The Common Man Speaks


Statue of Unity: Humongous price for mere show off!

By: Keyur Seta

Since last few years, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has wholeheartedly portrayed itself as the best alternative to the terrible Congress. But due to a number of ideologies of theirs, I have no qualms in thinking otherwise. I became more convinced about this recently when I heard about their or rather Narendra Modi’s (over) ambitious project of building a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that would cost, hold your breath, an unthinkably mammoth amount of Rs 2,500 crore!!!

According to an estimate, around 9000 people in India die each day due to starvation! I can’t believe someone even in his or her wildest dreams can think of spending such a crazy amount on a mere statue when millions of their countrymen are dying of hunger each year! So what message are we giving? We will spend Rs 2,500 crore on a replica of our great leader; let millions of people die of hunger! It's ironical that a person who lived a simple life with minimal wages is 'respected' in this manner!

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What is more ironical is that the statue is named as Statue of Unity. I find it ironical not because it’s the statue of Sardar Patel. In fact, the great leader is the best example of unity. It is because this is coming from the same party that has always used divisive politics through various forms of communalism.

So, on one hand they will build the so-called statue of unity and on the other, they'll continue to use the Hindutva card, reignite the Ayodhya communal tension and continue their close relations with groups like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajarang Dal (BD).

To glorify their so-called tribute to the Iron Man of India, the BJP also organized various marathons all over the country today in the name of Run for Unity. I feel for the thousands of fellow Indians who became tools for free publicity for the party.

Even a semi-intelligent would know that unity isn’t achieved by building statues and organizing marathons. One needs to believe in it and consider each other as Indians rather than Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, etc. This very own party doesn’t think this way!

If they truly wish to promote unity, they should do the following:-

  • Discard the Hindutva card and start believing in secularism. If you consider India as truly secular, the word Hindutva shouldn’t be a part of your dictionary.
  • Stop taking the permission from the RSS for every little move. For those who don’t know, the chief of the RSS Mohan Bhagwat recently appealed to all ‘Hindus’ to have as many children as possible to increase the population of their religion! (Goodness Gracious!!!)
  • The term ‘Nationalist’ shouldn’t be joined with the term ‘Hindu’. You don’t need to be a scholar to understand that a true nationalist is above all kinds of divisions.
  • Stop giving fuel to the Ayodhya issue after regular intervals. There are plenty of other issues that need immediate attention.

If they are not willing to do adapt the above-mentioned points at the earliest, it will be proved that their hue and cry about unity is nothing but a humbug! Believe me; adapting these points would definitely not cost Rs 2,500 crore!

There is another ideology of the BJP that surely deserves a mention. Just yesterday, Rajnath Singh, the party head, agreed with the Supreme Court’s verdict of criminalizing gay relations! He said homosexuality is against Indian culture. Such regressive stand coming from the head of the party that chants development 24/7! I don’t need to go at depth to decode the mindset of a party that believes in such anti-human rights.

Hence, various reasons indicate that the BJP is surely not the best alternative to the Congress.