Four years of BJP’s rule: Modi’s Hindutva dangerous for India

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said the Hindu scripture Bhagwad Gita must be declared a “national scripture.” Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Bhagwad Gita is considered more important than India’s secular Constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi captured power by presenting himself to be a sole leader with a vision of making India a progressive country keeping the interest of citizens paramount under BJP rule. People witnessed a social change with the rise of Hindu supremacist changing the character of Indian politics so convincingly owned by Modi’s party.

Modi, in these four years, has indulged in putting personal ambition above national interest. Modi has an ulterior motive of discrediting all the previous Prime Ministers and projecting himself as the tallest leader of all times by branding India to Moditva Hindustan.

The cabinet ministers of central government, chief ministers of BJP ruled states and BJP leaders have been crediting Narendra Modi for his leadership, victories in elections and several welfare schemes and programs for the poor launched since 2014.

But gradually Modi government who once begged for votes in the name of Ram Mandir, Hindutva, promising to give corrupt-free government and delivering governance has changed stance by seizing power illogically in the states where they were in minority by horse-trading and issuing verdicts that mandate was not for Congress.

BJP president Amit Shah has recently asserted that the saffron party would have formed the government in Karnataka if rivals Congress and JD(S) had not closed ranks and locked up their MLAs. This statement proves that the allegations by Congress that their MLAs were offered 100 crores by BJP stands true. The people of India who were disillusioned by Narendra Modi’s tall and impossible promises including ‘Na Khaooga Na Khane Doonga’ have now changed their opinion about the present dispensation.

To analyse the current Modi government at the centre, one should compare his chief ministership in Gujarat from 2001 -2014 as there are striking similarities. The burning of a train in Godhra on 27 February 2002, which caused the deaths of 58 Hindu pilgrims Karsevaks returning from Ayodhya paved the way for massive riots, targeting Muslims.

Modi did little to control the riots in Gujarat then and according to official figures, the riots ended with 1,044 dead, 223 missing, and 2,500 injured. Of the dead, 790 were Muslim and 254 Hindus.Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 and the country’s Muslims had expressed growing concerns then about a spate of inflammatory statements made by Hindu nationalist leaders and activists.

Listing out the achievements of Modi government at the centre, Amit Shah said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ended politics of appeasement, dynasty, and casteism, and ushered in politics of development.

On the contrary, Modi initially appeased Hindus and RSS to become Prime Minister and then kept his promise of keeping mum on the killing and lynching of Muslims on the rumors of eating beef, attacking Christians and even lynching Dalits thereby appeasing Hindus and upper caste Hindus.

There was incumbency factor against UPA during 214 Lok Sabha elections and Modi transformed it saying people are against the dynastic rule and created simulacra via constant propaganda and false narratives.

But the factual situation was UPA was elected government and people had voted for Gandhi family as former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have laid down their lives for the country and Sonia Gandhi did not take up the prime ministership in spite of the fact that she led the Congress to victory.

RSS and BJP maligned Gandhi family and called Sonia an outsider, although she is a perfect daughter in law of Indira Gandhi who has embraced Indian culture with pride. In 2014, BJP lawmakers issued controversial statements such as Sakshi Maharaj, a lawmaker from the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that Hindu women must have at least four children each to keep up with the growth in the population of Muslims in India.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (or the World Hindu Council, which is associated Modi’s party) launched a program called “Gharwapsi” (or Homecoming) to urge India’s Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism, which they said was the religion of their ancestors.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said the Hindu scripture Bhagwad Gita must be declared a “national scripture.” Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Bhagwad Gita is considered more important than India’s secular Constitution.

Members of the World Hindu Council launched a campaign urging Hindu families to be on guard against “love jihad”. But PM Modi gave approval to atrocities against Dalits and Muslims by remaining silent on all the horrific incidents of violence. The polarisation of people along religious lines and division among communities took a drastic turn when Kathua and Unnao rape incidents came to light. The seeds of organised hate crime that were sown since 2014 has managed to create a society where accused are enjoying political patronage, thus destroying the country’s diverse social fabric.

It is now beyond doubt that if people exercise their right to vote without using wisdom than there is a likelihood of India becoming an Israel like state as BJP lawmakers are not in favour of honouring Constitution.


Blog: By Arti Bali,

(Senior Journalist)

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