Con­tain Politico Re­li­gious Cock­tail

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In a shock­ing event of Dera chief Ram Rahim con­victed in rape case, there is a les­son for his in­no­cent fol­low­ers who thronged out­side CBI Court with a hope that the God­man has been falsely im­pli­cated by the ‘caged par­rot.’ But, for their ap­a­thy, the al­le­ga­tion was found sub­stan­tial by the Court to term the God­man a rapist. How­ever, one can ask for what rea­son, the whole sys­tem got into the toes of a rapist? Why did Haryana gov­ern­ment al­lowed lakhs of sup­port­ers of Dera chief when the cur­few was im­posed in Panchkula? In fact, Haryana gov­ern­ment did al­lowed Ram Rahim to ap­pear be­fore the CBI court with a cav­al­cade of 100 ve­hi­cles, forc­ing the sys­tem to switch off in­ter­net and power sup­ply in the re­gion and seek help of para-mil­i­tary flag march. Such show­cas­ing of power by the Dera chief in­di­cates that like other god­man, Ram Rahim too though he was above the law. But, thank­fully the law took its course leav­ing us to think what prompted ‘Mes­sen­ger of God’ to think like that.

While the crit­ics are busy blam­ing the God­man for this hooli­gan­ism, I would like to blame our lead­ers who have made habit of us­ing these God­man’s reach into the so­ci­ety for their po­lit­i­cal gains. Oth­er­wise, what could be the rea­son for Ram Rahim ex­tend­ing sup­port to a po­lit­i­cal party dur­ing elec­tions and why the po­lit­i­cal party ac­cepted his sup­port with folded hands? Why can’t our lead­ers de­cline to ac­cept sup­port of re­li­gious lead­ers as Delhi CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal did when Jama Masjid Imam ex­tended his sup­port for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the penul­ti­mate day of polling in 2015 Delhi assem­bly polls? By do­ing this Ke­jri­wal man­aged to reach out to the vot­ers leav­ing a mes­sage for our lead­ers that a mosque, church, tem­ple or Gu­rud­wara has to be left free from the pol­i­tics as they are meant for pub­lic wel­fare. If our lead­ers don’t want to learn from novice Arvind Ke­jri­wal and AAP, they can learn from the for­mer US Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Re­gan, who or­dered Acharya Ra­jnish to leave US im­me­di­ately, be­cause his or­ga­ni­za­tion ‘OSHO’ was fast tak­ing shape of a re­li­gion and was seen as a threat to the so­cial har­mony in the US. Rather ask­ing Ra­jnish to leave, Re­gan could have eas­ily cre­ated the politico re­li­gious cock­tail but he thought oth­er­wise. Sim­i­larly, our lead­ers need to be­have in their pub­lic life.

In­dia has a tra­di­tion of re­li­gious lead­ers in­dulging in so­cial ser­vices too. So, blam­ing peo­ple for fol­low­ing such re­li­gious lead­ers blindly is not cor­rect. Any­body, who gets de­railed from its ob­jec­tive, is bound to fail. For ex­am­ple, let’s take Yog Guru Baba Ramdev. The Yog Guru was do­ing great ser­vices to the an­cient In­dian her­itage ‘Yoga’ but now a days, he is found warm­ing chair along­side po­lit­i­cal lead­ers sug­gest­ing how to give ‘max­i­mum gov­er­nance’ and sim­plify In­come Tax sys­tem etc. There is huge list of such lead­ers who could have con­trib­uted a lot to the so­ci­ety had they stick to their prime aim. But, our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in­truded their sys­tem to take ad­van­tage of their huge fan fol­low­ing.

Here, there is a role for Elec­tion Com­mis­sion too. They can ban such re­li­gious lead­ers ex­tend­ing sup­port to the po­lit­i­cal par­ties as by such act they are mak­ing pub­lic of their vote which should be kept se­cret for the bovines of the neu­tral democ­racy. By go­ing pub­lic about their sup­port to a par­tic­u­lar party, they are mak­ing pub­lic about to whom they are go­ing to vote. At the same time, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion can ban po­lit­i­cal par­ties to use re­li­gious places for po­lit­i­cal gains. There should be com­plete check on the lead­ers and their do­na­tion to the re­li­gious places dur­ing model code of con­duct. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion needs to make a com­pre­hen­sive road map to con­tain such politico re­li­gious cock­tail that al­lows peo­ple like Nithyananda, Asharam Bapu, Ram Rahim etc. to think above the law.

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