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BJP, Hindu fundamentalist party, won a landslide election in India’s largest state U.P. Here is my two cents from New York on their victory.
I have a lot of respect for BJP, and zero respect for Congress (and India’s caste politics). Although I would never support either of them, ever.
I have seen in my own life how BJP has evolved from nowhere to become the most dominant political force in India. I was with them for 15+ years, and my father has been with them all his life. I have seen their dedication and hard work for their cause. I have written a lot about it. My book In the Belly of the Beast chronicles my association and analysis with the Hindu supremacists of India.
I have absolutely no soft corner for their racism, hate, bigotry, and violence.
I have disdain for their distorting of Indian history that includes the assassination of Gandhi by one of their own. Or, their Ram temple or Padmini or Roop Kanwar (the “suttee”).
But I have every respect for them for their long-term planning, and sticking to the plan. Their united, militant, grassroots soldiers borrowed from their social-religious mentor RSS, religious wing VHP and student wing ABVP they use for election work, and various nonviolent and violent campaigns. Just like Tea Party or Christian Coalition here in the U.S. Striking resemblance across the globe. I’ve written about that too.
And just like far right wing and fascists here in the U.S., Hindu fanatics have won in India. They have now won big time in U.P., the most populous state.
This election has destroyed any hope for a progressive, secular comeback in the foreseeable future. States like West Bengal or Kerala, progressive and secular bastions in India, will need to make their plans right now. Or, their days are numbered too.
Liberals and left have failed the American people, and liberals and left have failed the Indian people. Far right took advantage of this huge void, and with their people power on the ground, corporate capitalism, and their media, money and think tanks have vanquished socialism and any economic concept of equality and social harmony — to an unimaginable level.
This is grim reality, and no New York Times, CNN, or NDTV can change it, distort it. Fascism — in guise of democracy — rules earth now.