Non-unity of minds
Non-Unity Of Minds. The media reported that the National Integration Council (NIC) had met on Monday, made suitable noises on the need for combating communalism on a national scale and dispersed
The media reported that the National Integration Council (NIC) had met on Monday, made suitable noises on the need for combating communalism on a national scale and dispersed. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) nominee for Prime Minister if the party and its two allies together win a sizable number of seats in the Lok Sabha in 2014 elections, boycotted the meeting, as did several other Chief Ministers, but Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, also of the BJP, attended the meeting.
It may be tempting to draw some unsavoury inferences from the absence of Modi, such as that he feared that if he attended the meeting he might have to answer some ill-mannered questions on what happened in his State in 2002, but such temptation should be resisted because the Council has been all but forgotten by the nation as a whole. Every time there is a communal riot, it surfaces itself like a hibernating bear and then vanishes God knows where until the next riot. As one participant said frankly during a TV discussion on Monday, nobody knows what, other than a communal riot, is needed for the Council to come alive even for a day.