Friday 6 September 2013

Sushma Swaraj Spreading Superstition by Linking Dhari Devi Displacement To Floods

Written by Anil Singh

I usually get disappointed when people try to link tragedies to Gods. Ever since massive July floods in Uttarakhand, some selfish people are linking the Uttarakhand Floods to the ire of the Gods. What is more disappointing is that these people are not actually living in Uttarakhand. Earlier BJP's Uma Bharti was shouting Dhari Devi, Dhari Devi and now it's Sushma Swaraj.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is constantly been propagating that the floods that devastated Kedarnath and other places in Uttarakhand in June were due to the displacement of the Dhari Devi temple along the Alaknanda near Srinagar. Madam Swaraj is simply spreading the superstition and nothing else. She is doing so to get more votes by indoctrinating people with God's fear.

Lets have the Facts Here:

Ms. Swaraj in a demand put in the Lok Sabha, claimed that the temple of Dhari Devi is the protector of the Char Dham pilgrimage. And its displacement has caused all the mishap in Uttarakhand. Lets have the facts here: All these BJP leaders spreading the God's fear now, must know that their own BJP government led by B.C. Khanduri had ordered Dhari Devi's displacement after local villagers and the temple committee agreed to it to facilitate the Srinagar power project upstream.

Now that BJP Government is not in Uttarakhand, its leaders are planting seeds of superstition in the minds of Uttarakhand People.

Welfare of Uttarakhand People, Good Life & Jobs for Uttarakhand Youth must be the First priority:

BJP's Sushma Swaraj and her colleagues are trying to play up a non-issue for electoral gains and this is anti-development and anti-Uttarakhand. In one of my previous articles, I explained how the guest houses, hotels and dharmshalas built in Kedarnath, were bound to get washed away in the event of any natural Himalayan Cloud bursting (means heavy rainfall in small time period). Read that article and you will understand, Gods or No Gods, in the event of heavy rains those constructions would have swept away -- As they were built on Flood paths (the natural path rubble and flood water moves).

When Uttarakhand was with Uttar pradesh, the latter treated Uttarakhand as the land of unwise Hill people. The trend has not stopped even today. Ask yourself , with what right these politicians, with no base in Uttarakhand, can speak on issues which they have least exposure of?

If Dharidevi or Kedarnath displacement have any bad consequences, it's us, the people of Uttarakhand who will face them. So these politicians should keep us on our own.

The Srinagar Hydro Electric Power Project is being seen by locals as a flag-bearer of development in the region. Many of these Uttarakhand people are seeing the project as an opportunity to get rehabilitated to better cities like Rishikesh, Dehradun and Haridwar. I ask, what is wrong in that? After all if these people are rehabilitated to better cities, they will get better education opportunities for self and kids, better job opportunities, better healthcare and more. All these politicians who are opposing Dharidevi's displacement can't understand these simple aspirations as their children invariably study in best schools.

Gods are nothing but the reflection of ourselves. That apart, if Gods are benevolent (means "Always wishing and doing Good for its people"), then they will always wish good of the people. That apart, no one can say for sure what caused God's ire. Hence if for the better future of Uttarakhand people and Uttarakhand youth, temples are to be displaced, then the Governments should go forward with the plan. Development is always better than Superstition.

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