Hurting Hindu sentiments by targeting their faith, Devis, Devtas, rituals, festivals and customs time and again has become a routine affair for politicians and seculars. For Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) parties it seems to be a matter of pride to denigrate Hindu beliefs at every available opportunity.
One of the alliance partners of MVA, NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar has taken a dig at the soon to be constructed Ram Mandir at Ayodhya by saying “some people believe Corona will go away by constructing Ram Mandir”. His statements come at a time when the construction of the grand Ram Mandir is scheduled to begin and 5th August has been decided as the date for Bhoomipoojan (laying the foundation stone) ceremony in which PM Modi is set to participate.
Possibly Shri Sharad Pawar would be delighted to know that Maharashtra, where his party is in power, leads in the Wuhan Virus cases. Instead of implementing measures to put an end to the uncontrolled spread, Pawar believes being sanctimonious towards Hindus and hurting their sentiments by commenting on the Ram Mandir construction would earn him brownie points with his vote bank.
So while we have the Maharashtra CM praying for a miracle to overcome the pandemic, his senior alliance partner takes potshots at Hindus for joyously celebrating the retrieval of one of their holiest sites after a centuries-long struggle.
Already the Warkaris of Pandharpur were not permitted to carry out their annual wari during Ashad Ekadashi – the state even reneged on its promise to some palkhis to provide them transportation. Then came the MVA government order to ‘contain’ Ganesh Utsav celebrations. Contrast the ‘orders’ for Hindus with the ‘request’ made to Muslims: the MVA Government has ‘appealed’ to the Muslim community to celebrate Eid-al-Adha (Bakri Eid) symbolically ‘if possible’.
The operational word here is “if possible”; the government which shamelessly punishes Hindus bends over backwards for so-called minority vote-bank. If hypocrisy and double-standards had a face, then it would certainly look like the MVA government and its coalition partners who keep pulling in different directions.
Why is it that a party whose Home Ministry writes to the centre to ban a film on the mere request of riot instigator Raza Academy, and a government which is led by a supposedly Hindutva party, care so little for Hindu sentiments? Is it due to the confidence that Hindus do not constitute a vote-bank and hence can be wooed through a divide and rule approach during elections? Or does this stem from the belief that Hindus are apathetic and never retaliate?
Either way, this statement along with the recent behaviour of the MVA government should be a loud and clear wake-up call for those Hindus who continue to elect these leaders to power even at the cost of their self-esteem. Unless Hindus demand better treatment, politicians won’t bat an eyelid to keep trampling on their sentiments again and again.
The world takes notice of only those who dare to challenge the status quo and not those who meekly accept it. Hindus of Bharat need to realise our tolerance is being misconstrued as weakness and that is what emboldens people like Sharad Pawar to mock the construction of Shri Ram Mandir which Hindus have won after a hard-fought battle.
Ram Mandir is more than just a temple, it is the restoration of lost heritage and victory over a symbol of Islamic oppression that Hindus bore silently for much longer than they should have.
And yes, Mr. Pawar, we Hindus do believe that blessings of our Devi-Devatas, innumerable saints, and illustrious ancestors can work wonders – these blessings have protected our ancient land despite the depredations heaped on it over the last millennium, and despite what we face from the secular state even today. But our Dharma also teaches us to do our karma, relentlessly, without obsessing over results and credit. The functioning of the UP CM can teach you a thing or two about what Hindu faith combined with an untiring work ethic can achieve.
(Featured Image Source: Lok Marg)
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