Today, we stand on the verge of destruction, our world view that perhaps the world was a good place once is now utterly relinquish and a mere shattered memory. Maybe the world was a bad place all alone, we thought it was not. Recently, all the obscure global fault lines have erupted with promising chaos as a by-product. Racism after several dark years has claimed its once ‘rightful’ spot on the top floor. It is 2020, maybe we have gotten so advanced that we are now just falling back deeper into communal ism and hate is back on the menu.
This presents us with near perfect opportunity for the likes of Adolf Hitler for rising to power, and unleashing unforeseeable hate and havoc upon the world. However, Hitler was crude in his ways, he wasn’t a politician after all and he just didn’t know or didn’t care about covering his tracks. The year is 2020, and apparently bigotry, racism and hate has evolved.
Ironically, just when we thought we had managed to develop a post racial sensibility around the world, religious fanaticism found the perfect opportunity reassert itself in a more evolved way. It can be seen as Donald Trump taking office after campaigning for hate. It can be seen in India, where the odious policies of the Modi junta fail to create a haze to encapsulate the fact that these groups would have never tasted power if the Congress party had come up to people’s expectations.
While this may seem like an opportunity to shed out some fresh conspiracy theory, however the widely negated fact remains that “With absolute power, comes absolute corruption. Sanjay Gandi regime’s forced sterilization of Muslims mainly to curb population increase, is a macabre and very real example of it.
If you’re going to commit crimes against humanity, a more evolved and better way to go about achieving that dreadful goal would be to use a majority of the nation as an ally. Using all its tools of propaganda and tactics of intimidation, RSS backed Narendra Modi government is broadcasting the message that all is well in India. It isn’t.
The truth is that India, as a nation, is going through a great turmoil – economically, politically and socially. As the author and activist Arundhati Roy puts it, “an illness is upon us.”
The Indian economy, once the world’s fastest-growing economy, has now succumbed to this hate fueled sickness now. As Arvind Subramanian, Modi’s former Chief Economic Advisor wrote this month, the Indian economy is “headed for the intensive care unit.” He noted that growth has slowed “to just 4.5 per cent, the worst for a long time,” and that economic indicators, from goods and services, exports, imports and government revenue “are all close to negative territory.”
Unemployment has soared to a 46 year high in India, with household consumption is at a four-decade low. The agricultural sector, too, is facing a crisis. However, it’s not just the Indian economy that is decimation at the hands of PM Modi. India’s democracy is in peril, too. While thriving on communal politics and the free for all distribution of hate, Modi and his Home Affairs minister, Amit Shah, have slowly turned India into an authoritarian state. India has now lost all semblance of liberal democracy, but has been clinging on by the skin of its by providing meek justifications of even being acknowledged as a nominal democracy.
Unsurprisingly, the Modi-Shah duo has continently avoided extending their concerns about “national security” to many actual terrorists, as long as they’re proponents of their Hindutva ideology.
“Terrorism is the biggest threat to humanity,” repeatedly screams Modi on international fora, while he awards a Hindutva extremist accused of terrorism, Pragya Singh Thakur a Member of Parliament seat to represent his Bharatiya Janata Party. Thakur, is on bail after he was charged with plotting a 2008 bomb blast in the town of Malegaon which targeted Muslim pilgrims coming out of Friday prayers. Modi and Amit Shah’s kind support has made Thakur, a terrorism suspect an “Honourable Member of Parliament.”
Under the Modi government, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate have turned into weapons of mass harassment. Hindutva groups, dedicated to a strident and exclusive Hindutva nationalism, have been energized and empowered by Modi and Shah in their efforts to socially engineer communal hatred. Since Amit Shah became president of the BJP in 2014, he has actively encouraged the BJP’s IT CELL to create and spread fake news.
Unfortunately, the virus of communal bigotry is engulfing the country. Modi’s politics, which thrive on communal division, are corroding the country’s social fabric. Within six years, Modi and Shah have managed to do what India’s worst enemies couldn’t: India is now at war with itself.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of THE ACE NEWS. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the author.
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17 November, 2019