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Owaisi and Raj, two sides of extremism

Nowadays, politicians are politicizing the patriotism. Till few days ago, irrespective of any political parties, leaders were attacking RSS and BJP for distributing nationalists and anti-national certificates. Thackeray brothers who disapproved RSS chief comments on nationalism, however, support him on ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ controversy when it becomes political tool. They have no difference when they have to acquire political mileage from any issue.

Raj Thackeray slammed the Owaisi brothers (Asaduddin and Akbaruddin) while addressing a ‘Gudi Padwa’ rally of his party at Shivaji Park. Raj also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of “betraying the trust” and dared the Shiv Sena to quit the BJP-led government which, he claimed, wasn’t giving due credit to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Alleging that the Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi are financed by the BJP, Thackeray dared him to come to Maharashtra. He will put a knife on their throats. He challenged Asaduddin Owaisi on his remark that he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat. Wonder, if Owaisi visits Mumbai then, will Thackeray dare to do what he said? Moreover if Raj Thackeray thinks he is a true patriot then why to wait for him to come to Mumbai, he should go in his den and perform the act. We know that, Thackerays have no existence beyond Maharashtra’s borders. No one care for their stunts. They have no face beyond this state. Even in Maharashtra, their popularities are coming down because of their aggressive nature.

When younger brother utilizing on opportunities then how can elder brother and rival remain silent. The Sena also took potshots at Fadnavis for “going soft” on the slogan issue after taking an aggressive stand at a public meeting in Nashik. Referring to Owaisi, the Shiv Sena sought to know from the Chief Minister as to where his “guts” have vanished and why he did not book the AIMIM leader for sedition. However, as a common resident of the state, I want to ask the Thackeray brothers, why they had not dared to lodge a case against Owaisi? Why only the verbal attacks, from the political stage? If you have issues with Owaisi brothers then file a sedition case against them. They have no guts to fight on border but to scream and entertain people and spread hatred. Both the brothers need to perform instead of shouting. They have not contributed in the development of Maharashtra.

Whereas Fadnavis, gave clarification that whether or not he remains the CM, he will keep chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and blamed the media for only focusing on a part of his speech made at Nashik where he had said that those who refuse to chant the slogan have no right to stay in this country.

Baba Ramdev, is another freebooter, whenever there is some controversy, he pokes his nose for cheap publicity. He veiled attack on Owaisi – I respect law, else would have cut the heads of those who don’t say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. If he thinks, he is such a patriotic then why to care about going jail, cut the throat. I wonder how he failed to cure his sick brain through YOGA?  It is science of body and soul. A person, who cannot control his own anger, cannot be a Yoga Guru. Yoga has nothing to do with religion and politics. It takes one to a supreme reality of spirituality. A yoga guru is naturally born. He should not have trace of ego. No guru calls himself a guru but people call them.

On one hand, right wingers are making noise over Bharat Mata ki Jai’, whereas on the other side, leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi is saying, we are heading into an age of darkness. On this issue, AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan was also suspended from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the remaining duration of the ongoing budget session after he said during a debate that he would not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Against the backdrop of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing ‘Mother India’, Owaisi said that he won’t chant slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Bhagwat’s comments came against the backdrop of the row over alleged anti-India sloganeering in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on February 9.

Kanhaiya, who is out on conditional bail in a case of sedition, said at an event that “they say, nation is everything; you have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai. So, I thought when I will be married, I will suggest my wife to bear the name ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. I will also name my children as ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and change my name also as ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. “So, when my children will go to school and teachers will ask them their parents’ names, they will reply ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. This way, they will get free education and they will not have to pay fees.

When everyone was making a statement and playing politics, amidst a charged debate over patriotism and chanting of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, LK Advani became show stopper by saying the controversy over the slogan is “meaningless”. This is a meaningless controversy (‘yeh ek vyarth vivad hai’) .The issue escalated into a political slugfest with the Shiv Sena, BJP and other parties slamming the Hyderabad MP over his stand. While, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed a censure motion condemning Owaisi.


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Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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