Second anniversary celebration of the launch of MyGov came into news for all the wrong reasons on Saturday evening. At the function of the portal for citizen-government interaction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a “Town hall” meeting. There were various questions asked by citizens of India on varied topics from economics to foreign policy, Agriculture reforms, Smart City project and economic reforms. But it was the statement made by PM on Gau Rakshaks (Cow-Protection groups) which became the talking point on Social Media as well as News Studios. PM said that those who are taking Law & Order in their hand and posing Gau Rakshaks are actually miscreants and state should implement law & order in their states so these criminals are put behind bars.
Here PM was talking about those who fake as Gau Rakshaks and not the ones who genuinely try to protect cows from slaughter houses and make sure cows don’t die out of hunger after they are left on streets. But many twisted his statements and are now calling for defeat of BJP and Modi in 2019. Many on the ‘right’ are also saying that BJP and particularly Modi is not “Right Wing” anymore. Honestly Modi was never RW to begin with. I wrote this article back in 2015 where I argued that Modi is a centrist and not a Right Wing politician.
To understand Modi and his politics one needs to look at Gujarat from 2002 to 2007. After coming to Gujarat in 2001 Modi was working in tandem with Praveen Togadia of VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) for electoral gains but after 2002, Modi started sidelining Togadia and VHP to focus on development model & not focus on sole Hindutva agenda. Modi started relocating Temples from streets of Surat and other cities which were build without permissions and blocking roads & that also gave statements like “Toilets should be build before Temples”. His sole agenda as CM of Gujarat was development. The same development model made him Prime Minister of India in 2014.
There is no denying that BJP is seen as a Party which caters to Hindutva ideology but for Modi it is India first. This was the main reason why Togadia and Modi parted ways and since then Togadia has tried his level best to undermine Modi at every level. This article tells the history how VHP even helped certain politicians in Gujarat to ensure Modi gets defeated but that never happened. So when the condemnable incident of Una happened it gave some oxygen to the likes of Togadia and the topic of Gau Rakshak came back into center stage of Indian Politics for the wrong reason. Anandiben Patel as CM of Gujarat failed to curb the atrocities against Dalits and also Patidar agitation but her main failure was to get side tracked from the development model which Modi had started in 2007.
The topic of Cow protection needs to be looked into more detail as there is a problem regarding cow protection and cow protection groups have sacrificed a lot from being beaten to facing death. This report says that in 2015 a cow protection activist was hacked to death in Karnataka for closing down the slaughter house..
“He had reportedly been part of a campaign to shut down illegal slaughter houses and protested against cattle trafficking in the region.”
In another incident RSS Karyakartas did the right thing by informing police and filing an FIR as per this article. So PM is right in saying that some of these people who are posing as Cow-Protection groups are actually trying to create a divide by targeting Dalits and Muslims. Birsa Munda (1875-1900), one of the biggest freedom fighters from the depressed classes, always said that Cows needed to be protected to protect our heritage and culture. All these shenanigans are being perpetuated by some people with the focus on UP and Gujarat elections in 2017, where some people along with other parties who are against Modi will try to malign him in the name of religion for all the wrong reasons.
This article in Opindia.com on the Gau Rakshak Statement made by PM decodes everything but there is a history behind all of this and people need to be aware of this history. Also many missed the whole statements given by the PM which he started by saying that, “In earlier times ‘Badshah’ while fighting a ‘Raja’ would put cows in front his army and the ‘Raja’ would surrender as in Hindu dharam killing a cow is the greatest sin, even if it means losing one’s own life in the process of protecting cows, as an answer to what is ‘Seva bhav’ and volunteerism.”.
There are also some ‘Right Wingers’ on social media (Twitter & Facebook) who are terming Modi as anti-Hindu etc etc and hoping that the elections in 2019 will see his downfall, but do they know what will they do if he does lose in 2019? If Congress is back in power again, things will go back to being worse, where religious conversions will be unchecked and common man of India will suffer. There are certain core reforms which BJP needs to do for their core voters but without electoral success and the power to change laws and bring in legislators all this hyperventilation of some Hard-Core Right Wing people is futile. Some of them write excellent articles with Data on many things from ‘Ras Bihari Bose’ to the Shrinking population of Hindus in many parts of India. But without Electoral gains and political patronage no ideology can survive. These intellectuals need to go back and read Chanakya and state politics.
Of course the said comments by PM will give certain MSM hacks news headlines for few days and how Modi has taken on the core voters of BJP and Hindutva forces but they only have to wait for some people on social media to show them their place with facts. Social Media as a whole has made sure that lies of MSM gets exposed on daily basis when try to peddle lies. Common people do get disheartened by things said by politicians at times but one should see the track record of the work done by the PM as CM and then judge. Lapping up the said narrative has been one of the biggest mistakes of those who want to see India grow.
Now is time to show faith in the elected government of the day and the ‘Man’ himself who is working on a mission to make India a power to reckon with.