Tit for Tat

The pettiness of our politicians and religious groups has reached new heights. The J & K government had decided to transfer land to Amarnath shrine board for development of facilities for the pilgrims, but after strong and violent protests and political pressure the government revoked its order. The board also decided against pursing its claim over the land. Now, Hindu fundamentalist groups like VHP have retaliated by calling a Bharat Bandh (India Strike) today. They also demand that subsidies given by government to Haj pilgrims should be taken back.

“Haj subsidy must be cancelled. No flights for Haj should be sent as it is wastage of precious fuel the cost of which has to be borne from the taxpayers,” VHP general secretary Pravin Togadia told reporters.

They also demand that the cancellation order of land transfer be revoked by the government. This is what happens when you mix politics and religion. Its the most harmful cocktail one could think of. Now, I think

# The J&K government should not have allotted the land in the first place. So much of forestland to be given for construction project that too for religious purpose is just adding fuel to fire! The Governor and chairman of the board has been irresponsible by supporting the CEO’s comment over environmental concerns of such a project.

Environmentalists say the project threatens the forests, to which the shrine board CEO reportedly said that yatris are less polluting than the locals. The Governor’s defended these remarks.

Both of them have showed their ignorance on the crisis of depletion of forest resources in India by making such comments not to mention risked sparking of communal tension. What is the need to make a government person in charge of religious activities? Nothing good can come of it.

# The reason for protests like transfer of land is actually a conspiracy to change the state’s demography and all the Kashmiris should protest as its a Muslim majority state is really a very absurd one. If protests are to be done, they should be based on environmental concerns and should be done in a peaceful manner.

# Gandhian principles have gone down the drain in the country and the population has increased so much that human life has become cheap. That is why people opt for violent protests and end up losing their own people as well as of the neutral public and the police. First Gujjar protests, then Sikh protests, then this Kashmir protests…along with Naxals, VHP protests, Gorkha protests, price rise, Sensex plunging and what not…I tell you the PM post may seem lucrative but governing a million nutcases is no easy task!!

# This feeling of tit for tat is going to prove destructive for India and whole world in the long run. Their terrorists attack us so lets attack them. We didn’t get land for our pilgrimage site so lets stop them from going. We are a minority and mistreated so lets kill the majority. They destroyed our two towers & killed our citizens so lets make their whole country suffer till eternity. They wont give their one state to us so lets terrorize the whole country’s citizens. They are so rich and developed so lets attack their citizens and destroy buildings. Their mosque is at our site so lets destroy it. When is this feeling going to end? When would people really grow up? And you know it all starts when the day you hit someone because he teased you or stole your eraser.

# Those who live in glasshouses should not throw stones at others.

Togadia also demanded that all Haj houses in the country be taken back by the government and converted into charity hospitals for the poor.

So while you are about it, why not build a hospital or a school in the disputed Ayodhya land ?? I think it would serve a better and bigger purpose and I’m sure gods are not as petty as humans (thats why they are gods,right?) that they will take offense to the fact that they will have a temple less to their name and will wreak havoc on the country & the sky will fall on our heads. As for saving taxpayers money, we could do without burning buses or effigies, huge rallies, salary of MPs who waste Parliament time and vehicles to transport politicians and their henchmen.

On the positive side, inspite of feeling very sleepy I went to college only to find it closed due to this bandh and all students and teachers were happy to get a sudden holiday. I returned home and blogged about it. πŸ˜€

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30 thoughts on “Tit for Tat

  1. At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.

    — Aldous Huxley.

  2. Worse things about our politicians is taht they use religion as an issue. Sometimes, it is hard to imagine taht we live in a secular state. Or we have these problems we have a secular state with worthless politicians. How dare they connect every issue with religion? Sops are given to each religions groups to retain vote bank.

  3. hartals !
    It was Bharath Bandh, however only kerala was completly shut down.
    its the 7th hartal in Kerala during the last two months (june-july).

    check this

    The funny part is BJP have not won a single seat in the local assembly and the bandh is complete there. BJP is ruling in Karnataka and banglore is full of life today.

  4. I suggest you read this article by Atanu Dey – comparing the Constitutional Amendments in US (called the Bill of Rights) with the situation in India.

    http://www.deeshaa.org/2008/06/12/the-first-amendment/

    At the end of it he explains why Haj Travel subsidy is immoral. I agree with him.

    The fact that this issue was brought up after the land transfer fiasco seems selfish and anti-minority. But then, when else could they have done it ? The separation between ‘Church’ and ‘State’ is fundamental to achieving progress.

  5. I am so sick and tried of these bandhs and violent protests. It seems to be the only way to get the attention of the government. It does seem as if the govt. only pays attention when people close shops, burn buses and stop trains! that’s what happened during the gujjar agitation. we are slipping into anarchy, or well that’s the feeling one gets. I know we probably aren’t but we could.
    Nice post Reema!

  6. All mentally imbalanced people become politicians because they don’t care about the impact of what they are saying.
    I am so tired of this nonsense that I have stopped reading newspapers and watching television. I think this is the best way to maintain your peace of mind.

  7. religion = more attention = popularity = votes

    that might be the principle there

    Don’t blame British for “Divide n Rule” policy that’s what our politicians are doing to us now

  8. @Didi Good quotes!

    @Poonam Politicians have divided the total votebank on basis of religion. And to sustain it they keep raising religious issues especially when election is close.

    @Taju Chattisgarh being a BJP rules state followed the bandh but somehow its a quiet state with naxals as biggest prob not strikes. Infact colleges n schools were closed after 3-4 yrs I think. Checked the link. Kerala is going on the lines of WB. Sad! U know recent news came in that this bandh has turned v ugly in Bhopal, M.P.

    @Arvind I’ll check out the link! Surely thats the need..to separate governance and religion.

  9. I am a BJP member but still I firmly believe that these Bandhs and Hartals must be stopped .. If people really want to show their concerns about anything, they will themselves shut down their offices and shops.. No need to force them to do so..

    But whatever happened in J&K is shocking.. Just because of some muslims protested violently, the J&K government turned down its decision to give the land for Amarnath Yatra foundation..

    Nobody gives us Hindus money for Char-dham yatra or Amarnath-vaishnodevi yatra even though 80% of the population is hindu..Then why subsidy for Haj – I dont know.. I am not hindu fanatic or fundamentalist but I do believe in Hindutva as hinduism for me is a way of living life smoothly and happily..

    Just to end with an important note, Mr praveen togadia was prominent cancer surgeon of ahmedabad..May be the best surgeon of gujarat..He would hv earned crores of rupees but just for hinduism, he has left all his medical practise, his family, friends and moved totally to work for hindu religion and traditions..I dont like his fanatic ideology but as a person, I respect him.. It’s not easy thing to do..

  10. @Nita Thanks! I agree with u…we are really slipping into anarchy. The law and police are too blame too for making it easy to do violent protests and to get away with it.

    @Amit So u are following Calvin’s idea πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ ignorance is bliss.

    @Dinu yes thats exactly what they have succeeded in doing and now the chasm is so wide that no bridge could be built across it.

    @Soham Nice to know u agree on the bandh issue. As I said the land should not have been given in 1st place as it will harm the fragile ecology of Kashmir. I agree by giving subsidy and all based on religion more frustration and discrimination is being created. //Mr praveen togadia was prominent cancer surgeon of ahmedabad..May be the best surgeon of gujarat.// I beg to differ…its not always the money he could have earned. what about the lives he could have saved by practicing his medical knowledge?? we talk about brain drain and this is what is happening inside India. I personally feel he could have served India better by being a doctor.

  11. I have myself seen the amount of toiling work VHP and RSS activists had done during gujarat earthquake and flood..That work saved so many lives by helping people to get out of debris, in taking them to hospitals etc etc..so please dont think tht VHP and RSS are just hindu fanatic institutions nad they want to kill minorities..

    This is also a brain drain done by english media on the minds of so called white-collar intellectual people like you and me..

  12. Religion has always been a part of our country’s culture. We’re a hindu country for a reason. Yet, many religions have co-existed in peace in the past. No reason why they shouldn’t continue to do so. It’s unfortunate that religion finds a place in many of the decisions taken by the government. Even if it’s not, politicians find a way to politicize faith-based beliefs for self gains.

    While we are at religion and politics, I’d like to mention that it’s even worse in some parts of south india where people of same religion are divided based on caste. It gets even worse when it’s election time.

  13. Am tired of the serious posts.. we have been talking about such issues for so long… plese loosen up guys….

    no, dont think i am averserd to these things or am not bothered about it…

    but please guys, chill for a while!

    no offence meant reems! πŸ™‚

  14. @Soham Ohh nice to know they have done all that good things.

    @Johnnypeepers Welcome to my blog! I searched the net and came up with this. The original was Tip for Tap, a very old expression that evolved into tit for tat in the mid-16th century. Tip meant a hit, a shove. Tap was a retaliatory hit. The meaning is a punishment meted out to pay back an offence, measured to be equal and proportionate.So it isnt at all how u defined. πŸ™‚ Keep visiting!

    @Robert There’s another one-Bad government is elected by those who dont vote. πŸ˜€ Oh Indian politics is very complex even for us. πŸ™‚

    @Chaitu welcome to my blog!! its a sad state of affairs and I guess more so in south as u say.Though I have little idea about politics in South India. See u around!

  15. @RJ Following Calvin?? πŸ™‚

    @Robert Apology accepted. Good to know u liked the movie.

    @Sakhi None taken πŸ™‚ Kya kare. Serious things are happening and provide me food for thought πŸ™‚

    @Arvind there is another quote…Every country gets the leaders it deserves. Shashi Tharoor has written an article abt in sunday TOI. I’ve to read it yet.

    @Robert Anarchy is a very bad idea. Maybe dictatorship would be better.

    @Sandeep πŸ™‚

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