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Making of a ‘Disaster’

The hazy picture is gaining clarity; the ambiguous talks are becoming obvious; the mystery of the plot is being unravelled. The BJP’s seemingly hidden intentions are coming out in the open. As more and more States are being saffronized, the mask is falling apart; the concept of Hindu Rashtra is getting unfolded. It is no more a hush-hush talk; rather it is proclaimed from public platforms. What was advocated by Hindutva protagonists in the past few decades is gaining strength by each passing day.

In the independent India, the concept of Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra got its biggest boost when then BJP president L.K. Advani took out his Rath Yatra from Somnath in 1990. It stoked communal fires. Subsequent events like demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992 and the Gujarat riots in 2002 were milestones in taking the movement a step closer to Hindu Rashtra. The assuming of power by Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister smoothened the path. He has changed not only the political landscape of the country but also the contours of many a constitutional body, doing great damage to the secular fabric of the nation.

If there are still doubting Thomases, the Yogi era in Uttar Pradesh will apparently lay their doubts to rest. The BJP did not find anyone of its 312 MLAs suitable to take over the reins of U.P. It had to import a Lok Sabha Member -- Mahant of a temple -- who has been spewing venom against minorities, to assume that role. It shows which way the wind is blowing.  What is in store has been stated in no uncertain words by none else but RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. At a meeting in Uttar Pradesh, the Sarsanghchalak had stated: Ek Bhasha, ek devta, ek sampraday banana hoga (We need to ensure one language, one god and one religion). The road to this ultimate aim will be paved by the saffron party’s point men like Yogi Adityanath.   

There is an irony in what saffron leaders do and preach. There are several Hindu mahants and sanyasis who have taken the plunge into politics. There are Members of Parliament, members of legislative Assemblies and Councils among them. But when a leader of any other religion takes up an issue on behalf of his community, the saffron brigade makes a big hue and cry about it. When Ranchi Archbishop Cardinal Telesphore Toppo recently took up the issue of amendment to Chhottanagpur Tenancy Act, which adversely affects the tribals, with the Jharkhand Governor, the sangh parivar saw mixing of religion with politics. The point is clear. In the ‘New India’, only Hindutva leaders will have place. Others will have to dance to their tune. These leaders, not the Constitution, will decide others’ rights: right to eat; right to dress; right to think; right to romance; right to culture; right to employment, and more. The State will bear down on individuals to implement the concept of new India. The end result is outlined by the second Sarsanghchalak of RSS, M.S. Golwalkar, in his book “We or Our Nationhood defined”: Non-Hindus should stay on in this country as second-class citizens without full civil rights.

(Published on 03rd April 2017, Volume XXIX, Issue 14)#