oppn parties Hate Speeches: No Deliverance From The Evil

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  • The government decides to decriminalize more than two-thirds of penal sections in the Companies Act
  • Muslim groups tell the Supreme Court that they want the Babri Masjid to be restored
  • Muslim groups claim that while they were asked questions in court, Hindus were not questioned
  • Postpaid mobile services restored in Jammu & Kashmir from today, but still no internet
  • Abhijit Banerjee, an Indian-American currently a professor at MIT, wins the 2019 Noble prize in economics jointly with two others
  • Industrial output slumps in August as the IIP shrinks by 1.1%
  • Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping watch a cultural show at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram
  • J&K administration lifts the ban on entry of tourists in the Valley, but it remains doubtful how many will visit without being able to use mobile phones and internet
  • After Sena asks members to support the BJP candidate in Kalyan, 26 party corporators and 300 members resign setting off a crisis
  • The Centre sets up a 12-member committee to suggest systemic changes in the GST structure to improve compliance and collection, prevent misuse and evasion and rationalize rates and slabs
  • In line with the RBI outlook on the Indian economy, rating firm Moody's also downgrades growth forecast from 6.8% to 5.8% this year, saying the economy is experiencing a pronounced slowdown
  • HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh says the financial system in India does not offer foolproof security for misuse of the savings of the common man
  • Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh, promoters of Ranbaxy and Fortis, arrested for their role in Religare Finvest scam
  • Supreme Court says marriage can be dissolved if it has broken down irretrievably
  • DA of Central government staff hiked by 5% to 17%
Sourav Ganguly is the new president of BCCI, says conflict of interest is a big concern
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Hate Speeches: No Deliverance From The Evil

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
Mayawati moved the Supreme Court against the 48-hour ban on campaigning imposed by the Election Commission for her open plea to the Muslims not to divide their votes and vote for her party. Does she seriously think that what she said did not violate the model code of conduct (MCC), which clearly says that no candidate can ask for votes based on caste, creed or religion? Or does she think that what she did was right? Or did she intentionally violate the MCC, thinking that the EC would not take any action? Finally, why did she approach the Supreme Court for relief when it was clear that the EC had acted only after the apex court threatened to look into its powers as it was not taking any action against politicians who were merrily spewing venom through their hate speeches?

This is not to rail against her alone. Motor mouths exist on both sides. The ruling dispensation has its share of hate mongers and perhaps their numbers are substantially higher than those in the opposition. But when it comes to the depths they can plunge, leaders on both side of the ideological divide seem to be in a hurry to outdo each other. The worst part is that those in the opposition try to occupy the high moral ground and keep on accusing the BJP of following a divisive agenda. They even hold rallies which proclaim that they want to save democracy and save the constitution. But when it comes to the crunch, they employ the same tactics to divide the nation. If the BJP is trying to consolidate Hindu votes, Mayawati is trying to consolidate Muslim votes. Is there any difference between the two?

The BJP always alleges that its policies are a direct result of the policy of minority appeasement followed by the Congress and the regional parties for the last so many years. The opposition might now turn around and say that they have to appeal to the Muslims because the BJP is appealing to the Hindus. The social fabric is being shredded in this chicken and egg situation. In the end, Mayawati, Yogi Adityanath, Maneka Gandhi and Azam Khan are all guilty of the same crime. They are all trying to create their own versions of India, something that is radically different from what a majority of Indians want. But the saddest part is that there is no one who can deliver us from this evil.