The BJP’s victory is not surprising. Their victory was assured the day the train was burnt in Godhra. That single act set off a chain of events that resulted in the deaths of almost 1200 Muslims and put an indelible blot on Indian Democracy.
Lets remember where it all started from. Last year, the BJP was at its lowest politically speaking, with a resurgent Congress winning just about every state-level election. Since 1998, when Sonia Gandhi took charge of the Congress, it has come to power in 14 states sa the senior partner and one state (Kashmir) as a junior partner. The BJP, on the other hand lost power in 14 states and gained only 5 new states, 2 as a junior partner (Orissa and Goa). In the state of Gujarat, regarded as a BJP bastion, the BJP was routed by the Congress in the Panchayat level elections. This prompted the Sangha Parivar to replace the Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel with that vile butcher called Narendra Modi.
Then mysteriously a train carrying Hindu extremists was burnt at Godhra railway station, allegedly by Muslim extremists. There are lots of theories about why this happened, but what followed was even more reprehensible. Groups within the Sangh Parivar like the VHP and the Bajrang Dal began a reign of terror, systematically sealing off Muslim areas and letting loose a reign of terror on the hapless people. Narendra Modi said that he would bring the situation under control “within 72 hours” and asked his police force, the one force that could bring the situation under control, to do nothing for 72-hours. So the police sat back and watched as the Sangh Parivar goondas went on a rampage.
In many ways, the story of Kausar Bano that Jay talks about, represents the horror of what happened in Gujarat. A “normal” office going woman, she was attacked by a mob led by VHP activists. Her belly was split open and an 8-month old foetus was ripped out of her womb. Truly an example of how, for those 3 days, our people had truly gone mad.
And even more appalling was the sight of George Fernandes, our very own equivalent of Colin “Uncle Tom” Powell, standing in Parliament and justifying the Kausar Bano incident!
And why did all this take place? To ensure total polarisation of the population which would result in a landslide for the fascist BJP. Is it just a coincidence that the riots took place ONLY in northern and central Gujarat where the Congress has traditionally been strong? Why were BJP strongholds like Saurashtra and Southern Gujarat (which have more Muslims percentage wise) not affected by this carnage?
It is obvious that the riots were stage-managed to create a polarisation which would get more votes for the “Hindu” BJP. Our investigation has shown, that intelligence reports prior to Godhra indicated that groups of VHP and BD activists were holding daily meetings in villages in Central and Northern Gujarat. Weapons like Trishuls were being distributed in shakha meetings across this region in the period preceeding Godhra, which leads us to believe that these people were indeed planning something big. The question: Why did the central Govt choose to ignore these reports?
To convert what was a lost election into a victory. In the process they have demonstrated that how a fascist party like the BJP can exploit loopholes in the democratic process to come to power.
The big fear in everybodys mind is whether the Sangh Parivar will exploit the victory in Gujarat to stage similar incidents in other parts of the country. Atleast 10 states are going to see elections within a year, and these states are those where the Congress is dominant or is expected to trounce the BJP. So would the BJP stage a Godhra and repeat the Gujarat-like incidents in these places as well? After all, Mr.Advani had openly talked of Gujarat being a “laboratory” for the Hindutva experiment!
One indication was provided by Pravin Togadia and that superbitch Uma Bharati (also the union sports minister). She spoke on National Television, and promised to turn India into a “Hindu Rashtra” within 2 years and consign Secularism to the dustbin.
That’s the biggest fear: That these fascists will turn India into some kind of a Hindu Pakistan as it were. Pakistanis should have reason to rejoice!