India was burning during the British period. Through ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy, they burnt (ruined) many small kingdoms in India. They succeeded in capturing power in India. The fire they set for Indians started ‘back-firing’ during ‘independence movement’. Ultimately the fire of independence movement burnt the British Rule and made them go back to their country. After 72 years of independence the same thing is being repeated and the same scenario is being enacted. The aim is: Bharat Jalaao!
Some Hindu fundamentalist groups like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and other fanatic groups have been kindling fire in the hearts of the people to safeguard the Hindu religion and ruin other religions. The Babri Masjid was demolished due to this religious fire. The oil that the party used was ‘Hindu Rashtra’. Rath-Yatra and innumerable secret and public meetings were conducted by the party leaders for this purpose. The party also managed to kindle fire in Gujarat, induce communal violence and burn innocent people, especially Muslims. Churches and Christian worship places were burnt in various parts of the country. The aim was: Bharat Jalaao!
During the BJP regime between 2014 and 2019 the party managed to burn many things in the country. To list a few: through demonetisation it burnt the earlier currency notes of 500 and 1000 denominations all in the name of ‘counter terrorism’. By doing this, it burnt the small and medium savings of the common people. Small and medium scale businesses were burnt. Marginal farmers and their agriculture were burnt. The aim was: Bharat Jalaao!
During the Parliamentary Election-2019, the party ‘smartly and cunningly’ misused the whole electoral process, government departments and its officials, police force, tampered the EVMs, purchased votes for money and bought the media for its own gain. By doing this, the ‘democratic process of election’ was burnt to ashes. The aim was: Bharat Jalaao!
The ‘power-crazy’ party was never satisfied with the power in the centre. The ruling party went on capturing power in Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Meghalaya and Haryana. The classic example is Karnataka. It kindled fire in some selected MLAs belonging to the coalition government, purchased them with money and burnt the government. It continued to set fire during the mid-term election and managed to come back to power. The most recent example is Maharashtra. The party kindled fire in one political party leader’s family, divided the family members, pulled some elected MLAs and formed the government. What a dramatic scene the whole nation/world witnessed! The aim was: Bharat Jalaao!
The wrong economic policies and the hurried introduction of GST have burnt the economy of the country. The growth rate has made a downward movement from 8 per cent to 4.3 per cent. It is probably heading towards rock bottom. The ever-increasing prices of essential commodities, the latest to be added is onion, have burnt many kitchens of middle, lower middle class and poor families. The party also has burnt Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, BSNL/MTNL, Air India and Natural Resources by selling them off. The others on the ‘Burning Waitlist’ are the Indian Railways, Airports and Banks etc. The aim is: Bharat Jalaao!
The history tells us that sexual abuse of women was present in the past but in small numbers, may be occasional. But during the regime of the present government the number of sexual abuses has escalated to an alarming height. The rapists do not stop with the rape but they go one step ahead and burn the rape victims. Some recent examples: A 27-year old veterinary doctor was brutally gang raped and then burnt alive in Telangana. In UP a rape victim was burnt by the same rapist on her way to the Court. A woman was admitted to a hospital in Muzaffarpur on 15 December 2019 after she was allegedly set ablaze by a man who had attempted to rape her but failed. ‘Beti Jalaao’ or “Rape and Burn’ has become the latest trend under this ruling government. The aim is: Bharat Jalaao!
Last year the government money was burnt for doing the National Register of Citizenship exercise in Northeast India in a hurried manner. This exercise backfired. Now the ruling party has managed to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and got it signed by the President. Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) has now become Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The secular nature of the Indian Constitution is burnt. The aim is: Bharat Jalaao!
The party also is going to introduce NRC all over India. By doing this, the ruling party had kindled fire in the North Eastern states. From there the fire has spread fast to Kosi-Seemanchal, West Bengal, Ballia, Varanasi, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Kanpur, Allahabad, Muzaffarnagar, Lucknow, Mumbai, IIT-Mumbai, Jamia Millia Islamia and JNU, Delhi, AMU-Aligarh, almost all other Universities in the country, Delhi city, Pune, Ahmedabad, Azamgarh, Aurangabad, Surat, Goa, Nanded, Gulbarga, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Puducherry and some parts of Kerala. Public properties were burnt in Delhi (successfully executed by the police!!). Today many sensible Indians are burning with anger protesting the CAA and NRC. Ultimately, the ruling government has set India ablaze! The only aim is: Bharat Jalaao!
Last but not the least! India has been rich with its spiritual values and traditions. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation had mentioned about the ‘seven crimes’. These crimes such as Pleasure without conscience; Politics without principle; Wealth without work; Worship without fellowship; Science without humanity; Commerce without sincerity and Education without character are widespread in the country. The major credit goes to the ruling party. The basic human values and the values, especially, democracy and secularism enshrined in the Indian Constitution are being burnt. The aim is: Bharat Jalaao! How long are we going to allow India to burn? When are we going to stop it? It is time for us to ACT – Better late than never!(Published on 23rd December 2019, Volume XXXI, Issue 52)