dangers of radical politics

There have always been some radical forces in Indian politics. There have been some leaders, who continued to do radical politics and continued to win and lose elections. But there was never a need to think seriously because these forces were always marginalized, that is, as marginal elements. But now it seems that marginalized forces are heading for the central point of politics. Marginal politics is becoming commonplace. The results of many elections and by-elections have indicated this, then incidents happening in different parts of the country also say that politics is moving in that direction. This danger will very quickly turn into a cancer if no effort is made to prevent it from the highest political and collective level.

The incident of cutting the throat of a Hindu tailor in Udaipur, Rajasthan, making a video of him and posting him on social media is a representative incident that shows the radical direction of politics. Only when after this incident the Prime Minister of the state, Ashok Gehlot, called on the Prime Minister to immediately address the nation and make a call for peace, was it a natural and much needed demand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the highest and most popular leader in the country. People listen to him and believe him too. They are aware of the social inconveniences of these incidents. Recall that when cow guards called it a criminal element, then a group felt bad about it, but since then violence in the name of cow protection has been reduced or stopped. However, it is not that the prime minister does not use communal symbols to make political gains. But they also know that the Udaipur incident will leave a profound impact on both the politics and society of India. Therefore, the initiative must be taken to end its effects in advance. The way he acted with the leaders of his party to stifle the controversy arising from the statements about the Prophet Muhammad, similar concrete and swift measures need to be taken even after the Udaipur incident.

Along with that, you also need to understand why such an incident has happened? This is an inevitable culmination of the current Indian political discourse. Guided by Indian politics, society is moving in a direction where these incidents inevitably occur. On the one hand, there are incidents of insulting symbols of other religions in the name of the supremacy of Islam, on the other hand, along with the call for the creation of the Hindu Rashtra, the feeling of hatred towards the ‘Islam and other religions are increasing. In the name of nationalism, a campaign is being carried out to show that an entire religious community is a traitor. In the modern era initiatives are being taken to avenge the alleged atrocities committed in the medieval era. The end result of all this will not be very pleasant. A party can gain an immediate political advantage, but because of this political and social discourse, eventually the country and society will lead to fragmentation.

If we look at some recent political advances, it will be understood how quickly radical forces in politics are strengthening and how deadly it can be not to stop them. One example is the victory of Shiromani leader Akali Dal Amritsar, Simranjit Singh Mann, in the Sangrur seat of Punjab. Mann has been vehemently supporting the separatists. After his victory, he said that his victory is the fruit of the education of St. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Bhindranwale had committed countless assassinations in the name of religion and threatened the unity and integrity of the country by leading the movement for a separate nation from Khalistan. Winning the Lok Sabha election for a leader who took the oath on behalf of this Bhindranwale is no small thing. The weakening of the Akali Dal in the Punjab has given leaders like Mann the opportunity to raise radical and separatist politics from the ashes. About eight years ago, the strengthening of the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab politics and the help of radical Sikh organizations from other countries of the world has also given the separatist policy discourse a chance to resurface.

Similarly, at the national level, Muslim fundamentalist political parties have begun to gain strength against radical Hindutva politics. On the one hand, the Congress and the parties of the Left have weakened, and on the other, the socialist leaders representing the secular politics of India have aged or retired. That is why the search for its leader has intensified among the Muslim community. The result of this research is Asaduddin Owaisi. The footprint of the party, which was limited to the one-seat politics of Hyderabad Lok Sabha for decades, is today across the country. He has won the seat of Aurangabad Lok Sabha in Maharashtra and five of its deputies in a state like Bihar. In Maharashtra his party also has two deputies. Once upon a time, congressional leaders had stepped up radical and separatist forces to control the Akali Dal in the Punjab, the horrible end of which was known to all. Similarly, leaders like Owaisi are being strengthened today to weaken the opposition or defeat the election. It’s like playing with fire.

Whether it is Sangrur MP Simranjit Singh Mann or Bhopal’s Pragya Bharti or Hyderabad’s Asaduddin Owaisi or Aurangabad MP Imtiyaz Jaleel from his own party, these representative faces of radical politics may seem less numerous, but the his policy is now dominant. It is unfortunate that the people who have been elected by the citizens to lead the country are in their selfish interest in providing fertilizer and water for radical politics to thrive. It must be borne in mind that the country and society must not be jeopardized by the politics of power.

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