September 1925 saw the creation of a right-wing organization in India, named Rashtreya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The purpose behind its kickoff was to train people through the use of Hindu discipline and help them unite under an umbrella beneath which the values of Hindu community will foster. By promoting the idea of upholding Indian culture, spreading the ideology of creation of ‘A Hindustan of Hindus’, and thus strengthening the base of Hindus in the society, the RSS championed the caused of Hindu nationalism, or what comes to be known as the Hindutva.
In response to the British rule that thrived on promoting division among communities of United India, 3 different movements had begun in the subcontinent against the British: “The Anti-colonial Secularism”, “Muslim Separatism” and “Hindu Nationalism”. In a space of some years’ time, the two movements bore fruit in the division of United India into two fragments Pakistan and India, the former being a progeny of widespread Muslim separatist movements while the latter an offshoot of pro-secular activities. One however, amongst these movements, couldn’t see its ideology being fulfilled in the partition. Pakistan emerged as a state whose official religion would be Islam while India showed up as a secular one – a state with no official religion and where a religion would never be discriminated against another. In all this episode, the belief that the character and culture of India is exclusively Hindu had diminished. However, it never died.
The Secular State of India
As a result of division of United India, the Indian National Congress, led by prominent names as Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, came at the helm of power. They had adopted independence from the British colonial rule by promoting an inclusive society that would comprise a majority Hindu population but at the same time, that won’t shy away from striving for tranquility among members of all faiths that live within India. Here, not just the political ambitions of the third group were left unrealized, but also was this group bereaved from their undue and unjustifiable throne of Hindu Nationalism they wanted to establish over a society where Muslims constituted a decent percentage of population. Not only had this group opposed the creation of Pakistan, but it also resented the fact that Gandhi’s India would be welcoming towards all faiths. This deprived group was none other than the RSS.
The preamble to the constitution of India begins with the following declaration :-
“We the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic……….”
Gandhi’s and Nehru’s India, as per the constitution, was therefore supposed to be a friendly State towards all religious factions of the society big and small. In far simpler words, for a society as of India, what should be good for a Muslim, Sikh or a Christian should be good for the Hindu. In this society, what shall bring peace for a Hindu must not ideally bring unrest for a Muslim, Sikh or a Christian. Such was to be the face of Gandhi-Nehru pro-secularist india .
1947’s Unfinished Agenda
The RSS, that had become more of an extremist political faction in India by this time, found hard for it to digest a philosophy, to absorb an idea, that stood in contravention to its own beliefs and was therefore expected to act accordingly. On January the 30th, 1948, in a debut of hate activities post partition, Mr Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu Nationalist Nathuram Godse, who confessed to the killing by stubbornly saying :-
“The present government is unfairly favorable to Muslims and that policy is due to Gandhi. My shots were fired at the person who has brought rack & ruin and destruction to millions of Hindus.”
This act of the mob back then was sufficient to epitomize what Indians should anticipate for the future. After the lifting of an international ban as a result of this deplorable act, this extremist political faction began its restructuring within India. The Hindu Nationalist movement grew in leaps and bounds by acquiring space beneath the umbrella of ‘The Sangh Parivar’. In 1980, the political face of RSS came into being as the Bharatiya Janati Party (BJP). Among the volunteers of RSS that joined this body were Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, two key office-holders in today’s India. In pursuit of its vision of marginalizing and attacking muslims without reason, the group went on to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992, claiming all of a sudden that the 16th century’s place of worship was built over land sacred to Hindus, and thus marking provocation. Later, the massacre of Gujrat was staged, at the behest of BJP, whereby a 1000 Muslims were deprived of their right to live.
Modi’s rise to throne
In a society once ruled by premiers such as the Gandhis, Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh, none would have anticipated watching people rise from the extremist group of mentally-sick individuals and elevate to the highest echelons of power. Not many would have guessed such mobs getting to the throne in a democratic state where the real ideological roots of Gandhi’s secular India still existed significantly. But they did.
The 2014 Indian general elections that were held to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha saw Naerendra Modi’s rise to premiership. Due to his dark social background, meagre were in amount the ones who couldn’t detect the secular India dividing under him, beknownst that at the time Gujrat’s wholesale massacre of Muslims was conducted, Modi served as the Cheif Minister of the state. It was at his behest that the inter-communal violence was staged in Gujrat 12 years ago.
This particular outlaw, whose thoughts are driven from the socially-ill agenda of the RSS, has a special antagonism for the Indian Muslims. This bandit, is of the belief that whosoever lives in India shall be allowed to survive, but the Muslims be given a ‘special treatment’. This is a psychological illness this very man is under the arrest of, and that comes as a result of a different kind of fear, a unique type of fright.
In a grip of fear
The adopted policies of Narendra Modi couldn’t suffice the expectations of the electoral college that had come out to vote for him. The sliding mandate he had been handed over in 2014 wasn’t truly respected at his end, up until the time he saw an election arriving soon his prospects of winning which were nothing but bleak. So his innate hostility against the Muslims then showed up, prompting him to come up with their stern marginalization. The fear that the cultural identity of the majority(Hindus) is under threat from the socially welcoming and psychologically peaceful minority(Muslims) of India left the sicko all the more trepidatious, and this later prompted the lunatic to sideline the Muslims socially.
In today’s India, out of this fear of his and of his associates, Muslims are a community whose individuals have become the worst of all persecutees.
Modi, The Divider-in-Chief
Today’s Indian Muslims experience one of the worst feelings, that is, of bearing few of the most harsh social burdens. The Hindu Nationalism card the Modi’s regime continues to play has brought unimaginable distress to the Muslims who find their national identity in Modi’s India obscured after being denied their social rights and seeing charges of disloyalty being hurled upon them. This disenfranchisement from their due social status is the highest pressure Muslims feel in today’s shape of India. But this persecution does not remain limited to Muslims.
The fascist state of India, functioning under Modi’s 2nd term as PM, sees as low as 67 separatist movements active today within its premises. The regime today witnesses Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Misoram, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha having become a conflagration of hatred against Modi, owing to his ill-intended policies.
In that antagonism of his against a minority, Modi’s grip keeps on slipping in holding other communities intact within India. The person who’s been handed over an ideologically egalitarian India has done his country the biggest disservice by threatening the unity of India. The India that he runs today is not the same India he was handed over. The India that he runs today has lost its ideology, has given away its secularism. And this is where, the unity of India is felt being at a threat greater than ever before. It’s not far that this state sees a geographical division appearing. With the roots of secular India destroyed and her ideological essence evaporated, India is very likely to ramify.
Better watch out, Mr. Modi. Better watch out, before all that you have today is lost tomorrow.
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