Mr. Trump of ‘Howdy Modi’ ! Gandhi Alone is the ‘Father of India’

Mahatma Gandhi

‘Howdy
Modi’ : All is not Well

The ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston was an eye catcher for more reasons than one. While Modi was saying ‘All is Well’ in India, thousands of protestors outside were showing the real mirror to state of affairs in India. At the same time Donald Trump, US president, while on one hand due to face the process of impeachment, on the other he was trying to promote his electoral prospects in the next US elections. As is his wont he does flatter visiting dignitaries, for achieving goals of his diplomacy. He went on to praise Modi to the sky; as a great leader; saying,

Ram Puniyani

“I
remember India before was very torn. There was a lot of dissension; fighting
and he (Modi) brought it all together. Like a father would. Maybe he is the
‘father of India’.”

Modi : The
Divider in Chief!!!

Right within
US there are many views about Modi. The last time the similar debate cropped up
was just before Indian General Elections of 2019. On the eve of the elections
US premier magazine Time came out with a cover story “Modi: The Divider in
Chief’.

Of course,
in another article in the same issue of the magazine he was presented as the
one who is central to the process of economic reforms in India. What we see
here in India and what the lead article of Time magazine presented was on the
dot, the divisive role of Modi.

The observation here has been that Modi’s coming to power has strengthened the divisive forces, the forces who want Hindu nation. It is precisely these forces who have gone on rampage to unleash their agenda around Cow-Beef, the communal divisions have been deepened and identity issues have come to the fore like never before.

Modi and Trump in Howdy Modi at Houston

The
minorities are being alienated and Dalits-Adivasis are being marginalized. Even
language wise talk has been floated to make Hindi as national language. The
identity issues, which create emotive atmosphere and divide the people are to
the fore. While Trump is talking in one tone, the earlier hopeful in previous
Presidential elections in America, Bernie Sanders in a tweet hinted that Trump
is emboldening the authoritarian leaders like Modi, the leaders who are
presiding over religious persecution, repression and brutality against
minorities.

Till few
years ago Modi himself spoke very divisive language. Now this job has been
passed down to his associates. Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Muslim utterances
abound. Anant Krishna Hegde like many of his ilk have been openly been talking
of Hindu nation. To add to the list Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the accused in
Malegaon blast, out on bail, has been praising Gandhi’s killer Godse
among other things. Lately the way Article 370 has been abrogated the
alienation of people of Kashmir is going up.

In a way
Time magazine’s cover story did capture the state of things prevalent here.
Trump is no scholar of history, ignorant of the fact as to why India regards
Mahatma Gandhi as the ‘father of the nation’. Trump’s considerations are driven
by his political contingency of gradually shifting America’s closeness to
India.

The reason
for US favouring Pakistan in yesteryears was the compulsion of cold war era.
Later it kept siding with Pakistan as US designs of controlling oil wealth of
West Asia were its prime motive and Pakistan was made a part of American
designs in West Asia. Now with emergence of China as a major power, and China
being close to Pakistan, US gradually want to become close to India. These may
be some of the factors due to which Trump is making such utterances. But that’s
not about all. US is also keeping its Pakistan relationship on some scale and
very shrewdly Trump did say that Modi had made aggressive remarks in Houston
rally. He seems to be buttering his bread from both the sides at present.

Will Trump
replace George Washington as one of the founding fathers of America?

Many a
reaction to Trump’s formulations showed his hollowness. Gandhi’s grandson
Tushar, tweeted that whether Trump will like to replace George Washington as
one of the founding fathers of America?

What Trump
has stated has pained those for whom Gandhi is the ‘father of the nation’. Any
way the followers of Modi ideology do not regard Gandhi as the father of the
nation. Their argument is that India the Hindu nation; is there from times
immemorial and so how can Gandhi be its father. Gandhi being father of the
nation also relates to the concept of nationalism. All those who were part of
‘India as a nation in the making’ see Gandhi as the central uniting figure.

During
freedom movement in the anti-colonial movement, it was Gandhi who played the
role of uniting the country which was scattered along the lines of religion,
region, caste and language. The communalists like the followers of Muslim
League saw Gandhi as a Hindu leader and Hindu communalists saw Gandhi as the
appeaser of Muslims. Through the very profound and complex process, India
emerged as a Nation with the principles of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
Surely the likes of Bhagat Singh, Ambedkar, Nehru and Patel played great role
in making of the modern India. The process had multiple components, anti-colonialism
being the core where the likes of Bhagat Singh inspired the idea and Gandhi led
the greatest ever mass movement, the movement directed against British Empire.

It is due to
this that Subhash Chandra Bose on July 6 1944, in broadcast from Singapore
Radio, sought blessings of Gandhi, addressing him as Father of Nation. Sarojini
Naidu on April 6, 1947, on the eve of Independence, addressed Gandhi as
Rashtrapita (father of Nation). So, where do we go from here, the Hindu nationalists’
followers are going euphoric about what Trump said and all those wholes
identify with India’s struggle for Independence and uphold democratic values
are in anguish due to this statement from US President. Trump’s superficial
observation is neither sound in history of India nor knowing of what is
happening in India, it’s a mere diplomatic ploy to please the visiting
leader.  

Ram Puniyani

ताजा समाचार/आलेख

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