Prime Minister Narendra Modi was close to truth while telling Lok Sabha during the ‘Motion of Thanks’ on the President’s address to Parliament that Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi wanted the Congress to be disbanded immediately after India attained freedom. He was equally right in revealing the dislike of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar for the Congress. The Congress is invoking both, the Mahatma and the Baba Saheb, while reaching out to people for votes. In the process, the party of the dynasts has fragmented the majority Hindu society on the basis of caste in order to create a vote-bank. The division has taken such deep roots that pan-Islamic strategists are working overtime to differentiate Dalits from Hindus and project them as separate entity, like they are doing in the case of Lingayat community in Karnataka and elsewhere in the country. The mischief of dividing Hindus is stemming from the rogue neighbour Pakistan where Scheduled Castes are not shown as Hindus in the Census. They are projected as a separate entity. It is different that the Scheduled Caste population is at the receiving end in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with all sorts of atrocities being committed upon them. And, here in India, the bonhomie with the nationalist Dalits (who can read between the lines as true patriots) is pronounced just to weaken the nation by defining them and Muslims together as majority. If the mischief is not so pronounced now, it will be in years to come, say within next decade. According to 2011 Census, the Hindu population has dropped under 80 per cent in 2011 for the first time since independence. According to these Census the proportion of Hindu population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 percentage points (PP); the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011. The proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 PP. The Congress is playing its worst game, which had perhaps been envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar, though for different reasons, nearly seven decades ago. After independence, the country is divided because of Congress. There is separate status for Kashmir because of Congress, war over water between states because of Congress, corruption because of Congress and demeaning institutions and belittling armed forces because of Congress. And, in this backdrop, if Narendra Modi is seeking Congress Mukt Bharat, he should not be condemned as undemocratic. He was apt in telling Lok Sabha it is not he who is working for the Congress Mukt Bharat but he is accomplishing the agenda set by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Ambedkar. Few days after his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi’s article was published in the Harijan under title, His Last Will And Testament wherein Bapu wrote that the Congress “has outlived its use” and advised to disband it. This is what Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Though split into two, India having attained political independence through means devised by the Indian National Congress, the Congress in its present shape and form, i.e., as a propaganda vehicle and parliamentary machine, has outlived its use.” This might have perhaps been the motivation for the Prime Minister to say that Mahatma Gandhi wanted the Congress dissolved.” I am just fulfilling his wishes”, Modi added. History stands testimony how Dr Ambedkar was insulted by the Congress when he was alive. True to its charlatan character, the Congress is seeking to appropriate his legacy but the fact is that Dr Ambedkar had to get elected to the Constituent Assembly from Bengal with the support of Muslim League. Again, it was the Congress candidate who defeated him in the first General Elections from the North Bombay Lok Sabha seat in 1952. This was repeated in 1954 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ensured his defeat in the by-election.
Though Dr Ambedkar was taken as Law Minister at the insistence of Mahatma Gandh yet there was no love lost between him and Nehru. Dr Ambedkar differed with him on many important issues including the Hindu Code Bill, the foreign policy, the manner in which the Kashmir problem was handled and the economic policies. Dr Ambedkar had opposed granting of Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
On his association with the Congress, Baba Saheb had said, “Having led the untouchables against the Congress for full five years in the Round Table Conference and in the joint Parliamentary Committee, I could not pretend to be unaffected by the results of the elections. To me the question was: Had the untouchables gone over to the Congress? Such a thing was to me unimaginable”.
This is perhaps why the Prime Minister Modi told Lok Sabha that Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar was always ahead of his time.”He (Dr Ambedkar) said that joining Congress is like committing suicide, Modi added.
Prateik Babbar to play antagonist in Rajinikanth’s ‘Darbar’
‘Andhadhun’ crosses Rs 200 cr mark at China box office
Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas part of 2019 Met Gala Host Committee
Narendra Modi biopic receives ‘U’ certificate from CBFC
Rajini’s next film titled ‘Darbar,’ first look unveiled
© 2017 State Times Daily Newspaper