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Systematic attack on Hinduism
Second opinion: RN Chawla
Edit page dailypioneer.com October 2 2007
Archaeological Survey of India's original, controversial affidavit in the Supreme Court, disputing the existence of Lord Ram and its withdrawal under mounting criticism from Hindus have all the elements of a dramatic denouement in the theatre of the absurd. The whole episode is symptomatic of a biased and over-enthusiastic mindset, driven by pseudo-secularism.
All constituents of the UPA Government led by the Congress parrot their self-serving credentials of multiculturalism, pluralism, secularism and liberalism just to placate the dominant minority. This combination has dexterously and unashamedly succeeded in sustaining itself in power on the basis of a niggardly and controlled supply of oxygen from anti-Hindu and anti-national Leftist parties. India's glorious past -- River Saraswati, value-based education, NCERT textbooks, etc -- is being systematically maligned.
Similarly, the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project is being pursued by the UPA to please the DMK. We all know that the DMK has a long history of anti-Hindu tirades. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's recent fulminations against Lord Ram show that he will go to any extent to prove he is anti-Hindu.
Moreover, the UPA has the short-sighted policy of minority appeasement that leads to a kid-glove treatment to insurgents. The internal security of the nation is threatened and the sentiments of the majority disregarded. The Ram Setu issue should be seen as a continuation of the same mindset. However, the fear of a Hindu backlash and loss of Hindu votes in the likelihood of a mid-term election has forced the Congress-led Government to change tack. But in the longer run, the UPA Government under pressure from coalition partners may revert to its old anti-Hindu agenda.
Many years ago, the disappearance of Prophet Mohammed's hair from the Hazrat Bal Shrine in Kashmir had led to a great deal of turmoil. Did anyone then question the historicity of the relic and genuineness of the hair? Likewise, the resurrection of Christ on Easter is accepted because Christians believe so.
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had intervened in a road expansion plan in Gujarat where a dargah built on encroached land was to be demolished. The apex court must ensure that no harm is done to Ram Setu and the realignment of the SSCP after all environmental safeguards are taken.