To oppose communalism only because Narendra Modi is communal or Narendra Modi’s party is communal or then to oppose the Congress because the Congress is opposing communalism and those who oppose communalism, they should vote for the Congress. These are such contentions or arguments, that if decisions were to be taken on the logic of these contentions or arguments, then the decisions would be utterly wrong. Communalism is such a word that the definition of this word has till today been made by everyone in their own way. But when communalism has a relationship with a large segment, that is with 80 per cent or 90 per cent of people in India, then not only should care and caution be taken in understanding the meaning of communalism, but its meaning should be understood to be that meaning which can be related with and linked to 80 or 90 per cent of the people.
How can the parties or individuals who run the gauntlet of facing the charge of communalism assume that its opposing Muslims that is communalism or that people who oppose Muslims, those people will most certainly give their votes to the Bharatiya Janata Party? Has the Bharatiya Janata Party announced that it does not want the votes of Muslims or have they announced that if the Bharatiya Janata Party wins in 2014, the Muslims in this country will be regarded or known as second class citizens? The rights that have been given to them by the Constitution, those rights will be snatched away? For identification of communalism do the Bharatiya Janata Party or Narendra Modi oppose those economic policies which the people of the Congress Party are presenting in the name of opposing communalism? Do the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi, steeped in charges of communalism, get the authority that in Gujarat it is their right to create malnutrition or ignore malnutrition? Do the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi also get the right not to let the farmers get the price for their crops directly? Does no responsibility devolve on them? Or then do Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party also get the right that everyone should not have a share in education ? On this nobody can ask them any questions.
The economic policies of both the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party are one and the same. What should be accountability to the people, in this regard both the parties are totally one. On the questions and issues of corruption, inflation, unemployment, education and health both parties the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party are silent and both the parties contenders for the Prime Minister’s post Narendra Modi on one side and Rahul Gandhi on the other do not even want to touch these questions and issues. One opposes communalism and the other says that communalism is a psuedo word. But both want that the basic questions, they should not come in front of the people of the country.
But do Narendra Modi and the Bhartiya Janta Party also get the right that they should not make clear their economic policies? That they should also not tell that 70 per cent people are out of the purview of development, how they will bring then into the ambit of development or then they also don’t want to tell people with whom their relationship will be and what sort of relationship it will be.
Questions opposite to these or in contrast or contrary to these can be asked from the Congress – whether the Congress Party considers in the name of opposition to communalism, roads, education, hospitals and other such corruption generating things as issues or not? Or is opposing communalism or opposing Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party its sole agenda? Will the Congress Party present an assessment of its election manifestos, which it had placed before the country in 2004 and 2009, that it implemented how many things from the manifestos and how many it did not implement? A Government Minister of the Congress Party says that around 90 per cent of the Sachar Committee recommendations have been implemented. Nothing can be seen on the ground and its also beyond understanding what the Sachar Committee recommendations were. In fact, the Sachar Committee identified the disease, but the work of suggesting a medicine for that disease was done by the Ranganath Mishra Commission. In this entire race, in this entire noise, the Congress Party took the name of the Sachar Committee, but the name of the Ranganath Mishra Commission was not even taken. Therefore, I wonder whether the Congress wants to do away with the difference between the Sachar Committee and the Ranganath Mishra Commission or does not want to do away with it and what do the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi have to say on these questions? Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party are silent over such questions.
If we observe, the economic policies of both are the same. What should be accountability to the people, in this regard both the parties are totally one. On the questions of corruption, inflation, unemployment, education and health both parties the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party are silent and both the parties contenders for the Prime Minister’s post Narendra Modi on one side and Rahul Gandhi on the other do not even want to touch these questions. One opposes communalism and the other says that communalism is a psuedo word. But both want that the basic questions, they should not come in front of the people of the country.
The students of the country and the young in the country are standing like spectators amidst this jugglery. Both the parties are pushing the generation of students and youth from 18 years to 25 years of age into a new dark tunnel. The need is that some responsible people should tell this generation what the basic issues and questions in the country are and what should be the attitude of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party to these basic questions issues, confidence should be given to the students and youth to ask these questions. This is because if the students and the youth ask Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi these questions, they will understand for whom they should vote, for whom they should not vote or that between both they should not vote for either of them.