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despite significant differences. And precisely because Obama came across as a genuine friend and admirer of India even his parting comment – “India will continue to succeed so long as it is not splintered on religious lines” – did not sound like an overbearing American president’s gratuitous interference in our internal affairs On the contrary it resonated with the idea of India didn’t it Now within a fortnight of his departure from India Modi’s friend Barack has spoken again Speaking in Washington DC at the National Prayer Breakfast an apt occasion indeed he has lamented that the “acts of intolerance experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi” We Indians generally disapprove of foreigners making critical remarks about our country And imperious America does have the unmatched habit of telling other countries what they should or should not do Indeed Obama himself needs to be told that Mahatma Gandhi would have been shocked even more at the US’s immoral and illegitimate acts of militaristic violence which has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan and Pakistan The moot point here is not America’s wrong deeds but the wrongs happening in our own country If we love India and all of us do we must introspect over the growing religious intolerance in our society The responsibility of introspection falls primarily on Modi and his party To be fair to him he has not uttered anything objectionable on religion-related matters since becoming PM in May 2014 Indeed in his Independence Day address he wisely appealed to the people to “put a moratorium for 10 years” on communalism and casteism Yet he has not deemed it necessary to publicly rebuke communal voices in the Sangh Parivar of which his own party continues to be a member It is not enough for him to convey behind closed doors his displeasure over the “ghar wapsi” campaign launched by VHP functionaries which was endorsed by none other than Mohan Bhagwat the RSS chief As PM it is his duty to let the nation know that both conversions and reconversions which use fraudulent means and spread bigotry are illegal unacceptable and heavily punishable He must also announce a zero-tolerance approach to attacks on churches Many sensible leaders in the BJP abhor the utterances and activities of the extremists in their parivar However they are loath to recognise that the ideological roots of Hindu intolerance lie in the parivar’s pet concept of “Hindu rashtra” which violates the letter and spirit of the Indian Constitution and has given rise to understandable concern and ire among non-Hindus BJP leaders’ inability and unwillingness to confront the core of the RSS ideology is the cause of their split personality Take Modi’s own example He has surprised his critics as well as his supporters by repeatedly invoking the name of Mahatma Gandhi even making him the icon of his flagship Swachh Bharat mission Yet neither he nor any of his colleagues in the party or the government has publicly praised Gandhiji’s lifelong mission for communal harmony for which he sacrificed his life Perversely some BJP supporters have been emboldened to eulogise Godse Modi should know that the stakes are high very high To his credit he has in a very short time emerged as a leader with global stature building a personal chemistry as much with Obama as with Chinese President Xi Jinping But he must know that the international community wants to see multifaith India the land of Buddha and Gandhi become a beacon of tolerance and peace at a time when fanaticism is spilling so much blood around the world This requires Modi to act boldly He may have been an RSS pracharak in the past But today he is India’s prime minister who has the constitutional duty to disown a Hindu rashtra and defend secularism Any hesitation on his part and on the part of the BJP to publicly delegitimise the RSS’s concept of and its strident call for a Hindu rashtra is bound to hurt his government’s efficacy and global image and undermine his promise of development for which (and not for Hindutva) the people have given him a decisive mandate In this context the role of non-Hindu communal forces in spreading religious intolerance should neither be denied nor belittled It is the responsibility of the leaders of the Muslim community to denounce without any ifs and buts acts of terrorism in the name of Islam taking place in different parts of the world In particular they must wean away the small section of the Indian Muslim youth that is getting radicalised by religious extremism Similarly leaders of the Christian community must acknowledge that the conversion of poor and indigent Hindus by foreign-funded evangelical organisations in the name of social or religious service (they dare not convert poor Muslims) is creating a backlash from Hindu bigots Obama has provoked Indians to do soul searching Let’s ponder over his message and not shoot the messenger The writer was an aide to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Syed Badrul Ahsan | Updated: January 9 2014 10:34 pm Related News BNP speaks of democracy in Bangladesh but opts out of the election process Having failed so far to unseat the elected government headed by Sheikh Hasina by calling for general strikes and blockades Bangladeshs former prime ministerKhaleda Ziahas called on the people of Bangladesh to march to Dhaka from every corner of the country in order to compel the government to cancel the general election scheduled for January 5 If the nation heeds her callit will mean 160 million people converging on the countrys capital and will likely result in anarchy and lawlessness Not even the countrys founderSheikh Mujibur Rahmanin the course of his non-cooperation movement in March 1971asked 75 million Bengalis (the countrys population at the time) to march on Dhaka and force Pakistans military junta to hand over power to the majority party the Awami League In 1976Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashaniwith the support of a band of pro-Beijing leftistswho later turned rightwing and aligned themselves with successive military regimesdecreed a march on Farakka to protest against Indias construction of a dam there The march fizzled out at some point As far as modern history goesthe only march that yielded results was Mao Zedongs Long March against Chiang Kai-sheks Kuomintang government in the 1930s in China Thousands of Maos foot soldiers perished on the wayeither because of the bitter cold or at the hands of Chiangs army But the depleted numbers that remained made their point In October 1949Chinas Communist Party made a triumphant entry into Beijing and declared the country a communist state Khaleda Ziawho has been leading an agitation that has caused the deaths of scores of people through arson and bomb explosionshas asked opposition leaders and activists to form resistance 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