Extreme Nationalism?

Ashish Jadhav
Monday, 14 August 2017

Lynching, beef ban, cow vigilantes - words like these make news every week. The idea of Hindu Rashtra is being pushed, but Brahminical ideology is also playing its part in the plot.

While the nation is celebrating 70 years of Independence, at the same time, certain sections of society are feeling vulnerable and insecure. This has even been corroborated when the outgoing Vice President of India Hamid Ansari echoed similar sentiments and expressed his concern for the minority community.

Lynching, beef ban, cow vigilantes - words like these make news every week. The idea of Hindu Rashtra is being pushed, but Brahminical ideology is also playing its part in the plot.

While the nation is celebrating 70 years of Independence, at the same time, certain sections of society are feeling vulnerable and insecure. This has even been corroborated when the outgoing Vice President of India Hamid Ansari echoed similar sentiments and expressed his concern for the minority community.

The feeling of insecurity among not only Muslims but Dalits as well is ignited when incidences of cow vigilantes lynching a member of the minority community or thrashing Dalits over skinning a cow come forward.

The incidences of cow vigilantes taking the law into their own hands have not stopped even after the appeal and stern warning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.

Meanwhile, issues like forcing Vande Mataram to be sung and beef ban and the ruling BJP supporting this creates a feeling of alienation among the Muslims and Dalits.

Ideological war?
Retired Supreme Court justice PB Sawant expressed that it is a clear policy of divide and rule to ensure that only certain ideology will be followed in the country and those who do not agree with that ideology will have to face the consequences and will be made to live as secondary citizens of this country.

The main focus of the current ruling party is to establish Hindu Rashtra concept and make everyone follow this ideology irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, Sawant said.
Maratha Morcha tactics

He also commented on the recent Maratha Morchas taken out for demanding reservation in jobs and education, against the atrocity act, etc, and said that this morcha is part of a well-planned conspiracy to create fragmentation even in the same society to safeguard their interest.

All the protesters and organisers of Maratha Morcha fell prey to the tactics of saffron parties. He also said that the citizens were made fools by diverting their attentions towards issues like singing Vande Mataram to prove their patriotism and keeping them engaged in trivial issues rather than constructing the nation as one entity.

Brahmin supremacy challenged
However, former inspector general of police SM Mushrif tows another line and said that since Modi does not belong to Brahmin community, the RSS and its affiliating organisations started hatching a conspiracy against him to un-stabilise him and crown someone from among them.

But Modi is purposely appointing non-Brahmin faces for the posts like President of India, Vice President of India, Home Minister, etc, to leverage the leadership in other castes.
And this is the reason why despite PM’s stern warning, the cow-vigilantes continued their hooliganism to defame him.

Even since independence, this is for the first time that more people of non-Brahmin mindset are occupying important seats of power in the country.

It is nothing but the Brahminical ideology, which is getting thrashed, and so incidences like mob lynching and beef ban are being blown out of proportion by the media and the intelligence agencies mostly run by Brahminical forces to divert the attention from the real issues to maintain their hegemony in all the sectors.

However, refuting the entire theory, which portrays that the BJP is against minority and Dalit community, Rajya Sabha member and national vice president of BJP, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, said, “If we compare the figures of riots, they have definitively reduced over the last three years.”

He also said that incidents of mobs taking law into their hands are basically of crass criminal character and they, although very unfortunate and tragic, have always been there.

“Let’s not allow anyone to communalise the crime. There is absolutely no data to suggest that there are valid reasons for Muslims or Dalits to feel more insecure during the last three years.”

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