The various demonstrations that took the country by surprise yesterday show that India is not lost yet. People gathered in thousands in various places to show their protest against the attacks on people belonging to a particular religious community. From the time Mr Modi came to power in Delhi, certain criminal groups emerged under the banner of right wing religious activism and attacked certain sections of people. Unfortunately the Prime Minister never condemned any of those attacks. It appeared that the attacks had his tacit blessings. It also came to light that the BJP and its allies are spending huge sums of money on spreading malicious information on social networks. Those states ruled by BJP are changing the history textbooks in order to present the new generation with distorted histories. In short, falsehood and hatred were being foisted on the nation very liberally. It was an alarming situation.
The latest protest in the form of #NotInMyName gives hope to the nation. If the people refuse to accept falsehood and hatred, no one can foist it on them. India deserves a far better government than one which insists on selling balderdash to the people. Let movements such as #NotInMyName rise and spread throughout the country so that the 2019 general elections will teach the right lessons to our politicians (most of whom are hard-core criminals).
The BJP’s contribution to the nation has been a neurosis. The party took the nation from one stereotype to another, one contradiction to the next, one paranoia to another, never achieving anything beautiful, elegant, vibrant and swinging. So much rubbish was heaped on the collective psyche of the nation. As a result, certain animals became more sacred than certain human beings. Human minds became polluted with filth that was given religious colouring.
Let that change. Let the Prime Minister and his teams learn that Indians still value life and its beautiful forms such as harmony and creativity.