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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER

Dear Mr Prime Minister

So till now, there is no evidence against Sadhvi Pragya, Lt Col Purohit and Swami Aseemanand? The agencies are yet to lay hands on any credible evidence linking them to the conspiracy. This led a cautious NIA to avoid any reference to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an alleged accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts and Swami Aseemanand. But then what happened to the tall claims of “Saffron terrorism” by your government?

Infact, from 2010 itself your party started a well-conceived campaign, to defame the majority population of this country, that defies all logic. Then, be it the former Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Mr. Digvijay Singh, Abdul Rehmant Antuley or the Yuvraj (Rahul Gandhi) himself, they all left no stone unturned to demonise nationalists and this nation itself. 

Shamelessly, Mr.  P. Chidambram even urged Indians to beware of “Saffron terror” on the 25th August 2010 at a meeting of state police chiefs in New Delhi. Thus the phrase “saffron terror” was very skillfully introduced in public debate in India. Since then the senior leaders of your party have prominently used this term for electoral gains. Mr Digvijay Singh even connected RSS and terrorism just to prove his loyalty. Mr. Rahul Gandhi blatantly compared RSS with the banned group SIMI.  Heights was when Rahul Gandhi while discussing internal security (situation) with US Ambassador, described  that “ultra-Hindu terror” was probably a greater threat to national security than Islamist terrorism. Some leaders of your party, playing in the hands of Pakistan, even alleged involvement of Hindu groups in the death of ATS chief Hemant Karkare during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

As a citizen of this country I want to ask why neither you nor your Government has ever uttered a single word about Islamic terrorism despite irrefutable evidence. On the other hand the term “Saffron Terror” has been used as a   tool to facilitate political posturing toward the Muslim community. Your government is responsible for creating an unfathomable abyss between the two communities. 

Mr. PM do I need to remind you that after the Samjhautta Express blasts, as per media reports, both the Indian and U.S intelligence agencies concluded the hand of Lashkar-e-Toiba’s member Arif Kasmani in the blast. On this basis in July 2009 US brought a proposal in Security Council as a result Lashkar was declared a banned outfit. Despite all this your government and party leaders kept harping about “Saffron terrorism” and are branding Hindus as terrorists without any credible evidence.

As if this was not enough, the two committees instituted by your government (Justice Sachar committee and Justice Rangnath Mishra Commission), declared Muslims as victim, exploited, and overlooked. Seems that it has been lost upon you that, Muslims (invaders) were the rulers of this country, till the advent of Britishers.  My obvious question to you is how can a community that ruled over 900 years and always enjoyed a privileged status be a victim or backward? If it is indeed, then isn’t your party that ruled majority of time since independence responsible for their backwardness? Further in one of your statements you said that Muslims have the first right on the national resources and talk about discrimination against Muslims. Would your government dare publish a White paper on what has your government done for this?

Coming back to “saffron terror”, sometime back former National Security Advisor and present Governor of West Bengal  Sh. MK Narayanan mentioned  about 800 terrorist outfits being active in the country, can you please elaborate how many of these are “saffron terror wings”? 

Today its sheer misfortune of this country that the (former) Home Minister does not know the meaning and connotation of “saffron”  He has associated the synonyms of ‘Indianess’, saffron with terrorism which is  quite pitiable but certainly not forgivable. Saffron is the color of purity in our tradition and it is also the color of the upper band of the Indian National Flag as specified by the Government of India. Such irresponsible statement from the Home Minister is not something that inspires confidence in the masses. 

What was the color of terrorism in Punjab, J&K, and North-Eastern States ?  The public is well aware about the part played by then top Congress leaders in motivating and executing massacre of more than 3000 Sikhs in 1984. The statement of Rajiv Gandhi, that when a big tree falls earth is bound to shake, suggests the inevitable.

Isn’t it true that Congress along with CPM helped to pass a proposal with majority to release Madni, the prime accused in Coimbatore bomb blast? So much so a senior leader and minister of your government Mr. Salman Khursheed represented SIMI in court case. For the petty vote bank politics your party has fragmented this nation and society. Look at the situation of Assam, whom you represent in Rajya Sabha.

Nowhere in world the majority 85% of the population, has been termed as communal.  Again, If India is still truly secular the sole reason for it is its Vedic Santatan Dharma and Hindu tradition whom your party and government  is bent upon branding as communal. That also when in this country top posts have been held by members of Muslim community; former CJI Sh. Hidayatullah was from Muslim community. Likewise the highest posts in the Indian Republic (President) have been occupied by DR Zakir Hussain, Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed, and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Even the present Vice President is also from Muslim community. Nowhere in any democratic country any minority Muslim candidate has been President (be it USA, France, England, Germany, Russia, Canada etc)

As a citizen of this nation abound in diversity this open letter is an attempt to express my deep dissent and disillusionment at the divisive politics of your party and government.

Mr. PM, the reality is all these years rather than being the Prime Minister of this country, you have merely served as a tool to further the agenda of Congress Party. Your government has lost all credibility with the people of this country and you have failed on all counts as a leader.

 Sincerely

Author: Sanjay Kumar

Published: June 19, 2013

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