Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the resolution: Today (August 9, 2017) in the 75th year of the Quit India movement, we pledge to form a powerful, prosperous, clean, glorious India which is corruption free, has good administration, is advanced in science and technology and committed to everyone’s development. She was reading the resolution pledging to create an inclusive and prosperous India of the dreams of freedom fighters by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
Mahajan also stressed that 125 crore Indians will be dedicated to manifest the concept of a country full of harmony and nationalism, committed to protecting the values of democracy.
The Upper House of Parliament, while adopting the resolution recalled the heroic sacrifice of millions of Indians in the freedom struggle and vowing to make India strong, self-reliant and secular. The Chairman Hamid Ansari read out the resolution, after which the house unanimously adopted it.
As Ansari demits office after 10 years as Vice President, he expressed that there is a feeling of unease and insecurity creeping in among the Muslims in the country amid rising incidents of intolerance and vigilante violence. This has resulted in a breakdown of Indian values and the ability of authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work.
On the other hand Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury stated that it is necessary that communalism and neo-liberal economic policies that are hurting people “quit India”, he added: What is the meaning of observing the 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement if today what has to quit India does not quit India? You have to quit these economic policies that are increasing unemployment, that are increasing poverty, that are increasing the divide between the rich and the poor, he said in Rajya Sabha.
Yechury stressed that the movement forward should be for strengthening the secular democratic republic of India and not for creating a Hindu-Pakistan in India. Indians will have to reject the regressive ideology that seeks to take us back to the darkness of the past. Without rejecting this ideology, nation cannot march forward towards a bright future.
At ground zero, on August 6, 2016 after more than 500 cows died over the last two weeks at a Government-run shelter reportedly because of starvation, the Congress took out a “Gaurakshak Padayatra” in Jaipur demanding “result-oriented efforts” from the state government to protect cows.
In the case of Meghalaya, the phobia of what might happen should the saffron party come to power seems to be turning into a reality, first with the Ghar Wapsi (Home Coming), where a series of religious conversion activities organized by Indian Hindu organizations Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to convert non-Hindus to Hinduism became the subject of public discussion in 2014. It may be noted that both are strong supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lead NDA government of Narendra Damodardas Modi. Now the BJP ruled states have openly banned slaughter of animals and sale of meat thereby controlling what is on our dining table which has sparked off further controversy. The Goa government was strong enough to oppose the banning of beef, stating that it is a staple food.
All such conflicts have taken the shape of racism, while the Political Parties are cashing on such discords as vote banks and will find it difficult to create a New India in the next five years, unless there is a strong political will to immediately abort communal conflicts, dividing the society in the name of languages and profession. It will be interesting to observe how the political parties pull out the card of pledging to create an inclusive and prosperous India of the dreams of freedom fighters by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.