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Elections 2019: When Jumlas Triumphed Over Democracy

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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.


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  1. Sumanta Biswas

    If it’s about bread and butter then is congress or maha-gatbandhand group of chor do provided you that and BJP failing to do so ??. If you have pen you may write anything but you must have some data before sharing your view. Regarding communal harmony or aggression in West Bengal how it has happened because our chief minister create barred us from Durga Puja procession as because of EID , you might know how minority appeasement being practised here at W.B and Hindus religious ceremony being suppressed so is that a way of carrying govt. ?. I believe no party must not get involved in minority appeasemt for vote bank that BJP not doing and will never so that reason having rough to minorities then we are welcoming that . Keep your liberal view after living with Muslims at those locality where they are majority and then your word will be very acceptable and would be mush sweeter at that time.

    1. Soumita Sen

      First of all I would like to thank you for reading through and expressing your opinion. There is actually a great deal of difference between minority appeasement and letting the minority living in peace. Appeasement of both majority and minory for votes are equally bad. Then the most important point of unemployment, that was caused primarily because of demonetisation has been clearly explained by economics. Another one could be a greater blow .
      Well Durga puja coincides with Muharram and the fact has anyway disturbed the trafiic control or management ever I have seen. Honestly, my points prove to be right when I come across such hard talks and abuse for not being in favor BJP.
      41 % of Indian voters have chosen BJP but 59% have not and they have their opinion based on experiences. Being aggressive wouldn’t make other believe on the ruling party unless the expected changes are seen.
      Anyways my approach will always be positive as opposed to the other clan.


    2. Soumita Sen

      And when asked to keep my views liberal by living with Muslims, this is just a matter of experience because I have worse experience with people of my own religion but that doesn’t matter, a personal experience will not generalise anything.

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