A two part blog by dharma following the election of Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) The following articles from independent media give an idea of the coming threats arising from the election of Modi. Saying that fascist threat is a reality now in India would be an understatement. http://kafila.org/2014/05/18/the-tri…i-in-the-open/ http://www.countercurrents.org/poonawalla210514.htm http://kafila.org/2014/05/21/lessons…ns-ravi-sinha/ http://kafila.org/2014/05/16/so-who-…-the-election/ This documentary on the Gujarat riots, show the ways of Modi and the Sangh (organizations under RSS) and why Modi was refused visa to the US for over ten years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcziSEKHOI The biggest reason for Modi’s win is the outgoing UPA government, which gave the chance for the spread of the far right propaganda. This was done by the UPA’s scam ridden performance in their second term during the global financial crisis, which resulted in high inflation. The middle class and the poor were struggling to get by due to high prices of daily household rations and people were angry. Modi and the RSS cashed in on this, with a mix of Hindutva (Hindu far right nationalism) propaganda smoke screened by Modi’s bogus economic development model http://kafila.org/2013/07/10/lies-da…st-by-m-akhil/(which was nothing but giving a free hand to capitalists, at the cost of local welfare.) This propaganda was furthered by the corporate owned Indian English media ( http://kafila.org/2014/04/24/modi-fa…ganda-machine/, which caters to the middle class and upper middle class who feel they are entitled to get/stay rich (http://kafila.org/2014/04/17/why-mod…zair-belgrami/.)
Now all this only helped the already name sake elections in India. If you live in India, you’d be normalized to the distribution of money, alcohol, sarees etc., in exchange for votes ( https://in.news.yahoo.com/is-andhra-…065759764.html, http://www.tehelka.com/the-dirty-und…election-2014/, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0…of-widows.html ). It is so normal that you would feel it unusual if elections were to be fought honestly. My own small town with a population of 40,000 saw distribution of around 15 million rupees (around 200k euro) cash by a single candidate alone. There were four other candidates – alcohol and other goodies were extras. This was only for council elections. I can’t imagine the amount spent across India in all the small towns and villages. Due to the normalization of this money for votes, people take money from all parties and still vote for whoever they want to. So due to the self destruction of UPA and large amounts of money and publicity by BJP, they were favs to win but nobody predicted that they would get a total majority. The reasons for them achieving such high seats are their intimidation tactics ( http://kafila.org/2014/04/16/democra…ma/#mor22204,http://kafila.org/2014/05/09/bjps-ca…onobina-gupta/,http://kafila.org/2014/04/29/modi-th…ere-is-the-ec/) in their strongholds and the old RSS trick of communal polarization between majority Hindu population and the minorities by instigation of riots, in regions where they lack support. In Uttar Pradesh, the Indian state with the highest number of MP seats BJP won 71 out of 80, and this was a major reason for them getting a simple majority.
This is how they won it: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx288907,http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?288908. These are the same tactics used in the Gujarat riots in 2002, after which Modi swept the state elections. So while India’s economic situation is not as bad as Greece’s or Ukraine’s, the Indian fascists have been preparing and waiting for a chance like this since our independence, unlike the newly emerged Golden dawn or the Svoboda. The RSS operate in a scary way. They train people from a very young age, instilling hindu nationalism in them. They send their loyal students off to start new radical organizations, with their support and then they then use them to do their dirty work like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd8GzYw3oyE and this: http://www.caravanmagazine.in/press-release (actual terror bombings), while denying any link to them.
That’s why all the organizations under RSS are known as the Sangh parivar ( Organizational family). They used the same trick to murder Gandhi (He was no saint, but murder is unacceptable: http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/201…imes-of-gurus/). Their recruitment has been steadily decreasing but Modi proved to be a godsend for them. Here is a profile of how Modi was made in RSS: http://caravanmagazine.in/reportage/emperor-uncrowned. So there, the usual mix of nationalism, fundamentalism, media propaganda, corporate sponsorship, a population normalized to corruption, deadly riots to polarize the usually peaceful regions and a self-proclaimed saviour/tough-administrator to rescue the masses from scam-ridden capitalism, with more capitalism with a hindu-fascist face.
dharma 23rd May 2014 (Part II to follow tomorrow)
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