my interest along with many other subjects, and as major part of my life (till date) was spent in India I am interested in Indian politics more than American politics (where I currently reside). As far as I remember Indian politics is revolving around these two terms, 'communal' and 'secular'. BJP was already an active player in Indian politics when I started taking interest in it and use of these two terms is very common since then. Oldest and largest political party of India, Indian National Congress or Congress (I) takes immense pride to call itself as 'secular' party and they (and many other parties with similar ideology) love to label BJP and most of its allies as 'communal' mostly because of their involvement in Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue (which gave them change to come in power) and pro Hindu stance in general. This blame game is going on for decades, both parties try to fool voters by using these two labels that's why I call this as a 'communal and secular trap' for Indian voters and we all are badly trapped in it, so much that many other important issues like corruption, good governance, development, personal and social security, etc. hardly come into discussion during election. Secularism and communalism always become major electoral issues, battles are always fought on communal or secular grounds and voters are emotionally challenged and lured into one of these traps. Political parties also know (by experience) that this strategy works very well and that's why they are using it again and again in every election, it will be interesting to see how long Indian voters keep on falling in same trap again and again.

Religion and caste are integral part of Indian politics (same is true for other countries also), most parties select their candidates based on these two criteria, many times candidate's religion or caste becomes his/her biggest qualification. I have seen even educated voters voting exclusively based on these things, they just vote for particular candidate because he/she belongs to their caste, don't even look for suitability of that candidate for that particular post. These people fail to understand that politics and religion are two different fields and should be treated separately, but because of so much similarity in both these fields people can not separate them from each other. Both (political parties and religious institutes) like to control people by controlling their thought process and use similar strategy that's why it's not surprising that they take help of each other all the time. Actually in Indian politics there is no much difference between 'secular' and 'communal' parties today, parties belonging to both groups play politics of appeasement whenever it benefits them. They all try to create and then cater their vote bank, the labeling is just for the sake of their vote bank nothing else.

I wonder how can a country where your caste and religion is asked on every official form, where your admission to particular college or course can be decided based on your caste can even call itself a secular? Secularism has become another very fanatic religion as bad as communalism. I agree that all these policies (reservation, subsidy, etc.) were started with very noble intention and social justice was main aim behind it, but today most of these policies have become a political tools to harvest votes, the real purpose is completely lost and what left is only dirty politics of appeasement. So called secular parties blame communal parties for majority appeasement and accuse them for minority exploitation or negligence) and in turn so called communal parties accuse secular partied for minority appeasement and blame them for negligence towards majority community. This blame game is going on for years and because of this there is huge rift between majority and minority communities (or religions) and in reality both are struggling with neither of them getting any real benefit. Actual beneficiaries in all this make believe fight are those big political parties, poor voters are still struggling with their day to day problems, still waiting for good governance, but as long as they don't come out of this deadly trap their wait will continue.

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