At the same time, those involved in the riots threatened against the implementation of this report. Same political formations had earlier rejected the report as being anti-Hindu, and challenging that if the report is implemented, it will be the political death of those who will do so. An argument is being rehashed as to why the wounds of the riots should be reopened, unmindful of the fact that wounds of the victims may heal only and only if the culprits are given the punishment. A subtle threat has been given that its implementation will bring in more violence. It is clear that those who are the victims try to call for justice and those who are the patrons of criminals or criminals themselves peddle these arguments to avoid their own u003cbr />The second report which is under attack is the one related to theu003cbr />socio-economic condition of the Muslim minority. This report, like theu003cbr />previous report on the same issue, Gopal Singh Commission, pointed outu003cbr />the abysmal condition of the Muslims, their low levels of incomes,u003cbr />social deprivation, economic destitution, their being side trackedu003cbr />from the jobs, welfare schemes and other ladders for progress. As theu003cbr />present UPA government is trying to take this seriously, is acceptingu003cbr />the idea of forming of Equal Opportunities Commission in principle,u003cbr />some political elements have termed this affirmative action of theu003cbr />government being like throwing ‘an Atom bomb at Hindu community’. Itu003cbr />is warning that it will take to the streets to oppose thisu003cbr />’appeasement of Muslims’.u003cbr />u003cbr />There are lots of parallels in the attitude to both the reports. Asu003cbr />such these two reports genuinely reflect the twin aspects of theu003cbr />problem of the minorities, the socio-economic aspects and the physicalu003cbr />security. Both have a strong impact on each other and also on theu003cbr />existence of the community as a whole. One infers from Sacharu003cbr />committee report that as a community, Muslims are the only one’s whoseu003cbr />economic and social situation has slumped down in last sixty years.u003cbr />And Shrikrishna report delineates the anatomy of a riot, theu003cbr />expression of depth to which communalism has sunk in our society. Itu003cbr />demonstrates as to how one type of political leadership, the one likeu003cbr />BJP-Shiv Sena instigates and launches the attack, getting itsu003cbr />legitimization in advance from the propaganda that the minorities areu003cbr />a threat, are attacking, so we have to retaliate to protectu003cbr />’ourselves’.u003cbr />u003cbr />The other type of leadership sits back and lets these elements dou003cbr />their communal polarization, and also does accommodate some elementsu003cbr />from these parties for the sake of power. Congress which claims to beu003cbr />”,1] ); //–> punishment and to protect their political interests.
The other type of leadership sits back and lets these elements do their communal polarisation, and also does accommodate some elements from these parties for the sake of power. Congress which claims to be the Mumbai pogrom Congress Chief Minister Sudhakarrao naik was sittingu003cbr />pretty paralyzed by inaction and silently supporting the attack led byu003cbr />Bal Thackeray. When a delegation of industrialists led by Tata calledu003cbr />upon him to stop the mayhem, he told them to meet Thackeray to requestu003cbr />him whatever they want. The same party later admitted into its foldu003cbr />the likes of Narayan Rane and Sanjay Nirupam, who were loyal sainiksu003cbr />of Thackeray. The third player in the game, the state machinery, theu003cbr />police and bureaucracy and partly judiciary is infected by theu003cbr />institutional biases against the minorities and aids and abets theu003cbr />anti minority carnage in different ways, that’s how you see so many ofu003cbr />police officers blundering and participating in the violence andu003cbr />getting a pat from their political masters.u003cbr />u003cbr />Sachar Committee shows that condition of Muslims is worsening. Nou003cbr />democracy worth its pluralism and equality can ignore a chunk of itsu003cbr />society and ignore the affirmative action for weaker sections ofu003cbr />society. Here it seems so far the democratic values have been put onu003cbr />hold as far as weaker sections are concerned. Here one type ofu003cbr />leadership, the right wing is dead opposed to any affirmative action,u003cbr />equating it to nuclear attack on the Hindus. The other leadership,u003cbr />which so far slept over the issue, is hopefully trying to wake up tou003cbr />it. The third major player the bureaucracy is by now too communalizedu003cbr />to be bothered to let the affirmative action take place. The tragedyu003cbr />is that on one hand there is no effective affirmative action foru003cbr />minorities and on the other even the token talk on this issue isu003cbr />presented as a threat to Hindu community.u003cbr />u003cbr /> Can we let this denigration of minorities go on? One recalls that ouru003cbr />earlier caste system had totally marginalized the low castes. Today inu003cbr />the communal scenario another chunk of population is being relegatedu003cbr />”,1] ); //–> secular easily slips when principled actions are to be taken. During the Mumbai pogrom Congress Chief Minister Sudhakarrao Naik was sitting pretty paralysed by inaction and silently supporting the attack led by Bal Thackeray. When a delegation of industrialists led by Tata called upon him to stop the mayhem, he told them to meet Thackeray to request him whatever they want. The same party later admitted into its fold the likes of Narayan Rane and Sanjay Nirupam, who were loyal Sainiks of Thackeray.
Can we let this denigration of minorities go on? One recalls that our earlier caste system had totally marginalised the low castes. Today in the communal scenario another chunk of population is being relegated system? Sprawling ghettoes like Mumbra, Bhendi Bazar on one hand theiru003cbr />absence in the social sphere on the other, totally violates the spiritu003cbr />of national community.u003cbr />u003cbr />Golwalkar, the second supremo of RSS, the most important ideologue ofu003cbr />RSS-BJP and affiliated organizations which are leading the antiu003cbr />minority tirade, wrote “…non Hindu people in Hindustan must eitheru003cbr />adopt Hindu culture…they must cease to be foreigners or may stay inu003cbr />the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation claiming nothing,u003cbr />deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment, not evenu003cbr />citizens rights.”. One may add to that they will also be subjected tou003cbr />differential legal system! Are we heading towards this terrifyingu003cbr />vision of the patron saint of RSS-BJP?u003cbr />u003cbr />(Writer is Secretary of All India Secular Forum)u003cbr />u003c/div>”,0] ); D([“ce”]); //–> to secondary position. Are we creating a new type of exclusionary social system? Sprawling ghettoes like Mumbra, Bhendi Bazar on one hand and their absence in the social sphere on the other totally violate the spirit of national community.