The anxiety and confusion of the self-proclaimed secularists is clearly visible now that they are in a dilemma over which line to choose to attack the BJP-led NDA government. Those who have borrowed their ideology from Soviet-Russia and China are still reluctant to accept that the world has moved ahead from that era. The so-called champions of secularism have forgotten the foundation of our Republic - socialism and secularism - and interpret them in a manner that best suits them.
The Lok Sabha elections in May saw the unprecedented victory of the NDA that had set development and corruption as its prime agenda. It was a clear message to all politicians who have harvested the Muslim vote-bank by creating a fear among the community. The so-called messiahs of the Muslim community should come forward and show their achievements towards the uplift of the minorities rather than playing petty politics.
Communist leaders and pro-communist intellectuals have raised questions about an alleged RSS-BJP link. Time and again the RSS has clarified that it is a cultural organisation and the relationship between the Sangh and the BJP is based on the similarity in ideologies. The recent statement by the RSS chief that India is a Hindu nation has been used by some people to create fear among the minorities, but it must be understood that India is the greatest example of unity in diversity - and this unity is only because of Hindutva. We have different languages, geographical conditions, traditions, etc., but it is Hindutva that binds the nation together.
It is an open secret that the communists supported China in the 1962 war and it was the RSS volunteers who supported the Indian Army. The credentials of the leftists on the parameter of nationalism doesn't hold good even in the pre-Independence era when they supported Britain's war efforts.
For the communists the concept of nationalism is synonymous with Hinduism and therefore since their inception the communist parties have opposed the nationalist forces while they remained indifferent to the fanaticism among certain sections of society. While talking about Hindus and Hinduism they quote the famous Marxian dictum 'religion is the opium of the masses' but the same communists appease the Muslim community for political gains.
It is time our politicians stopped their divisive politics and delivered on the expectations of the people. Secularism is the foundation of this nation and it must be based on the principles of impartiality.
(Shshank Saurav is a chartered accountant)
(The views expressed by the author are personal)