As we approach our sixty-ninth Independence Day, to be observed in five days time, the situation in the domestic sphere has turned from bad to worse.
The last fifteen months have been witness to the manner in which the Narendra Modi dispensation has upheld the banner of majoritarian communalism thereby seeking to irreparably damage the ideal of secular democracy that constitutes the foundation of independent India’s nationhood as exemplified by the country’s Constitution. The spate of communal riots in UP, most notably in Muzaffarnagar, provided eloquent testimony to the motivation of the Sangh Parivar to turn Muslims into aliens. The subsequent communal violence in Haryana’s Ballabhgarh is further evidence of the same motivation on the part of those who have unfurled the flag of Hindutva majoritarianism (misconstrued as ‘nationalism’).
The government at the Centre is presently bereft of any coherent policy with regard to our northwestern neighbour, Pakistan. Vocal sections of the strategic community, backed by influential segments of the media, have fallen prey to jingoism vis-a-vis Islamabad where too the military establishment and ISI are blinded by hatred towards India. Thus the security environment in South Asia is recording a sharp deterioration.
Courtesy: Mainstream Weekly
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