• 24 Jun, 2024

Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s abuse of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s abuse of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Guyana’s Christopher Ram’s abuse of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

One remembers that it was Mr. Christopher Ram, among others, who accused Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali when he was Minister of Housing of all kinds of corruption, and the Granger administration immediately launched its investigations - which after five years - came up with nothing with which to prosecute President Ali. Charges and accusations without evidence become innuendos. 

One wonders whether Mr. Ram has a philosophical problem with the idea of a theocratic state or he is concerned with only India becoming theocratic?  One wonders also whether the idea of a Christian theocratic state or an Islamic theocratic state is an acceptable one, but not a Hindu theocratic state.

If Mr. Ram has a philosophical problem with theocracies, then he has been strangely silent on the dozens of Islamic Republics from north Africa to Malaysia, including the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and until recently, the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh, as he has been silent on the Vatican theocratic state.

However, leaving aside all these considerations, I will now appeal to Mr. Ram to list all those actions that India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi has undertaken as alleged in converting India into a “Hindu State.” 

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Photo : Christopher Ram

Mr. Christopher Ram next accuses Mr. Modi of stripping “Indian Muslims of their citizenship rights,” by the Citizenship Amendment Act passed into law in 2019. As I understand it, the CAA provides the pathway to citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who flee and have fled religious persecution in the Islam Republics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and until recently Bangladesh.  The act recognizes a long history of the persecution of religious minorities, especially Hindus, in the region. 

I have never heard of Mr. Christopher Ram raising any objection to the well-documented persecution of Hindus in any of these countries.  Every Indian government till now, has as well been silent on the issue. 

Even the powerful Indira Gandhi could not bring herself to use the “H” when she condemned the murders of Hindus in Bangladesh, both by Bengali Muslims and the occupying Pakistan Army during the Bangladesh liberation struggle, so well reported and documented in a series of telegrams sent to Kissinger and Nixon by the US Consul in Dacca, Archer Blood.

Now comes a leader at last who has declared enough is enough.  India will, henceforth, open its arms to all religious minorities who flee religious oppression, hatred and bigotry which everyone knows is as common place as chapati in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

Not a word in the Act has been said about Indian Muslim citizens.  Still, I will again plead with Mr. Ram to tell us how the CAA intends to strip Indian Muslims of their citizenship rights.  How has the CAA, since 2019, stripped a single Indian Muslim of his or her citizenship rights?

I had cause to respond to an incorrigible interlocutor recently by stating that the world has so long been accustomed to see Hindus on their backs and knees, that the slightest gesture to get on their feet drives all kinds of irrational fears in the hearts of many.

As far as Indian secular values are concerned, it is my unbounded faith that the more Hindu India is the more secure will be these values.  If by some stroke of history, not entirely inconceivable, India were to become a Muslim-dominant state, there is no doubt it will herald the end of secularism. 

May be Mr. Ram would prefer to see India as an Islamic theocracy.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Swami Aksharananda received his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA, and is the Founder and Principal of the prestigious Saraswati Vidya Niketan (Private Hindu College) in Guyana.

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Swami Aksharananda

Swami Aksharananda received his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA, and is the Founder and Principal of the prestigious Saraswati Vidya Niketan (Private Hindu College) in Guyana.