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Politics: Parliamentary Secularism

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The new-found secularist of the parliamentary left, J Jayalalitha     is above all an Indian. Being an Indian is being proud of India's 5,000 year-old civilisation. And Jayalalitha is as proud of this civilisation as the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt. Humbly following the footsteps of the acharya, she wants the BJP-led government at the centre to make "plans and arrangements to celebrate the Indian millennium year 5000 right through the western millennium year 2000". She is self-righteously furious at the failure of the BJP to do so. In prose of rage, she demands, "The BJP regime, which is taking needless efforts to fill the coffers of all sorts of non-descript elements, should wake up from its slumber and gird up its loins to promote India's image as a 5000 year-old civilisation".

Her message is clear. First of all, those who have thought all along that what the BJP has managed to do successfully so far is to 'gird up its loins to promote India's image as a 5,000 year-old civilisation', are wrong. If the BJP government has packed the ICHR and ICSSR with its handpicked men whose claim to glory is their faith in India's 5,000 year-old civilisation and its attempt to repackage school syllabi with this '5,000 year-old civilisation', it is all, for Jayalalitha, a mere by-product of BJP's 'slumber'. For her, the BJP should now wake up, gird its loins, and throw a year-long party. She is once again more national than the BJP. In any case, she would have been a perfect (better?) match to the BJP in regressing the nation into the past, as her five-year rule in Tamil Nadu bears testimony to. What is more, those who celebrate year 2000 are those who are unpatriotic, not proud of India's past. The BJP and the Hindu organisations must be itching to congratulate her.

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