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Might Is Right

Might Is Right

It appears that India is moving towards jungle raj where ‘might is right’ under the BJP rule, controlled by the RSS. The good governance promised by the PM Narendra Modi during his election campaign remains a mirage. On the contrary, the BJP governments at the centre and in the states remain silent spectators when the right wing groups take law into their hands and indulge in violence on the minorities and anyone who criticizes the government and the members of the Sangh Parivar. The violent protests by the Rajput groups against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed movie, Padmavati, has forced the director to defer the release of the movie, which was slated on December 01.

Prior to the decision to defer the release of the movie the Uttar Pradesh government had written on Nov 14 to the Union Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, requesting them to consider the possibility of ‘public outrage and unrest’  over the movie Padmavati. The Vasundara Raje government of Rajasthan wrote on Nov 18 to the Information and Broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani, to postpone the release of the movie. She also demanded setting up of a committee, consisting of historians, film makers and community members to review the film. The Rajasthan government maintained silence on the physical attack on the director of the movie by the Karni Sena when the shooting of the movie was going on in Udaipur in January this year. Sanjay Leela Bhansali was forced to stop the shooting and return to Mumbai. As the Manohar Lal Khattar government of Haryana did not take any action against the Dera Sacha Sauda supporters because of political reasons, the Vasundara Raje government slept over the issue in view of reaping political dividend.

The Supreme Court on Nov 10 refused to stay the release of the movie in response to a petition filed by Siddharajsinh M Chudasama and 11 others. The apex court clarified that “the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) considers all aspects before granting certificate to any film”. Reacting to the controversy over the movie, Padmavati, CBFC member Kailash Masoom, hit out at the critics for delivering judgement on the movie without watching it. “How can it be said that the history has been distorted when no one has watched it yet. I didn’t find anything controversial with the film”, he said. As in the case of some other movies like PK, the right wing groups act based on their prejudice, without verifying the facts. They are not even ready to search for the facts. One of the agendas of the Sangh Parivar is to convert mythology into history and emotionally blackmail the people.

The direct and indirect support of the BJP governments to the right wing groups is creating a situation of prejudice and hatred against certain sections of the society, leading to lawlessness. reported on Nov 19, a statement of Haryana BJP chief media coordinator, Suraj Pal Amu. He said that he would reward Rs 10 crore to those who behead Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone. He was addressing a gathering of Rajput leaders. "I will take care of the families of those who decapitate Bhansali and Deepika," he said. He also threatened to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh, “if he didn't take his words back." Amu didn't even spare Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mocking him over his " Bhaaiyon aur Behenon" invocation. He attacked Modi for his silence, saying, "You will have to speak. Even if I have to resign from my post, you will have to speak, Modi Ji." The threat of Suraj Pal Amu reminds the threats given by the ISIS. One wonders whether the fundamentalist groups in India are also following the way of the ISIS.


The Vasundara Raje government is making all efforts to brainwash the young children and instil in them hatred against Muslims and Christians. According a news item of ‘’ on 19th November, the Education Department of Rajasthan government has asked all schools to take students to a fair organised by Hindu Spirituality and Service Foundation where booklets on "love jihad, Christian conspiracies" are being distributed by the right-wing groups. A book distributed by Baja rang dal says that Muslims have been using love jihad to convert Hindus for the last thousand years. A pamphlet, with the picture of actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, explains how Muslim men lure Hindu women into loving them, which is followed by conversion. Another book says that after converting Hindu women, Muslim men throw them either into prostitution business or use them to spread "violent jihad". The booklet also contains a list of the amount offered for different types of ‘love jihad’, depending on the religion or caste of the girl.


Caste of the Hindu Girl Trapped in the Love Jihad Net

The Amount Accrued to Love Jihad

Sikh woman

Rs. 7 lakhs

Punjabi woman

Rs. 6 lakhs

Gjuarati Brahmin woman

Rs. 6 lakhs

Brahmin woman

Rs. 5 lakhs

Kshatria woman

Rs. 4.5 lakhs

Gujarati Kutch woman

Rs. 3 lakhs

Jain/Marwari woman

Rs. 3 lakhs

Backward/Scheduled Caste woman

Rs. 2 lakhs

Buddhist woman

Rs. 1.5 lakhs

A government that has taken the oath on the constitution of India to protect the integrity and unity of the nation is indulging in the activities of dividing the people of India. Article 51A (e) of the Constitution of India states  that the fundamental duties of the citizens include the duty “to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women”.  The Rajasthan government, by taking the children to an exhibition where literature on hatred and prejudice against the Muslims and Christians are distributed, is violating the Constitution of India.

The strategy of the Sangh Parviar has been to unite the various castes and sub-castes of the Hindu society by projecting Muslims and Christians as threats to the Hindus and their religion and culture. Both Hindus and Muslims are depicted as anti-nationals, indulging in forced conversion of the Hindus. The Parivar has succeeded to a great extent in its strategy of capturing political power, as the BJP is ruling in 18 of the 29 states of India and in the centre.

 Any strategy based on hatred, revenge and violence has its limitations. Sometimes it may backfire also. The gau rakshaks are lynching the Muslims on the pretext of protecting the cows. Now the Haryana BJP chief media coordinator, Suraj Pal Amu has offered a reward Rs 10 crore to those who behead two Hindus (Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone) in order to protect the dignity of Rajput women. This is a warning to the Sangh Parivar that extermination or subjugation of the Muslims and Christians is not going to ensure a unified Hindu Rashtra. The dragon of caste may lie down as log the Sangh Parivar is successful in frightening the Hindus by projecting the Muslims and Christians as threats and enemies. But caste can raise its ugly head any time and thwart the Hindutva project.

Giving in to the powerful groups like Rajputs or Jats is an endorsement of the principle that “might is right”.  Rule of law is fundamental to democracy and it says that all are equal before the law. The threats by the Rajput groups against the director and actors of the movie, Padmavati and their tacit endorsement by the political parties, particularly the BJP and its governments, vindicate that the country is drifting away from the Rule of Law.

  (Published on 27th November 2017, Volume XXIX, Issue 48)