There can be no doubt that the UPA government was perhaps the most actively anti-Hindu government that has ruled India since independence. I emphasize the word actively. In thought word and deed, the UPA was the closest thing India came to Islamic rule since independence. The culmination of the UPA’s anti-Hindu offensive was the proposed “Communal Violence Bill” that tried to make it a law that ONLY members of the majority community can be punished any time there is communal violence.
Read the draft of the UPA’s bill here:
The Bill tried to create special provisions to punish those creating hate against any group, where group is defined to be:
““group” means a religious or linguistic minority, in any State in the Union of India, or Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes”
Notice how clever! A group qualifies as a “minority” only if its a minority in the entire state and not in the local area. So, for instance, take Kishanganj in Bihar where the Muslim population is 70%. If a riot breaks out in Kishanganj and Hindus are massacred, they will not be protected by this bill because Hindus are a majority in the state of Bihar taken as a whole! In fact, since almost every state in India is Hindu majority, no Hindu from Delhi to Tamilnad and from Gujarat to Assam can be protected by this Bill. Oh wait…there is Jammu & Kashmir: Hindus are a minority in that state! Can Hindus in J&K be protected by this Bill? Nopes! That’s why Clause 1 of the Bill says that J&K is excluded from the Communal Violence Bill. In other words, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, no Hindu Indian will be protected! Simply wow!
Recently, Allahabad police did a mock drill of fighting rioters where rioters were shown carrying saffron flags. Not even the slightest outrage. Remember the Dynastycrooks brought down the sky when terrorists were shown wearing skull caps in a mock drill by Gujarat police? As Shankhnaad points out:
The question is : how did we get here? If you think back to the days of Indira and Rajiv, even the Congress would make some soft Hindutva moves. It was the Congress that removed the lock on the gate of Babri Masjid. The Congress even tried to win Hindu votes by putting Ramayan on TV (backfired badly). But how did the Congress go from occasional soft Hindutva to constantly hard Islamism? Recently, the Congress went to the extent of boycotting Yoga.
Here is what is happening: The Congress is now slowly becoming hardline anti-Hindu and pro-Islamic. But why?
The secret is in vote shares. Despite staying in power for over 55 years, the Congress has been steadily declining since independence. It is the first past the post system that kept the Congress in power even as its vote share kept falling.
In the latest 2014 election, Congress secured a mere 19% vote. What we have to understand that a political party is very much like a corporation: just like every company understands its customers and changes accordingly, every party studies its voters and responds to their demands. At the moment, India is about 15% Muslim. With voter turnout being much higher among Muslims than among Hindus, Muslims would make up about ~20% of the actual votes cast. Now a lot of Muslim votes in various states probably went to other parties like SP, BSP, TMC, AAP. A CSDS survey said that nearly 43% of Muslims voted for Congress:
So 43% of 20% is 8.6% or about 9%. So, the total vote share of Congress in 2014 was 19% and out of this 19%, as much as 9% came from Muslims! That’s almost half! In other words, even though Muslims make up less than one in six Indians, almost one in two Congress voters are Muslims.
What do you expect from Congress now? Almost half of their voters are Muslims. And as the decline of the Congress continues, the share of Muslims in the Congress vote will only go up. That is why the Congress is becoming a hardline Islamic party.
The same thing can be observed in other states. In 2012, the Samajwadi Party won Uttar Pradesh with 29% of the popular vote. The Muslim population in UP is about 20% and because of higher turnout among Muslims, around 25% of all the votes cast in UP would be from Muslims. If 10% of this went to the BSP and the Congress, the Samajwadi Party was probably left with around 15%. So, out of the SP’s 29%, as much as 15% came from Muslims! More than half! Is it clear why SP has become hardcore Islamic?
The same story holds in Bihar. The RJD+JDU+Cong combine got 45% vote in the Lok Sabha. With some voters leaving due to dislike of Nitish Lalu alliance, their Assembly vote share will probably be around 40%. Bihar is nearly 20% Muslim and again because of higher turnout, Muslims will account for about 25% of votes in Bihar. So 25/40, i.e., 63% of all the Janata combine’s voters in Bihar will be Muslims. One could do a similar analysis for Mumtaz Begum in Bengal.
So, just in case you have ever wondered why so many parties in India pander to the minority and not the majority, here is why!