DISHONOURING THE SOLEMN OATH OF OFFICE

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Prime  Minister and Chief Ministers Violate Their Oath of Office

Worldwide  in no other democracy the Constitution of the nation is violated with  such impunity as it is done in India.  Time has come to analyse how  and why the political leadership of the country is able to trample  upon the Constitution in such a disgraceful manner.

Like  every democratic country the Indian Constitution enjoins that the  Prime Minister, including every Minister of his cabinet and Ministers  of State of the Union will take an oath of office on appointment to  his /her august office.  The oath prescribed in the Third Schedule of  the Part I of our Constitution is mandatory and inviolable.

Similarly  every Chief Minister and Minister of a State government appointed to  his /her office is required to take an oath of office which binds him  or her to abide by the Constitution  and treat every Indian  as equal  citizens while discharging his or her duties.

Surprisingly  neither any political analyst, nor any member of the secular  commentariat cared to highlight that the solemn oath  prescribed in  the Third Schedule of Part I of the Constitution was being  blatantly  violated by the present Prime Minister of India and  quite a few  Chief Ministers of  several States. Many brazen violations have    been done in the holy name of secularism and   for exclusive growth  of 5 most-favoured minorities.  On top of it, the strategy is  deceptively described as ‘inclusive growth’.

Prime  Minister Violates Oath of Office

The  most notoriously famous violation of the oath of  office was done  by   the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on December 9, 2006, while  addressing the National Development Council, when he made a policy  statement that  “Minorities, particularly Muslims,  will have the  first claim” on the country’s resources.  It is indeed a tribute  to the insensitivity of the mainstream media that no one dared  question the constitutional validity of the Prime Minister’s  disgustingly communal policy statement.  No one, neither any  columnist, nor media anchor of  the  27/4  television channels  faulted the Prime Minister for his unprecedented willful  violation  of the Oath of Office taken by him on assuming the office of the  Prime Minister of India for a second term in 2009.   Among other  things, the oath of office prescribed in the Third Schedule, Part I  of the Constitution specifically enjoins that the Prime Minister  should discharge his duties towards all Indian nationals, “without  fear or favour, affection or ill-will” and in accordance with the Constitution.

For  facility of ready reference, the oath taken by the Prime Minister of  India is reproduced below verbatim:

“I …………   ……… do swear in the name of God / solemnly affirm that I will  bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law  established, that I will discharge my duties as Prime Minister for  the Union and I   will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the  Constitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or  ill-will.”

In  sharp contrast to his oath of office the Prime Minister’s historic  policy statement of December 9, 2006, clearly expressed an  unmistakable “affection” for the minorities, “especially the  Muslims.”   This public announcement was a gross violation of the  oath of office taken by the Prime Minister.   Most importantly the  violation was a deliberate one.

The  second intent of the Prime Minister, inherent in the wonky  pronouncement, was open expression of bias and ill-will towards the  majority community, i.e., the Hindus who constituted 80 percent of  the country’s population by denying to them an equitable share in  the country’s resources.  It further indicated that the ruling  political dispensation, headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh, considered all  members of the majority community (read Hindus) to be reduced to the  status of second class citizens of India.

Briefly,  the implications of the policy statement of Dr. Manmohan Singh made  on December 9, 2006, were as follows:
i) It was publicly made clear by the Prime Minister 7 years ago on December 9, 2006, that in future the Hindus would be entitled merely to the left-over crumbs - after the Muslims and other minorities had partaken of the lion’s share of the national resources, to their fill.

ii)The pronouncement was also an open public expression of his “ill-will” towards the majority community - specifically prohibited by the Indian Constitution as well as his oath of office.

iii) By degrading 80 percent Hindu population to the status of second class citizens, entitled only to left-over crumbs of national resources, the Prime Minister publicly destroyed the edifice of Right to Equality enshrined in the Constitution.

iv)Furthermore, the policy statement of “Muslims first” strategy was a flagrant violation of the constitutional commitment to secularism enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution.

Such indeed is the pusillanimity of the Hindu leadership and elitist secularism-doped middle class that no one had the guts to stand up in  the meeting of the National Development Council and advise the Prime  Minister to withdraw his communally divisive policy statement and point out that he was violating the solemn oath of the august office held by him. The least that was expected was that the members of the BJP and other democratic parties should have walked out of the NDC meeting. Amazingly there was no protest march in any city or town, nor any stinging criticism of the Prime Minister’s partisan and communal-coloured policy statement. The lazy indifference of  the majority community and their so-called self-anointed leaders explained how and why the foreign invaders had managed to rule over our motherland for nine hundred years.

The marginalization of the majority community by the Indian state, publicly and stoutly announced by Dr. Manmohan Singh, was thus  timidly accepted by leaders of the Hindu community virtually unchallenged. The result was that the central government and many vote bank besotted chieftains of State governments like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal went into overdrive of showering millions  of free scholarships and financial largesse comprising  several thousand crores rupees in the shape of dirt-cheap educational and  entrepreneurial loans on  the super-citizens belonging to five  privileged minorities, namely the Muslims, the Christians, the  Buddhists, the Parsis and the Sikhs constituting 20 percent of  India’s population.   All this was done on the basis of Sachar  Committee report - an untruthful document full of suppressio veri, suggestion  falsi.

The  only religious community excluded from nearly two million  scholarships and financial concessions  amounting to several lakh  crore  rupees was the politically-pariahed majority community, namely  the poorest sections of  Hindus who remained ignorant of the  discrimination practiced by the so-called secular political  dispensation ruling India  - albeit deviously and unconstitutionally.   Subsequently several schemes  worth lakhs crore  Rupees were announced and implemented by the  Ministry of Minority Affairs, with due approval of the Prime  Minister.

The  lead given by the Prime Minister through his ‘Muslims First’  policy was followed with vengeance by the vote bank-besotted  chieftains of several  State governments like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam,  Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, etc. They, too, like our  Muslim-oriented Prime Minister showered multiple financial goodies on  the five minority communities by trampling upon their oath of office.  The Prime Minister and his sheep-follower Chief Ministers are aware  that the Christians, the Buddhists, the Parsis and the Sikhs have  much higher literacy ratio than the Hindus. All the five minorities  are economically better placed than the Hindus!

The  monumental indifference of our ‘paid’,  ‘unpaid’ and ‘tamed’  journalists to such a ‘masterly divisive’ pronouncement by the  Prime Minister was a silent tribute to the pliability of  Indian  media. Astoundingly no editor, no telemedia-anchor nor any  column-writer cared to investigate why such a highly communal and  divisive statement had to be made on Sonia Gandhi’s birthday by our  secularism-swearing Prime Minister?  According to Raisina hill  grapevine thereby hangs a tale!

Where  do we go from here?  No one knows - sorry, no Hindu knows!

Mera  Bharat Mahan!