Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why should Muslims Vote for Modi?

Already Muslims have seen the BJP ruling for six years at the centre and for several decades in various states of India. I just want Muslims to introspect.  What drastic changes have you seen in their rule so as to fear the BJP coming to power under Narendra Modi in the 2014 elections to the Lok Sabha? Even if the BJP gets two third majority-

  • Do you think they will declare India a Hindu nation and ban religious conversion by Muslims and Christians? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think they will introduce Uniform Civil Code applicable to all citizens of India? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think they will take over mosques which were earlier built by demolishing temple and rebuild temples over it? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will take over Waqf property? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think they will introduce law which will prevent Muslim men from marrying Hindu women and converting them to Islam? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think they will launch programs like Shuddhi so as to encourage Muslims to come back to the Hindu fold? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think like in France they will ban wearing of burqa? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will stop the azan from blaring over loud speakers so as not to disturb the majority non-Muslims? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will stop subsidy for those going to Hajj? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think like in Poland they will ban slaughter of animals during Bakrid? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will encourage Muslims to adopt family planning measures given the fact that their population is growing dramatically? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will close exclusive Muslim Universities like Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Universities considered hot bed of radical Islam? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will recover Pakistan held Kashmir? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think that they will declare war against Pakistan for training and sending terrorist to India? Absolutely Not.
  • Do you think they will stop funds coming from Gulf countries for construction of mosques and madrasas and for promoting jihadi mentality among Muslims? Absolutely Not.

Muslims have been living with Hindus for so many centuries and have you not still understood the nature and mentality of Hindus? A Hindu may talk. But he will not act. Being timid he hides behind the screen of ahimsa (non-violence). Even if you kick him, he will thank you saying that by your kick he got his back sprain cured. A Hindu is very much addicted to sensual pleasures. This is the reason why Hindu politicians vie with one another to appease Muslims and adopt measures even if it means harming their country and religion in the long run, just to retain or come to power.

Just recall History, even when Pakistan was killing our soldiers in Kashmir, Gandhiji launched a fast to force the Indian government to release money for Pakistan. Following the footsteps of the Father of Nation, the nationalist BJP government invited and embraced Parvez Musharraf, the author of Kargil episode where hundreds of Indian soldiers lost their lives. The same government also released a terrorist and sent a Cabinet Minister to escort the terrorist to Afghanistan. Those poor fellows could not even set right the historical fallacies existing in History text books which was denationalizing our children.

In fact the Muslims will be benefitted if the BJP comes to power. To show the world that they are not anti-Muslim, they will launch various schemes for their benefit. Take for instance in Karnataka where for the first time the BJP came to power in 2008. Though not a single Muslim showed even interest to contest on a BJP ticket, leaving aside loyal party workers who had sweated for bringing the BJP to power, a Muslim who had joined the party a few days ago was made a Minister. The BJP Chief Minister also boasted that he had allotted more money than the previous governments for the welfare of Muslims.   Also remember that even if the BJP comes to power at the centre, in U.P., Bihar, Assam, West Bengal and Kerala where Muslims are in huge numbers, there will be governments ruled by pro-Muslim political parties. Similarly in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and in fact except for a few state ruled by the BJP, everywhere there will be pro-Muslim political parties in power. Hence Muslims need not fear or worry if the BJP comes to power at the centre as the new government will be just old wine in a new bottle.

Eradicating Corruption in Government offices

One has to bow to corrupt employees to get one’s work done in a government department. This malaise is found in every country particularly in third world countries where its level has reached alarming proportion. In India Anna Hazare began a movement to curb corruption by pressurizing the government to appoint an independent Lok Pal with wide powers even to prosecute the highest authority in the legislature and judicial wing of the government. But we know that in states like Karnataka where an anti-corruption body called Lokayuktha exists, the rate of prosecution of the corrupt officials is very low. In spite of raiding the houses of corrupt officials and seizing their ill-gotten wealth, it has not created fear in the hearts of the corrupt and many a times they even get promoted though their cases are pending in the Lokayuktha court.

The present system of recruitment to various government posts is undemocratic as only a small percentage of the population gets several privileges like perks and pension. They get regular salary even for dereliction to duties. The higher officials are given vast powers in deciding the fate of the common people but are not held accountable for lapses. The common people who visit government offices are harassed and forced to pay bribe to get their work done. This state of affairs in government offices is a legacy left by the British who ruled India for 200 years as they needed a bureaucracy which would carry out its order without questioning.

A peep into history shows that till the firm establishment of British rule in India there was no clamour for government jobs among our youths. Due to British economic policies Indian agriculture and industries were ruined. This led to unemployment among farmers, skilled artisans and manufacturers and for livelihood they began to look for government jobs, then the only major source for their employment. Competition for jobs led to demand for reservation of jobs on the basis of castes and communities causing fissure in the Indian society. Just for the sake of government jobs many historically and culturally rich communities declared themselves backward. In the long run, this stunned the growth of self confidence and self-esteem among its youth.

But eradicating corruption in government offices is not that difficult and we only have to change the rules and regulation regarding the recruitment of personnel in government departments. Some of the changes which could be made are –

  • The entire bureaucracy should be divided into two categories; class one (the present I.A.S., I.P.S. officers) and class two. For appointment to class two posts any graduate or PUC should be the minimum qualification prescribed. As in the present form, reservation to people of different castes/religion and states (in case of employment in central government services) should be provided. For class one, posts should be reserved in the following manner.
  1. One third for persons who come up with innovative ideas like how to save energy, generate revenue without burdening the common man, how to plug revenue leakage, unique poverty alleviation program, flood control measures, solving drinking water shortages, etc.
  2. One third of posts should be reserved for those who have done a stint in the military as short term Commissioned Officer or those who had worked in private companies and have good work experience.
  3. The remaining one-third of posts in class one should be given to those who are working in class two and had successively received good feedback from the public for four consecutive times.
  • Instead of appointing personnel permanently for a post, appoint them for a term of three years and based on the positive feedback given by citizens who have to interact with the personnel to avail various government services, the contract of the personnel should be renewed for three more years. This process should continue till the retirement age which should be fixed at 60.
  • Government employees should not be given pensions but only fixed salary able to lead a decent life.
  • Government employees should not be allowed to form unions as government departments are meant to serve people and not make profit. There is no need for the employees to form unions to fight/negotiate for a share in profit? Those who want higher salaries/perks should either join private companies or start their own business.
  • All services provided by the various departments of the government should be within a stipulated time frame, failing which the concerned employee should be penalized with a hefty fine.
  • For demanding bribe and embezzlement of public money severe punishment like hefty fines, lengthy prison terms and in very serious cases even death penalty should be given and these cases should be tried by special courts constituted for this purpose within a time frame (say three months). There should be no recourse for appeal to higher courts.
  • Government offices frequented by public should be opened for twelve hours at a stretch, six days in a week to help the public access services quickly. These offices should work in two shifts of six hours each. As employees are allowed to work in only one shift, this move would result in generating more employment and also less stress to employees.
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