Gurpreet Singh: Ujjal Dosanjh says Hindu extremists undermine Narenda Modi's development agenda

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      A former premier of British Columbia has asked whether the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is a "juggler" or a "nation builder".

      Ujjal Dosanjh has raised this question through his latest blog post following allegations of the forced conversions of Christians and Muslims into the Hindu fold by the Hindu fundamentalists in India.

      Referring to reports of “Ghar Vapsi” by Hindu fanatics and the continued glorification of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse, Dosanjh has warned that these developments do not bode well for a country as diverse as India.

      Those who supported a Hindu theocracy killed Gandhi in 1948 for opposing religious partition and killings of innocent Muslims.

      Talking to the Georgia Straight, Dosanjh pointed out that Modi had announced after his election that he wants to bring development for everyone.

      “However, the recent developments and silence of Mr. Modi have created doubts in our minds,” Dosanjh said.

      Earlier, he posted on his blog, “As a child growing up in India in the afterglow of the freedom movement I learnt to be Indian first and foremost before belonging to any of its states or any of its many faiths. I did not completely escape the inescapable and ubiquitous reality of its religiosity. It touched me too but the robust secularism and deep religiosity of Mahatma Gandhi helped infuse in me an abiding respect for not just one but of all of India's faiths, believers and nonbelievers. As a result I am moved more by the collective Indian heritage and our common humanity rather than by any one faith.”

      He goes on to suggest that the religious fanatics wield enormous power in India.

      “The people I am talking about are neither idiots nor imbeciles. They are some of the smartest people in India; the architects and pillars of the Modi victory in the last Indian election. However being smart does not guarantee good judgement; that is quite obvious from their utterances and actions like 'Ghar Vapsi'. It is unfortunate for Modi and India that these elements now control the machinery and might of the country. So figuring out who they are is not just a semantic exercise.”

      Dosanjh also warned that the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, Bajrang Dal, and many other incarnations of the religious right in the world of Hindutva have “essentially derailed Modi's development agenda if he ever was committed to one”.  

      Expressing his skepticism, Dosanjh further stated that Modi has so far done nothing to rein in the religious forces that substantially fuelled his victory in the national elections. “Perhaps his agenda was always Hindutva not development.”

      Dosanjh, a secularist and critic of terrorism, was once beaten for condemning violence by Sikh extremists in Vancouver.

      His maternal grandfather, Moola Singh, was part of the secular freedom movement whose participants wanted to build an egalitarian society in post-British India.




      Jan 4, 2015 at 7:16pm

      God bless! Good to see Indian intellectuals taking on the insanity of the Hindu Right Wing terror groups.


      Jan 4, 2015 at 11:54pm

      Dosanjh has nailed it on the head. He is the child that said 'look ma, the emperor is without clothes' in the folk story. As for Modi, was it ever doubtful that his real agenda was religion? The fact that most people voted for him speaks a lot about how modern indian hindus see themselves. at more than 80% of the population they still see themselves as victims and are fearful and imagine Modi like a strongman to save their religion and them. Modi was after all the head of state that saw the worst reloigious killings in '02. Do you really expect him to do anything other than promote Hinduism and crush other faiths especially islam and christianity while he is in power.?


      Jan 5, 2015 at 4:14am

      Dosanj should speak on matters closer to home. Canadian politics is no proxy for Indian politics. Speak when asked to speak.

      a Hindu

      Jan 6, 2015 at 12:40am

      So according to Mr Dosanj when Hindus convert to Christianity and Islam there is no Secular outrage but if Hindus try to bring them back to Hinduism or convert others to Hinduism it is suddenly a problem for the so called secularists and then demand the democratically elected PM to intervene?

      Wow. Shows how defunct of any intellectual capacity these so called secularists are when it comes to India and they are really fraudsters. There is no outrage at the Saudi funded wahabist madrasas or the thousands of christian missiionaries converting Hindus but if some 40 muslims are re converted to Hinduism the outrage becomes international and the government if India has to answer?

      Wake up and move on Mr Dosanjh


      Jan 6, 2015 at 12:23pm

      Extremists undermine everything, especially those of the religious persuasion.