» 03/20/2017, 11.53
After the regional elections, the Hindu nationalists dominate in India
C. T. Nilesh
In Uttar Pradesh the new chief minister is Yogi Adityanath, a radical guru accused of numerous crimes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attracted the sympathies of the population despite the rupee ban. The Congress Party, usually supported by minorities and Dalits in distributing positions of power, failed to win support.
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - The Hindus dominate politics in India. This is the most obvious result of the recent elections in five Indian states where the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was anointed as the prominent leader. He has managed to ingratiate himself with the sympathies of the population despite the rupee ban. He took the State of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous of the entire Union with over 200 million inhabitants, which will be led by Yogi Adityanath. The newly-appointed chief minister is a Hindu guru from the Gorakhnath monastic community, known for his radical positions against Christian and Muslim religious minorities. He is the subject of numerous allegations, including that of murder. The Congress Party has always supported the minorities and the Dalits, but has failed to attract consensus. Below the comment of an expert in India culture and politics.
After the recent elections in five states of the Indian Union, the Hindu influence in politics has emerged with greater force. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally participated in the election campaign with success and consolidated his position as leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the national government, then rewarding his supporters with the prime minister in the local governments.
Many expected that the recent demonetization of banknotes of 1000 and 500 rupees, which threw the Indian banking system into disarray, would cause an adverse reaction to the government. However, Modi has managed to present this as a move against the black market, and against the rich exporting their capital abroad. It seems that the people have believed it.
The greatest success was in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, considered the stronghold of the Congress Party. Here in the last 20 years, the BJP had won only one victory. Modi was at the forefront of campaigning, speaking in more than 50 rallies against the discriminatory policy of the Congress Party castes and presenting himself as a champion of Hindu interests.
But what is more significant is the success in the States of Goa and Manipur that have a significant Christian presence, which have determined that the previous government was inefficient. The only state in which the Congress Party maintained a majority is Punjab, where it was allied to the local Sikhs party.
To please the Hindus, Modi said: "If a piece of land is given to the Muslims to build a mosque, even the Hindus should have a piece of land for the cremation of their dead. If the Muslims are given free electricity during Ramadan, it should also be granted during Divali ". These are the statements made by Modi during a rally against the policy of the Samajwadi Party accused of favoring Muslims.
The conflict between Hindus and Muslims is always present in Indian politics, after the painful partition of the subcontinent between India and Pakistan. In Uttar Pradesh the population is roughly half Hindu, half Muslim. But the BJP has taken 312 of the 403 seats in the local parliament, and the Muslims have only 25 seats, the fewest ever. With this trend Hindus increase their representatives and other minorities decreased.
The Congress Party has always attracted Muslim, Christians and low-caste minorities, promising them seats and influential places, but it seems that on this occasion they were not convincing. Now Narendra Modi has returned to Delhi as a recognized leader of the government and the BJP. Many expect a papal visit to India. Will Modi be able to turn it into another of his personal success?
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