The Jharkhand Government again come with its new appeasement policy. This time in the employment sector. The state government led by the coalition of JMM and Congress passed the proposal according to which Hindi and Sanskrit dropped from the list of main languages papers that candidates appearing for exams conducted by the Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSCC) for Grade 3 and 4 government jobs have to clear. However, Urdu has been kept in the regional language. It smacks of appeasement. It is irony that the language like Urdu which is in no way can be called local language is included in the list but the language like Bhojpuri and Angika which are most prevalent in the districts like Godda, Garhwa, Plamu are not in the list. This decision of government is facing massive backlash from the people of Jharkhand.
This is not the first time when coalition government of JMM and Congress hurt the Hindu sentiments. The state government and its leaders keep try to dent Hindu Unity. Last time in an annual conference at Harvard University the Chief Minister Hemant Soren said “Adivasis were never Hindus and they never will be”. He demanded a separate religious code for tribals. In the attempt to divide Hindus, the state government passed a resolution in last year November in which it demanded ‘Sarna Code’ for members of tribal communities in the census of 2021.
Jharkhand is the land of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, who was not only adept at practising the values of the Ramayan-Mahabharat but also the one who strongly opposed the conversion by the Christian missionaries. The tribal heroes like Siddhu-Kanhu and Budhu Bhagat of Jharkhand – they were all committed and dedicated to protecting the country-Dharm-culture and history is full of such countless glorious narratives, accounts, anecdotes and legends of heroes of Vanvasi society. In the land of such stalwarts of Sanatan Dharma, the current government is running parroting evangelical propaganda for their pity politics.
Either the demand of Sarna religious code or dropping Hindi, Sanskrit and retaining Urdu as regional language, current government always tries to fuel their appeasement politics. Government deliberately brings this kind of issues to distract people from the main issues like employment. Jharkhand government is failed in every sector. It came in power with the promise to generate employment but now people of Jharkhand feeling deceived.
ABHIJEET KUMAR BHATT
(LLB, Delhi University)
(LLM, NUSRL Ranchi)
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