Godís sake, let it be
prayer from Middle India
There cannot be a dry eye in our land, nor many people
sleeping well. The childrenís voices call us from inside the burning train,
and the ex-MLAís home, hoarse with begging for protection on the phone for six
hours. What did the Godhra mob hope to achieve? Or the kar sevaks? Another
Partition? Why is Narendra Modi still in his chair when he has failed to protect
the rest of his state?
The English press blames the VHP. But, logically, donít we
need to look back even further? Who had the media and academia in a death-grip
for four decades since Independence? The Left. Going by its line of reasoning,
if the train victims can thank the VHP for their ghastly fate, then the rest of
us can thank the Left for creating the VHP, for midwifing this monster with
their godless, sterile, fascist ideas.
The Left wanted to take away
peopleís religious faith, but what did they offer in return, except an arid
wasteland of borrowed ideas that they themselves were the first to exploit on
the international seminar circuit? All that bleeding concern about poverty and
inequity, that perennial government-bashing, in order to obtain grants and
stipends from the West, but contributing precious little to the actual
betterment of the country.
If thinking was their Ďpeshaí, did they employ either
imagination or creativity in suggesting alternative ways to be? No, the bandar-log
rarely did. It took Manmohanomics to give a hardworking middle class some sense
of reward for effort. It was Indiaís misfortune that worldwide recession hit
this new chance to create wealth and, consequently, jobs.
Meanwhile what did the Left offer
India? A failed state in West Bengal. Education without employment in Kerala,
leading to the highest national suicide rate. Not that the others were perfect. Successive
governments lost generations when they did not focus on primary education. But
the only thing the Left offered was shrill ideology.
And lectures! They knew how to lecture everybody else, and
mock the legitimate desire of a people for kama and artha. In fact we were not
supposed to hanker after moksha either, but only follow a pattern of dharma
decided by the Left over a lal salaam and rum in a thick Yera glass.
We donít mean the sincere ones in the field who took on the
feudals, or peopleís poets like Ghadar. No, it is the opining armchair Lefties
in the press and in big universities who hurt peopleís sentiments and
irritated moderate Hindus into casting their lot with the kaccha brigade. How
have their many unreadable books on tribals, on agrarian systems, on social
relationships, been of any practical use in either policy or legislation?
At the end of the day it comes down to committed NGOs and the
initiative and sincerity of individual citizens, either in the bureaucracy or in
private life, does it not? People who possibly never read an OUP book in their
lives? Middle India needs to draw a deep breath at this horrible moment and
reconsider. Have we Hindus held onto our ancient faith despite the last 800
years merely for this? The Leftís totalitarian approach has only made the
wounds of history bleed further.
Canít we in Middle India now speak up and undertake a
personal mission to defuse the anger of neighbours, friends and family? A
one-point programme to patiently convince one Hindu each to let go of hurt and
anger at what happened hundreds of years ago.
We canít presume to tell mourners what to feel. Nor do
macho nations like the USA forgive. But Gladys Staines and Marianne Pearl
forgave. Canít we be like them, not like the jehadis? And for Godís sake, canít
educated Muslims persuade the ghettos to join the mainstream instead of
sustaining medieval Arabistans in a Bharat that will never lose its Hindu
majority, despite mullah fantasies?