Riot like situation in multiple cities; Is this the new India we want?  

ROHIT CHANDAVARKAR
Friday, 25 August 2017

Insiders say that Baba Ram Rahim has a following of over crores in Punjab and Haryana and the political parties including BJP have been soft on him till now because they have used him to garner support for themselves during elections in the recent years. Now Baba Ram Rahim seems like a Frankenstein’s monster. With the support of political parties he has become so powerful that he is now able to totally disrupt normal life in two large states of this country!   

If you are an investor sitting in New York or Singapore thinking of coming with a project of Rs.500 or 1000 crore investments in some emerging markets like India or China, What would your impression be looking at India’s national news channels on Friday night?  Obviously the impression would be that India is the last place you would want to invest in!

The news reports being shown on several media channels of well over two dozen people getting killed and over 200 getting injured and crores worth of property being burned down within just three or four hours of a court verdict against a God-Man, would create an impression that today, parts of India are so unstable that anything can happen within a matter of hours which will lead to a riot like situation in several cities and engulf two or three states and no investment can ever be safe there!  

Just ten days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his customary Independence Day speech from the Red Fort and he talked of his vision of new India. Is this what the new India is going to look like? Lakhs of followers of a cult figure with dubious past are allowed to run riot burning media vehicles and killing people and setting railway stations and government buildings on fire, smoke everywhere, hundreds of people being taken to hospitals where the infrastructure cannot cope and finally the army being brought out on city roads to control the situation to some extent! Is this the new India we want?  

Haryana is ruled by a BJP government. Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar was given the responsibility to rule such a big state without him having any experience of governance or for that matter even being a member of the Haryana assembly ever before. Last few years Khattar’s agenda has been to only drive the hindutva agenda and all the national media is now claiming that because of his lack of understanding administrative issues today this situation has arisen in Haryana where curfew has been imposed and internet services have been disconnected in several cities.

Insiders say that Baba Ram Rahim has a following of over crores in Punjab and Haryana and the political parties including BJP have been soft on him till now because they have used him to garner support for themselves during elections in the recent years. Now Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh seems like a Frankenstein’s monster. With the support of political parties he has become so powerful that he is now able to totally disrupt normal life in two large states of this country!   

Politicians like Khattar must now wake up. Is this the good governance that the BJP promised before 2014 elections? If the government cannot even control even a cult group which goes berserk killing people and damaging public property without control what right does it have to stay in power. The BJP must answer these hard questions. 

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