Rahul Gandhi, former Congress leader, has highlighted that the BJP has been utilizing communal hatred as a tool and propagating it across India in an effort to distract the public from real issues. During his journey over thousands of kilometers from Kanyakumari to Delhi, he did not witness any violence or animosity, however, he noticed its resurgence in the media due to the influence of powerful entities.
Even after expending monumental sums of money in an attempt to undermine his image, Gandhi managed to disclose the truth within a month. He further noted that prejudice in the name of Hindu-Muslim is being disseminated on TV round-the-clock in order to divert people’s attention from the real issues.
“Following the Hin-Muslim agenda, they will eventually give away your money and auction all your seaports, airports, roads and other possessions to their favored associates” – he said.
He highlighted that individuals are being diverted to ignore the reality that the current government is known as the ‘Ambani-Adani’ regime and not of Modi. Moreover, Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) iterated that the Prime Minister’s declaration has been ruined by the ‘vicious campaigns of hate, terror and violence’ which are resulting in a ‘alarming levels of communal polarization’.The economic downtrend appears to strain the population further, reportedly increasing levels of unemployment and poverty as evidenced in recent findings from the Pew Research Center. To emphasize the gravity, president of Genocide Watch, Gregory H. Stanton, publicly declared a plausible genocide looming for the Indian Muslim minorities in a US congressional briefing. This growing threat has brought with it an increasing intolerance which is weakening India’s secularism.
BJP has also advanced its communal agenda by targeting other minorities, leading to a sharp rise in attacks on Christian minorities as well. BJP’s affiliate Bajrang Dal, has been demonizing and terrifying Indian Christians from Karnataka to Uttarakhand. During Christmas season, violent attacks on Christians were reported throughout the country. The increasing hate attacks on minorities are due to deepened communal polarization, continuing their previous attacks on Muslims to other religious minorities in India. The judiciary must punish the perpetrators of violence to end the normalization of Hindutva politics.