My email sent out a few minutes ago to a number of people across India:
It is extremely unfortunate that the PM of India has not come down like a ton of bricks on the fanatic elements of his ownorganisations (RSS and BJP, and their many affiliates) who have raked up the bogus issue of beef to bulldoze the religious minorities and dalits of India.
Swarna Bharat Party has now repeatedly called for Modi’s resignation, since he is directly complicit in vitiating the atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual tolerance that is essential if India is to make any progress as a modern nation.
Examples of SBP’s call:
I also write to you as one who was brought up in the Hindu faith. However, the Hinduism I knew and experienced was gentle, inclusive, and filled with extraordinary diversity. My religion taught me values of love and respect for all beings. My brand of Hinduism was not filled with the kind of violence and intolerance represented by the current brand of “Hindutva” that seems to be fanning the flames of division and fear across the country.
Today, as a veteran in my eighties, I am forced to hang my head in shame as I witness a series of incidents and assaults on our fellow citizens, especially minorities and dalits. Our armed forces which I have had the honour to serve for nearly 45 years, have been an exemplar of India’s secular ethos. Be it in ships and submarines, or in planes and battle formations, we do not discriminate on the basis of caste or religion – we train, we fight, we live, we eat and we die together.
So why are we bearing witness to increasing attacks on minorities across the country,ever since the present government came to power in May 2014? It appears that certain communities are being singled out for special attention.
I am not Hindu (just a human) AND I RELISH BEEF (just an ordinary protein, as far as I’m concerned). I do have the privilege of knowing Hinduism inside out, both from a practical perspective (having been brought up in a deeply religious Hindu family and married to a deeply religious Hindu) and from the theoretical perspective (having read amazingly gifted writers like Radhakrishnan and Gurcharan Das on the subject).
I know only this, that Modi and his entire group are wrong. Hinduism does NOT lead to forcing one’s preferences on others. Instead, it leads to the kind of conclusion that Gandhi had arrived at re: beef eating:
The problem has been exacerbated because of the fundamentally flawed concept of Directive Principles. These policy wishlists have no place in a liberal constitution. Many of them (e.g. an appeal to prohibit the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle) represent a direct attack on individual liberty.
We need to be mindful that in the Arthashastra, beef is legally sold. The restriction applies to cows able to give milk; not to barren cows. But that’s not the point. It is IMPOSSIBLE to have freedom in a country when a group of people want to impose their views on others. This vitiates the very concept of India, and makes us another Pakistan.
We urgently need to abolish the Directive Principles and seriously reinforce Fundamental Rights, else India is likely to rapidly advance into becoming another Pakistan. Not sure if that’s what people want: murder and mayhem on a daily basis; and the victory of a Hindutva Taliban.
Once again, SBP calls upon Modi to resign and hand over the government to those who love and care for India. I condemn all religions (all of them: no exception), as being the most divisive and superstitious creations f man, but I’m happy to enjoy and actively participate in the cultural achievements of all our religions.
I’m happy to enjoy and celebrate Diwali, Id-ul-fitr and participate in the langar in the gurudwara. To the extent religion reaches out to the BEST in all of us, I’m happy to join the feast.
But Modi’s government has misused religion in order to plumb the extreme depths of hate and violence – creating echoes in the atmosphere today of the partition of India, which my family suffered – and has directly experienced the ghastly killings that accompanied the event.
In 1947 we committed to live together as a SINGLE NATION, dedicated to liberty. We never committed to be a Hindu nation.
I rededicate my life to serving INDIA (or Bharat or Hindustan, whatever you call it). but will have nothing to do with Hindu India.
Yes, I live in Melbourne, but as you know, my heart (and mind) is in India. And today my heart bleeds for India.