In the just the previous post on AntiHinduPETA, I stated that ModiSarkar is wrongly called a “Hindutva” govt. Far from making any policy or law favouring Hindus, the BJP govt has done nothing to repeal/modify anti-Hindu laws (like RTE) and not stood against any assaults on Hindu culture or traditions. BJP has mostly been a blind accomplice to assaults by NGOs and Sickulars on their attempts to destroy Hindu culture and traditions. Arun Jaitley was honest when he disclosed to a foreign diplomat that Hindutva was an “opportunistic” issue, implying a mere political or election ploy. Many BJP supporters are realising this and one staunch supporter tweeted her anguish:
That tweet was made on the same day that an article by BJP’s minister for Women & Child Development, Maneka Gandhi came to public light and received much condemnation. This was published in Firstpost with the title “Makar Sankranti, much like Bakr-Id, is a day of cruel animal slaughter throughout India”. A day of ANIMAL SLAUGHTER? Apart from being a collection of outright lies it exposes Maneka’s Sickular disgust for Hindu festivals, traditions and cultures. From a Hindutva govt, a minister of ModiSarkar consistently abuses Hindu traditions. This is not new for Maneka. Trivia: the name “Menaka” (who was a Sikh) was changed to “Maneka” because IndiraG took a dislike to a name originated from a celestial nymph in ancient Hindu stories. The contempt for Hindu mythology seems to run in the Gandhi family. Anyway, let’s get quickly get through some of MG’s silly acts in the recent past.
Sometime back MG grandly advised people to fight corruption the way Sonia Gandhi does. I’m certain the guys would have fallen to the ground in breathless laughter after she left. This misplaced adulation for SoniaG as a corruption-fighter can only come from a very muddled mind. Some of her recent stuff is more anti-Hindu than mere silly advice:
A Commission under MG’s ministry issues this advisory cautioning against child sexual abuse at Diwali crowds in 2016. So Diwali is a time when mass child sex abuse happens? Sheer falsehood. When a govt department buys and sells such nonsense one gets the message of what the minister is up to. And where crowds are concerned, large crowds throng markets and malls even during Eid and Christmas. Why are no such advisories issued through the year for all major festivals? The answer is simple: a predominant anti-Hindu agenda. There are NGOs like World Vision associated with MG’s ministry. These are primarily Christian organisations and equally anti-Hindu. Get the picture and the agenda? Then comes MG’s vicious article in Firstpost which is not only full of LIES but a cavalier act of “Monkey balancing”:
Makara Sankranti is the same as Bakri Eid? This is nothing but extreme contempt for Hindu festivals and traditions. Neither Jallikattu nor Kite-flying on Sankranti mandate animal slaughter in anyway whatsoever. But MG joins the vicious anti-Hindu agenda of Sickulars and NGOs in trashing our festivals with false equivalence. There is no bull slaughter during Jallikattu. People don’t fly kites to slaughter birds. If there are injuries or deaths, these are purely unintended accidents. MG also writes "Young boys bite off chunks of bull's skin during Jallikattu". Unbelievable! A bull’s hide is too thick and strong for a kid to sink his teeth into, especially with the bull running around. I suspect even adults won’t find it easy to chew off a bull’s skin. Must practice on your shoes first, I guess.
Even so, Hindus would gladly be open to making their festivals safer and show more concern for animals and birds. Hindu culture DOES mandate feeding and care for animals and birds. Can MG get Muslims to do so? Would MG dare to file a PIL in any court to ban animal slaughter during Eids? Would she at least petition or propose legislation (given she’s an MP) to make animal slaughter during Eids more humane and less painful for the victims and not brutal Halal? SHE DARE NOT! Chances are she would herself be slaughtered like a goat. Even our courts concede to unreasonable demands of Muslims that refuse to respect their neighbours:
Would Muslims accept a neighbour that cooks and eats pork at home? I seriously suspect it would lead to violence. These are the discriminations our govt and MG conveniently ignore. And MG even considers kite-flying during Sankranti in Gujarat and elsewhere a mass-murder practice. I have heard that the Uttarayan sun on January 14 is healthy for the body. So instead of merely standing in the sun or sun-bathing like Westerners, kite-flying in India became a tradition. This is practiced more in Gujarat. PM Modi has participated in kite-flying every year at least till he was CM of Gujarat. And the Vibrant Gujarat international summit has always been held during the Uttarayan kite-flying festival since 2003:
It is a festival that unites all Gujjus who have their best fighting-skills reserved with their kites in the skies. MG complains of “Chinese Manjha” – a thread embedded with glass powder to make it a sharp cutting weapon. This is not true. Glass powder and colour have been used on thread in Gujarat (through a manual process) long before we ever heard of Chinese Manjha. These are the falsehoods that govts peddle in public. But this is where MG comes up with the mother of all lies in her Firstpost article:
I wonder where she got the figure of 3 lakh birds being killed every year. I searched all over and could not find such a figure and would be happy to get a reference by anyone. True, birds do get killed or injured but not in the alarming proportions claimed. And these are unfortunate accidents and not warranted or mandated by the festival as it is during Eids to which MG compares Makara Sankranti.
Yes, the threads can be made less dangerous. But a bit of potent glass powder is inevitable. Without a certain sharpness in threads, Uttarayan kite-flying would be like Spanish bull-fighting with the Matadors without a lance. There have also been injuries to two-wheeler riders with stray kite-strings cutting their throats or arms. There have also been stray cases of deaths due to throats being slit by the sharp strings. But here too, the Gujjus have devised ways to protect themselves rather than do away with sharp strings. The pic shows how an ordinary metal wire-shield has been innovated and fitted into two-wheelers to protect the rider from the threads. What does MG have to say about birds being routinely killed over airport skies for safety of aircrafts?
Obviously, MG is not an aviation expert. It would be worth knowing that even without the glass powder a kite flown with ordinary thread can become very heavy in the air. A kite flying about 500-1000 feet above the ground gets very heavy as does the thread. In such a situation, a bird in flight can still be injured and fall to the ground. An ordinary bird weighing about 4 or 5 kilos has the impact of anywhere between 500 kilos and a ton when it hits an aircraft taking off or landing at 250 kms per hour. That’s why aircrafts and their engines get damaged severely. It should also be known that almost all Indian airports (and world-wide too) employ sharp-shooters to either scare or kill birds from the flight path of aircrafts:
What would MG want? Ban aviation? An activist as a minister is dangerous. Imagine Medha Patkar as minister for rivers and dams. Even if the person has been an activist a long time she should not let personal preferences turn into mindless rants filled with falsehoods. MG was a minister in the ABV govt too for a short period. I believe the compulsion to have a certain number of women as ministers forces these choices because there’s a shortage of female MPs. In her mindless article, MG asserts Hindus complain about the bloody slaughter of animals by Muslims on Eids. She has to learn that Hindus only point out the hypocrisies of hyper-activists like her who dare to speak only against Hindu customs and campaign against them. Many Hindus lament that Hindus do not unite over various issues including politics. I should remind them:
Hindus unite by their social customs, traditions and festivals. Hindus would like to see a petition in court by ManekaG or a law by her that bans animal slaughter by Muslims or introduces at least painless slaughter. And also, a law that this should not offend neighbours or turn our streets into gutters of blood. It is because there are no guts in her, the BJP or any political party that she must stop “Monkey-balancing” with false equivalences. The Jallikattu ban has turned into major protests in Tamil Nadu. Maneka, her party, the govt and the judiciary should take sentiments of people to age-old traditions before embarking on bans. Reform is possible, bans will fail. And such reforms must be done WITHOUT association of anti-Hindu vested interests or foreign NGOs.