Naughtiest boy Adityanath is UP CM

By now, everyone knows Yogi Adityanath’s claim to fame, but here’s a quick recap—he compared Shah Rukh Khan to terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed; he believes Mother Teresa was sent here to evangelise India.

Written by Anuradha Varma | Updated: March 23, 2017 5:37 pm
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I was enjoying a lazy (read news-free) Saturday, when my phone beeped, “Holy crap! Yogi Adityanath”, followed by a sad smiley. It was a friend who had recently moved to Canada, a self-professed Modi “fan”. I updated myself on the credentials of the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh—Attempt to murder? Check. Love jihad? Check.

I messaged my friend that I was past caring and what was the point anyway? I tried to care. For every #NotMYCM hashtag on my timeline, there were rejoinders, marking out commenters as saffron, not-so-saffron or on the fence. As Venkaiah Naidu spoke about the development theme being paramount over caste lines, even as the CM-designate sat in saffron robes, the irony was not lost on anyone. The scary part is that, politicians, saffron and otherwise, have learnt to talk the talk, make the right noises without needing to walk the talk. And now Yogi Adityanath has been sworn in as chief minister of India’s most populous state, with deputy CMs to balance the caste equations.

By now, everyone knows Yogi Adityanath’s claim to fame, but here’s a quick recap—he compared Shah Rukh Khan to terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed; he believes Mother Teresa was sent here to evangelise India and claims incidents of riots went up because a certain community’s population rose. He has also reportedly desecrated graveyards and believes in (re)conversions. The list is long and deadly (illustrious?), but again, as I see on my social media timelines, who is really clean in UP, some ask? We have a strong-minded leader at the helm, and that’s the prescription the state needs, say others. Somebody posted an image of a “kind-hearted” Yogi cuddling a tiger, even as Twitter exploded with images, calling him Vin Diesel’s doppelganger.

Just another day on social media, as we sift between news and outrage. Maybe it’s better to have a known bigot at the helm? Maybe. If you make the naughtiest boy in class monitor, perhaps he’ll finally learn to behave.

And the question everyone’s thinking—Is this Modi’s real face, too? But he’s really an Advani man, you know. Just like when a Salman Khan film flops, it’s never Bhai’s fault, it’s everyone around him. The script remains familiar; it’s development over Hindutva. We forget that there’s something more important than development, which is being progressive. With the new CM having declared in the past, “If one Hindu girl is converted, we will convert 100 Muslims girls…”, does the pro-choice, progressive voice even have a chance? As author Chetan Bhagat tweeted, “Lessons for all career politicians. Get noticed. Somehow. Good bad right wrong whatever. Say what people want to hear.” What message does that send out to younger generations?

Could we have avoided this? Maybe if electoral parties were mandated to declare the CM candidate before the state went to poll. Can we start a petition for this? Will it work? We don’t know.

Do I care? Yeah, but I’m struggling to pay my EMIs, not get bored with my job, maintain a social calendar and keep myself intellectually stimulated. Do I really have time for this? I’ll pass. Another day bites the dust.

(The writer is an editorial consultant and co-founder of The Goodwill Project. She tweets @anuvee) Views expressed are personal.

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    Anuradha Varma
    Mar 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    How was your cotion with Owaisi. Hope it was good.
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      Piyush
      Mar 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm
      Hindus who work in gulf can not keep even photo of deities in wallet...Buddha statues were not spared in af-pak...But here muslims get personal law board....seculars must write abt kashmiri pandits plight..wb genocide...Kerala love jihad
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        Piyush
        Mar 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm
        UP mail rehna h toh yogi yogi kehna h....rampur mai yogi yogi..ab kasmiri pandito ki baat karte h
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          Ajay G
          Mar 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm
          All BS. He would prove to be most loved CM of UP during last 3 decades. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Wish him several repeat terms.
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            Ajay G
            Mar 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm
            His Gorakhpur Dham is incredible. He runs several degree and polytechnic colleges, the best hospital catering to the poor.
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              Ajay G
              Mar 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm
              I believe Yogi Adityanath will prove to be the most por and effective chief minister, overseeing a regime of peace and justice, harsh on wrongdoers and rabble rousers, encouraging those who work for India.
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                Ajay G
                Mar 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                The g temple in his ashram sees maximum number of shops run by Muslims and Muslims have a good presence in his schools and colleges.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There has never been a single incident against any Muslim in his area of influence.
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                  ansuman
                  Mar 22, 2017 at 5:12 am
                  All those people who are having heart attack because of Modi and Aditayanath- -pl see the doctor.Also leave the location of your grave behind--because a lot of people will like to dance at your grave including me.
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                    ansuman
                    Mar 22, 2017 at 5:19 am
                    bka--use your brain and become a bhakta --as--s--s--s-h--o--l--e.
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                      Artic
                      Mar 22, 2017 at 12:50 am
                      Historically Bharat is rooted in Vedic cultural values, there is a lengthy list of ancient kings and ministers who were born and thrived in this culture. India was and is a Hindu majority country and there is nothing wrong about that. Where else could Hindus find shelter and support if not in their own birthplace. India is a tolerant country. Why else would Mughals and the British be able to thrive here for centuries. We imbibe values from others but not at the cost of what we know in our hearts to be true. Everything is finite and the only way in life is the way of dharam and protection of what is right. Live and let live but that shouldn't be at the cost of tolerating someone else's fundamentalist beliefs and actions. If there is freedom of choice, it is for everyone not just the minorities. And then the question will be, what kind of choices we want freedom to make? I am proud of my roots. Hindu is a way of life. Every caste person is a Hindu first. I would not flog Hinduism as a bane of India. It gives us ideny. It is with pride that I say that I am a Hindu who believes in the greatness of our culture and the knowledge and wisdom of our ancient literature. It is a privilage to be born in India and be brought up in that cultural environment. Does anyone need any more proof of this than the fact that thousands of foreigners come here seeking what makes us the way we are..... Hindus? It is our outlook on life and existance that makes us different......and as Lord Krishna exhorted Arjuna in the battlefield, we need to rise above the emotions and attachements that bind us and act according to what is right and everlasting- the right Karma.And it is possible to do that without feeling guilty about being a Hindu. Modi is the finest example of life of service and I am sure the new UP CM will be the same. I am personally delighted to read that there is action going to be taken to protect women and impose civic responsibility upon mes who defecate in the open. Its the kind of noise all women have waited to hear from UP.
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                        BKA
                        Mar 21, 2017 at 6:08 am
                        Actually le should be Naughtiest a-s-s-h-o-l-e -------- is UP CM
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                          BKA
                          Mar 21, 2017 at 6:00 am
                          Well you don't need brains to be BOSS - any a-s-s-h-o-l-e will do. This is raj of BLIND BHAKTS
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                            gndabcha
                            Mar 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                            NO AWARD WAPSI GANG CAME WHEN FATWA WAS ISSUED AGAINST AM GIRL AND PM MODI IN BENGAL.lt;br/gt;AT THAT TIME INDIA WAS TOLERANT.lt;br/gt;SUCH A SHAMELESS IS RAHUL HI.lt;br/gt;HE IS DESTROYING CONGRESS AND CONGRESSMEN ARE NOT BOTHERED AT ALL.lt;br/gt;HE IS SUCH A SELFISH THAT HE EVEN DON'T FEEL THAT HE IS DESTROYING CONGRESS.lt;br/gt;ARE NAITIKTA KE NAAAM PE HI ISTIFA DEDE.
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                              Vbandhu
                              Mar 21, 2017 at 6:09 pm
                              Useless compilation of hateful headlines ... Listen to his address in parliment or the media or actions after taking charge..
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                                rrao
                                Mar 21, 2017 at 7:30 am
                                Who has credibility for media? Mahatma? Noooo..he is too nationalistic? lt;br/gt;May be British PM Ms. May? Nahh.... Intolerant of EU. lt;br/gt;Most likely Ms. A Verma.
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                                  Amit
                                  Mar 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm
                                  Honestly I was shocked to hear Yogi's name as CM, but when self proclaimed experts started raising questions, then I realised he is a good choice.lt;br/gt;Yogi won't allow corruption, laziness and deviation from manifesto objectives.
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                                    jaihind101
                                    Mar 21, 2017 at 2:28 am
                                    Anuradha u r
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                                      Junior_butcher
                                      Mar 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm
                                      verbal diarrhea
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                                        K.Kasinath
                                        Mar 21, 2017 at 4:50 am
                                        where were these people when majority community was under threat, gang raped, looted, murdered, victimised, forced to vacate their own houses. when cerfew was imposed a number of times in this state
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                                          Kanu Mistry
                                          Mar 21, 2017 at 10:27 am
                                          Totally useless article, full of hate, no reasoning and fanatic mind.
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                                            Narayanan Mahalingam
                                            Mar 22, 2017 at 4:11 am
                                            Is the joker Shah Rukh beyond criticism? All the pseudo westerners are aghast at Yogi heading UP. These pseudo westerns are better of migrating out of India. Unfortunately, Trump is closing the pump on his side.lt;br/gt;They are suffocated in the Indian bottle. Quite fun to observe anyway
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