Stop preaching us Indians on Bharat Mata Ki Jai, We are bigger patriots than you


Rifat Jawaid’s video blog on Bharat Mata Ki Jai controversy and ‘obnoxious’ comments by Devendra Fadnavis and Ramdev. Who are the real nationalist? Watch this video!

Posted by Janta Ka Reporter on Sunday, 3 April 2016

Rifat Jawaid

Bharat Mata Ki Jai controversy gained new momentum on Sunday after the Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, made an extraordinary foot-in-mouth comment saying that those who refused to chant this slogan must leave India.

Faced with huge outrage and backlash on social media, Fadnavis was quick to issue a clarification saying that “We absolutely have no problem if somebody says Jai Hind or Jai Bharat or Jai Hindustan.”

I asked him on twitter what he meant by ‘We’ assuming he had declared himself as the new conscience keeper of Indians. As expected my interjection didn’t elicit any reply from a minister, who has now left himself spectacularly exposed.

Exposed, because I was one of the first people to have appreciated his aam addmi approach after he was nominated by the BJP as the new Maharashtra chief minister. Fadnavis travelling in economy class with his wife was something one ought to have admired even if one didn’t subscribe to the saffron party’s divisive politics.

It was in this context, I found his comments in extremely poor taste and reflective of his true RSS mentality.

Then came the shocker from Ramdev, who has been tirelessly working towards creating his image as a peace-loving yoga guru even though his real focus has been to create an ambitious FMCG empire with the help of his new political masters at the centre.

Ramdev said that he wouldn’t hesitate cutting off hundreds of thousands of heads of those who refused to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai if the constitution allowed him. What an extraordinary message of peace by the self-proclaimed Baba!

Congress’ Pawan Khera seemed to have spoken for the majority of Indians when he said, “That’s why I refuse to call him Baba Ramdev. Nothing about Ramdev Yadav’s thought/word/action that makes him a Baba.”

The likes of Baba or Fadnavis don’t care about nationalism as much as they claim. Their real goal remains to push through the divisive political agenda.

Truth be told, contrary to how it was projected nearly two years ago, Fadnavis’ rule in Maharashtra has been an utter failure. Farmers are continuing to commit suicide and drought has had catastrophic consequences in Latur, where instead of addressing the emergency-like situation, the Fadnavis government decided to impose section 144 to quell the protests.

Maharashtra also has the dubious distinction on alarming rise in farmers’ suicide. The state recorded more than half of the total number of suicides committed across India.

So, the rhetoric on Bharat Mata Ki Jai perfectly suits politicians like him. But, one fact he comfortably chooses to ignore is that Indian electorates may be uneducated but they are not stupid. Since there’s no right to recall, Fadnavis can continue to be the state’s CM for another three years, but his utter failure on governance may not help his aspiration to remain in power in the subsequent term.

Ironically, Fadnavis, his party the BJP and its ideological mentor, the RSS, have been busy preaching Indians on nationalism when there’s no reason to do so. Indians by nature are a patriotic lot. It’s just that their ways of expression may be different. It doesn’t make you a less patriot if you said Jai Hind or Hindustan Zindabad instead of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

And for those, who may question my credential to lecture right-wing leaders on patriotism, I was among those who had once chosen to become a member of the Indian armed forces. Journalism became my profession only after I couldn’t make it to the Service Selection Board due to the diagnosis of malignant malaria, something that nearly killed me.

So, to all those pseudo patriots, while I couldn’t become the part of the Indian military service, a large group of my friends are today proud officers of the armed forces (mostly Lt colonels and colonels).

So stop your rhetoric on nationalism and focus on doing what voters have elected you to do. You, however, have another option and that is to continue with your hate-mongering at the cost of good governance and rest assured the intelligent Indian voters will not bat an eyelid in sending you into political oblivion.