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OPINION
RAM PUNIYANI | 12 MAY, 2015

HATE IDEOLOGY IN INDIAN POLITICAL CULTURE: ONE YEAR OF ‘MODI SARKAR’

The coming to power of Narendra Modi in a way gave an open license to all the affiliates of the RSS-combine to indulge in open hate speech against the religious minorities. The current agenda behind the hate speech is to consolidate the communal polarization of the society along lines of religion. The well-known case of MIM’s Akarbar Uddudin Owaisis’ hate speech has been despicable and very rightly Akbarudin Owaisi had to be in jail for some time. The case against him should be pursued and the legal course of action must be pursued. At the same time what about the hate speech indulged in by the likes of PravinTogadia, Subramaniam Swami, Giriraj Singh, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Sadhvi Prachi, Sakshi Mahraraj, Yogi Adityanath, Sanjay Raut and company?

Apart from these associates of Hindu right wing patriarch, RSS, who are reported in the media, there are many more indulging in the divisive speech and worsening the communal situation. This year, they have started becoming emboldened as they know it is ‘their’ government and they can get away with it. Day in and day out, they are becoming more aggressive and vicious in their language. The hate speech against religious minorities has been stepped up.

One recalls, even before Modi Sarkar assumed the seat of power, the divisive activities of ‘BJP associates’ in the form of propaganda of love jihad and Ghar Vapasi, and they continued without any respite even this year. Soon after this government came to power in Pune, Mohsin Sheikh, a person working in IT was hacked to death by activists of Hindu Jagran Sena, in the aftermath of morphed pictures of Bal Thackeray and Shivaji being posted on the social media. The attack on churches was very glaring and the process which was dominant in Delhi and Haryana was also witnessed in places like Panvel near Mumbai, Agra in UP amongst other places.

Sakshi Maharaj not only said that Godse was a patriot; he also went on to say that Hindu women should produce four children, as Muslims are overtaking the population. Sadhvi Prachi went to prescribe eight children for Hindu women. She also gave a call that the Muslim film actors, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan should be boycotted. Pravin Togadia has been the leading personality in making hate speeches; he has the highest number of cases regarding hate speech against him. Yogi Adityanath, BJP’s MP, keeps making derogatory remarks. He said that in ‘love jihad’ if one Hindu girl is converted then 100 Muslim girls should be converted to Hinduism. The propaganda around love jihad keeps simmering and various small and big leaders keep using it to divide the society. The same Yogi went on to say that mosques should be converted into den of pigs and that Muslims should not be allowed to come to Hindu holy places.

Two central ministers of Modi Sarkar, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Giriaj Singh, made very insulting and humiliating remarks about non-Hindus and the color of skin of UPA chief Sonia Gandhi. Niranjan Jyoti stated that all those who are non-Hindus are illegitimate, Haramzade. Giriraj Singh had earlier said that those not voting for Modi should go to Pakistan. Interestingly he said this before the elections and despite such a record he was elevated to the level of minister in the Modi sarkar. He made racial comments about Sonia Gandhi recently. Sakshi Mahraj also held Godse as a patriot, while another of his party colleague from Kerala, one Gopal Krishnan, wrote in RSS mouthpiece Kesari that Godse chose a wrong target in killing Gandhi, he should have killed Nehru instead.

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