…The BJP’s election campaign makes it abundantly clear that it has declared war on a segment of India’s citizens. Since the Constitution assures equal citizenship to all regardless of their faith and caste, this is also a war on the Constitution.
It is war against the ethos of the freedom struggle, and against what is finest in India’s civilisational legacy – its pluralism, its accommodation of diversity.
The 2014 general elections were crafted by the BJP to render India’s Muslims politically irrelevant by welding disadvantaged Hindu castes with privileged castes- and in India’s Northeast even with Christians – against the constructed common enemy, India’s Muslims.… In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led from the front. He taunts his political adversary, Rahul Gandhi, for fighting elections in a seat in which “the minority is the majority”, insinuating that this is somehow an insult both to Hindus and the nation.…
- Debate: It is Islamophobia – Not Only Communalism – We Encounter Everyday in India – By Abhik Bhattacharya (May 7, 2019, The Wire)
- Encashing communal politics Congress and BJP: How different are their attitudes towards Muslims? – By Saeed Naqvi (May 6, 2019, Millennium Post)
- Religion, Caste Politics In The Face Of Widespread Distress In Awadh – By Revati Laul (May 6, 2019, Sabrang India)
- Begusarai, metaphor of a secular crisis – By Varghese K. George (May 9, 2019, The Hindu)