Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:44 PM IST

While traitors are unhanged, monks suffer

First Published : 26 Apr 2009 12:42:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 26 Apr 2009 08:59:22 AM IST

When Alan Paton wrote Cry The Beloved Country he was lamenting how the whites could devise, construct and implement race and colourbased social and economic injustices over the blacks in apartheidera South Africa. ‘Cry O my Beloved India’ could be very well applied to our politics, for things have gone to such a pitch of unfair, blatant and outrageousness that it baffles the mind. Yet neither the politicians, nor most of the press find anything wrong in it. Just a few examples: Varun Gandhi spent nearly three weeks in jail under the NSA, just because he said something that might be reprehensible.

But many mullahs spew fire and venom in their Friday discourse in numerous mosques in India — and none ever gets arrested, because riots would erupt immediately.

Sadhvi Pragnya, a Hindu woman monk, has been languishing in jail for months, even though no conclusive proof has been brought forward of her direct involvement in the Malegaon blasts case. Recently she was assaulted by a Muslim inmate at Byculla Jail and sustained injuries to her face, nose and neck. But you have the Islamist leader Abdul Nasser Madani, a prime accused in the Coimbatore bomb blasts, which cost the life of 60 people, who is standing for election in Kerala with the full backing of the CPI-M.

In Orissa, the police arrested the BJP candidate from Kandhamal constituency, Ashok Sahu, because he accused the church of using foreign money to induce innocent tribals to convert — which is a well documented fact, please read Tehelka’s cover story.

Yet terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who went on killing people as if he was strolling in a mall, is enjoying a royal life. The entire Arthur jail has been vacated for him. 11.000 pages of his indictment charges are going to be translated in Urdu, just because he has asked for it and the court has even sanctioned the absurdity of DNA tests to determine his age. The entire country wants him judged quickly and hanged, but to please a minority, the Congress is dithering.

In the same way, the President of India, who is pliant to the will of the Congress, will not allow Afzal Guru, who has committed treason against his own country, to be hanged, till elections are over, for fear of alienating the Muslim vote. Yet the Congress keeps telling us Indian Muslims are patriotic. Then, why should it fear losing its votes when it hangs a traitor? Nobody thought two times about hanging Godse.

The LTTE blew up Rajiv Gandhi in a totally senseless and cruel manner, just because he was on the verge of becoming PM again. But today, because of Tamil Nadu votes, Rajiv’s widow, Sonia, sent emissaries to Sri Lanka to pressure the government to effect a ceasefire just as it is about to wipe out the LTTE after 25 years of a bloody civil war. Does it make sense to you? India is about equality and rising above castes; yet since 1947, politicians of this country, particularly the Congress, and later V P Singh, Mulayam Singh, or Lalu Prasad, have divided India along castes and religious lines.

But Mayawati tops them all: she gave a push to her prime ministerial aspirations, promising Scheduled Caste status to 16 more castes if she takes power at the Centre.

In India, you are supposed to be elected with Rs 10 lakh of white money. But everybody knows that to become an MP today, you need Rs 10 crore, as you have to boast of a hundred-car caravan when you go campaigning, hire private planes, helicopters, gift free saris, dhotis, televisions, cash even, more and more. So where do you get the balance in black money? From corrupt businessmen, from the mafia, from kickbacks.

The tragedy is that the Indian press does not play its role, because not many mainstream newspapers or television channels complained when Varun Gandhi was in jail, while Madani, a criminal who has the lives of 60 innocent people on his hands, was not only scot free, but was standing for MP with the full backing of a political party, whose leader just said that he would not refuse the post of Prime Minister.

The real problem is that India has been colonised for too long, contrary to China whose people remain proud of their culture and intensely nationalistic. It has resulted in a deep-rooted inferiority complex in the Indian psyche, where every intellectual is always looking towards the West for approval and Indians are so obsessed with having the western type of democracy, without adapting it to the Indian conditions.

The system has become so perverted that only radical surgery to remove the diseased parts will start the indispensable cleansing process.

Cry O my beloved India: look at what Thy children have done to Thee…


Mr.Ram Gopal is an Indian and he is right. What he says is that why should we allow others to destroy us when we are better equipped to do that? Yes is it time we throw dear Gautier out and find our own way to destruction. Today, even Swami Vivekananda will be taken to task for saying, "Hinduism is the mother of all religions" or for saying, "To my mind, our religion is truer than any other religion, because it never conquered. Because it never shed blood, because its mouth always shed on all, words of blessing, of peace, words of love and sympathy. It is here and here alone that the ideals of toleration were first preached. And it is here and here alone that toleration and sympathy become practical; it is theoretical in every other country; it is here and here alone, that the Hindu builds mosques for the Mohammedans and churches for the Christians.” Indeed as Mr.Ram Gopal said it is time to throw even Vivekananda out!!

By Venkata Vinay
4/29/2009 4:57:00 PM

I wish more Indians were as patriotic and visionaries as Francois Gautier. The adopted son of India surely does her Motherland proud.

By Avi
4/29/2009 4:41:00 AM


By Ike
4/28/2009 5:55:00 AM

When reasoning fails that explains where India is heading. One wonders how all these spiritual inquiries and reasoning on such an elevated platform could happen and give birth to Vedas and Upanishads in a land called Bharat. Looking at its current callous status one has no option but to lament for the spiritual death of its people. People like Ram Gopal better change their name that suits their character and thinking.

By Anil
4/28/2009 2:10:00 AM

Ram Gopal, Just open your mind and think - Francois Gautier is not bent on destroying India. He is rather pointing at a problem that is very conveniently overlooked by many. Why do you seem to think that Francois Gautier should provide you a solution? Isn't pointing at a problem is enough? Its upto the readers to think and decide what they need to do to solve the problem. So arise awake and think from head instead of toe..

By sucheta
4/27/2009 11:27:00 PM

Ram Gopal... you are ranting like a moron! Completely off the topic. Even a frenchie has more brains than you... sad! You are a living blot on your name... Ram and Gopal! Your parents must be immensely disappointed in you.

By Hemant
4/27/2009 9:02:00 PM

Kudos for writing this article.

By Raj
4/27/2009 10:51:00 AM

A foreigner is concerned about the happenings in India, but except BJP and Sangh Parivar. Things will not changes until parties like congress/rjd/dmk and people like sonia, rahul, proyanka(all are not Indians), loloo yadav, ram vilas paswan, ysr reddy, karunanidhi, prakash & brinda karat, and many... While the communist in bengal looted the poor and killed as many as hundreds, the media did not bring into light..only post godhra & malegaon blasts have hit the foreign medias like cnn-ibn and ndtv....even the accused of several blasts which rocked the entire country(mumbai, delhi, varanasi, coimbatore, etc) & terror attack on Akshardam temple, on parliament and in Kashmir, for the past decade are left free...

By PalaniBABA
4/27/2009 10:07:00 AM

If any Gora guy/gal is to be thrown out forthwith, it is Sonia and her clan -yes, after getting back the loot she stashed away in in Swiss Banks. She is swindling the country ganging up with Communists and other parties living on religious minority appeasement.

By Nittala Ratnam
4/26/2009 12:40:00 PM

Ram Gopal - you have a sick mind. You don't realize how bad the Congress has corrupted our society - and instead of getting the message you are shooting the messenger. This is the typical attitide of all secularists and Congress supporters. It is they who should quit this country and leave us in peace. (Spelling mistakes corrected - after reading the post)

By Ganeshan
4/26/2009 11:18:00 AM

Ram Gopal - you have a sick mind. You don't realize how bad the Congress has corrupted our society - and instead gatting the message you are shooting the messenger. This is the typical attitide of all secularists and COngress supporters. It is they who is quit this country and leave us in peace.

By Ganeshan
4/26/2009 11:16:00 AM

With no language but a cry! No government, Congress or otherwise, is going to wake up and listen unless the people themselves wake up and cry from housetops that they will not suffer traitors. Unfortunately, India has a long history of indigenous traitors from the times before Mughal rule. Perhaps treason (and tolerance thereof) runs in our blood!

By ishwar pati
4/26/2009 10:39:00 AM

Indian leftists and sickularists are sick in the head. For all their big talk, they are treacherous snakes. Gautier is on the mark.

By pranav
4/26/2009 9:45:00 AM

Francois Gautier seems bent on destroying India (almost like the Ram Sene Founder). He points out problems with no solutions. These problems take time, and education of the population, whereas Mr.Gautier's solution seems to be to follow China and become a dictatorship of sorts. He talks about colonialism and this french man seems to somehow have answers for india's deep problem. When one reads about Mr.Gautier, he only identifies issues; not even a small, sensible solution to even a small problem. Even the USA and other developed countries have problems. Time we throw Gautier out and think for ourselves. This french guy reminds me of those gora guys who think they are 'hindu' and/or aryan.

By Ram Gopal
4/26/2009 9:31:00 AM
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