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BJP Is Inciting The Politics Of Hate To Divert, Distract And Divide The People Of Our Country

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I am a Muslim. Muslims are the followers of Islam. The meaning of Islam is, “The surrendering of one’s will (without compulsion) to the true will of God in an effort to achieve peace”.

I have spent most of my life in the company of Hindus. My neighbours, colleagues and best friends are all Hindus. To me, Hinduism is the perfect blend of nature and spirituality. We are not, what brainwashed ‘Bhakts’ call us. To them, we are invaders, enemies of the nation, responsible for partition, big families and the growing population. But they keep forgetting that we are equally Indians.

I want to put forward the threat that India as a nation is facing today. India also referred to as “Bharat Mata”, is in danger. To remain in power BJP, the political arm of RSS is plotting venomous 2019 election campaign- the campaign of hate and polarisation. While it is certain that minorities ( Muslims, Dalits and Christians) will not vote for BJP, Hinduism is being used as the tool to polarise the majority.

Consider some of the tactics deployed on religious grounds. Is it not becoming common to hear things like- ‘Hindus are under threat’, ‘BJP is the only possibility for Hindu Rashtra’, ‘Ram Mandir’, ‘Gau Raksha’, ‘mob Lynchings’, ‘rising population of Muslims’, ‘forceful conversions by Christians’ and pseudo-nationalists preaching ‘Desh Bhakti’?

Simply put, the four years of BJP’s work are not impressive, on the contrary, the government failed to effectively work on many issues concerning the common man. To overshadow this, BJP is playing communal politics only to divert, distract and divide the people of our country.

If this doesn’t draw a clear picture, consider some of the examples of communal politics of hate played by BJP in the past:

During the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Modi playing a communal card said, “If you create kabristaan (graveyard) in a village, then a shamshaan (cremation ground) should be created. If electricity is given uninterrupted in Ramzan, then it should be given in Diwali without a break. Bhedbhaav nahin hona chahiye (there should be no discrimination).”

Later addressing a rally in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Modi questioned, “Is Congress party only for Muslim Men?

During a district poll in Karnataka, a BJP MLA said“This election is between Allah and Sri Rama. Let Hindus decide whether Allah or a friend of Sri Rama should win.”

More shocking statement came from the national spokesperson of BJP. After BJP losing election in Kairana UP, Sambit Patra said in a live TV debate, “When word will spread that 32% Muslims could unite, but where were Hindus? Islam won but why did Hindus lose, then everyone including Manak Gupta and Sambit Patra will be forced to think.”

Are Modi and some of his ministers treating India as RSS shakha? Think about it rationally, beef is widely consumed in North East India, Kerala and Goa not just by Muslims, Christians and Tribals but also by the Hindu community residing there. India is the 3rd largest exporter of Beef. Yet, only Muslims are being targeted. Why? It is simple if BJP ministers ask Kerala to stop eating beef or ‘go to Pakistan’, people of Kerala will not vote for them. But Muslims will never vote for BJP considering their agenda so, they are made the scapegoats and are used as an excuse to polarise Hindus.

What is more important to debate for 2019 elections? Maharana Pratap vs. Akbar or Farmers and Jobs? Nehru vs. Modi or Corruption and Black money. Who’s ‘Achhe Din’ are these? Did Narendra Modi fulfill all the promises he made? I also request all the readers to watch the older videos of our Prime Minister advocating ‘Gujarat Model’ by endlessly praising it. You will notice that the tactic is simple- if you can’t convince them, confuse them.

I would conclude this by urging everyone to condemn the hate politics of BJP which is using Hinduism for political purpose and inciting violence. Sedition charges should be leveled against the BJP leaders or anyone who tries to break India on communal grounds for that matter. It is not about Congress and BJP, or Modi and Rahul Gandhi. It is about India and its people. When we say India first, let us preserve the idea of India. Inflicted Hindu-Muslim hate will only weaken our motherland.

PS: If you consider Indian as “Bharat Mata”, Muslims are her beloved children. Everyone knows the mother gives more love, care and blessings to the vulnerable child.


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