It is Prime Minister Modi who’s blamed for being fascist. Sections of the Indian media and the international media harp on this, probably because Narendra Modi is a Hindu by actions and not just by name or words. Him following his faith openly and with pride makes him open to baseless ridicule which none of those Indian politicians face who wear a skullcap today and visit a temple tomorrow.
This article aims to inform people of what real fascism looks like. I’ll give a few examples that will expose the sickening hypocrisy of those in our politics who accuse Prime Minister Modi of being fascist but have themselves indulged in fascist activities.
In April 2012, chemistry Professor Mahapatra at the Jadavpur University was first assaulted for forwarding anti-Mamata Banerjee cartoons and then arrested by the police and jailed for one night. It is said that he was released on bail only after he was forced to give a written statement that said he was an active member of the CPI.
And today, this very Mamata Banerjee hurtles accusations at Narendra Modi. You can’t take a simple cartoon in good vein but Narendra Modi is fascist.
Recently, the Jain community in Indore had asked for permission to take out a procession to welcome Acharya Vidyasagar. However, in a despicable attempt to politicise a genuinely religious rally, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh told the community that the procession will be allowed only if it is against the CAA! Isn’t this fascism?
Had a BJP government asked a religious community to make a procession a pro-CAA one then the entire media and the entrenched ecosystem would’ve erupted in anger against the party and labelled it with all sorts of names.
Section 66(A) of the IT Act was introduced by the UPA in 2009. Under this provision, any person who by means of a computer or communication device sends any information that is:
- grossly offensive;
- false and meant for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will;
- meant to deceive or mislead the recipient about the origin of such messages, etc, shall be punishable with imprisonment up to three years and with fine.
‘Imprisonment up to three years’. Again, imagine if the Modi government had brought such a provision it would’ve caused all hell to break loose. But because it was the Congress everything went below the radar as the party is secular and pluralistic as per a law written by god. You cannot doubt or question it! It is blasphemy!
I don’t even wish to go back to 1975 when Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency. If that isn’t fascism especially for those entities who were present back then and suffered the atrocities nothing that the Congress does will ever be brought under scrutiny.
It is simply unfortunate that the bias in reporting and presentation of facts is such. Even if the BJP doesn’t do anything against the Constitutional credentials of the country it will somehow be twisted and portrayed against them for agenda and vested interests.