Our Indian PM’s inappropriate remarks…

What nonsense! For a man who generates such respect in the ‘conservative’ Indian political scene, PM Manmohan Singh’s remarks that ” minorities… must have the first claim on resources” is insensitive, unthoughtful and downright wrong. It’s so strange that Narendra Modi said the ‘right’ thing in this regard (if only he believed it!) that “Every citizen, irrespective of his caste and creed should have equal right over the resources of the country.” Of course I would if we view ourselves as servants of this country, then it is not so much our right over the resources, but our equal right to take care of and nurture this land/country. But who thinks like that anyway… whether it is Modi or our PM… they are presenting a picture of this land as a source of our upliftment, and not the other way round.

Whether it is Modi or our PM… they are presenting a picture of this land as a source of our upliftment, and not the other way round

Of course the reactions, especially from the RSS, were both humourous (to some extent) and inflammatory (we know their agenda, don’t we. They’d love to cash in on this to stoke up more Hindu anger) by saying, “‘this was precisely the language used by Mohammad Ali Jinnah before the partition” and “It is unfortunate our leaders have not learnt lessons from the tragic partition. They are pursuing the same politics of religion for electoral benefits.” (As if the RSS isn’t!)

What does that put Indian Christians, who obviously are a minority, but not politically significant to really impact votes one way or another (except perhaps in some pockets).

Firstly, personally, as an Indian Christian I condemn prioritisation of resources on the basis of religion. Neither Christians, Muslims nor Hindus have the right to this or that land or extra resources. Similarly, it is not a NUMBER game! Meaning, the use of the word minority simply means that those who are few are oppressed by the majority. That is not always true. Many Hindus are right in feeling the brunt of being ignored by this wrong-headed taxonomy! As a Christian, I may be part of a ‘religious’ minority, but I AM NOT A MINORITY. I’m an Indian, and we’re a majority in this country. A full one-billion strong community of people who love this land!

As a Christian, I may be part of a ‘religious’ minority, but I am not a minority. I am an Indian, and we’re a majority in this country. A full one-billion strong community of people who love this land!

I appreciate Dr. Manmohan’s desire to help the poor and downtrodden. For in line with Amartya Sen, he seems to at least in rhetoric understand that it is our farmers, as well as the poorer section that need to be uplifted most.

And perhaps through this time, we must understand that calling for our PM’s ‘apology’ is not the answer but to ask what indeed is the PM, Congress, BJP, RSS, the Muslim Community, the Indian Church, me and you… doing for the poor. How much of our growing wealth and facilities is actually filtering down to bless people with much less than us?

But for now, I feel I have to reject our PM’s words. But also understand that there are more important thing that we need to address as a nation as well.

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