By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |
LONDON: Indian activist Amrit Wilson writing for The Guardian called India ‘republic of fear’ in an article which has been making a buzz in India and overseas said that rape culture under Narendra Modi’s government is celebrated by biased ministers and activists belonging to extremist Bharati Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which are currently the most powerful political and regional entities in India.
Amrit Wilson, upon Modi’s arrival in Britain to take part in the Commonwealth summit wrote with passion and bravery to shine a much needed light on the truth.
The article referred to crimes against women in India, primarily muslims and people of lower castes or non-hindus including two violent rapes in Kathua (Indian Occupied Kashmir) and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The twin rape cases have rocked India to the core and Modi was greeted by thousands of protestors in London who condemned his government for doing nothing about the prevalent culture of rape in India which has earned the country of 1.3 Billion tremendous humiliation for some time now.
The article states that it would be wrong to see the twin rape incidents as simply a part of violence against the women that have been “endemic in India” but that it was planned and executed to terrorize the Muslim community to which they belonged in an attempt to force them out of the region.
“The attempt to lodge the charge sheet against the accused at a local court was followed by violent protests in their defence by a pro-Modi Hindu rightwing outfit, the Hindu Ekta Manch. Two BJP ministers attended the protests and urged the crowd to obstruct the prosecution of the accused,” The article claims.
A BJP member of UP legislative assembly was arrested on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl in Unnao but when the family of the rape victim protested, her father was brutally beaten up by the accused MLA’s and their supporters and he died in custody ina very controversial manner after post arrest.
Attacks on women have always taken place in India and elsewhere but “a new phenomenon has emerged under Modi where not only rape culture is rife, its celebrated and promoted by the perpetrators. This is new. Rapes happened before but there was no celebration of it,” said the outspoken writer.
“I wrote in The Guardian to tell the world that the BJP is a fascist party.” She said that founders and ideologues of the BJP such as Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the revered icon of the Hindu right, praised Hitler and his policies. She said that Savarkar said that Muslim women should be raped and “it will be suicidal if they are not raped”.
“If such writings and thoughts are part of the BJP and RSS politics then you can imagine what’s happening, such writings legitimised the rapes and murders of Muslim women in Gujarat in 2002. Modi is an RSS member since young age, he is a lifelong member of RSS. Savarkar was its ideologue and Golwalkar was its founder. A meeting took place around two years ago in which a BJP leader said that Muslim women should be raped. He said about dead and buried Muslim women that they should be pulled out of the grave and raped (necrophilia). Yogi Adityanath the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh chaired that meeting and remained silent.”
Amrit Wilson said that everyone should understand that these people are “fascists” and their policies have gained popularity since the destruction of Babri Mosque. “The BJP has risen since then. It has turned out to be a party that’s neo-liberal, good with big business, good with big corporations but entrenched in Hindutva. Its popularity has gone up. If you look at the BJP from outside, you see it as a modern party its modernism is linked with fascism. It’s a dichotomy. It’s a new kind of politics.”
Hindutva hate brigade is the BJP’s core constituency and the BJP leadership relies on this constituency for its politics of communalism and hate which are inbred and have compounded over the years.
The preachers of Hindutva, who are feted not punished, are responsible for an epidemic of brutal mob-lynchings of Muslims. Sometimes they are justified on the pretext that the victims have consumed beef or slaughtered cows. Sometimes simply being a Muslim is enough to invite violence. 15-year old Junaid, for example, was beaten to death on a train when out for Eid shopping. Afrazul Khan, a migrant worker, was killed with an axe and his body burned while a 14-year-old filmed the horrific scene.
Amrit Wilsom claims that Modi’s popularity has gone down and there are agitations almost daily in India. She added: “People in India want change. They are unhappy with the Modi government. If free and fair elections are held today, Modi will lose.”
The Article originally appeared in The Guardian