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The hypocrisy RSS followers are fed by will not do any good either human or Cow. Banaras has 2900 abandoned cows and bulls.
— Shabab Khan| 25th Oct 2016| 20:10| Political Analysis
Narendra Modi has taken on a task which can not only change the face of the #BJP and the entire saffron brotherhood, but also of India. If he can pull it off, he will be a game-changer par excellence.
What set his mind in terms of transforming, being Anti-Hindu which can only be called revolutionary, is the pain which he felt, according to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, when the Prime Minister saw the video of four Dalit men being flogged by gau rakshaks or (Cow Protectors team) of cows in Una, Gujarat.
The perpetrators of the violence clearly did not understand the repercussions of their act of filming the atrocity. They probably thought that the video will earn them kudos for their dedication to the cause of the holy cow, which has long been an animal revered by the RSS-led Sangh Parivar.
But they did not know or realize that Modi, a former RSS Pracharak (preacher), has been distancing himself from the Parivar’s pro-Hindu formulations ever since he came to the conclusion in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots (which the saffron brotherhood had hailed as the rise of the Hindus) that resorting to violence to advance the Hindu cause will not pay political dividends for long.
It is noteworthy that although Modi won the post-riots Assembly election in Gujarat and also the polls in the state in 2007 and 2012, he had second thoughts about the murder and mayhem. As much was evident from his action in sidelining the VHP and other rabid elements of the Sangh Parivar, including their fiery leader, Pravin Togadia, in Gujarat and then embarking on what he called sadbhavna fasts or hunger-strikes for promoting inter-faith harmony. The former pracharak was turning over a new leaf.
Those were Modi’s first stepsm towards moving out of Gujarat to play a national role. Now, he has taken his second step by calling upon the administration at the Centre and in the states to crack down on the Gau Rakshaks, an act which has earned him the sobriquet of being anti-Hindu from Togadia. The precursor to this move was the call for a 10-year moratorium on sectarian animosity which Modi gave during his first Independence Day speech from the Red Fort in 2014.
Whether because of his appeal or not, there hasn’t been a major outbreak of communal violence since he took office. The hope expressed by the Congress’s Mani Shankar Aiyar that there will be a “Godhra moment” like the Reichstag fire in Nazi Germany has not materialized. Godhra was the place in Gujarat where the Sabarmati express carrying the kar sevaks was burnt in 2002, setting off the riots.
Modi has also silenced the two rabid parliamentarians, Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj, who were organising the anti-Muslim twapsi and love jehad campaigns and calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, a patriot.
But his description of the gau rakshaks as anti-social elements is probably the unkindest cut of all where the Parivar is concerned, for what it means is that Modi is turning his back on virtually the entire Hindutva weltanschauung.
Going back 90 years to the establishment of the RSS, this Hindu supremacist worldview has been the cornerstone of the BJP. Its essence is that the minorities mainly Muslims and Christians are aliens and, by implication, potential fifth-columnists. This outlook is a direct negation of India’s pluralism and, indeed, the Constitution.
Now that Modi has declared the Constitution as a holy book, his less than total commitment to the RSS philosophy is understandable. His motivation, however, has less to do with an intellectual aversion to a fascistic viewpoint than with the need to push ahead with the economic reforms.
He has realized that no economic advancement is possible in a tense atmosphere where the Hindu militants are trying to impose their fads and fetishes on the rest of the population, including liberal Hindus who do not revere the cow or mind eating beef.
If Modi can succeed in making his basically pluralistic writ prevail, it will mark a sea-change in Indian politics and society. It will mean that secularism and a multi cultural ethos will once again be the dominant features of the polity as they were in the years immediately after Independence before the Congress’s degeneration.
The million-dollar question is whether the RSS will accept such a dramatic and seminal transformation and walk quietly into the sunset. As the reactions of some of the more virulent elements of the
Parivar like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to Modi’s condemnation of the gau rakshaks have shown, they are unwilling to bow meekly to Modi’s diktats. As the VHP has threatened, Modi will have to pay a price for his stance in 2019.
Another saffron outfit, which does not belong to the Parivar, the Hindu Mahasabha, has ruefully pointed out how Modi has been neglecting the issues close to the Hindutva brigade like building the Ayodhya temple or scrapping Article 370 which grants a special status to Kashmir.
It will not be a cakewalk, therefore, for Modi as he takes a U-turn on the issue of cultural nationalism Rs one nation, one people, one culture Rs which is the basis of building a Hindu rashtra. But his latest initiatives will be heartily welcomed by an overwhelming majority of the people.
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