As India is all set to get a new government within a few hours from now, I have to question, where is this country heading? Is this what democracy and right to voting mean?
When failure, hatred and jumlas sweep away the result charts, it means that India is preparing to witness the decline of the world’s largest democracy. Congratulations! Now this country will experience a bigger rate of unemployment. We shall see more bloodshed in the names of caste and religion. We shall have a fierce state of capitalism that will destroy the poor, not poverty. We shall wake up to the news of more people being convicted with sedition charges for dissent. And we shall observe silently because we can’t do anything other than being victims to this process of sheer destruction.
I don’t believe in the EVM hacking story of the opposition. To be honest, the BJP doesn’t need to do that because encashing the sentiments of communal hatred is much easier. That is what they have always been doing because we allowed them. I believe that the blind faith of deception has reached to the level that people are happy to vote for a terrorist or for an extremist.
The USA was criticised for voting Donald Trump into power in 2016 and now many regret the outcome, but they have no option but to wait for the next elections. Are we not headed in the same direction? But our loss will be worse.
Those who are taking pride in Hindutva concepts and saffronisation have actually forgotten that religion will not earn bread for their homes. For that, they need employment and education and that seems to be the least important priority for the BJP.
It is not just Modi and the BJP that scares me but the attitude and outlook of people from the majority community. Their hatred seems to have no limit, that too for their own countrymen, for those who talk against the government and those who are from minority communities. What is scary is that the love for a politician has overpowered the love for mankind, for humanity.
If I talk about my own state West Bengal, I could not believe people would start aligning to the ideologies of a party that is so antagonistic in its principles. I am scared that our very own ‘Durga Puja’ now may likely see violence and riots, something that has otherwise been managed so well for all these years.
However, this cannot be the whole picture. The hope of a better India continues to be in our hearts. The people of minority communities must never forget that this is their own country and no government can take away their civil rights.
Whatever happens, people should never seize to hope for peace and prosperity for the country, now and forever.