By Aslam Abdullah,
Deception is the act of making someone believe something that is not true. The latest statement of Modi, the RSS-BJP candidate for the Indian Prime-ministerial position describing Muslims as brothers is a cacophony in deception. The glibness in this fakery is well evident. Once he called the same “brothers” puppies and once he wanted to teach them a lesson, but now they are his brothers because he wants to create an image of a compassionate leader ready to govern the world’s largest democracy. It is nothing but a sham and an exercise in deceit. Even though politics itself is a deceptive art, but one has to coin a new term to describe what Modi has been saying and doing. We can call it Modicracy, a process to take control of government through a web of lies and deceptions.
The real agenda of RSS and BJP is to create a Hindu Rashtra (Hindu nation) run by the teachings of Vedas, Ramayana,, Gita and Manusmriti. This Rashtra must reflect the Hindu social structure where people are accorded a stagnant position by birth, where purity and profanity is dependent on one’s birth and not one’s merits and where certain castes are most favored by the creator than the others. RSS believes in an India that has little room for non-Hindus. Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, even Jains and Jews must succumb to Hindu social structure and laws and accept the superiority of the upper castes because they are malich or untouchables.
RSS and BJP have already succeeded in infiltrating schools, military, bureaucracy, and law enforcement agencies as well as the media and judiciary. They are promoting their ideals in these vital institution creating hated. RSS and BJP leaders are threatening people who are opposed to their style of leadership of dire consequences and they are inciting Hindus to ostracize Muslims in their colonies. They are reminding Hindus to get ready to take revenge from Muslims for the wrongs their forefathers committed against Hindus.
RSS believes that violence can be used to reconvert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism and future conversion to Islam and Christianity can be stopped through legal means. RSS believes that once in power, it can change the constitution to serve its political agenda. So in a Modi-led government, discrimination and injustices would be given a constitutional framework, the same strategy followed by Hitler’s Germany when the holocaust was approved by the will of the people within a legal framework.
Muslims in India are bewildered with the political drama unfolding in front of their eyes. Divided into political camps, castes and classes and on sectarian and religious lines, they are looking at everyone to save them from Modi or RSS. Some have opted to join the RSS and BJP and Modi bandwagon believing that if they cannot beat them, they can join them. Those who have joined BJP are fully aware of RSS agenda and Modi murders, yet political expediency seems to be more relevant to them than the bitter truth.
Politics of deception that is being played in independent India is manifesting itself fully in this election. Politicians in general are not about telling the truth but speaking lies and speaking loudly. Non-Indian groups have been inducted into this election campaigns. Image makers, policy creators, message broadcasters from the US, Japan, Britain, Israel and other places are hired by political parties to deceive voters so that victory could be achieved. Mega corporations see a big opportunity in these elections to use their money to win as many mercenaries through ballots as they can. India democracy is in one heck of a mess.
Democracy is transforming itself into Modicracy with little regard to pluralistic values and human dignity that it was initially introduced for.
By Aslam Abdullah,