The Olympics, Death and Politics

It is claimed Indians don’t help Indians. That the pinnacle of this was how 200,000 British soldiers could control and hold dominion over 300m Indians. True today?

To the political operative whose emails I was cc’d on with access at Downing St and the Mayor’s office, when many years from now, you breathe your last breath, whether or not you believed in the injustice to the victims of Bhopal, know you will not leave this earth as a Conservative or a Liberal or a Labour supporter, you will not leave it by the colour of your passport or the nationality on it, but that you will leave it as a Hindu and as an Indian –all else will perish. You let down your race, your creed and your faith. Your ancestors weep today for you wasted all they worked for to put you where you are.

I’ve been privy to some emails between a UK government representative and a major Hindu network over the Olympics and Bhopal. I will specifically not name them for now as it would be unfair given they did not know I would be writing on this subject – although could probably guess I would!

At an Advisory Board Meeting of the City Hindu Network I was informed that sadly, so many don’t even know of what happened at Bhopal – how thousands died an agonising, painful death from a chemical leak at the Indian subsidiary of a US firm in the early 80s – that compensation for the victims was pitiful and took years.

So why should we protest against Dow Chemicals who years later bought the company? Why should we protest at the Olympics where Dow are a supplier? Why not against all customers of Dow? Why protest when the Indian Government is actively participating?

Political protest without publicity is pointless. Yes I would respect all those that did protest and boycott – even if they did without publicity. What we can learn from the greatest political protestor since Christ – Mahatma Gandhi – is that without publicity, without correct timing, you only injure yourself, not bring victory closer for your cause.

But anyone taking a stand on principal would have my support. What worries me however is not this. What worries me is that in the emails I saw the Government representative (well he portrayed himself as such – I don’t know him) suggested that his role was to ensure that the torch would be pictured against the backdrop of Hindu temples, but if there were protests this could not happen ‘for security concerns’ and he even went further to copy into the email a prominent member of the Conservative party who is also of Indian origin.

Now such ‘political’ pressure is crass. It uses three classic, but ineffectual strategic moves, which shows me he is a political operative, but not quite top tier. But it is a lesson in how not to do things.

His strategic move was firstly Imperial (get the Indian to turn on his own people – ie he is Indian, rope in another Indian from the Party to add pressure on the Hindu organisation).

Second the age old ‘divide and conquer’. His implicit threat being that should presumably this one Hindu organisation protest, then the torch would not be near other mandirs and other Hindu groups would be upset at it for spoiling their day in the sun.

Now this ‘carrot and stick’ approach does not work. In essence his crass political tactics lacked credibility – despite his ‘name-dropping’ about who in Number 10 and the London Mayor’s Office he represents. They lacked credibility for several reasons. One was the typos in his email. Second the torch will be going throughout the UK – to think there would be protests everywhere outside temples is ridiculous. Third why would Indians protest outside temples? We are allowed in other parts of the country you know.

But worse of all, lost in all of this, in his email – was the tragedy that these people in Bhopal – the poorest, the destitute, died without anyone with power who could have helped doing so. Including now, this Indian man in Number 10 and the Mayor’s office. He could at least have acknowledged the tragedy, that he would again take the issue up – that he would represent the views of his community. But instead, he came across, to me at least, as a just another in a long line of self-serving political operatives without the political will to do anything for the weakest.

In the words of Voltaire, ‘every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.’ I am sure this political operative is telling his masters how he averted protests on the torch route. So I remind him of the words of a follower of Gandhiji, Desmond Tutu, ‘If you are neutral on situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.’ And yet another follower of Gandhiji, Albert Einstein, ‘Those you have the privilege to know have the duty to act.’ To this political operative with access at Downing St and the Mayor’s office, when many years from now, you breathe your last breath, whether you believed in the injustice to the victims of Bhopal, know you will not leave this earth as a Conservative or a Liberal or a Labour supporter, you will not leave it by the colour of your passport or the nationality of on it, but that you will leave it as a Hindu and as an Indian –all else will perish. You let down your race, your creed and your faith. Your ancestors weep today for you wasted all they worked for to put you where you are.

Alpesh Patel

http://www.PoliticalAnimal.me

About Alpesh B Patel

www.alpeshpatel.com

2 comments

  1. Outstanding article – thank you for your honesty and dedication to truth and justice.You are absolutely right that we should not allow ourselves to be divided and ruled.

  2. Ymethink

    True, in Bhopal many deaths, Hindus, Muslims and so on. Hindus got manipulated but Indians failed the cause of all dead. Yet Indians fight against Hindus all over India in the name of secular identity which ofcourse mean Hindus are caste centric divided lot and converted are all civilised. Maybe you’ll have noticed how archeological society of India has ignored beautification historic temple sites, how ministry of culture in India have neglected everything ancient India. Most Modern Hindus based in India are victims of education modelled on Christian ethos add to that some Indias educated in UK who are tuned to their ancestral values but have uphill struggle due to Indians in India who have become enemies of 80% silent Hindus and in UK you have educated Hindus who are ashamed of their own parental roots.

    I believe Hindus will continue to be dying race. I mean just look at how world remained silent on ethnic cleasing of Hindus in Kashmir, in 1947 Pakistan had 14% Hindus but now almost extinct and last few remaing to survive their daughters are abducted and converted with state backing, similiar thing happening in Bangladesh but in India Muslims and Christian numbers are increasing which is good but these lot are silent on death of Hindus within India or outside. But Hindus will stand to protect all the minorities and in the process get converted and work against majority Hindus.

    Hindu is contradiction by birth, he is confused because parents enthralled upon them all the freedom for education to develop mind, heart and body. Educated Hindu develop mind so he can go against his ancestral roots, he develop emotions in heart so he could easily get swayed and reject all things Hindu and he develop body so he could be sold to idea that is nothing to do with India, Hindu or human race but to shit, eat & drink.

    Your article stress the point on one or two evil Hindus within UK government circles, however think on how the government of India run by majority Hindus working to slowly kill everything that is Hindu. Hindus in India remain ineffective against Christian & Madrasa educated Indians subtly working against everything that is Hindu.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: