If you thought it was just about Vande Mataram, think again.
If you thought it was just about “Bharat Mata ki jai”, think again.
So, we heard last week that there is a school on Indian soil, operating in a large Indian city like Allahabad, where the national anthem is banned.
The excuse? The anthem contains the words “Bharat Bhagya Vidhata”, which apparently makes the one true god very angry.
As the next step, someone may object to the Ashok Chakra in the flag and want it to be replaced by a crescent. Someone might point out that depiction of living things is haraam in the religion of peace and so we have to change the 4 lions appearing in the Sarnath symbol….and so on. Not to mention that the big saffron band on top of the flag is already an affront to the messengers of peace. As it is, in the fashionable circles of Lutyens Delhi, it’s already considered regressive to refer to “saffron” as “saffron”. The politically correct name is “orange”.
Here is one member of the Lutyens nobility, who couldn’t get the name of the color right even after two tries:
Here’s the second try, six minutes later:
And that’s India’s “Numero Uno” historian, like India’s “Numero Uno” political analyst used to tell his friend who happened to be India’s “Numero Uno” psephologist. Remember?
See, we can try, we can make jokes about them, but secularism has gone so deep into the realm of self parody that it now beats our efforts at satire:
For friends who might not be able to read Hindi, let me summarize quickly: the Uttar Pradesh government recently began a statewide tree planting drive. Saplings were planted across Lucknow and many other cities. Now, a few weeks later, the UP Housing Development Board has actually come and uprooted the newly planted peepal saplings from several parts of Lucknow!! Why on earth? Because there were worries that Hindus might start worshipping the peepal trees… And the article literally quotes the officer of the government saying that “there is a concern that people might build temples at the foot of the peepal trees”. What else? The article also says that the UP Housing Board officer clearly told the people that he was under “orders from above”.
Yes, my friends, this is where secularism has brought us. The reality actually beats any satire we could have come up with!
Just think about that for a second. The tree plantation drive was started by Akhilesh himself and it was the UP government itself that planted the peepal trees. But such is the strength of the Sharia complex in the shadows of Lucknow’s power corridors that they actually came back and uprooted the peepal trees! The monster of secularism is not only on a rampage, the monster has now broken free of its secular masters. The Chief Minister himself was blindsided by the Sharia lobby. He did not see it coming. In a top rung secular party like the Samajwadi, secularism is no longer an instrument, it has taken on a life of its own. Inside the Samajwadi party itself, Mullah Mulayam and Akhilesh have unleashed forces that are no longer under their control.
Yes and it comes to this. We used to laugh at absurd and silly fatwas in distant countries in the Middle East and Africa. Fatwas against eating samosas in East Africa (locally called “sambusas” because the triangular shape is “unIslamic”. It’s all coming to a city, to a neighborhood near you… In my whole life, I could never imagine someone hating a peepal tree. It’s a peepal tree…folks! Little children in schools are taught to plant trees…we are all told to love trees. In a rapidly urbanizing country where environmental pollution is becoming an existential threat, you would have thought that at least the shade of a large tree would be something above controversy! No, thanks to secularism, we now gotta check the tree before we sit in its shade: is it a secular tree or a communal tree?
We did this to ourselves.
PS: I understand that many readers may not be familiar with “iNext”, the newspaper from which this news item is sourced. It is a part of the Jagran group and the original article can be found at this link: (http://inextepaper.jagran.com/898546/INEXT-LUCKNOW/07-08-16#page/1/1)
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