by GHALIB SULTAN
First published on: Mon Dec 14, 2009
Just when a frail streak of democratic etiquette made it to the placid surface of Hindu dominated and grossly convoluted version of democracy, Bala Thackery had to smear it with vile molasses from the tip of his tongue, reeking of spectacular proportions of hate and intolerance for the Muslim community. The Shiv Sena chief whose popularity is assuming new horizons everyday inviting Hindoo extremists under his flock, has a lot of Ammo piled up and aiming at the Muslims.
Upon Rahul Gandhi’s remarks while visiting Aligarh Muslim University, last week, where he said that it is not about what religion or community you come from, it is what you bring to the table, what capability you have that will make you India’s first Muslim Prime Minister, Bal Thackery found opportunity to combat the lone ray of optimism with his epidemic disgust and lack of regard from Muslims by saying that muslims will only ‘qualify’ for top job if they as a community support Ram Temple in Ayodha, thereby put Hindoo religion before their own as a way of expression of their patriotism.
Amidst communal discord of sorts, some 15 freedom movements going on; Backward casts crying out for greater national acceptability and fundamental human rights and to top it – politicians and cricketers locked in an endless verbal jousting over the ownership of the city they seemingly own, it was like a breath of fresh air to hear remarks of the Congress leader who went on to say that Dr. Singh is not a Prime Minister of India because he is Sikh but because he is the most capable person to do the job.
Yet Thackery had to fight it off in order to pander his perverse sense of Hindu exclusivity and to satisfy the growing tide of Hindoo extremism that’s resulting in home grown violence and terrorism every passing day.