By Shameem Faizee
After getting assured that the Sangh Parivar has got what it wanted on the Ayodhya issue, the Narendra Modi government has intensified new attacks on the basic structure of the Indian Constitution. In the last fortnight, the government officially floated the idea of handing over the most part of the acquired land around Babri Masjid and got approval from its supporters. Not much surprising, the so called secular forces too kept mum or endorsed the idea.
That was good enough for the Hindutva forces. They had taken as government approval, the handing over of the acquired land ultimately to the Ram Nyas which was given to it a few months before the demolition by the then UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh. Now they think that except the portion where Babri Majid stood, the rest of the land in and around disputed site is owned by Hindutva Organisations. That is not true. But when nobody challenges such claims, the claimants take it for granted.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has declared that it is in no haste to build the Ram Mandir at the disputed site. It thinks government has conceded its demand and now Mandir could be built at any time.
After having established the “ownership” on the land in Ayodhya, the same forces under the patronage of the government are trying to impose indirectly the two nations theory of Savarkar via North Eastern states.
Despite opposition by the BJP cadres and leaders in these states, the central government is bent upon imposing the socalled Citizenship Register in the entire North East. Actually it is an attempt to destroy the identity of various regions of NE and superimpose Hindutva by allowing migrants from neighbouring country.
The law is very clear that only non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given citizenship in these states. This is modern version of Savarkar’s two nation theory. If the resistance in the NE does not succeed , it will be a big blow on the Constitution of India that does not recognise citizenship on the basis of religion. It will erode the secular ethos of the Constitution.
Secular forces should not treat the struggle against citizenship registry just as a case involving only the residents of NE. It will have far reaching consequences for the entire country. North-Eastern states have dozens of ethnic, racial and linguistic communities with their own traditions and culture. Even they do not follow the Hindu marriage, Inherent laws and other traditional laws of Hindu society. Their separate personal laws are recognised. That is what the Hindutva forces want to end.
Another attack this week on the Constitution, though complicated, was the CBI attempt to take over law and order in Kolkata. There is no doubt that the ruling party in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress is fully involved in different scams, particularly those involving lakhs of people in chit fund and such other scandals. It is also true that, after BJP came to power in Centre, number of scam leaders shifted loyalty to BJP. Most of them are now leaders of BJP. In that way, both BJP and TMC are equally guilty.
But the way BJP has used the CBI on last Sunday to question the Police Commissioner at his residence cannot be approved. Actually, after getting a new CBI chief, a crony of NSA Ajit Doval, such atrocious actions were expected. Law and order is a state subject and any police action has to be taken with the help of the police.
Here the CBI went straight to Police Commissioner‘s office to take action against him. This at the best can be called atrocious that the apex court has also disapproved. One may have political differences with regional ruling parties here and there but bigger threat of fascism posed by the Sangh Parivar cannot be side-tracked.
Actually, the BJP used the CBI in Kolkata when the Left organised a historic rally in Brigade Parade ground. The media of course, otherwise would have downplayed the rally but it used the CBI raid to further side track the rally.
Left has to be over-cautious on such occasions. It is true that while doing everything possible to oust the BJP from power, in West Bengal, the Left is equally committed to oust TMC from power. (IPA Service)