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December 31st, 2010
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Re: Story by Emily Wax on Gujarat posted 12/28/2010
Many in the USA, long accustomed to the steady stream of appalling misogynist stories from Afghanistan over the decade, would be wonderstruck, reading Emily Wax’s article (WP, 12/28/2010) about a young Muslim girl, Rubina, who is making a life for herself by ignoring the radical islamists and embracing education in her native place of Gujarat (India). To sex up her story, Ms. Wax incorporates in her narrative the “bad Hindus” against whom Rubina is painted to be struggling, seemingly more so than even against the mullahs. However, this is where the story falls into a pit of incredibility, and collapses – at least in the eyes of those who know Gujarat.
You see, the Muslims of Gujarat, ruled by the Wax’s “bad Hindus”, enjoy a literacy level at 76pct that is at least 10 percent higher than the Indian national average. Wax should have allowed herself to be educated on this point from, among many sources, a well known report by the justice Sachar committee that was appointed by Prime Minister Singh to investigate the state of education among the Indian Muslims. Now, this elevated state of Muslims in Gujarat is hardly surprising because Gujarat, governed by the Wax’s “bad Hindus”, has been acknowledged formally as the “best governed” state led by its highly rated popular leader, the one and only Mr. Narendra Modi. This acknowledgement of the spectacular success of Modi’s Gujarat is across the board in India – and in many parts of the world too – including Mr. Modi’s super-jealous opponents.
In Mr. Modi’s Gujarat, Rubina does not need to “defy” the mullahs – as would be the case in Afghanistan; ignoring them is all it takes. A simple willingness to study in schools, aided by family support which she has is enough, like hundreds of thousands of Muslim girls in Gujarat have, as would be the case in all civilized countries. This is not some mysterious phenomenon in the Gujarat of “bad Hindus” as Wax would want her impressionable American readers to think; it is an every day simple fact of life in Gujarat. It wouldn’t be improbable if Rubina’s performance is lackluster compared to many Muslims girls in Gujarat. Does Wax know that in the last election in Gujarat a record number of Muslims voted for Mr. Modi’s BJP party? May be that is an inconvenient truth for her.
Now, about that unfortunate infamous riots in Gujarat in 2002. It is important to recall the circumstances that led to the riot. The train in Godhra that was set aflame, engulfing scores of Hindu pilgrims was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. India until that point had witnessed a long string of terror incidents from Pakistani connected sources against which the Indian government was a helpless mute spectator. The Indian parliament was attacked, the trains in Mumbai bombed, large gatherings of people were bombed in many cities across India, including Hindu holy places and the capital New Delhi, ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir was complete, and on it went. Many leaders then said the Hindus did not feel safe in their own country while the terrorists were hitting at will. In Godhra what was witnessed was a mob of Indian Muslims killing Hindus out of sheer hate. To make matters worse, the Indian media – which have a reputation for being utterly corrupt and pro-Islam – blamed the Hindus as if the Hindus deserved it! The people felt they had to take the matter in their own hands. It would surprise me if any people, untrusting of their government’s will or ability to protect them, untrusting of the media, feeling under siege, and nobody to trust except themselves would have reacted differently.
The media, however, sought to criminalize the BJP government of Gujarat and went for Modi’s neck. The facts on the ground did not matter. Why? Because Mr. Modi, you see, is not overtly “secular” (read pro-Islam), or apologetic about being a “Hindu”. Worse, he had vowed to fight terror. How unforgiveable! Thus, all manners of lies, damn lies were in order to bring down Narendra Modi’s government and destabilize India just as the terrorists had intended. The media did their very best to paint Mr. Modi as criminal, and went on for days, and then weeks and months and years. The prosecuting “secular” attorneys coached the witnesses against Modi and his government. Later, the pro-Islam Congress government in New Delhi abused all its powers to hound Mr. Modi. But Mr. Modi stood alone against all those assaults from the media, prosecutions from a raft of influential “secular” attorneys, abuses of power by the almighty central government in New Delhi, and the threats from the ascendant terror outfits like the rock of Gibraltar. Not only did Mr. Modi come through it all smelling like roses, he made Gujarat the number one state in the country during all that tumult, and emerged more popular with his honesty and efficient governance. Now, that’s a leader worth his weight in gold. It was under these conditions that the “secular” railway minister of India appointed illegally and unconstitutionally an “investigation panel”, which Wax dubiously quotes, that mischievously reported that the Godhra train fire was accidental. This “report” has not amounted to a hill of beans, having been dismissed by the Supreme Court out of hand. Did Wax really not know that? Amazing!
In reality, though, the above is a sad commentary on the politics of India. The Muslims in India make up about 13 percent of the population. The largest Indian political party, the Congress Party led by the Gandhis, has made a policy of pandering to Muslims for its political fortunes in the grossest way that keeps the Muslims at loggerheads with the Hindus who are politically hopelessly divided along many fault lines, albeit most of them quite contrived. Many experts believe the Hindu-Muslim divide is the direct result of the power greedy Congress party that sees its salvation in constantly badgering the Hindus and placating the Muslims. The unelected Prime Minister Singh, a Gandhi appointee, once publicly declared in a policy statement that the Muslims have the first right to the national resources (paid for predominantly by the Hindu taxpayers!). The Congress party loots Hindu Mandirs (temples) of their received donations, and subsidizes mosques. The Congress Party runs India through a network of appointees loyal only to the Gandhis. India, and its so-called democracy, is so upside down in the hands of Gandhi owned Congress Party that it defies credulity. It is about time India stepped out of the poisonous, devious “secular” Gandhi rule in favor of the Common Man (CM – chief minister) Modi’s rule. You won’t see any riots, then.
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