‘It is perhaps a sense of intellectual inadequacy, of an ingrained inferiority complex born of the years when the BJP languished in the margins of Indian politics and society that, when faced with the soaring ideas about Indian pluralism, the Hindutva camp turns its face so resolutely against Nehru,’ says Amulya Ganguli.
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On par with the saffron brotherhood’s animus towards Muslims is its dislike of Jawaharlal Nehru.
As much was clear from, first, the curious omission of India’s first prime minister in Ram Nath Kovind’s first speech as President when he lauded, among others, Deen Dayal Upadhyay of whom few Indians outside the Sangh Parivar are aware.
The second indication of the Parivar’s antipathy toward Nehru was in Prime Minister Narendra D Modi’s recent nearly two-hour-long speech in Parliament in which he refused to endorse the widely held view of Nehru’s seminal role in the establishment of democracy in post-1947 India.
According to Modi, the so-called architect of modern India cannot be credited with planting the roots of democracy in the country since the Indian polity was known for its democratic credentials since the time of Lord Buddha.
The reason why Nehru is being excoriated by those engaged in rewriting Indian history is probably partly psychological (of which more later) and partly political because he is the head of the dynasty which has ruled the country for several decades — from 1947 to 1964 when Nehru was the PM, from 1966 to 1977 when his daughter, Indira, was the PM, and again from 1980 to 1989 when, first, Indira, and then her son, Rajiv, were prime ministers.
Since the dynasty and the Congress were the primary targets of Modi’s speech, it was obvious that he regarded them as the main stumbling blocks before the BJP’s avowed goal of ushering in a Congress-mukt Bharat.
And what can be a better way to denigrate the dynasty (and, therefore, the party) than to castigate its foremost luminary?
However, it isn’t only now that the saffronites are trying to turn Nehru into an unperson — the celebrated Orwellian word for those whom the Communists sought to airbrush out of history.
The disparagement of Nehru by the Hindutva brigade began when it claimed that Nehru’s grandfather and Motilal’s father Gangadhar was a Muslim named Ghiasuddin Ghazi who changed his name to Ganga Dhar ‘to escape British clutches’ after the 1857 uprising.
The charge about the dynasty’s putative Muslim roots in blogs which circulate in cyberspace inhabited by saffronities is in keeping with the Parivar’s antagonism towards Muslims (and Christian), dating back to the two Hindutva heroes — Vinayak D Savarkar, who called them aliens, and Madhav S Golwalkar who categorised them as internal enemies Nos 1 and 2.
But that is not the only explanation why Nehru is being either ignored or attacked.
There is also a psychological factor.
It is that Nehru is the exact opposite of what the average RSS/BJP type represents by being an erudite, urbane, cosmopolitan patrician and, above all, a believer in India’s multicultural entity.
As he ruefully said at the time of the Partition riots, ‘the history of India has been one of assimilation and synthesis of the various elements that have come in… it is perhaps because we tried to go against the trend of the country’s history that we are faced with this (the communal carnage).’
Tagore, too, spoke of how the Scythians, Huns, Pathans and Mughals have merged into one among the multitudes on the shores of India’s oceans.
According to Salman Rushdie, India’s ‘selfhood is so capacious, so elastic that it manages to accommodate one billion kinds of difference… it works because the individual sees his own nature writ large in the nature of the State.’
To the RSS/BJP, this togetherness is anathema. It is a travesty of their concept of Bharat Mata, who is their deity of a land of, by and for Hindus.
Their view of Indian society, therefore, is one of unending conflict between the Hindus and Muslims from medieval times to the present when, as BJP MP Vinay Katiyar, said recently, the Muslims have no right to live in India as they have already carved out of the subcontinent two countries for themselves — Pakistan and Bangladesh.
There is no way, therefore, for the present rulers in Delhi to accept Nehru who was the main proponent of India’s composite culture, which, as he believes, has evolved over the centuries when the Hindus and Muslims lived cheek by jowl in the country along with the followers of other religions — Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, et al.
It is perhaps a sense of intellectual inadequacy, of an ingrained inferiority complex born of the years when the BJP languished in the margins of Indian politics and society that, when faced with the soaring ideas about Indian pluralism, the Hindutva camp turns its face so resolutely against Nehru, ignoring the description of one of their own stalwarts, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, of the present ‘unperson’ as Bharat Mata’s ‘favourite prince’.
Amulya Ganguli is a writer on current affairs.
.Far left: Golda Meir meeting with the man who planned the Lavon Affair: Pinhas Lavon. Next, the photo that appeared in Haaretz with the caption “President Katzav presented three surviving members of the ‘Lavon affair’ with certificates of appreciation at a Jerusalem ceremony Wednesday.”
Israel honors Jewish terrorists who attacked America
– Israeli President calls them “heroes”
By David Duke
How does America deal with a country that commits terrorism against us and then honors the terrorists?
Answer: We give it billions of dollars every year as well as our most advanced military technology.
The Israeli President, Moshe Katzav, in recent formal ceremonies honored the Israeli agents who made terrorist attacks against American sites in Egypt hoping to provoke an American war with Egypt.
In ceremonies reported by the major Israeli daily newspaper, Haaretz, Israeli President Moshe Katsav stated the following at a ceremony honoring the Jewish terrorists who attacked American facilities:
In the Lavon Affair, named for the Israeli Defense Minister at the time, Pinhas Lavon, the Israeli government launched a false flag, terrorist operation against American sites in Egypt hoping to provoke American bombing, retaliation and war against that nation. The Israeli terrorists targeted American sites such as American Cinemas and American libraries around Cairo. Only the premature detonation of one of the Jewish terrorist’s bombs led to the exposure and halt of the plot before the extensive loss of life and property.
If this terrorist operation would have been successful, not only would it have cost many American lives, it would have launched an American war against an innocent nation which in turn would have caused the death of many thousands of innocent American and Egyptian lives as well as untold billions of dollars.
Israel’s terrorist plot against the United States in the Lavon Affair was one greatest acts of treachery that any nation has ever committed against an ongoing ally. There have certainly been many times in history where a nation attacked a supposed ally, but I know of no cases where an “ally” attacked another and then the attacked nation remained an ally and continued to support the attacking nation financially and militarily! For that to occur there has to be an incredible level of subversion in the attacked nation. And shockingly, this was only the first Israeli act of treachery against the nation that stood by Israel more than any other: America. There have repeated acts of Israeli terrorism and treachery against the United States of America.
In 1967, Israel attacked the USS Liberty with both fighter jets and torpedo boats in a surprise terrorist attack that killed 34 Americans and wounded 173. Both the U.S. Secretary of State at the time, Dean Rusk, and the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moorer, both have stated that it was a pre-meditated attack against the United States. (see “Attack on the Liberty” at http://www.davidduke.com)
In the Jonathan Pollard case, an Israeli spy devastated America’s Eastern European Intelligence Network, and Israel honors Pollard today as a hero and lobbies for his release from American prison. (see “The Pollard Case” at http://www.davidduke.com)
And very recently, important figures in the Israeli lobby AIPAC, arguably the most powerful lobby in Washington, D.C., are under investigation by the FBI for spying against the United States. The fact that the President of the United States and most of the members of Congress have close ties to this lobby for a foreign nation, a lobby which is now in the middle of spy scandal should obviously be a huge story in America’s press, but it is suppressed in the Jewish dominated American media.
Israel knew that the U.S. Government would certainly respond to terrorist attacks against it (supposedly by Egypt) — with bombing and war against that nation. Terrorist acts of war were committed against America and traditionally nations respond to such in kind.
But, once America discovered that it was Israel who committed such terrorist acts of war, why was there no military retaliation against the offending nation?
In fact, American money and even military equipment continued to Israel unabated. Such shows the high level of Israeli subversion and dare I say it, treason, in the United States Government. It also clearly reveals the Jewish supremacy in the press that has whitewashed and kept this treachery from the knowledge of 99 percent of American people. In fact, 99 percent of Americans will never hear of the Lavon Affair nor will they know anything about the recent Israeli government official ceremony that honored the Israelis who committed these terrorist acts against America.
For years Israel denied knowledge of the event, just as Israel denied the murderous attack on the USS Liberty, denied their involvement with the damaging spying of Jonathan Pollard, and denied the overwhelming evidence that indicates Israeli prior-knowledge of the 911 attack. (See my article, “How Israel Caused the 911 Attacks” at http://www.davidduke.com) The Israeli defense minister, Pinhas Lavon had to resign after the bungled terrorist attacks in Egypt, and the excuse was given that it was a “rogue operation.” Yet, obviously, launching terrorist attacks against United States installations in Egypt that included American cinemas and libraries, would have certainly had to have been approved by the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Golda Meir.
But now, the Israel government is having formal, public ceremonies honoring the Jewish terrorists that attacked American facilities! Now that’s enormous Chutzpah when one considers Israel
is receiving billions of American tax dollars every year, the lion’s share of America’s entire foreign aid budget, and the fact that America is the only major nation that defends Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in the U.N. Yet, it shows just how firmly Israel has the government and media of America in its grip that they can get away with honoring terrorists who have attacked America!
How can America still support a nation that formally honors those Jews who clearly committed terrorism against the United States?
Any President, Congressman or Senator that who supports sending Israel American tax dollars after the clear record of unrepentant Israeli terrorism and treachery against the United States, is equivalent to any American who sent money to the Japan after the attack at Pearl Harbor!
It is important to note that no Arab or Muslim government, including that of Saddam Hussein, has ever launched a terrorist attack against America. No Arab or Muslim government has ever had even a single, highly placed spy do damage to the United States. No Arab or Muslim nation has corrupted our political process with massive bribery, threats and coercion of thousands of U.S. politicians.
In truth, the Iraq War is just another form of a false flag operation like the Lavon Affair.
It was spawned by Israeli loyalists in the United States, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and coterie of Jewish supremacists (including the man in charge of the evidence of Iraqi misdeeds in the CIA , Stuart Cohen, who was behind much of the false intelligence) that led America into a war against Iraq, a nation that had never harmed and posed absolutely no threat at all to America.
This treasonous war was never a war for America, but only a war for Israel. It has so far led to the death of almost 1600 Americans, grievous injuries of up to 20,000 of our men and women, expenditures of a national treasure of over 300 billion dollars, damage to American business around the world, trillions of dollars in higher costs for oil and gas, and has only increased hatred against America and increased support for Al Qaeda and other anti-American terrorists.
And again, for what is all this the blood and treasure lost?
For Israel, that’s what, a nation that honors terrorists who bombed American facilities!
My God in Heaven, when will real Americans wake up to this treachery and treason!
Here are some excerpts from the article in Haaretz and the article on the terrrorist attack in Wikpedia
And here is the Wikipedia article on this terroristic attack:
Nike’s New Hijab for Muslim Athletes Is Now Available Worldwide
“To help advance the conversation around hijabs and Muslim women in sports.”
The Nike symbol is known all over the world — on sneakers and on t-shirts with the words “Just Do It” emblazoned below. And more recently, in a sign of inclusivity, Nike’s swoosh has appears on hijabs in some areas, for athletes who want to cover their heads without sacrificing their competitive edge.
As of today, the Nike Pro Hijab is now available for athletes worldwide.
According to the company, Nike designers have been working with female athletes around the globe in recent years to prototype different hijab designs that could allow elite competitors to see, hear, sweat, and move freely without any interference, the company said today.
They worked with weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and figure skater Zahra Lari, both from the United Arab Emirates, to put the garment to the test in their respective sports, as well as Manal Rostom, a Nike Run Club Coach in Dubai, and Zeina Nassar, a German boxer.
And the results were clear: the world’s top Muslim athletes wanted hijabs made from lighter, softer material that would allow them to breathe, stretch, and win. In response the company produced a pull-on sport hijab made of stretchy mesh, with holes for ventilation, and elastic binding so it fits snugly on an athlete’s head, according to Nike.
American Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first American athlete to wear a hijab in the Olympics, said that prior to using the Nike hijab she was wearing a child’s hijab made of thick material that, when it got wet from sweat, would become heavy and stiff and prevent her from hearing the referee. She lost multiple points for false starts because she couldn’t hear the officials’ calls, she told Nike.
“It really sunk in how much my previous hijab was hindering my performance when I tried the Nike Pro Hijab,” she said. “Suddenly, I could hear, I wasn’t as hot and it felt like my body was able to cool itself down better and faster.”
Muhammad, who is a Nike-sponsored athlete, said the new hijab will also “help advance the conversation around hijabs and Muslim women in sports and further make sports an inclusive space.”
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The hijab is for sale today in two colors around the world, with new colors coming in January.
Hate and hospitality, here and in the Muslim world By Special to The Enterprise From page B4 | July 05, 2017 By Robb Davis Three vignettes: One: A dying village on the edge of the Sahara. We arrive late in the day to assess the nutritional status of children. The village well is drying up. They will have to leave soon. They offer us tea. The village is devoid of animals … except for one chicken. They ask “Do you eat chicken?” We say “No … please. We do not eat chicken.” They slaughter the bird — the last. We eat with our heads hung low: honored guests feeling the burden of that honor. Two: A street outside the airport in Islamabad. My U.N. flight diverted from Peshawar on my way out of Mazar Esharif; I’m ill from the effects of the harsh winter on the steppes leading to Uzbekistan. I am lost, with no idea how to get “home.” He approaches and offers help. He takes my hand, hails a taxi, ushers me in, rides with me chatting about the city. Miles across town — a place I could not have found — he places me on a bus. Pays the taxi and the bus fare, and tells the bus driver where to drop me in Peshawar. We hug in parting and never meet again. Three: A Masjid in Davis. Children play outside in the Ramadan night. A car approaches, and tosses sheets of a torn-up Quran at their feet. His/her face is not known. The car is not identified. The children rush to tell their parents and they shake their heads in sad wonder at the purpose of such an act. Two points: One: I learned of hospitality in places deep within the “Muslim world.” I could multiply these vignettes by dozens and they would only scratch the surface of how my life was altered as I learned that hospitality is not merely a cup of tea or a meal shared, but rather the opening of one’s heart to the stranger. I can never be the same for having experienced that kind of hospitality. My only hope is that I can offer the same. Two: A hate incident is the opposite of hospitality. It is the closing of a heart. It is saying: “You are not welcome here. Your kind has no place here.” When it occurs, we see those at whom it is directed made to feel unwelcome. We see them doubt their place among us. We see them shrink back into the shadows. One vignette: We sit behind the masjid after prayers as Ramadan comes to an end. We share a simple meal. We come together to challenge the hate by acts of mutual hospitality. I say “You are welcome here” (such a small gesture). They serve me food. We are human together. My interlocutors are from Kazakhstan, the Kurdish region of Iraq, Morocco, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Lebanon, Pakistan and the United States. There is no rush. There are many smiles. And as the cool evening flows through us I wonder whether we can all agree to counter the hate via the day-to-day opening of our hearts; with the quotidian sharing of ourselves; with the dispensing of the kind of hospitality I was blessed to receive over all those years in all those places. — Robb Davis is mayor of Davis. He worked in the field of public health for more than 25 years, addressing issues such as food security, child nutrition and maternal and child health around the world.