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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

POLITICS OF DEAD BODIES - ASH POLITICS


The Shiv Sena has accused the BJP of giving “political color” to the ritual of immersion of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes, and claimed that the "staged" affection made the great leader look small after his death. After the 93-year-old leader's death on August 16, the BJP had decided to immerse his ashes in various rivers across the country. In remarks laced with sarcasm, the Sena said while no importance is given to veteran BJP leaders, their ashes are treated with importance.
A true obituary to a person is to carry forward his thoughts, instead of projecting a "staged" affection towards him, it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana. "The vacuum created after Vajpayee's death is being attempted to be filled in (by some) with ridiculous and unsuitable ways. There is no importance given to veterans in the BJP, but their ashes are treated with importance," the editorial said.
Mr. Vajpayee had a pan-India appeal and senior leaders of various political parties were present at his last rites because he was great in all ways, it noted. "But there have been attempts to make him look small after his death," the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.
Instead of one party immersing his ashes, the ritual should have been carried out as a national event involving all parties, it said. The parties would have accepted the urns and immersed the ashes with honour. Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal, the Shiv Sena from Maharashtra, Naveen (Patnaik) babu from Odisha and the Akali Dal in Punjab could have been taken along (in the ritual)," the editorial added.
"Jawaharlal Nehru (the country's first prime minister) and Atal Bihari Vajpayee were leaders beyond political boundaries. But giving political colour to his ashes immersion is not a good thing," the Saamna said. The seriousness with which Mr. Vajpayee's ashes should have been immersed was missing, it said. Except for one or two instances, the ritual of immersion of his ashes was like a "political event", it said.
Some even raised the urn containing Mr. Vajpayee's ashes as if it was a victory trophy. Some (BJP) ministers and party officials had the expression of winning a world cup trophy, it quipped. "How can people hoot with laughter with the urn of Atalji's ashes? This has been captured by TV cameras. Some took selfies with his ashes. All this unmasked the staged affection towards Vajpayee," said the Sena.
"No leader's greatness is decided by the last rites being performed with full state honors’; it is a part of the protocol," the Sena said. It said Mr. Vajpayee's relatives felt that the wave of sorrow in the country after his death has been used for political purposes. "The more serious issue was the disturbing images of the immersion of his ashes. May it not happen to anyone else," the Sena said.
Politics meaning "affairs of the cities" is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group. It refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance—organized control over a human community, particularly a state. In modern nation-states, people have formed political parties to represent their ideas. They agree to take the same position on many issues and agree to support the same changes to law and the same leaders.
The 93-year-old BJP stalwart died on August 16 in New Delhi after a prolonged illness and he was cremated the next day in the national capital. A controversy was raised by one political party that actually Shri Vajpayee breathed his last on 15th August itself but the news of death was suppressed intentionally so that PM Modi could make full impact of his announcements from the ramparts of Red Fort to gain full political mileage. The death was made as a rallying point of all like minded people to have advantage of politics over 2019 general elections. The celebrative mood was hardly hidden with joyous mood of BJP leaders visible on everybody face as if the death presented to them a victory on a platter in all election to come in future. In Hindu traditions, when an old person of 93 years age passes, band and music is played and a celebration is held. Nothing unusual but in case of Vajpayee the case was quite different In reality a somber mood was required at all faces to impart the message of Atal thoughts which were totally inclusive in nature enjoying excellent relations even with his worst opponent. He joked and spread the message of happiness and laughter at all places. The viewers of this drama over death and ashes were supposed to be converted into BJP voters but overdoing of anything like ashes created a political trauma, nauseated and ultimately vomited the extravaganza of BJP. It was a clearly ash politics.

The era of politics of dead bodies started from Gandhji death itself.
This type of scenario was not new in Indian politics. When Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, his body was cremated. However, the ashes were not all immersed in water as dictated by Hindu tradition. Instead, they were distributed among friends and family, and sent on a tour of India to help heal a grief-stricken nation. Even 65 years after his death, collections of Gandhi’s ashes continue to be discovered.On January 30, 1948, Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by  Nathuram Godse, who believed Gandhi favored the Muslim nation of Pakistan over India. Gandhi’s funeral was a national event, with two million mourners lining the route of his procession. He was cremated, per Hindu custom. Under normal circumstances, Hindus inter the ashes of their dead in a river as an offering to the gods. However, due to Gandhi’s fame, his ashes were split up, some given to friends and family, and some sent all over India for use in ceremonies. One collection of Gandhi’s ashes is held in Pune, India, at the Aga Khan Palace, where he had once been held prisoner. Another is located at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Los Angeles, California. They were sent to America as gift from Dr. V.M. Nawle of India to Paramahansa Yogananda, who founded the Fellowship and was close to Gandhi for many years. The ashes are kept in an ancient Chinese stone sarcophagus. 

Gandhi’s relatives have since asked that they be removed from the shrine and immersed in water, claiming it is “sacrilege” to keep the ashes.  In 2008, ashes that had been held on a controversial exhibit at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum in Mumbai, India were scattered in the Arabian Sea by Gandhi’s great-granddaughter Nilamben Parikh. Parikh is the daughter of Gandhi’s late estranged son, Harilal, and the family believed that the ceremony healed the rift between the two in the afterlife. A similar ritual was performed in 2010, ashes that had been kept by a friend of the Gandhi family were scattered off the coast of South Africa in a ceremony of some 200 people, including Gandhi’s great-grandson and granddaughter Ela. It is impossible to say how many different portions of Gandhi’s ashes were parsed out, and several are probably still held by private individuals or lost. Some may yet emerge as those who might have received those 65 years ago pass away. Was it not ash politics. The staunch followers of Gandhi like Nehru himself smoked and used to enjoy with choicest alcohol in difference to the principles of the Father of Nation.

The same drama was played in the case of Pt Nehru death. The ashes of Jawaharlal Nehru were scattered today in the holiest waters of India, at the confluence of the Ganges and Jumna Rivers. The spot is called Triveni Sangam (confluence of three waters). A mythical stream called Saraswati also joins here, !according to Hindu belief. Every year millions of Hindus throng the place. The scattering of the ashes of Prime Minister Nehru, who died May 27 at the age of 74, took place with full religious and military honors. A throng waded in the muddy waters of the Ganges to get a glimpse of the ceremony, which was performed by Mr. Nehru's two grandsons, the children of his only child, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. 
Some of the ashes of Mrs. Kamala Nehru, who died in 1936, were also scattered. Mr. Nehru had kept a small container of his wife's ashes. The grandsons, Rajiv, 20 years old, and Sanjay, 18, carried the Nehru urn in a naval launch to the spot where the rivers joined. The grandsons lifted the urn containing most of the ashes from the cremation that took place last week in New Delhi. As the youths spilled them into the waters, a Brahmin chanted mantras, or hymns. Mr. Nehru’s daughter and his sisters, Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and Mrs. Krishna Huthee Singh, threw flowers into the waters. Although Mr. Nehru had willed that no religious ceremony be performed at his death, sacred scripture was chanted at every stage of the ceremony. In accordance with his wish, part of the ashes will be scattered from planes over areas of India, including the Himalayas. The entire saga of ash politics was repeated.
Mrs. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own Body Guards and got killed at about 09.20 hrs on 31st October 1984 in N. Delhi residence. Indira Gandhi was brought at 9:30 a.m. to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where doctors operated on her. She was declared dead at 2:20 p.m on the same day. Her body was brought in a gun carriage through Delhi roads on the morning of 1 November to Teen Murti Bhavan where her father stayed. For full 50 hrs her body was kept for Antim Darshan with Rajeev Gandhi sitting nearby in a Gandhi Cap very sad looking with folded hands . At this time as usua, l the Indian dam of emotions burst open and a large mass raced to  Teen Murti Bhavan. It was converted into an election Campaign rally to catch the max nos of votes and sympathy wave in favor of Congress. When her body was consigned to flames, major emotional outburst ranked the air;” Jab Tak Sooraj Chaand Rahega Indira Tera Naam Rahega”. Till the Sun and moon will exist, Indira Gandhi name shall exist. Shear non sense. The death of greatest people takes only few years to be forgotten, it only differs in numbers of years. A typical Indian emotional outburst showing their very low emotional quotient. But the politics of dead body was played in full public gaze, and Rajhiv Gandhi won with record majority in Lok Sabha.
The above incidences prove that Congress have been playing the politics over dead bodies and ashes then why to blame BJP. The ash politics of BJP was criticized by the same people who earlier had played the politics of dead bodies and ashes again and again.
Can an Indian politician stoop down to such a level to politicize the dead bodies and ashes. Why not every thing is fair in politics and war. (Forget about love which is absent in today politics).We must win the elections at whatever cost. The cost of playing politics over dead bodies and ashes is quite less but our politicians prove themselves extraordinary psychologists again and again taking full advantages of our very low Emotional Quotient. We Indians always speak good about departed soul and in a vain to remain and behave goodie, we always conceal the truth and thus run away from facts. We always loose our power of discrimination (Vivek).. We never discuss about his politics and his public interface but celebrate the death as a shear event management exercise.
Indian never learns and do not want to learn anything from the mistakes, the soul committed.  Are we prepared to leave this politics of dead bodies and ashes?
Sadly No.

1 comment:

  1. Sirji,
    Really a very detailed information, disclosing the Real face of Congress Party's who marketed the Deaths of above mentioned Persons..
    And now they are blaming Modiji on Atalji's Death issue..
    This is an Eye Opener..
    With Regards,
    Pradeep Tiwari...

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