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Indian activist: Narendra Modi and Arwind Kejriwal, as dangerous as "Hitler and Mussolini"
For Lenin Raghuvanshi, activist for development of Dalits , Modi (BJP Hindu nationalist party ) and Kejriwal (AAP, anti-corruption party) " are trying to destroy the pluralistic fabric of Varanasi from different political positions". The two leaders have chosen to run for election in city.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Two sides of
the same coin: "Narendra Modi is Hitler and Arvind Kejriwal is Mussolini",
says Lenin Raghuvanshi, an human rights activist based in Varanasi. He
commented to AsiaNews the two leaders'
decision to contest the same seat in the upcoming general elections in his
to the director of the People's Vigilance
Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), both are characters that divide: "they
are trying to destroy the pluralistic fabric of the sacred city of Varanasi from
different political positions." Modi is the prime ministerial candidate of the
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party
( BJP), Kejriwal of the AAM Aadmi Party (AAP , "The common man") , anti-corruption
After the announcement of their candidacies,
many commentators and analysts in India have described the clash as "epic".
Raghuvanshi said that "in no way will this be for the benefit of
minorities in Varanasi, it will only destroy the harmony that currently exists
between the different communities".
city of Uttar Pradesh is considered sacred to Hinduism, but is of great value
for other philosophies and religious traditions in the country, such as
Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and Jainism.
"It is known to all - says
the activist - that the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS ) has great admiration for Hitler. And this
organization is a devout supporter of Narendra Modi. The
politician has taken the first steps into the world of Indian politics right
from the ranks of the RSS, a Hindu fundamentalist paramilitary group
responsible - among other things - for violent attacks against ethnic , social
and religious minorities in the country.
Although Arvind Kejriwal does not
have such a direct link to Hindu extremists, Raghuvanshi says he is far less
transparent: "He came to power by appealing to popular discontent over corruption.
Their crusade, with the support of ambiguous figures like Baba Ramdev, has been used to strengthen the
nationalist and fascist forces in the country".
The PVCHR director describes
himself as an agnostic and was born into a family of Brahmin caste (the
his association he works primarily to ensure the equal rights of Dalits, outcastes
and "untouchables" . For
this reason he also criticizes " the Kejriwal courtship of the Khap
panchayat [village council-ed] : he said that it should not be abolished ,
but only punished if they make a bad decision . What type of culture is AAP creating?
Declared "illegal" by
the Indian Supreme Court in 2011, the Khap Panchayat still exist in some rural
areas of the country, known to support practices such as honor killing or
institutionalized violence against Dalits, members of other religions or women.
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