How to wipe out secularism in India

03 Sep


I couldn’t believe that the DNA under Aditya Sinha (one of the editors whom I deeply admire for his editorials, his guts in taking on the DMK, and his dedication in bringing to light the atrocities suffered by Tamils during the genocidal attack in 2009) had published such a rabid, anti-Muslim piece written by Subramanian Swamy.

This article is possibly the closest we will ever get to reading an almost-Nazi and absolutely chilling description of the Hindutva project in any mainstream publication.

For those who have difficulty imagining Swamy’s HINDU NATION, here is what it means.

Majoritarianism and political power to Hindus

If half the Hindus voted together, rising above caste and language, a genuine Hindu party would have a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the assemblies.

Portraying Hindus as the sole victims of terrorism 

The first lesson to be learnt from the recent history of Islamic terrorism against India and for tackling terrorism in India is that the Hindu is the target and that Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.

Denying non-Hindus the fundamental right to vote, and the fundamental right to power-sharing making them non-citizens

The Muslims of India can join us if they genuinely feel for the Hindu. That they do I will not believe unless they acknowledge with pride that though they may be Muslims, their ancestors were Hindus. If any Muslim acknowledges his or her Hindu legacy, then we Hindus can accept him or her as a part of the Brihad Hindu Samaj (greater Hindu society) which is Hindustan. India that is Bharat that is Hindustan is a nation of Hindus and others whose ancestors were Hindus. Others, who refuse to acknowledge this, or those foreigners who become Indian citizens by registration, can remain in India but should not have voting rights (which means they cannot be elected representatives).

Retelling history in which even atrocities by Hindutva like the Babri Masjid demolition are recast into narratives where the Hindu becomes the “victim”

The third lesson is that whatever and however small the terrorist incident, the nation must retaliate massively. For example, when the Ayodhya temple was sought to be attacked, we should have retaliated by re-building the Ram temple at the site.

Calling for the demolition of several other Muslim religious places of worship

Remove the masjid in Kashi Vishwanath temple and the 300 masjids at other temple sites.

Not recognizing the autonomy of Kashmir

Remove Article 370 and resettle ex-servicemen in the valley. Create Panun Kashmir for the Hindu Pandit community. Look for or create an opportunity to take over PoK.

Making India a Hindu nation through a cultural genocide

Implement the uniform civil code, make learning of Sanskrit and singing of Vande Mataram mandatory, and declare India a Hindu Rashtra in which non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus. Rename India Hindustan as a nation of Hindus and those whose ancestors were Hindus.

Denying the freedom of religion enshrined in India’s Constitution

Enact a national law prohibiting conversion from Hinduism to any other religion. Re-conversion will not be banned.

Maintain the inhuman caste system which is central to Hindu identity and the Hindu nation

Declare that caste is not based on birth but on code or discipline. Welcome non-Hindus to re-convert to the caste of their choice provided they adhere to the code of discipline.

Meddling with the internal affairs of non-Hindu neighbouring states

– If Pakistan continues to back terrorists, assist the Baluchis and Sindhis to get their independence.
– Annex land from Bangladesh in proportion to the illegal migrants from that country staying in India. At present, the northern third from Sylhet to Khulna can be annexed to re-settle illegal migrants.

That hate-filled article should not have been titled “How to wipe out Islamic terror”. It must have been, “How to wipe out India’s minorities.” Making use of a terror-hit emotive background to espouse a policy of eradicating India’s secular character is nothing but a threat to national security.

(I also urge you to read Shivam Vij’s response to the DNA piece)

About Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy (b.1984) is a poet, writer, activist and translator. She sees each of these as a way of engaging with her identity as a woman, a Dalit and a Tamil, three categories of belonging with a history of resistance to oppression. Meena was the youngest person ever to represent India as a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program 2009. Her debut poetry collection, Touch, was published in 2006 to widespread critical acclaim. A second collection, Ms.Militancy, will be published later this year. She was a featured poet at the City of Asylum Jazz Poetry Concert 2009 held in Pittsburgh, USA and performed at the 14th Poetry Africa International Festival in October 2010 in Durban. Two of her poets, ‘Mascara’ and ‘My Lover Speaks of Rape‘ have won first prizes in pan-India poetry competitions, and her poetry has been profiled in several international publications. Previously, she edited ‘The Dalit’, a bi-monthly English magazine. She translated the writings and speeches of Dalit leader Thol.Thirumavalavan and Dravidian ideologue Periyar EVR; and the poetry of Eelam Tamil poets Kasi Anandan, Cheran and Jayapalan. She holds a PhD in socio-linguistics, and is now working on her first novel. She is presently based in Chennai.

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