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The Sengol Controversy: Unveiling the Battle between BJP and Congress

Author Name : Shivansh Arora     |     Date : 13-06-2023
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A number of concerns surrounding the opening of the new Indian Parliament building have caused tense discussions and arguments between the government's BJP and the opposition Congress. But in this verbal battle, the Sengol dispute has recently gained prominence.
Describe Sengol. a revered Saivite Mutt from Tamil Nadu gave Pandit Nehru a sacred symbol as a sign of India's independence. Unfortunately, rather than being honoured and cherished, the sign was relegated to a museum and used as a "walking stick." Now, this is a point of contention between the two parties. On the one side, the BJP has been attempting to stir up controversy by casting doubt on Congress' adherence to Indian values and culture. Home Minister Amit Shah charges the Congress for disrespecting Sengol symbols and "hating" Indian culture. Shah wrote on Twitter, "
A precious Sengol was gifted to Pandit Nehru by a holy Saivite Mutt from Tamil Nadu to symbolise India's freedom but it was exiled to a museum as a 'walking stick'. Congress has now hurled yet another degrading slur. Congress, however, has strenuously denied any wrongdoing and claimed that they had no intention of disparaging the Sengol emblem. They contend that all they were doing was making sure it was protected and conserved while the Parliament building was being renovated. The BJP's allegations, they said, were nothing more than political propaganda meant to divert attention away from their shortcomings.
Both sides keep attacking one another while the discussion rages on and the truth is hard to find. While Congress accuses BJP of playing polarising politics, some claim that BJP is utilising this controversy to earn political points. One thing is for certain: the Sengol incident has shown the more pervasive hostility between India's two main political parties. It calls into serious question their dedication to safeguarding the representations of Indian culture and history.
Remembering that political cynicism and propaganda are more detrimental than beneficial in the pursuit of development is crucial. Instead, we must look for bigger, more positive measures to take. The Sengol dispute serves as a battlefield for two parties vying for political dominance in India. But rather than dividing us as Indians, it ought to serve as a reminder of the core principles. Both parties should cooperate in order to honour the Sengol symbol and other religious symbols that stand for India's rich cultural history rather than engaging in political games. After all, protecting our culture and tradition need to take precedence over trivial politics.