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Is BJP’s election campaign incomplete without minorities?

BJP has its ministers who spew venom in regular intervals but the fact is that, the other sides of the flag bearers also do the same to RSS and BJP.

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The BJP and right wing politics is always against the minorities in India. Some counterparts silently brutalize Muslims on the other hand staunch right wing news channels continuously create unrest and hate against them. Current scenario is that India is anti-minorities. The May 2014 Lok Sabha elections marked a major turning point in post 1947 in Indian politics. Modi was brand and IT cell was all here to influence people, in result Bharatiya Janata Party secured 282 of the 336 seats. With 31 percent share of the absolute vote, the BJP became the first party with an outright majority since 1984. This election has another message to give, 31percent absolute votes of Hindu is more than enough to rule India and the party needs no support or vote from minorities. It was a straight fight of ideologies too.

No doubt, Modi’s charismatic leadership and personality did all the magic for the BJP, and the popularity of his agenda for development played a major role. People are fans of Modi but not BJP, no BJP leader could ever reach that level of crowd pulling capacity. The crucial issues like building Ram temple in Ayodhya, abolition of article 370 of the constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the demand for a Uniform Civil Code − that repealed Muslim personal law. In short, BJP successfully won the hearts of staunch Hindu and made them believe that the Hindu Rashtra can be a possible dream if Modi and BJP rule the nation.

In poll-bound Madhya Pradesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced a campaign called “Mera Booth Sabse Majboot” while speaking to BJP leaders he questioned if ‘triple talaq’ was inalienable from Islam, why it isn’t practiced in Muslim-majority countries like Egypt, Indonesia, Qatar, Jordan, Syria, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Batting for the Uniform Civil Code, he said it doesn’t work to have “different set of rules for different members of a family” and a country can’t run on two laws. Egypt, whose 90 per cent population is Sunni Muslims, abolished triple talaq 80 to 90 years ago. He said triple talaq is grave injustice to Muslim daughters because it doesn’t just concern women, but destroys entire families too. When a woman, who the family marries off to someone with a lot of hope, is sent back after triple talaq, the parents and brothers are pained with concern about the woman. He made his point to the Muslim woman that if he wins he can abolish this stringent law. This is the reason why Muslim women silently vote for BJP. The PM took a swipe at those who oppose the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), saying they are inciting some people for their own interests.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act bans the practice of instant ‘triple talaq’ and entails imprisonment up to three years. The Supreme Court has said there is no bar on granting anticipatory bail in such cases, provided the court hears the complainant woman before granting pre-arrest bail. BJP or Right wing ideology might be against Minorities especially Muslims because they want Muslims to be “Indian” first. The Congress always appeals to vote banks, be it Muslims, or Dalits, or whatever. The Muslim community has been the most deceived so far, and the BJP doesn’t really play the ‘minority’ card much, because being smart, they try to get the majority solidly with them, as that is the simple way to win in a democracy.

BJP has its ministers who spew venom in regular intervals but the fact is that, the other sides of the flag bearers also do the same to RSS and BJP. They demean them in all possible ways, in spite of knowing that they have no other option than living with BJP rule and leadership. While other parties emphasize that the Hindus should be remorseful and secular, the BJP thinks Hindus should be proud and open. There are many views of the world that are diametrically opposite between Hindus and Muslims. None of this is any secret, and none of this has stopped India from being a multicultural, tolerant nation. As for judging the BJP, if you reserve the right to judge the party by its lowest behavior, how can you blame them for judging others by their lowest behavior?

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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