Home Opinions Ram Guha and Harsh Mander reach the same destination of bigotry, they just take two different paths

Ram Guha and Harsh Mander reach the same destination of bigotry, they just take two different paths

‘Historian’ Ram Guha, whose sycophancy towards The Family is not hidden, has today written a response to an opinion written by ‘activist’ Harsh Mander. Harsh Mander’s article, ‘Sonia, Sadly’, writes about ‘political marginalisation of Muslims’ where he implicitly propagates ‘two nation theory’ advocated by Jinnah.

In his article, Mander talks how Muslims in India feel afraid and threatened. That they are forced to live in fear of hate violence. He goes on to blame Sonia Gandhi because he feels even Congress ‘alienated’ Muslims. He feels that many people think Muslims are a political liability, especially when a ‘Dalit leader’ had urged Muslims to join them in their rallies, keeping their ‘skullcaps and burkas’ at bay. He feels that this will voluntarily get Muslims to stay away from politics. He quotes an unnamed Congress MP who puts the onus on Hindus to decide whether they want India to become a Hindu Rashtra or remain secular. He says the BJP has created a ‘toxic majoritarian’ where Muslims are not ‘just irrelevant’ but are also ‘political bogeyman’, whose ‘visible support will frighten voters’.

To counter it, Guha has today written an article which he pretends is the other side of what Mander said. Guha starts off which politely disagreeing with Mander’s views saying how they have usually agreed on same things in the past. Guha likens wearing burka or skullcap to Hindus ‘flaunting saffron robes and trishuls at rallies’. As if comparing voluntarily and proudly wearing one’s religious identity to that of the centuries-old symbol of oppression like a burka wasn’t enough, Guha points out that while burka isn’t a ‘weapon’, in a symbolic sense it is akin to a ‘Trishul’. While there is no denying that some extreme elements use Trishul and sword as means of violence, calling it a weapon is like linking every burka-clad woman to the terrorist who wears a burka while escaping and accidentally blows himself off.

- Ad - - article resumes -

Guha states that objecting wearing burka and skullcaps in public places is not asking Muslims to voluntarily back off, but it symbolises ‘liberation’. He then says how no Muslim should be denied the right to voice his criticism of Hindu leaders as feared by Mander. And he ‘detests’ Hindutva majoritarianism as much as Mander and since Hindus are the majority in India, their ‘communalism’ is far more ‘dangerous’ than ‘Muslim communalism’. Essentially, Muslims, who are the second largest majority in India, can continue doing their communalism, because it’s not ‘as dangerous’, according to Guha. He says how ‘liberals’ should promote individual interest against that of the community and hence they must take on both, Hindu and Muslim communalists. When Mandar says Muslims in India should be free to choose their leaders and campaign for those they support, Guha paints a picture where this is dangerous as Muslims should also be critical of Hindus who are ‘misled’ by Pravin Togadia and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

It is interesting how the two have managed to paint the picture such that they are able to retain their ‘intellectual’ credentials while they camouflage their bigotry under the veil of liberalism. They water down a symbol of oppression like the Burqa and demonise a religious symbol like the Trishul. He puts the onus of any sort of communal violence on Hindus exonerating completely the Muslims and without so much as a mention of Islamic terrorism. He peddles the exact same communal and sectarian rationale that the Congress’ communal violence bill was based on, basically saying, that any communal violence is the Hindu’s fault and only Muslims can ever be declared the victims of it.

Essentially, while Mander tries to paint the Muslims as a big chunk of victims, Guha has repackaged that same argument to say Hindus are evil, instead of painting the Muslims as victims.

In the end, Mander and Guha reach the exact same destination of Hindu hatred and communal bigotry, they just pretend to take different paths to it.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

The anchor of Suvarna news, Jayaprakash Shetty has now asked for the arrest of scientist Ranganathan for claiming Mysore Pak belonged to Tamil Nadu in a sarcastic Tweet

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala slams notions of economic crisis gripping the country

“I don’t want Pappu to be my Prime Minister”: Investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala says PM Modi has performed very well

In an explosive interview, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala pulled no punches in rubbishing the doomsayers casting aspersions on Modi government

Prashant Kishor’s team starts reaching out to media and influencers with ‘paid content’ offers ahead of West Bengal assembly elections

Darjeeling Chronicle has exposed how Prashant Kishor led IPAC is reaching out to 'influencers' and digital portals to carry out paid campaigning for TMC and Mamata Banerjee ahead of 2021 West Bengal state elections

‘Kashmir free from shackles of Pakistan sponsored terrorism’: Pakistani org representing Pashtuns refuses to support Imran Khan’s Kashmir protest, backs India

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), the principal body representing Pashtuns in Pakistan, has rejected Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent call to all people in which he urged them to come out and support Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir. 
Image Source: twitter

Malala Yousafzai spreads fake news, claims girl from Kashmir missed her exams on August 12 which was an Eid holiday

According to Malala, one of the three girls from Kashmir missed her exams on August 12. However, August 12 is a notified holiday declared across the country by Government of India on the occasion of Bakr Id or Eid ul-Adha.
Sharad pawar invents a new excuse to shift the blame of the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls

Pakistan hospitable, BJP govt spreading lies about Pakistan for political gains: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar at minority event

NCP chief Sharad Pawar expressed his admiration for terror state Pakistan stating that the people of Pakistan are "very hospitable" while blaming BJP govt for spreading lies about Pakistan for political gains
Stopped for traffic rules violation, Delhi girl threatens suicide

Watch: Stopped by traffic cops, Delhi girl threatens with suicide, helmet attack and then her mother

The girl was reportedly stopped for the broken license plate on her two-wheeler. When the traffic police demanded to see the scooter's documents, she stated that she had no papers.

West Bengal: Majidur Rahman fakes Hindu identity to develop relationship with Hindu girl, later rapes and murders her

Married Majibur developed relation with Jaba pretending to be Hindu Pintu. rapes and murders her when pressed for marriage

Suvarna news anchor wants scientist arrested for his sarcastic Tweet about ‘Mysore Pak’, claims his act was ‘seditious’

The anchor of Suvarna news, Jayaprakash Shetty has now asked for the arrest of scientist Ranganathan for claiming Mysore Pak belonged to Tamil Nadu in a sarcastic Tweet

Kannada media spreads fake news, accuses Nirmala Sitaraman of ‘giving’ Mysorepak to Tamil Nadu

No one had expected that a huge controversy would erupt over the issue of Mysore Pak, which originated in Mysuru during the rule of Wodeyar dynasty.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

182,778FansLike
180,153FollowersFollow
97,399SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post