It’s been nearly four and a half years since the BJP government, under the leadership of charismatic Narendra Modi, came to power. But, I struggle to find any evidence that reflects on the promised ‘Accha Din’. The initial days were a bit hopeful and that too not because of what the newly elected government had to offer but because the previous corrupt government was finally out of power. But soon reality struck, and we came to realise this government is corrupt in a different sense.
When something, which is for all, is turned into something which is exclusively for one, isn’t that also corruption? This is the kind of politics the BJP government has been engaging in for the past four and a half years. Their constant struggle to establish India as a state dominated by a single religion has been baffling, to say the least, but expected due to their parent body being a Hindu nationalist one, the controversial, RSS.
Due to the current government’s habit of terming anyone and everyone who disagrees with their ideology as an ‘Anti National’, we have come to a stage where our democracy is in grave danger of slowly and steadily turning into fascism. The lynchings of the minority, hyper-nationalism( not a good sign for a democratic country), majoritarianism, and silencing the voices of leftist youth politicians and activists are going to be pivotal points of discussion during the upcoming central elections.
But honestly, there’s little to no chance that the power will change hands in the upcoming elections as there is no clear-cut Prime minister face with any of the oppositions, mainly Congress( Rahul Gandhi, Sorry). The only hope left is well, Hope.
We can just hope that the current government will realise that India is fundamentally a democratic state where individual voices need to be heard, respected and acknowledged. Only when we become more and more accepting of different political views, we can hope for a nation where all its citizens matter and are equal to each other.