Bharat Mata ki Jai!
Do they really love Mother India?
They say they love India. They say to prove your love for India, you have to loudly proclaim “Bharat Mata ki Jai.”
I say anyone who loves India would draw a lesson from next door Pakistan and would want India not going down the Pakistan road.
India and Pakistan got their independence simultaneously. In fact Pakistan got it a day earlier because before the British rule ended in India the Empire had to create Pakistan and so on August 14, 1947 it created Pakistan and a day later on August 15, India was declared independent.
Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and Islam became its undoing. On October 15, 1951, Islamic fanatics shot dead Liaquat Ali Khan the first prime minister of Pakistan for his reluctance to wage a holy war (Jihad) against India. Before that on 11 September, 1948, just a year after its creation its creator Mohammad Ali Jinnah died a broken and despairing man regretting his whole effort in creating the state of Pakistan, though the cause of his death was advanced stage of Tuberculosis.
Husain Shaheed Suhrawardhy the man who helped Jinnah create East Pakistan through his efforts to mobilise Bengali Muslims in support of Pakistan was expelled, at Jinnah’s instance from the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan and virtually declared a persona non grata in Jinnah’s lifetime for having shared a roof with Mahatma Gandhi to bring to an end the Noakhali communal flareup. Such was the level of intolerance fanned by communal sentiments in Pakistan.
It was Jinnah a Gujarati, barely acquainted with Urdu, who imposed Urdu upon the people of Pakistan, Bengalis, Punjabis, Sindhis, Pashtuns and Balochs, none of whom spoke Urdu before the creation of Pakistan. Others swallowed their pride and relented though except for the Punjabis, they continue striving for better recognition of their respective regional language as well. But the Bengalis stood in rebellion and that produced the sentiment for the ultimate creation of Bangla Desh.
Soon after the death of both Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan started getting buried slowly but surely into the quick sand leading to the rise of the mullah power, cunningly encouraged by the Army which ruled the roost in this new Islamic state by creating the scare of threat from a Hindu India, in which the Mullahs happily and enthusiastically joined. Fact of the matter, the moment you created a state in the name of Islam, you opened a window for the mullahs with their various conflicting and contradictory perception of Islam to seek their version of an Islamic state. In February 1953 the mullahs resorted to violence on the streets of Lahore killing scores of Qadianis/Ahmediyas seeking to declare Ahmediyas non-Muslims. So by 1953 the euphoria of creating one nation on the basis of one religion, one language, one people was completely shattered. But even before that Sir Mohammad Zaffrullah Khan, an Ahmediya, who along with his microscopic community restricted largely to Eastern Punjab, had enthusiastically and actively supported Jinnah’s endeavor to create a state for all Muslims, and as Jinnah’s trusted dear friend, was appointed by him as the Islamic state’s first Foreign Minister lobbying for Kashmir for full five years in the United Nations, was prevented by the mullahs to join the Namaze Janaza (last prayer) for Jinnah. This when Jinnah himself was a scotch drinking, pork eating Muslim.
In 1974 under pressure from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and succumbing to agitation led by Jamaat Islami, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, supposedly a liberal, again someone who publicly flaunted his love for the Bacchus, amended Pakistani Constitution to declare Ahmediyas non-Muslims. But that did not help Bhutto, who believed thereby he could buy peace with the Mullahs. For in 1977 the Jamaat Islami brought together Jamiat Ullema Islam (JUI), led then by Mufti Mehmood, and Jamaat ul Ulemae Pakistan (JUP) of Shah Ahmed Noorani Pakistan Democratic Party (PDP) of Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan and other fringe elements of clerics to start countrywide agitation for Nizame Mustafa” implying return to the medieval Islamic state. The movement backed surreptitiously by Pakistani army, gathered momentum and soon enough all elements disenchanted with Bhutto and seeking his ouster including Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s son Khan Abdul Wali Khan, his wife Naseem Wali Khan and their party the National Awami Party (NAP) and the Army’s plant among the civilians, Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan, all came together to pull down a duly elected government and prop up General Mohammad Ziaul Haq, and finally put their stamp of approval on the judicial murder of their first constitutionally elected prime minister, even while honouring Zia with the title Ameerul Momineen (the king of the believers) for enforcing Hudood Ordinances which paved the way for turning Pakistan into a narrow minded anti-secular state.
Zia, as is wont, prescribed heavy punishments–lashings, stoning and chopping of hands to those defying the medieval order brought in by him and turned Ahmediyas into criminals making their religious rituals a crime in Pakistani law. That’s how the Ahmediyas’ were rewarded for enthusiastically joining in creating an “Islamic state”. The rest is well known, after the Ahmediyas, Wahabi mullahs targeted the Shias. By the way Jinnah himself was a Shia Muslim. And then came the turn of Barelvis. But now each of the 72 sects of Islam existing in Pakistan consider the others heretics and are campaigning for cleansing Pakistan of all the others.
This was a nation created in the name of religion, in the name of Islam, believing that Muslims are one people, one Nation and they had one language, Urdu.
What is Sanghi Bhajpai nationalism all about? One people (read only Aryavrats), one language (Hindi), one flag (Bhagua), one slogan “Bharat Mata ki Jai.” They are neither blind nor ignorant of the descent into morass of their next door neighbour. They know very well what fate awaits India were it to go the Pakistan way. Yet they persist with it surely and determinedly. Is this love for Mother India? Are they Hindu nationalists or simply inimical to modern India?