Claiming the BJP’s electoral victory was to a great extent owing to “brazen vote-bank politics” like the “communal consolidation of the Hindu vote bank”, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says it is natural that this BJP victory would lead to the “aggressive pursuit of the RSS ideological project and vision of converting the secular democratic Indian Republic into their version of a rabidly intolerant fascistic Hindu Rashtra”.
An editorial says the BJP is nothing but the political arm of the RSS. “Even during the so-called ‘honeymoon’ period, even before the completion of the first [one] hundred days of this government, this agenda is already unfolding rapidly…Within a few weeks of the new government, those who were arguing during the election campaign that the BJP is downplaying its communal agenda are feeling already betrayed and, thus, silenced. Core Hindutva agenda — abrogation of Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, building of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya — have all been articulated by cabinet ministers,” it says.
The CPI’s New Age also focuses on communal polarisation, claiming that “the RSS and its political wing, the BJP, have used this weapon as the ultimate resort for political gain”.
“With the advent of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the two BJP leaders from Gujarat who still have to answer several questions about their role in the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom… as the decisive figures in the new BJP dispensation, the tactics of communal polarisation has acquired new momentum,” says the editorial.
“With Amit Shah formally taking over the command of the BJP as its national president the tactics of communal polarisation has become the official political line of the party… The emotional issue of communalism versus secularism is also the shield for side-tracking the real socio-economic issues confronted by the people. The Narendra Modi government is hastily and shamelessly carrying forward the remaining task of imposing the disastrous policies of neoliberalism for which it received all-out support of the corporate and international finance capital,” it claims.
Talking about the BJP’s recently concluded National Council meet, the CPI(ML)’s ML Update has said the meeting sends “clear signals about the agenda and ambitions of the BJP and the Modi government.”
“The new BJP president Amit Shah outlined the plan to repeat the BJP’s spectacular UP success story, ensure BJP victories all over the country, and achieve dominance and hegemony for the BJP’s ideology… The exact nature of the BJP’s ‘social engineering’ can be gauged by the investigative reports by an English daily about communal conflicts in UP,” an editorial claims.
“The problem is that the Modi government was not elected primarily for its communal plank. It rode the dissatisfactions and anger of the people against the Congress regime. And now, the Modi government is widely perceived as continuing the Congress-UPA’s policies of corporate appeasement and ant-people policies. In fact, Amit Shah’s speech indicates that even the few rights and entitlements that the people’s movements wrested from the UPA government, such as right to employment (MNREGA) or the land acquisition legislation, will now be rolled back. Rubbishing what he called ‘entitlement-based policies’, Shah declared that for the BJP, ‘empowerment’ came first and ‘entitlement’ would flow naturally from ‘empowerment’ and ‘good governance,” it says. “The BJP’s pro-corporate policies call the bluff of its own election-time pro-poor posturing, and the sinister communal agenda of the RSS and BJP threaten the basic fabric of democracy in India,” the editorial concludes.
Compiled by Ruhi Tewari