By : Inamul Haq
Finally, India’s election is over, and BJP led by Narender Nath Modi, has made a clean sweep of majority seats. Celebrations were held across the country till midnight. The other parties like the Indian National Congress and UP Gathbandan did not win the favour of people even on gandhigiri or caste politics and identity. On what manifesto, was the 2019 election fought in India? According to sources, unemployment rate increased during the first regime of Modi and, it is noteworthy that the figures show such an increase after 45 years. The worsening conditions of farmers across India was also a big issue which surfaced throughout the campaigning of the 2019 election. Education, demonetization, GST, water, roads, electricity and people friendly schemes were some of other issues raised as well. While the manifesto of Congress denoted all these issues, BJP’s was only based on national security and the repeal of Article 370.
In recent times other countries have seen a significant shift politically with secularism getting the centre stage. The trend being; people rejecting religious fanatics and voting for secular forces. The best example is Pakistan, where a global terrorist Hafiz Sayed also contested in the elections. However, he was defeated as the rest of people know that he will spread venom against the minorities and these forces can further weaken the economy of the country. In Malaysia, for instance, the multi-racial population united to end the 61 years of ruling by BarisanNasionalparty mainly due to racial politics being used as a weapon to divide the people and for the former prime minister being involved in the 1MDB scandal which points at a high level of corruption. It is interesting to note that 70 % of the population of Malaysia is made up of Malay Muslims, same as the former PM. Yet, they decided to reject him. The people both majority and minorities united and voted against him to save the country from further destruction. Similarly, during the recent presidentialelections held in Indonesia, president Joko Widodo was re-elected. The president is known for his secular ideology and supporter of the LGBT community. He defeated Prabowo who is known as a religious fanatic and was against the Chinese minority and LGBT. The supporters of Prabowo started riots that turned violent, in the country. The fact remains that the majority of Muslims chose a secular leader as opposed to a religious one. However, in India alone, there is hardly scope for secularism. It is indeed not an exaggeration to say that secularism is facing a imminent death, if it is not altogether dead, in the New India. The majority, project themselves as minorities should and feel threatened by Muslims and Christians, whose population is increasing. The election of 2019 proved that there is no need for employment, education, development, research and better conditions of the farmers. The primary ‘need’ of the country is merely what is termed as, national security and whatever that is done to achieve this is justified, including destruction of Pakistan and controlling Kashmir with claws. Besides, the country has to prove that nation remains first, and other problems can be resolved by constructing Ram Mandir in Adhoya and repealing Article 35A and Article 370 from Kashmir.
The prevailing situation, is a harbinger of what lies ahead for India and its people , in the next five years.
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