‘Lynchocracy’- the way of new Hindutva


In the Gita, Lord Krishna tells to “Love all” (Advesta Sarva Bhootanam), whereas, Upanishads declare, “Yad Bhavam Tat Bhavathi” (as you think, so you become). When we hate our enemy, as per “Yad Bhavam Tat Bhavathi”, we soon will acquire the hateful qualities of our enemy. Thus we become our enemy. The Bodhisattvas always practise the six perfections start with generosity, moral ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom, and these perfections are the practice of love. Lord Jesus Christ teaches to love your neighbour as you love yourself; and love your enemies also. And whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Whereas, the Quran says “Repel evil with good and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.” Love and care for others is the fundamental teachings of all religions.

Given the ‘Hindutva lovers’ new-found love for lynching of fellow citizens, one is forced to think what civilisation and culture they inherited from their forefathers and what they have learned from the holy books of their religion. And, what are the ethics, teachings, principles and practices of the ‘new version’ of Hinduism in India? Is it creating terror, spreading hatred, fomenting mob-violence, lynching human beings for animals and eliminating Muslims, Christians, Dalits, minorities and journalists? Then what is the meaning of “Love all”, taught by Lord Krishna in the Gita?

The Supreme Court of India in its verdict asked Parliament to bring a new law to contain lynching of minorities and dalits, a horrendous crime that continues unabated with impunity by ‘vigilantes’ across the country ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre. To solve any issue, the government should have the political will to do away with the menace. Recently, Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared in Parliament, “We will bring a law against lynching, if needed.” That means, the Modi government, even after several lynching incidents happened in the country, is still undecided of the need for bringing a new law against lynching. Mere lip-service like condemning and shedding crocodile tears won’t reverse the communal divide that has crept up in India.


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