Modi ‘s agenda of subverting Indian democracy

The Modi government actions are noticeable when RSS men and BJP supporters conducted a rally by brandishing swords on the occasion of Ram Navami in Kolkata.
Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

The political developments in India are of much concern as it appears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is desirous of having absolute control over the democratic institutions across the country.

The top leadership of BJP government at the centre is imposing its influence to subvert the Indian democracy as it is being witnessed in Parliament where the non-functional legislature has become a common practice.

It is over 15 days since the notices for no-confidence motion were given by the Congress party, the TDP and YSR Congress over denial of special status to Andhra Pradesh against the government and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan didn’t allow the trust vote saying that the House was in disorder.

However, the Speaker allowed the passage of the Finance Bill 2018, without discussion even when the House was not in order.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar chose to accuse the Congress of “stalling the House since the first day” even when the Congress MPs remained seated in the house.

“For the past 10 days, the Modi government is stalling the no-confidence motion as it is scared. What has Modi done for the country for the past four years,” Gandhi asked at the rally in Mysuru.

Another pillar of democracy: judiciary, where Justice Jasti Chelameswar wrote a letter addressed to Chief justice of India Dipak Misra, seeking a full court on the judicial side to discuss the matter of government interference in the appointment of judges to high courts. The CJI has not yet responded to the letter.

The interference in the Judicial and Legislature in India by the top BJP leadership reflects the intention and desire of ruling the country with an iron fist on the lines of President Vladimir Putin who has led his country for the last 14 years and has further tightened his grip across Russia. In a similar manner, Xi Jinping has become one of the most powerful leaders in China’s history and has been allowed to keep power indefinitely by amending the Constitution. The democracies in the world are in danger as Turkish President Recep Erdogan is also moving towards terming himself into a Caliphate.

Modi is hellbent to use his whimsical approach in controlling the Indian democratic structures as evident from Prime Minister’s abrupt decisions to enforce demonetization and PM himself carries out profiles of foreign and economic policies curtailing the Freedom of the Public. While India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is sitting in South Block.

The rise of right-wing Hindu fundamentalists in India has termed liberals as anti-nationals. The Modi government actions are noticeable when RSS men and BJP supporters conducted a rally by brandishing swords on the occasion of Ram Navami in Kolkata.

The unprecedented display of arms and sectarian sloganeering has outraged Bengalis and termed the BJP as a “dangai” (riot) party. Indian politics has become a way of criticism but the generation of the 21st century needs politicians and leaders who collectively work to bring change or uplift the country and not criticizing or defame each other for political mileage.

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari reminded the BJP that the country had suffered from mixing religion with politics before the Partition, and continues to suffer even now. This should end.

The Supreme Court of India in 2017 has prohibited politicians from using peoples’ religion or caste to garner votes. But Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has for years fought elections on a Hindu nationalist agenda, with party members in the past being accused of making anti-Muslim statements to polarise Hindu voters.

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Arti Bali

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