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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Rahul Gandhi Is Playing Politics With The SCs Of Bharat

It is distressing, to say the least, when one observes the actions and the utterances of Rahul Gandhi. And to think that he and his mother are eager to make him ascend the Prime Minister’s chair is nothing short of a calamity and disaster for the country. Look at what he has been undertaking in recent days in Hyderabad. One can understand or even forgive if he was genuine in his sensitivity towards the youth of this country committing suicides. But then he picks up only those cases from which he will garner votes. This is exploitation of the worst order, and even suicides have become a vote catching mechanism. Can there be anything more debasing than this?

This exposes the selfish and self centered nature of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Like vultures, they are looking for the dead – and these have to be SCs (Scheduled Castes); citing their concern for the discrimination SCs have been exposed to, these two are out to exploit them.

Selective Suicide Politics

Take the case of Rohith Velmula of the Hyderabad Central University. Why has Rahul Gandhi picked on this case? Why has he not gone to Villipuram where three girl students have committed suicides? Perhaps there is no SC issue in these, or is there? Nobody has yet talked about it. In the case of Rohith, his father had gone public by clearly stating that the family is not SC. Are Rahul Gandhi and the Congress more authentic than Rohith’s father in identifying the caste of Rohith? Instead they go on accusing the BJP – saying that they drove him to death and now they want to deny him his identity also. How petty minded, foolish and absurd can the Congress and Rahul Gandhi become?

Another valid point to note is that normally suicide notes are authentic documents for the investigating agencies to nab the culprits. In Rohith’s case, he himself has stated that nobody is to be blamed for his action – not his friends and not his enemies. He is solely responsible for the action he is taking. What more does one need? It is clear that the Congress wants to blame the BJP by hook or crook, and hence overlooks this vital evidence which normally is the guiding lead to ascertain the reason for a suicide.

It is clear that Rahul Gandhi is seeking to score brownie points and wants to level out with Smriti Irani who can stand her ground. The Gandhis have never met with Opposition and cannot stomach anyone who stands firm and resolute against them and exposes them. Smriti Irani has real guts and Rahul Gandhi is not prepared to meet the challenge she poses. Rahul Gandhi sees in her a threat and hence demands her resignation. This will not happen because it is illogical to blame Smriti Irani, or for that matter anyone in the Modi Government, in the case of Rohith’s suicide.

All student suicides are unfortunate. A proper analysis would reveal that it is the flawed education policies foisted by successive Congress governments, and the radical left wing politics which dominates our campuses, that is driving students to take such drastic steps.

Did Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi resign over the above mentioned series of suicides at IITs when the UPA Government was in power? Did anyone clamour for it?

Rahul Gandhi, the pampered trouble maker

It is obvious that Rahul Gandhi is a trouble maker, not a trouble shooter. He instigates, provokes, and augments troubles. This does not augur well for one who wants to become the PM of this country. This time he is on the wrong path because it is the youth in the universities that he has targeted upon for his own power craziness. The students have to work hard – sit for their exams, and make themselves employable. This is a powerful input for empowerment. This is development not only for them and their families but for the country.

On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi has not worked hard. God alone knows what academic qualifications he has and how he acquired them. He does not have to be employed because he and his mother have acquired enough wealth from the poor of Bharat, to last them for generations. Look at the number of Trusts which Sonia Gandhi or her family heads? Did they work for it – or has Sonia Gandhi inherited these from Italy? So we cannot expect Rahul Gandhi and his mother to be bothered about what happens to the youth of this country.

The Nehru Gandhi family enjoys the wealth of the country and throws crumbs as subsidies to the poor. This it boasts is the great reform (MGNREGA) the UPA has achieved. Rahul Gandhi does not know the dignity of labor. He only talks; and if at all he struts around for rallies or obstructs Parliament, then he seeks his leisure and pleasure for days outside the country.

Do we need a man like him as the PM of this country? If fishermen are in protest, there he is; if farmers are in protest, there he is; if students of FTII Pune are protesting against the appointment of Gajander Chauhan, there he is to incite them. Now he has targeted the Hyderabad Central University.

Let us grant that he has become sensitive to this problem after his sojourns in foreign countries and has become enlightened and invigorated. But what has he studied and learned of Bharat and its past? How has he prepared himself to become the PM without knowing anything of Bharat – its past and its present? Were suicides of the youth, the students, the farmers and those who have lost hope, not there during the UPA’s regime? When his mother with her extra constitutional NAC was surveying the scenario in Bharat and drafting reforms and measures for the upliftment of the masses? Were they all ignorant of the reality?

Harvesting Souls

Caste Discrimination in the Catholic Church

There has been, and continues to be, blatant discrimination against the SCs and the Nadars within the Catholic Church. This is a case which I personally know and have authentic information and data. The parish church in the village of Vadankulam – in the district of Kanyakumari and a few kilometers from Nagercoil, on the way to Tirunelveli – was under the Jesuits. The church was built with a wall inside lengthwise about three feet high partitioning the church into two parts. The wall was to separate the SCs and the Nadars from the Pillais and the upper caste. The former had to sit on the northern side and use a different entrance, while the southern side facing the main altar was for the upper caste.

The SCs and the Nadars went to court; they lost the case. The Catholic Church authorities, right from Rome down to the local church dignitaries, upheld and justified the segregation. In fact it was the Parish Priest, a Jesuit, who allowed the building of the wall right within the church. Even today, quite a few parishes of the Catholic Church maintain separate cemeteries: one for the upper caste and the other for the SCs and other castes.

From time immemorial the SCs have been denied right to walk through the caste areas; they were not allowed to use footwear when they pass the caste areas. It is not just the Hindus who uphold discrimination; the Christian churches discriminate them from birth to death. Even the dead bodies are segregated in the cemeteries. So to blame just the Hindus is not right. The major blame must be placed on politicians – especially the Congress which has communalized politics and the polity of Bharat by caste and religion.

Who benefits from casteism? 

I request Rahul Gandhi to study the history of caste in Bharat – then look into the present reality; not suddenly pop up just to spite Modi and instigate trouble. He should not use universities for his own political gain. The SC/ST commission must wake up to realities and take stringent action. But the UPA was never bothered. The Congress was in power for more than 50 years: what did it do towards alleviating this problem, if not eradicating it altogether? It has abetted the communal/caste angle for vote banks.

Look at each neta with his own bandwagon of caste and communalism. How were the elections won in Bihar – on the basis of caste. How is the PMK in Chennai having its outfit on the single plank of the Vanniars? So Rahul Gandhi cannot pick and choose but must be consistent in his approach to the problem, and go wherever there is a SC/ST suicide, atrocity, oppression. Rahul Gandhi must remember that education and employability of the SCs/STs alone can empower them. They are now strong enough to fight for their fights, and organizations like Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) are doing a far better job of empowerment. They do not need politicians like Rahul Gandhi, who have exploited them down the ages.

Empowerment calls for inputs, not exploitation of the SCs for one’s own political gains. This exploitation has been going on for ages. The result is the SCs are where they were –at the bottom of the social ladder and certain politicians want to keep them there so that they could be used as tools for their political gains. This is exactly what the Congress did – kept caste discrimination and communalism alive; created ghettos and fenced people within. How then would one explain why after 68 years of Independence, the SCs/STs are still socially backward? Why is there so much protest for every community to be included in the ‘Backward’ category? Should the political parties, especially the Congress, not be made answerable for this?

All their planning, the poverty alleviation programs like ‘garibi hato’ have failed, and what we see today is a pauperized population. The result is the demand for classifying various groups as ‘Backward’ and the tags are SCs/STs, BCs, MBC, OBCs and so on. Is this the result of good governance, good planning and outreach to the poor? On the other hand, look at the neo rich, the netas, who are all crorepatis rolling in wealth. Whose money is all this, and who is accountable for this deplorable, despicable state of affairs? The Congress is the root cause and hence cannot be the answer or solution for upliftment of the SCs/STs and Backward communities.

Let Students Study

Finally, as one who was in the field of education, I would like Rahul Gandhi to stop politicizing the youth and educational institutions. If caste has to be eradicated, if oppression and discrimination must be eliminated, then we need educated youth. Towards this, every effort must be made to see that universities function and function properly. It is a long path to freedom, and a man like Rahul Gandhi who wants to project himself as the future Prime Minister of the country must be clear sighted, have a vision and avoid obstructionism and vendetta politics, and stop playing with the youth and their future. See that the schemes meant for them are faithfully implemented and that the SC/ST Commission functions. Let it not be another white elephant draining the people’s money and not performing its duty.

Will Rahul Gandhi remember that education is an important input for empowerment of the SCs/STs and hence not exploit this area and make students a tool for his political agenda?

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Dr. Hilda Raja
Dr. Hilda Raja
Dr. Hilda Raja was a PG level professor at Stella Maris College, Chennai. Post retirement, she worked with many NGOs and as a Development Consultant. She was nominated on the Advisory Committe of the CBCI (Catholic Bishops Conference of India ) for three years. Having studied throughout in Minority Institutions and reared in a Christian ethos, she is fully convinced that the Hindu soul is secular and Hindu Dharma is totally misunderstood by other religions. For her, Bharat and all that it holds is sacred.



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