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.
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.
‘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.