Ram placed in context
The communist leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee recently made a highly secular comment about Ram. This comment was made in a highly secular meeting to mark the 15th anniversary of Babri Masjid.
.. Kobi tabo monobhoomi Ramer janmasthan Ayodhyayr cheye satya jeno (the poet’s mind is the birthplace of Ram which is more real than Ayodhya).
After the meeting was through, he quickly backtracked
“I quoted the following lines of Rabindranath Tagore…. A section of the media has taken it out of context,” Bhattacharjee said.
I agree completely with the communist leader. He was indeed quoted out of context. Reality Check will try to put it in the right context.
Context : It appears that for the past 40 years, the communists have neglected the Muslims completely. This fact was conveniently hidden until the Sachar report came out. The Sachar report, far from being a rigorous exercise, is still a step towards the truth. It is a sliver of light.
Like a deer caught in the headlights, the communists are immobilized by a flash of data. Nandigram, Taslima, Rizwan-ur, are all side shows.
Given this context, imagine being forced to address a meeting of a thousand Muslims on the occassion of the Babri Masjid demolition. Does that sound like a picnic to you ? Survival instincts take over. You then throw some mud on Hindu gods in front of thousands of Muslims. The idea is to get out unscathed.
Karunanidhi’s attacks on Ram / Aryans/ theories based on the Java man/ Peking man/ are no different. Do you want to guess what social justice based on rational data will do to the Dravidian movement ?
Is everything in the right context now ?