When 'communal' Modi defined 'secularism' ?

After the Wharton India Economic Forum cancelled Mr Narendra Modi’s address to the prestigious annual event due to opposition from a section of professors and students of the University of Pennsylvania, Gujarat’s  Chief Minister, Narendra Modi addressed the Indian diaspora in Edison, New Jersey, Chicago and Illinois on March 9 via video

While addressing the Indo-American community Modi shared his definition of secularism as “India First” .

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Narendra Modi says secularism to him is ‘India First’

While the whole speech was interesting enough to judge Modi’s political approach and strategic statements keeping 2014 General Elections in mind, the definition of secularism makes me restless enough to think about the literal meaning of secularism in our country since Independence.

What is secularism in India,post independence ? In India, a country packed with people following different faith,speaking different languages and following different lifestyles, the meaning of secularism , so far, has been vote bank politics and nothing else! Face it! The term minority got hyped not for the minorities but for vested political interest .The political well-wishers of schedule – castes/tribes and people following religions with lesser density, made sure they use every individual following under their set !

Result – Its been more than 60 years since we are a free land yet honour-killing still exists and so does the constant fear of communal riots.
A concerning question to think about – What have the secular political forces given India while they had got the maximum opportunity to rule the nation ? Were/Are they really bothered going beyond their vote bank interests and think about India , first ?

No , I am not a die-hard , Narendra Modi fan.I am not going crazy to see him be the next Prime Minister or feel he is the only way out for India to shine.Relax ! 2002 Gujarat riots brought Narendra Modi the recognition and for any secular Indian(including me) it was not a right image of the name.A name which is a synonym to development 11 years since then ! Although his achievements can never justify his controversial role(as the chief minister of the state of Gujarat) in 2002 riots yet it cannot be denied as well that he has actually worked for his state, hard enough! He has worked hard for who he is today and just not played politics like many ‘secular’ politicians of the nation have done for over few decades now.

Yes, criticisms are there and even God has critics and thankfully he is not God for many ! They are minimal(criticisms and people who consider him God, both 🙂 ).While,one can argue the minorities(Muslims)of the state have no choice but to go with the political flow of the state to seek development of their constituencies,it is also noteworthy that the Muslim dominated constituencies have actually seen development under BJP’s regime and it was this time, that even the minority dominated constituencies (previously,Congress dominated) voted for the “communal leader”-Modi.

While,many of us,the urban,literate,’secular’, Indians may still find Modi an uncomfortable figure to talk positive about,there is no denying he is a great speaker and a consistent political performer. Modi has already made himself number one of the favorites as the Prime Ministerial Candidate for 2014 General Elections(As per many surveys. Surveys are just surveys so anti-Modis need not worry 🙂 ).

Coming back to Narendra Modi’s definition of secularism-when he says secularism to him is “India First” he should make sense even to an Indian who may hate him the most. Why ? Secularism is to unite and its our nation which unites us-Indians with varied skin colour,faith,languages,lifestyle,castes, state and many more sub-sets ! Hence our nation should be our foremost priority for every Indian!! Is considering caste,religion,state or language above national identity not Communal-ism ? Should the so called secular political forces not stop categorizing Indians as schedule castes and tribes and as Christians and Muslims by giving them certain privileges over the majority and making the rift deeper! Being an Indian one should give importance to his nationality over his caste or religion ! Secularism in true sense is -Nation First !

Got the Creative Blogger Award :) !

THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD: Courtesy to one of my favorite co-blogger,  Bushra, owner of  the website “stillettomaniac”  who finds MySay.in creative enough to be nominated for CREATIVE BLOGGER award. Would take this opportunity to thank her from the bottom of my heart for the consideration.

This award is for extremely creative bloggers,awarded to them to appreciate their efforts and dedication to think out of the box .

The Creatieb Blogger Award

The Creatieb Blogger Award

The Easy Rules to follow : ( Ain’t compulsory but it would be appreciated if the nominees would follow them)

1. Thank the Blogger and link back to the blog. (depends entirely upon the nominee)

a. Three things About yourself.
b. Two things People don’t know about you.
c. One thing you want to change about yourself.
3. Answer the questions asked by the blogger.
4. Nominate this award to the deserving blogs. Pass it on.
5. Ask some questions to the bloggers who got nominated.
6. Inform the bloggers about their award.
7.copy-paste the award batch to your blog(even this depends on your choice )

Three Things About Myself :

What I love the most is talking (mostly questioning)- listening to and sharing experiences on almost everything on earth. At present,I am looking for the answer of ‘ why are we born ? ‘ And I have so much to hear from people from various walks of life. Interests me a lot.

its difficult to make me furious about anything.

there is nothing special about me yet everything and that makes me special. 🙂

Two Things People Don’t Know About Me :

People may not know that I don’t know , what others do not know about me   🙂  .

May be they don’t know that I am an open book.No secret pages which require passwords of close friendship to open.A little reserved(and who is not?).

One Thing I Want To Change About Myself :

If change be required,I do not keep thinking of a special date or a special push. At present, I need no change. 🙂

Questions By stillettomaniac for the nominees :

1.An incident in your life that you describe as_unforgettable!

The day I knew , I could not avoid ‘growing up’.It was unforgettable and painful as I knew I am growing up for lifetime . 🙂

2.When your blog was just a new born baby, what is the craziest thing you did to increase your followers?

Would paste my blog links on FB on stranger’s Wall . 🙂 Well, I had huge success initially but then I realized , its MySay and it cannot be influenced by traffic(I had started posting more to convince the majority of traffic than posting  about my views).Thats when I stopped (within 20 days) .

3.What are the three things that make you smile and the three things that put you off?

Three things that make me smile :

Appreciation of my work or me by others and/or me (genuine appreciation,you see 🙂  )

My Stupidity (no matter when I realize about my stupidity)

Everything else which is worth smiling about.

Three things that put me off :

Loud , authoritative and commanding behavior of any living creature .

Anyone or anything demeaning India (it not only puts me off but also makes me restless to answer back )

Loud Music .. no matter whatever the occasion is and no matter what the type of music is (trance,hard rock,metal…whatever!Play it slow)

4.If you were granted 1 wish to wish for anything_what would you wish for?

Give all my loved ones , everything they want ! This would automatically keep me happy till the last breath.

5.If you were famous, what would it be for?

Humanity, Knowledge ,Peace  and Cartooning  🙂

Here Comes the nominating part :

Although, I like many of  the co-bloggers for their work , this list is exclusively for people who I find fitting best into the category of ‘Creative Blogging’ as per me :

Deb –FactsAndNonsense

Aaron- OurProcess



Uma Shankar – USPandey

Firoze Shakir – http://www.flickr.com/photos/firozeshakir/

Pattu Raj – Gardenerat60

I congratulate all of these talented individuals above and to my knowledge they best deserve the Creative Bloggers Award.

My Questions for the Creative Bloggers of my choice are :

What inspires you to do things ‘Out of the Box’ ?Is it natural or cultivated talent ?

What does India mean to you ? * Aaron – I would request your views on India and the USA as well.

Why do you think we are born ? 

I would appreciate your answers and congratulate you again for the ‘Creative Bloggers Award’