I’m not a hypocrite, and I don’t want to be naive either, but how do you see Yogi Adityanath’s constant taunts towards Muslims? It makes me squirm.
More importantly, it upsets me because I can hear echoes of Germany in the 1930s, South Africa in the 1960s and Uganda in the 1970s. And that is despite the fact that I am a Hindu. In comparison, it must terrify our fellow Muslims. Yet it is silently accepted by Adityanath’s party, its chairman and even the prime minister (PM). And although reported by the media, it is rarely criticized, let alone convicts.
Take the most recent example. In a speech last Sunday bragging about everything he has done, Adityanath again found a way to weave an attack on Muslims. “Did you receive this ration before 2017? ” He asked. Here is his response: “Because at the time, those who said”abba jaan‘used to digest the ration … earlier those who said’abba jaan‘used to loot jobs for the poor. And if that wasn’t enough, he promised to “definitely teach Romeos a lesson by saying”abba jaan‘. “
It wasn’t the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time he has attacked Indian Muslims. “How can our heroes be Mughals? He asked last year, perhaps ignoring the fact that Akbar is considered one of the greatest emperors of all time. A year earlier, while campaigning, he accused his opponents of favoring “Ali” while he only trusted “Bajrang Bali”.
The truth is, Adityanath never hid his prejudices. In fact, he reveled in it. “If a Hindu girl is converted, we will convert 100 Muslim girls,” is perhaps the most cited example of her prejudice. But there are others that are worse. On September 7, 2014, he said: “In places where there is 10-20% minority population, stray community incidents take place. Where they are 20 to 35%, serious community riots take place and where they are over 35%, there is no room for non-Muslims.
In 2005, 12 years before he came to power, he declared this ambition: “I will not stop until I have transformed Uttar Pradesh and India into rashtra. “No doubt that explains his behavior. In fact, I suppose it is the intellectual basis of his prejudices. But what could explain the way his hate speech is received by his party and by the press?
Ours is a secular country and Muslims are equal citizens. So what is the silence of the President and Prime Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)? It is a question that calls for an answer.
Do they accept that Adityanath undermines our democracy and vitiates the principles of our Constitution? Do its prejudices threaten the peace and harmony of our country? Isn’t this kind of prejudice repugnant to a politician who some believe could one day be our Prime Minister?
I don’t know their answers, but the silence suggests they are most likely ‘no’. If not, surely, they would have spoken, if not acted? In that case, there is another question we need to ask: Does Adityanath reflect their views, even though they may be reluctant to express the same thoughts themselves? This too must be answered.
Let me now turn to the press. Some of us see ourselves as the moral guardians of society. Others as a barking watchdog that cannot be silenced. Yet of the six articles I read each day, only two reported the “abba jaanHe laughs. They were also the only ones to criticize him, but simply in moderation.
We bristle with anger when Indians are abused abroad, but boil when the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) talks about our treatment of Muslims in Kashmir. But remember what Sardar Patel said: “It is up to us in the majority to think about how minorities feel and how we would feel, in their place, if we were treated the way they were treated. are processed. “
This is why the silence with which we respond to Adityanath is a terrible mistake.
Karan Thapar is the author of Devil’s Advocate: The Untold Story
Opinions expressed are personal