By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam
27 September 2023
This pertains to the news item ‘Elite Hindus’ Shower Praise For BJP MP Who Calls Muslim Lawmaker 'Aatankwaadi' (Terrorist), 'Ugrawaadi' (Militant) 'Mullah', 'Katwa' (Circumcised) and 'Bharwah' (Pimp). Juxtapose this news item with this one: Nupur Sharma, who was suspended as the BJP's national spokesperson after her remarks about Prophet Mohammed caused a diplomatic row with Muslim countries, has been lying low ever since.
On Sunday she surfaced, to attend the New Delhi premiere of filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri's The Vaccine Wars.
Agnihotri thanked her on X for her presence, saying, 'Thank you #NupurSharma for being such an inspiration for young girls. Nobody can stop you when you have millions of brothers fighting for you.'
He also replied to fact-checker Mohammed Zubair's earlier post, saying, 'Zubair Sahab, Dekhiye Yeh Hai Asli Propaganda. Ise Fact Check Karo Jaldi Se. Ab Rok Nahin Paaoge. Salaam. Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Jai Shree Ram.'
So, one's not surprised that 'elite' Hindus are praising the communal and most uncultured BJP Ramesh Bidhuri for abusing a Muslim MP.
When 'elite' people like Vivek Agnihotri and Nupur Sharma hobnob with the Hindu leaders and openly instigate (and also, castigate) Muslims, you can gauge the communal and most polarised atmosphere prevalent in today's Hindu India.
In fact, if you observe, it's the 'elite' and 'educated' Hindus who're rabidly against Muslims. Recently, a friend of mine told me that during the inauguration of his poetry book, his 'educated' Hindu friend refused to attend saying that he was not interested because there were Muslim speakers. Imagine, so intense hatred! All anti-Muslim WhatsApp messages and posts are forwarded by 'educated,' 'elite' and ' English-speaking ' Hindus. They openly say that Muslims must leave this country and go back to Pakistan. When hatred spreads among the 'educated' ones, it gets hardened.
Most alarming aspect of this type of hatred spread by the 'educated' ones is that it gets negative endorsement and much greater traction. Less educated people think that when 'educated' ones are condemning the minority, they (general masses) should also condemn Muslims to be like them ('elites' and 'educated'). This is a worrisome development.
Now the yardstick of Vatanparasti (love for one's own country) is the intensity of your hatred for the Muslims. The more you hate them, the more you become a Deshbhakt ! Moreover, what the BJP MP has stated is nothing new. Hindus, esp. the 'educated' ones, have been using the same 'adjectives' for Muslims for a long time.
Ramesh Bidhuri has just expressed in public what 'elite' Hindus think of Muslims in the confines of four walls. P B Shelly wrote, "I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed !" in his Ode to the West Wind.
Let me paraphrase that for the Muslims in India: They've fallen upon the thorns of hatred. They bleed....." But there's a silver lining to every cloud. Shelly concludes his famous poem with these immortal words of hope and optimism. The concluding line has now become more of an aphorism: "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? "So, don't lose hope. To quote Shevan Rizvi, Din Bhi Niklega Kabhi Raat Ke Aane Pe Na Jaa.......( From The Song, Dil Ki Aawaaz Bhi Sun Mere Fasane Pe Na Jaa, Humsaya, sung by Rafi, 1968).
A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian.
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