Drowning in the flood of secularism and tolerance in India

Probably, my Chennai-based friends might get a nervous breakdown on seeing the words, ‘drown’ and ‘flood’. They should relax. It is a different kind of rain we are going to discuss.

Came to know that the Bharatiya Janata Dal MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has been served a privilege notice by 6 MPs belonging to the Rajya Sabha for suggesting that Rajya Sabha may have to be reformed. It is holding the popularly elected Lok Sabha hostage. India’s situation is unparalleled globally – that is what the header of his article in ‘Times of India’ says.

He has pointed to reforms undertaken by the UK, Italy and the United States that have made the Upper House more accountable or less obstructionist or both. Therefore, six MPs have served a privilege notice on him!

Writers who did not like the views of Vikram Sampath got him to resign from the Organising Committee of the Bangalore Literary Festival.

Secular commentators have become suddenly tongue-tied on the call for greater evangelism on the part of the Chief Secretary of the Government of Kerala.

One thought on “Drowning in the flood of secularism and tolerance in India

  1. Dear Ananth,

    On our side we need to keep on exposing these hypocrites. Having said that however, by now surely no one is surprised by the hypocrisy and duplicity of the “tolerant secular liberal” (add a few more adjectives here) brigade!

    I read in a blog somewhere that in the 2017 Presidential election, the BJP will have enough votes (despite the Bihar debacle) to install its own President and VP. Hamid Ansari has proved that, when push comes to shove, he is nothing but a 10JP slave. With an unbiased VP in place, all these “disruptions” of the Rajya Sabha might stop.

    We can help by refraining from repeating how “disappointed” we are with the Modi government. I DON’T mean that we should stop criticizing. But as one commentator put it, we should refrain from saying “We want Modi to do everything, or else we will vote for those who won’t do anything!”

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