‘Hindutva’ is a predominant form of Hindu Nationalism. What this means is, it is a political and social expression of Hinduism. The ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party adopted Hindutva as their official ideology way back in 1989. The central concepts encompass preserving Hindu interests, cultural nationalism, a uniform civil code and finally, a polarising issue of decolonization, which is a concept of ‘reversing’ the cultural spread of non-Hindu religions.
The ideology may have flown under the radar with many during BJP’s winning streak. But with the recently elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath some forgotten atrocities are resurfacing.
Let’s here from Dhruv Rathi, an activist with a strong foot in Indian politics via his social media. He has selected some choice words uttered by the CM and compiled them in the following video.
Although his thoughts may seem concentrated in the spectrum of Indian politics, his compilation of several speeches by the CM clearly shows Yogi Adityanath being biased and choosing propaganda over his duties as a head of state.
A spokesperson: Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath is the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh is the most populated state in India AND the world. It has 200 million inhabitants. With the main ethnic group as Hindavi people, therefore the Hindutva ideology having a strong foothold.
Being a secular country, India does not associate itself with any religion. But, being a country that is so diverse, the sway of religion-politics is strong.
— scroll.in (@scroll_in) December 28, 2017
Adityanath is incidentally, the founder of ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’ which is a youth militia that has been involved in communal violence. The Chief Minister’s speeches are sensational sermons of Hindutva. His speeches are crude speeches which put down intercultural marriages, strongly disapproving of Hindu-Muslim marriages. He goes on to speak about revenge politics, completely disregarding the famous Gandhian saying, an eye for an eye makes the world blind.
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) March 19, 2017
Yogi’s beef with SRK
Yogi targeted King Khan during one of his speeches in 2015 for using the same “language” as Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed. The CM, targeted him after Shah Rukh Khan clocked a growing restlessness in the country regarding intolerance. Adityanath spoke against SRK’s words and likened his language to 26/11 Terrorist mastermind, Hafiz Saeed. Adityanath said:
“These voices are not anti-BJP but anti-national. Unfortunately, Shah Rukh Khan has also joined the brigade,”
Associating a person’s statement to their religion is a manipulative strategy. Although the issue died down, SRK’s statements have a truth that is slowly becoming apparent.
In the spectrum of politics, while ‘Hindutva’ is on the extreme right of a conservative view, liberal views are rarely brought out. In recent years, India has come down on infringing the rights of religious groups. Some going as far as to express their feelings of insecurity. This has led to a fragile community.
By propagating their Hindutva propaganda, BJP is not violating secularism (technically). But, is BJP violating a fundamental right in the constitution? Under Indian law, the freedom of speech and of the press do not confer an absolute right to express one’s thoughts freely. Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Indian constitution enables the legislature to impose certain restrictions on free speech under public order and incitement to an offense.
Propaganda has brought friction between groups in the past. By inciting hate speech, a communal distrust has occurred. If the fracture deepens, communal violence is not far from causing dissent and distrust. More recently, the beef ‘beef’ brought about violence throughout the country causing stirs. If the food we eat can cause such a stir, what we say and what we do can lead to clashes too.
We want to know from you now. Is religion taking a precedence over human life? Are our views and culture important enough to cause such a strong divide?
Let us know with your comments below!