Editorial

Deeds not words

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 12:54:29 PM IST

 Described as one of the most powerful organisation in the country, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is definitely trying to change and broaden its view of the complex make up of India, a thinking that has come during the four years of the Modi government being in power. The promises of inclusive India , gender sensitive and pro-poor etc, etc India promised in 2014 has proved to be mirages. However, the most distressing issue is about the rights of the have being trampled while critics of the government are being hounded with various charges to suppress their voices. The Narendra Modi government’s hallmark – the use of a hateful language, thereby reflecting a divisive agenda – has increased almost 500% in the last four years, a survey has found. Modi had led from the front during 2014 and after becoming prime minister has been largely restrained but that has not deterred his ministers and MPs. The list of such ministers and MPs who made hateful speeches against minority communities is as long as can be but what is most disturbing is that no action has been taken against any one of them. Before becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath had been vomiting hate speeches against religious minorities without restraint. He was not alone, there were those who either made hateful speeches or tweeted them and of which the few were - Shakshi Maharaj, Anant Kumar Hegde, Shobha Karandlaje, Sadhvi Prachi, Pravin Togadia, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Giriaj Singh and even a governor (Tripura) Tagatha Roy. According to Associaltion for democratic reforms (ADR) and National Elections Watch (NEW) it analysed that BJP has the most number of declared cases related to hate speech with over 30 lawmakers. During the NDA period, a total of 45 political leaders made hateful comments. Of them, 35 politicians, or 78%, were from the BJP. Ten leaders, or 22% of the offenders, were from other political parties, including the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and RJD. During UPA-2, 21 political leaders made hateful comments, of which 3 or 14 % were from the Congress, which anchored the coalition. From the opposition, politicians from the BJP took the lead, recording seven instances of hate speech. As the most powerful organisation today, RSS has an army of zealots who ensure that all the vitriolic and hate speeches by the RSS and BJP members in the internet were removed even before 2014, claimed renowned civil rights activist and founding member of ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) Shabnam Hashmi. Of late the RSS wants to impress that it is indeed a democratic, socio-cultural organisation and to prove that, it had succeeded in having former president Pranab Mukherjee attend its Nagpur programme. RSS now plans to invite Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM leader Sitaram Yechury to its New Delhi programme. The RSS wants to be seen in a more positive way than battling the charge that it is a fascist organisation using the religious and caste card to spread fear and divide the nation. The intellectual exercise is noteworthy but that will not sustain a temporary perception unless the RSS is really serious and accepts that the most effective means would be for it to renounce its hateful agenda of making India One Nation, One Culture and One Religion.

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