Reading intellectual articles on internet last few days have been a great fun.
“In the light of Prime Minister laying the foundation of Ram Mandir and playing his part as Yajman for the Bhoomi Poojan, Secularism dies-“
-Dies once again like it did in 1992 when the Mosque was demolished, or in 1996 when BJP formed its first ever government, of course, every one saw the dead secularism’s reincarnation in less than two weeks when the elected government collapsed by virtue of horse trading, of course horse trading was within the constitutional bounds then. Secularism remained in the state of “Bardo“, an intermediate, transitional, or liminal state between death and rebirth during Atal Ji’s coalition government that lived in the trauma of 1996’s 13 days government episode. And of course Secularism flourished once again as soon as Congress snatched the power from BJP in 2004. But ever since BJP came back to power in 2014, with a full majority, Secularism had to die for good. Although, it kept taking re-birth for short durations every time BJP lost a by-election, but largely it died.
Even more interesting to read is the way Intellectuals use superlatives. Even though, I am not a pro at English-Usage like the intellectuals, but I did learn the language in school and even performed quite well in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scoring an overall 8. Superlatives, for instance the Darkest, should not be used for every other day; Dark, Darker and the Darkest, as simple as that! There has literally been a bevy of days that fall in the category of “the darkest day”. Of course, specific time frames could be assigned to signify the darkest day for that particular time frame. For instance, November the eighth was the darkest day of 2016 as the PM announced demonetization at 8:00 PM that day; or July the first was the darkest day of 2017 when GST was announced (the Gabbar Singh Tax).
May be, shrinking the window to a quarter or a month would be more appropriate now; as 2019 onward there isn’t just one such day in the entire year but one such day every other month; TripleTalaq-370-CAA etc. For example, August the fifth, is the darkest day of the third quarter of 2020 as the PM participated in the Ram Mandir Bhoomi Poojan and played Yajman.
But Intellectuals being intellectuals, are too clever to fall in this English-Usage trap. They have a peculiar way of calling a day as the darkest day. Darkest according to them is temporal. It has little to do with darkness of any particular event but more to do with the time, as to when it happens.
Anything that BJP does today is the darkest!
It does not matter what the event is, if it affects anybody at all, it remains the darkest till the next event occurs.
It has always been like this, when Demonitization happened it was the darkest, however, a year later the very same intellectuals said “We never said that Demo was a bad idea, we only said that it was not implemented properly, there could have been a better execution; our statements should be seen as a healthy-constructive criticism.” The exact same thing with GST. As a matter of fact with GST, Congress even claimed that it was their own idea, but BJP implemented it very badly, it could have been implemented with more prudence. The thing is the degree of darkness of the very same event changes once it looses the ability to stir strong emotions, agitations or chaos.
Now the exact same thing with Ram Mandir: “we were never against Ram or his Mandir we consider it the darkest day only because the Prime Minister participated in the bhoomi poojan“. I am quite certain that August 5 will remain the darkest day for a few months until the government does something new say announce NRC or something related to Uniform Civil Code or anything other from its manifesto for that matter.
It amazes me how effortlessly Digvijay Singh who left no opportunity to spew venom against Hinduism as a religion or its tenets, is now telling us the importance of an auspicious day based on astrology and how August 5, was not a good day for Bhoomi Poojan. Or the exact same people including the Gandhi siblings, who found Raja Ram as nothing but a work of imagination, are citing the significance of Lord Ram in our lives. If I remember correctly, the UPA regime wanted to get rid of the Ram-Sethu and give way for a shipping canal project.
The UPA government had in 2007 filed an affidavit in the apex court saying that Ram was a mythical character and that the Ramayana had no historical basis.
I quoted only one instance, the one that they can’t say was a personal opinion or a slip of tongue or is taken out of context, but you could literally find zillion instances like this on internet. Some times I wonder if the intellectuals think that they are the only literates in India and rest of us can’t read and comprehend, or perhaps they think that we suffer from the Ghajini effect and forget everything in fifteen minutes.
How does Bhoomi Poojan and PM participating as a Yajman change anything in India at all? The blueprint to the Mandir was already decided on November 9, 2019 by the supreme court of India. Was any law violated because of the Poojan? No! If any was, the opposition parties should take legal actions. Shouldn’t they? Did any new law or bill come into existence because of the Bhoomi Poojan? No! Did any government policy change because of the Poojan? No! It is not like nobody knew before the Poojan that the PM is a Hindu and believes in Lord Ram. Is this the case? No! Everybody knows it. In fact this has been vivid since the black and white days:
Did Modi or BJP ask the tv channels to show each and every second of the Poojan? No! TV Channels did so for their own benefits; the high TRPs.
So, why is it the darkest day? Why the cry?
I have absolutely no issues with anybody believing or not believing in Ram or any other God for that matter. But I have serious issues with people especially the opposition parties and people who influence the masses, crying wolf at each and everything that the government does. God forbid, if there comes an actual wolf i.e. the government does make a mistake, no body will know if these intellectuals and opposition parties are crying wolf for the sake of opposition, trying to create chaos and destabilize the government or if it is a genuine and a legitimate cry. No body will trust them.
By calling every other day the darkest day, they are devaluing the significance of darkness as well well as their own word. And this why, this kind of opposition has to stop.
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