Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Delhi's Karkardooma. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Delhi's Karkardooma. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint
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New Delhi: The inauguration of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls is unlikely to sway the Hindus to vote for the BJP, a retired Army officer has written in the latest edition of RSS mouthpiece Organiser.

Titled Lessons of Delhi State Assembly Elections, the article is authored by Brigadier G.B. Reddy (Retd), a frequent columnist for Organiser.

According to the officer, people want the “delivery of affordable [sic]”, with the article noting that the AAP’s victory was driven by the effective implementation of populist measures

The officer also takes issue with the BJP’s bid to “win over Muslim women” with its stance on triple talaq, pointing out that they are leading the protest against the Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Shaheen Bagh and elsewhere.

“Muslim polarisation is complete and total,” he writes. “Howsoever, Modi and the BJP may attempt to appease the Muslims through initiatives like ‘Triple Talaq’ to promote gender-based divide, they cannot succeed. 

“Earlier Modi and the BJP realise futility of attempts to win over the Muslims, the better it is for the parties [sic] prospects,” he writes.


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‘A Himalayan challenge’ 

The author suggests that one of the lessons from the Delhi election is that “Hindus-Sikhs-Jains-Buddhists polarisation remains a Himalayan challenge”. “They continue to be divided vertically and horizontally on caste and communal lines,” he states.

The writer says Pakistan and China are “hell bent” on the “Balkanisation of India” for their own interests.

“Add to them, the Christian West consolidation in the Hill States of the Northeast. Also, its continuing forays among the Dalits in South Indian states… So, how long the fundamentalist Hindu elements will tolerate heinous threats bent upon destroying Hindu civilisation depends on its leadership,” he writes. 

Polarisation of Hindus, he writes, is “inevitable” and “imperative” in the face of “cumulatively ascending Muslim onslaught in pursuit of Islamic Caliphate”. 

‘AAP cannot replicate freebies model nationally’ 

Reddy argues that the AAP’s victory is unlikely to propel it on the national stage as an alternative to the Congress, “which has been shown the exit door from Indian politics”. 

It says the AAP’s victory in Delhi was brought about by the freebies on offer — like free electricity, water and public transport for women — and “polarisation of Muslims” against the CAA, National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register. And the freebies are something, the author says, that the AAP will struggle to replicate nationally.

“Populism has its limits. Delhi’s ‘Revenue Surplus’ facilitated implementation of populist initiatives. Let none suffer from illusions that the same ‘freebies’ can be replicated on all India considering the ‘Financial health’ at the central and state levels,” he adds.


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  1. Triple Talaq directly controls population, before this amendment, guy would go around marry and keep producing babies, now this way it got stopped..

    Muslim womens worry is that hereafter her son can’t go around and produce babies…

    Anti-CAA is just a eye wash protest all women worry over Shaheen Bagh, there against Triple Talaq bill as it directly hurts there religious sentiment.

  2. Modi knows economy does not play in elections. He will make temple an issue in 2024. He will consolidate Hindu votes against Muslim votes consolidated by the opposition parties.

  3. Kudos to Brig. Reddy for writing very simple and plain truth what our bi g and star journalist don’t like to accept or to discuss it. Sooner we realise it better will be for us.

  4. In US when Burney Sanders proposes free Health care and education , he is radical leftist, in Europe same is considered mainstream but in India it is muft khory ( freebies).

  5. Polarisation of Hindus, he writes, is “inevitable” and “imperative” in the face of “cumulatively ascending Muslim onslaught in pursuit of Islamic Caliphate”.
    Shekhar Gupta should note instead of blabbering against the Hindus.

  6. YES.The author is right.Modi is blunder on Triple Talaq act.He should rather concentrate on UCC and population Control measures.CAA should be handled without any act but simple a govt notification extending the CAA 1957 .MODI’s Law Minister is an IDIOT.He doesn’t how to handle the Muslim arrogance.I hope MODI learn lessons from his Law Ministers mishandling of such crucial issues and appoint Swamy’s Law Minister to prepare such bills which makes BJP unchallenged and impenetrable

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