BJP’s Election-Victory: Anti-Muslim and Anti-Pakistan Slogans
The Indian fundamentalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a landslide victory in the elections 2014 by defeating the Congress. It is the first time that BJP has won simple majority in the last three decades. Its leader Narendra Modi who himself is follower of the Hindu extremism has become prime minister of India which claims to be a secular country, as stated in the Indian constitution.
But Hindu politics and culture, dominated by the fundamentalist parties such as BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena and other similar groups which have been propagating Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) are feeling pleasure, because Indian elections based on media campaign against Islam and Muslims in general and Pakistan in particular enabled BJP hardliner Narendra Modi to get a land sliding triumph. Whereas the Indian Hindus celebrated Modi’s victory, the Muslim community in India felt alienated, frightened and perturbed, as most of them believed that they have been effectively disenfranchised. Undoubtedly, Muslims aware of Narendra Modi’s agenda to reduce the Muslim community in India to second class citizens, feel nervous and gloomy. Muslim anxiety in India is multiplying due the fact that during the election campaign, Hindu majority was mobilized on ‘hate Muslim’ slogans and ‘anti Pakistan’ jargons. Hence, Modi regime is likely to target and persecute Muslims in India. Whereas Muslim dilemma in India is justified, while the incessant and unjust Indian propaganda against Pakistan is beyond anybody’s cognition. It simply speaks of Hindu deep seated animosity against Pakistan and Pakistani public. Anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan approach of the BJP and Indian new Prime Minister Narendar Modi could be judged from two developments. Encouraged by the election-victory of the BJP, on May 28, this year, in a provocative act to disturb communal harmony among different religious communities in India, Rashtriya Hindu Andolan, a little known Mangalore-based Hindutva outfit and activists from various right wing groups organized a protest in Mangalore in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner by demanding the authorities to ban the morning Muslim call to prayer (Azan) across the country. On May 27, during his meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Nawaz Sharif who went to New Delhi to participate in the oath-taking ceremony of the India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi proved faultless, because Modi raised baseless issues of terrorism as pre-conditions to advance the Pak-India dialogue to resolve various disputes including the core issue of Kashmir. He said that slow pace of trial of against the terrorists regarding the Mumbai 26/11 terror case, being held in Pakistan—Islamabad should take action against the culprits in this respect, and should stop cross-border terrorism in India. While showing unrealistic approach, and talking in the terms of Hindu religious extremism, Indian new prime minister ignored the fact that on July 19, 2013 the Indian former home ministry and ex-investigating officer Satish Verma disclosed that terror-attacks in Mumbai in November 26, 2008 and assault on Indian Parliament in January 12, 2001 were carried out by the Indian government to strengthen anti-terrorism laws. Similarly, Modi also neglected the statement of Indian ex-Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who revealed on January 20, 2013 that organized training camps run by the fundamentalist parties, RSS and BJP were promoting Hindu Terrorism. He also explained that these extremist parties were behind the Samjhauta Express, Meccca Masjid and Malegaon blasts. Earlier, New Delhi has been blaming Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for these terror attacks, while Indian new prime minister is again accusing Pakistan about the Mumbai carnage. As regards cross-border terrorism, former Indian Army Chief Gen. VK Singh openly confessed in September 2013 that special intelligence unit like Technical Services Division were raised by him to operate inside Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir to conduct terrorism and to bribe the politicians in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. Notably, The Times of India had reported on December 17, 2010 that Congress Party’s heir, Rahul Gandhi feels that “the bigger threat to India may be the growth of radicalized Hindu groups which create religious tension and political confrontation with the Muslim community.” In fact, the ideology of Hindutva which was already being encouraged by the BJP and its leader Narendra Modi who won the elections on the basis of anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda is, now, alarming.