There were some people in India who thought, like Neville Chamberlain at Munich in 1938, that strife can be avoided by appeasement. So they accepted the handing over of the site of the demolished Babri Masjid to right wing Hindu organisations for building a ‘bhavya’ Ram Mandir there, thinking this will end communal strife and tensions in India.
However, soon after demolition of Babri Masjid, cries were heard ”Abhi to yeh jhaanki hai, Kashi Mathura baaqi hai” ( i.e. ”This is only a glimpse, Kashi and Mathura remain” ). And sure enough demands for demolition of Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi, and Shahi Masjid in Mathura, and building ‘bhavya’ Shiva and Krishna temples on the sites, have been growing louder and louder.
But supposing these 2 mosques are also demolished, and Hindu temples built on the sites. Will the matter end there ? Surely not, for the communal pot must be kept boiling.
Now a demand has come for demolition of Shivalay Masjid and Teele Waali Masjid in Lucknow, and restoring the Hindu temples which originally stood there.
There are even demands for demolishing Qutub Minar, Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, Jama Masjid, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Agra, Atala Devi Masjid in Jaunpur, etc since these were allegedly built by demolishing Hindu temples there.
The real issues like massive poverty, record and rising unemployment, skyrocketing price rise of food and other essential commodities, appalling level of child malnutrition ( every second child in India is malnourished, according to Global Hunger Index ), almost total lack of healthcare and good education for the masses, etc. have all gone into the background.
So what is going on in India ? Or, to use the words of the popular Bhojpuri singer Neha Singh Rathore, Bharat mein ka ba ?
To understand what is going on, please see the following video:
As explained in my articles, the basic problems of India, which are socio-economic, can only be solved by rapid industrialisation and modernisation, but the developed countries will oppose this tooth and nail.
So our problems cannot be solved within the Constitutional framework but by a mighty, historical people’s revolution led by patriotic, modern minded leaders determined to rapidly industrialise and modernise the country, and give the people decent lives..
But historical experience shows, as I pointed out in many of my articles, that before an actual revolution there is always an ideological revolution, in which the weapons used are not swords, guns or bombs but ideas (e.g. as it happened in France before the French Revolution of 1789).
India is presently passing through the period of ideological revolution, i.e. the pre-revolutionary period.
Patriotic Indians, who want to help the country, must first understand all this.
The interest of people of the Indian subcontinent is to rapidly industrialise and become an industrial giant, like China, for only then can we abolish poverty, unemployment,
Thus, our interests directly conflict, and the developed countries, through their agents (the rulers of India and Pakistan, and the politicians of both countries) will do their level best to prevent us from becoming an industrial giant, and they are doing that by making our people fight each other on the basis of religion, caste, language, race, etc.
It is high time that our people understand this vile scheme, expose it to the public, and launch a mighty united people’s struggle (in which tremendous sacrifices will have to be made), under secular, modern minded leaders, for creating a just, modern political and social order in which all our citizens get decent lives.
Markandey Katju is an Indian jurist and former Supreme Court judge of India who served as chairman for the Press Council of India. He has also worked as Standing Counsel for the Income Tax Department.The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not represent the editorial policy or views of Global Village Space.