- Insignificant Pieces
It was great onus that the Bhartiya Janata Party took the nation with a storm, sounding the bugle that it was time for a change. After fifteen years of Congress led government and one extremely talented but silent Prime Minister, after several gates of scams and corruption, finally the people of India, one of the largest secular democracies of the world woke to a new regime. With massive digitization, a technology which the BJP used to its utmost favor, the nation voted mostly for development, peace, identity and economic freedom, Narendra Modi, an erstwhile ‘chaiwala’, a perfect rags to riches Bollywood script, swept the country’s mandate to his favour, and thus the saffron reign began.
Little did the learned know, which the masses did, that the mandate was but for ‘saffronification’ of the country as much as it was for development, economic freedom, etc. No doubt some of the most ambitious schemes were taken up during the first couple of years of the BJP-led regime. ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘LPG for all’, ‘Make in India’ and a few more are the stars of this category. However, gradually the government run by majorly BJP, which is again run by majorly RSS started to unfold its cards of revamping the so-called ‘plagued nation’. It is for dunces to not know the key agenda of RSS, which is to and only to make India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and hence the word ‘Hindutva’ is doing the rounds do oftenly these days.
‘Hindutva’ as some of these RSS and BJP leaders point out – is actually not about religion but the way of life. However, there actions and speeches in some Hindu dominated regions speaks otherwise. For an instance, the star leader and now the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath may by far be called as the most honest leader India has seen in the recent past. For he is the only one, if I recollect who has intermittently accepted the fact that he has openly spoken about Hindu Rashtra and intolerance for other religions in public platform. However, he has always maintained that he has never instigated people (read Hindus) to deliver the first blow.
Not only UP but many other states have been going through saffronization lately. Some have accepted it like UP some are still struggling to keep up. One such state is Meghalaya tucked in a peaceful corner of Northeast, having fun with the clouds as always, until the Saffron bug stung it. For ages now we have known this beautiful touristy hilly state of having a lot of rainfall, women here rule the household, it has lot of waterfalls; NH7 happens here, rock capital, Lou Majaw, CHRISTAINITY. Oh, wait did you forget that Meghalaya is pre-dominantly a Christian state. This fact that Meghalaya has always been a Christian, beef consuming state seems to be a bit illusive to the saffron political leaders.
The BJP which is now in the open with its ‘Hindu Rashtra’ agenda have somehow been coming with certain activities of its which knowingly/unknowingly hampers other religious practices. Let me recollect firstly it was the Good Governance Day which co-incidentally was declared to be celebrated on 25th of December (Christmas), then the visas of Christian Missionaries in India were cancelled which co-incidentally affects the various missionary schools and hospitals, etc in Meghalaya; we also have the Digital India Day which again coincides with Good Friday. There are many such instances in this context and only a fool would be stupid enough to not be able to connect the dots.
The saffron camp, however, has always denied of such intentions and very cautiously terms all of it as mere coincidence. Recently a RSS leader from neighboring Assam went to the extent of commenting, on record, that the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya use to worship Cows in the past. Now, desperation of these sorts seems to be hilarious as the saffron brigade will go to any extent blinded by the dream of Hindu Rashtra and probably cows in order to prove that India has and will always be guided by Hidutva. For a fact, the tribal communities in Northeastern region of India mostly belong to the Mongoloid origin descending from Indo-Burmese, Indo-Thai, Indo-Bhutanese, Indo-Tibetan, Sino-Indian, origins. Most of these communities have been consuming meat of many animals and cows alike for centuries now. So making imaginative stories about the Khasi is not only hilarious but also stupid.
In a nation which is reeling under various issues such as scams, corruption, law & order, rapes, etc it is these handful of leaders who find banning food choices and strategically targeting religion as the need of the hour. This is but a very dark phase for the nation which dreams of soaring high above as the golden bird it once was. There have been many debates about intolerance, religion, caste, creed but when we ourselves have a mindset bend on; nothing and I say nothing can bring about a change. There are many a people still dying of hunger, there are many a villages still bereft of water, there are many a children still without knowledge (read education) and a time like these we have our leaders who believe that religion or cows are the driving force for this great democracy.
India today has become a nation where cows are safer than our girls, where moral policing is greater than our judiciary, here the dreams and aspirations of a million youth dies every moment, here the cries of that unborn girl child is silenced every second and yet we believe that only killing cows is a crime. It is about time for the people to awake from their deep slumber and decide. For in the end it is us who make her a great democracy and not some narrow-minded leaders blindfolded by agendas and intolerance.