Tihar jail….I am now dedicating all my experience time and energy to the people of Delhi The city has to be made the Number One Capital of the world It needs a strong honest experienced clear-headed visionary courageous and stable leadership” Kiran Bedi said Quite obviously administrative experience is what Kejriwal lacks She made it more than clear that she perfectly fitted the bill She stressed her ability to lead teams Mujhe kam karma bhi aata hai aur kaam karwana bhi aata hai (I know how to work and how to get work done by a team) During my long career I have worked with constables and with common people to achieve goals” This too counters Kejriwal’s claims to be the only one with the common touch Rumours about Bedi joining the BJP have been afloat for long Sources said she was offered a ticket in the last assembly and parliamentary elections but at that time she was not inclined to join active politics She perhaps was unsure of BJP prospects and thus didn’t want to take a risk Things have however changed since the time parliamentary elections results were declared But throughout she has been sending out favourable tweets on Modi indicating that she had high regard for the BJP’s prime minister Modi has now given her a chance to grow politically in what will be a tough fight against AAP But the lady is a tough cookie Kejriwal has a fight on his hands Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh’s offer to Muslims that he was willing to apologise to them for the “past mistakes” of his party isn’t the first occasion he has made overtures to them In February last year for instance he portrayed the Gujarat riots of 2002 as an aberration and accused other parties of conspiring to project the BJP as anti-minority Singh went on to toss a rhetorical question: “Did not riots take place during Congress rule” He answered “I can say with confidence that during Congress rule many more riots took place… if a riot takes place anywhere then it should not be assumed that the BJP instigated the riot” You’d have thought the BJP under Singh’s aegis would attempt to allay the fears of minorities particularly Muslims In reality though the reverse happened: Following the outbreak of rioting in Muzaffarnagar even before the bloody memory of it had congealed the BJP at its rally in November in Agra felicitated two of its MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana both accused of fanning the communal conflagration Nor was it a rally organised locally for later in the day after the felicitation ceremony BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed it Do you think Singh opposed the felicitation “I have no information of this I am hearing this for the first time” Singh told journalists in Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh Nevertheless he took the opportunity to accuse the Samajwadi Party government of falsely implicating the two MLAs in the riots It was a cue the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai promptly took: “We are felicitating them as they were wrongly implicated in the riots These leaders became a part of the SP conspiracy to polarize the social fabric in west UP” The BJP’s propensity to speak in contradictory voices on the minority issue is precisely why the Muslims are bound to be skeptical of Singh’s contrition But there are also certain conceptual flaws in Singh’s articulation For instance speaking earlier this week at the event Modi for PM – Mission 272+ – Role of Muslims where he expressed his willingness to apologise for the party’s past mistakes Singh said “Weren’t mosques and mausoleums destroyed when Hitendra Desai was the Congress chief minister in Gujarat Has there never been any communal violence in India ever” For those who may not know Singh was referring to the grisly 1969 riots when Congress leader Hitendra Desai was the chief minister It is true the Desai government palpably failed to douse the communal fire for days But what Singh did not reveal to his audience was the indictment of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Jan Sangh (the earlier avatar of the BJP) by the Jaganmohan Reddy Commission of Inquiry which pointed to the “active participation” of their leaders in the rioting As in Gujarat in 2002 so in 1969 shops of Muslims in Vadodara were marked in advance and then destroyed suggesting a pre-planned conspiracy to foment violence Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh AFP The allusion to the Reddy Commission is to emphasise that it isn’t just governments which are to be blamed for communal riots but also groups guilty of triggering them This aspect Singh seemed to skirt around in his articulation This is understandable for several commissions of inquiry have testified to the deplorable role the RSS has played in fomenting communal violence For instance the DP Madon Commission on the Bhiwandi riots of 1970 traced it to the Rashtriya Utsav Mandal (RUM) in which the majority of leaders and workers belonged to the Jan Sangh The RUM is a classic example of the RSS floating new outfits to insulate itself from public opprobrium and ensure it isn’t directly implicated in criminal cases Or take the Joseph Vithyathil Commission on the Tellicherry riots of 1971 It traced the origin of communal tension in the town to the RSS’s decision to establish its units there The Commission cited an incident in which the rioters accosted one Muhammad and offered him the following choice: “If you want to save your life you should go round the house three times repeating the words ‘Rama Rama’” The commission noted “Muhammad did that But you cannot expect the 70 million Muslims of India to do that as a condition for maintaining communal harmony in the country” Even more scathing was the observation of the Justice Venugopal Commission of Inquiry that probed the Kanyakumari riots of 1982 between Hindus and Christians Dissecting the RSS methodology for provoking communal violence the Justice Venugopal described the following steps: “…a) rousing communal feelings in the majority community by the propaganda that Christians are not loyal citizens of this country; b) deepening the fear in the majority community by a clever propaganda that the population of the minorities is increasing and that of the Hindus is decreasing; c) infiltrating into the administration and… developing communal attitudes; d) training young people of the majority community in the use of weapons…; e) spreading rumours to… deepen communal feelings by giving a communal colour to any trivial incident" These samplings from the past are to underscore that the misgivings of Muslims about the RSS-BJP arise not from the Gujarat riots of 2002 alone It is as old as the history of post-Independence India Over the years these misgivings have turned into paranoia because the RSS-BJP has moved from the margins of Indian politics to its very heart Nor has their rise in anyway diminished their enthusiasm for the Hindutva project also known as turning India into Hindu In fact their eminence has been predicated on it beginning from the Ram Janmabhoomi movement to LK Advani’s rath yatra to the eventual demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 The late Eighties and the initial years of the Nineties witnessed a rash of riots culminating in the 1992-1993 mayhem in Bombay No doubt these riots occurred on Congress watch But this fact ironically is precisely why the 2002 riot of Gujarat was seared deep in the Muslim psyche for it testified to the havoc Sangh Parivar members directly controlling levers of power could wreak on the minorities Long before Modi sat in Gujarat’s hot-seat the hounding of Christians in the state’s tribal districts underscored the impunity the Sangh hot-heads could hope to enjoy under the BJP governments For Muslims and Christians therefore it seems an apocalyptic future in which the BJP were to acquire a majority of its own in the Lok Sabha liberating it from the retraining influence of its rambunctious allies Forget the fact that Modi hasn’t apologised for the Gujarat riots This is of minor importance when viewed against the historical backdrop of the RSS targetting Muslims Indeed the RSS’s worldview is the insurmountable mental impediment the Muslims can’t leap over True the unlettered Muslim might not know the precise contours of the RSS’s grand plan to build a Hindu nation in which Muslims and Christians to quote RSS sarsanghchalak MS Golwalkar “must cease to be foreigners or may stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation claiming nothing deserving no privileges far less any preferential treatment not even citizens’ rights" True he or she might not know that the RSS does not consider as true children of India those whose holy land is not India as it isn’t for Muslims and Christians – and who are therefore the outsider the other to be culturally swallowed within the Hindu society? 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