Amit Shah, the head of the BJP party (second from left) and Narendra Modi after the election results were announced. File
‘India is the world’s largest democracy, which recognises nothing but numbers, and Modi has them in unchallengeable proportions’
The fear-stricken had thought that the minorities’ share of the pie was growing at an alarming rate and had to be stopped.
The subtle effort of the BJP on that front was reflected in the speeches of its leaders. A party big-timer referred to the minorities as termites. Another heavyweight said, “If you want to eat beef go to Pakistan.”
That kind of front-bench rhetoric was expected to earn rich dividends in a country where the political boiling point is extremely low. And it did.
Well, all isn’t lost for the nearly 12 per cent of the Indians. The prime minister did speak of an inclusive India as he reacted to his incredible triumph.
“Unfortunately, minorities of this country have been kept in fear, used in elections. We have to end this cycle,” Modi said, calling for winning the trust and confidence of the minorities.
He accused the opposition parties of keeping the minorities confused and frightened, instead of working on the improvement of education and health among them.
We are sure Modi will not change his position on the minorities, but unfortunately his colleagues could because in the world of realpolitik truth is viewed as a highly demanding intruder and fair play an unrelenting adversary.
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