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PM Modi Quotes Lal Bahadur Shastri and Lohia, Shows Mirror to the Opposition

PM Modi Quotes Lal Bahadur Shastri

Yesterday, PM Narendra Modi delivered a speech in Parliament during the motion of thanks for the presidential address. The issue of Citizenship Amendment Act was raised by many opposition members. PM Modi, in his unique style answered the opposition. He showed the mirror to the opposition by quoting the statements of their own leaders in the past.

The day was 3rd April 1964, when Jawaharlal Nehru was the PM. Riots had broken out in Dacca in East Pakistan on the rumour that allegedly the hair of Prophet Mohammad was stolen from the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar. Lakhs of Hindu refugees crossed the border and entered India. The Parliament of India couldn’t be a mute spectator to the issue and chose to debate on this

Ironically, a member of the left-leaning Revolutionary Socialist Party, Trideb Kumar Chaudhuri put up a resolution that India should look into the issues of persecuted minorities of Pakistan. On 3rd April, big leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Ram Manohar Lohia spoke on the issue.

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Words

“जहाँ तक ईस्ट पाकिस्तान का ताल्लुक है उसका यह फैसला मालूम होता है की वहां से नान मुस्लमान जितने है सब निकल दिए जाये। वह एक इस्लामिक स्टेट है। एक इस्लामिक स्टेट के नाते वह यह सोचते हो की यहाँ इस्लाम को मानने वाले ही रह सकते हैं और गैर इस्लामी लोग नहीं रह सकते, लिहाजा, हिन्दू निकाले जा रहे हैं, ईसाई निकाले जा रहे हैं। मैं समझता हूँ की करीब ३७ हज़ार से ऊपर क्रिश्चियन्स आज हिंदुस्तान में आ गए हैं। बुद्धिस्ट वहां से निकाले जा रहे हैं।“

Translation- As far as East Pakistan is concerned, it looks like it believes in purging all the non-Muslims. It is an Islamic State. As an Islamic State, they think that only Muslims can stay there and non-Muslims can’t, due to which Hindus are being thrown out, Christians are being thrown out. I believe around 37,000 Christians have entered India. Buddhist are being thrown out.

This statement served as a strong condemnation to the actions of Pakistan in its eastern wing.

What was India doing then? Today, when state governments of Kerala, Punjab and West Bengal are opposing the settling of refugees in India, Shastri gave an interesting insight on the conduct of state governments back in 1964, most of which were Congress ruled.

“हमारी तमाम स्टेट गवर्मेंटस ने इसको राष्ट्रीय प्रश्न के रूप में माना है। इसके लिए हम उनको बधाई देते हैं और ऐसे करते हुए हमें बड़ी ख़ुशी होती है।  क्या बिहार और क्या उड़ीसा, क्या मध्य प्रदेश और क्या उत्तर प्रदेश, या महाराष्ट्र या आंध्र, सभी सूबों ने, सभी प्रदेशों ने भारत सरकार को लिखा है की वे इनको अपने यहाँ बसाने के लिए तैयार हैं। किसीने कहा है पचास हज़ार आदमी, किसीने कहा है पंद्रह हज़ार फॅमिलीज, किसी ने कहा दस हज़ार फॅमिलीज बसाने की जिम्मेदारी लेने के लिए तैयार हैं।  “

Translation- All of our state governments have considered this (settling of refugees) as a national issue. We congratulate them for this and we feel happy while congratulating them. From Bihar to Orissa, from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh, from Maharashtra to Andhra, all states have written to the Center that they are ready to settle refugees in their states. Some said 50,000 people, some say 15,000 families, some said 10,000 families.

In the end, Shastri amended the resolution put up by Trideb Chaudhuri and put forth the amended resolution as follows-

“This House is of the opinion that in view of the insecurity of the life, property and honour of the minority communities living in the Eastern Wing of Pakistan and general denial of all human rights to them in that part of Pakistan, the Government of India should in addition to relaxing restrictions in migration of people belonging to the minority communities from East Pakistan to Indian Union also consider steps for enlisting the world opinion.”

Lal Bahadur Shastri thus showed the empathy and concern the ruling party had for the persecuted minorities in Pakistan, a stark contrast from what Congress today is claiming.

Ram Manohar Lohia’s Words- A Reminder For Socialists

Ram Manohar Lohia is the patron of the socialist politics of India. All the major socialist parties like SP, BSP, JDU, RJD, JDS, etc owe their ideological inspiration from Ram Manohar Lohia.

While speaking in the same discussion in 1964, Ram Manohar Lohia said

“हिंदुस्तान का मुसलमान जिए और पाकिस्तान का हिन्दू जिए। मैं इस बात को बिलकुल ठुकरता हूँ की पाकिस्तान के हिन्दू पाकिस्तान के नागरिक है इसलिए हमें उनक परवाह नहीं करनी है।  पाकिस्तान का हिन्दू चाहे कहाँ का नागरिक हो, लेकिन उसकी रक्षा करना हमारा उतना ही कर्त्तव्य है जितना हिंदुस्तान के हिन्दू या मुसलमान की। “

Translation- Long live the Muslims of India and Hindus of Pakistan. I reject the argument that Hindus of Pakistan should not be cared for just because he is the citizen of Pakistan. Let the Pakistani Hindu be the citizen of any nation, but protecting him is as much our (India’s) responsibility as protecting Indian Hindus and Muslims.

The socialists of today’s times were told by PM Modi to abide by the words of Ram Manohar Lohia.