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BJP’s Agenda : Curtain raised

BJP- the political party of the Sangh Parivaar, which is the byproduct of the Hindu fascist, is doing everything following its ideology of making the country, a strong Hindu nation. Unlike others except for the Communist leaning political parties, there are real hard core leaders who never bother to fill their pocket but to fulfill the dream of making the country a centralize Hindu nation.
Since the coming of the BJP to power at the center, much had been seen to centralize the power. GST, Demonetization etc. are some of the process for centralization of power. Which means, the term “Quasi federalism” in the Indian democracy may soon be history with the country controlling from Delhi.
It is at this angle that liberal political thinkers and citizens of erstwhile kingdom which later merged to the Indian Union, assumed the BJP’s urgency to pass the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 as a strategy to make the country- one nation, one religion.
Yearlong of congress ruled after British left the country soured many citizens due to anti incumbency factors and of course due to the failure to take care of small communities which were also citizen of India. Perhaps an alternative to the congress which could replaced the government was considered as the BJP – with its strong Parivaar supporting it. The entry of BJP to the North Eastern region was not because of their ideology but rather the only left over choice due to the series of mistakes committed by the congress during their rule. Or else winning 2 seats in both Meghalaya and Nagaland, which are Christian states, would never have been possible.
All was well in North Eastern states during the last four years of BJP government until the hidden agenda of the Hindutva fascism character emerges in the public spare. Their Anti Muslim attitude, their policy to engulf minority communities who speaks different languages across the country is slowly showing its true colour.
For people who follow Hindu religion settling in the North Eastern part of this country but have their cultural identity too started feeling unsafe with the kind of policies of the BJP, which follows the whims of the Sangh Parivaar, particularly the RSS.

The passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 at the Lok Sabha on January 8, almost burnt the entire North Eastern region. Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Tripura have strongly objected the CAB and the NPP which is ruling the Meghalaya by having an alliance with the BJP have also made their stand clear that they may cut off the tie if the Bill which is a threat to the people of the North East states is not considered for withdrawal. BJP rule Assam is in fire, with the AGP- their Alliance withdrawing support because of the CAB. Almost all conscious people and civil society organizations are agitating. In Tripura, the BJP government had even used bullets that cost the lives of some agitators against the Bill.
In Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, now is trying to twist the people’s opposition even by saying that he is against the Bill if a provision like “the Bill will not covered the state Manipur” has been included. But no such decision was taken either by calling a special assembly session or in the cabinet meeting. What makes people surprises was that , just some few days back, Chief Minister N Biren of Manipur had stated that, the Bill will make no trouble in the state if the “Manipur Peoples’ Bill, 2018’ has been assented by the President of India. And again just yesterday Mr. Biren in his speech said that it is us, that will protect ourselves. What he tried to say was that if the people keep on protecting their land from being occupied by migrants (legal or Illegal) Manipur will be protected.
The Chief Minister talks as if 100% of the population of Manipur are all educated besides having adequate income and have adequate knowledge of what would happen to the future if the outsiders occupied the state.  
On the other hand the idea of converting the Meetei Meitei into Scheduled Tribe will protect the people and land from the CAB is another matter which seems like a policy to divert the issue. Well and good ST demand for Meitei is okay and spreading propaganda that the CAB will be countered by the ST will not be believed as the ST states including Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya have been opposing the CAB.  
On one hand, the very concept of Secularism has been completely left out while preparing the Contentious CAB. It is unconstitutional, and those acting against the constitution are anti-national. So, why not declare the political party supporting the CAB as Anti-National.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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