The reaction of secularists to President Barack Obama’s Siri Fort speech clearly underlines their psychosis. Oxford Dictionary defines psychosis as “a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.” So, unsurprisingly, the guardians of our morals and propriety were quick to see an indictment of the Sangh Parivar in his remarks on religious freedom in India; as usual, they were seeing things that did not exist.
In his more than half-an-hour speech, Obama talked about a number of things—the liberal ethic, the empowerment of youth and women, the important of education, the role of family and community in spreading prosperity, diversity and, of course, religious freedom. But our single-track intellectuals edited out everything other than the freedom of conscience.
He said, “Your Article 25 [of the Constitution] says that all people are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice, and propagate religion. In both our countries, in all countries, upholding this fundamental freedom is the responsibility of government, but it’s also the responsibility of every person.” As R. Jagannathan pointed out in www.firstpost.com, “He said both countries, not only India. He was probably thinking aloud about freedom of conscience, which is endangered everywhere, including America… His intent became clear when he mentioned the Sikh Gurdwara massacre in Wisconsin.”
However, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tried to use the Obama speech to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sangh Parivar; he asked them to put an end to the ‘ghar wapsi’ or homecoming campaign carried by Hindu organizations. “Would Modi take his friend Barack’s advice and ask his friends in VHP to shut up and request [RSS Chief] Mohan Bhagwat to stop justifying ghar wapsi?” Singh tweeted.
Interestingly, Singh then goes on to contradict himself, “Obama reminds us of Article 25 of Indian Constitution of the Right of every Citizen of India to progress practice and propagate his religion.” Can’t he see that the Hindu organizations are just exercising this very right to “freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion”?
It is a strange kind of religious tolerance which emphasizes the right of missionaries to preach Christianity and convert people to their faith but disallows the Hindu bodies doing the same.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Obama did talk about a lot many things. He said, “Every girl’s life matters. Every daughter deserves the same chance as our sons. Every woman should be able to go about her day… and be safe and be treated with the respect and dignity that she deserves.”
Isn’t it a condemnation of the super-secular Mulayam Singh Yadav who believes that boys will be boys and they shouldn’t be punished harshly for something as trivial as a rape? And of the Congress whose inglorious rule of over 55 years has brought about the jungle raj which haunts the people of India in general and womenfolk in particular?
But our secularists would not look at anything other than faith that the US President said in 25 minutes; they are focused only on a few remarks on religious freedom.