Monday, 20 March 2017


Meet the new CM of UP- Yogi Adityanath. 
A surprise and controversial CM pick by BJP, Yogi ji, has been MP from Gorakhpur for five consecutive years since 1998. A man clad in Saffron, the star campaigner for the BJP has a very notorious image of a hatemonger. He's a yogi and a politician and the founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini which is a Militant Youth Organization known for its violent activities, charged by police in MAU riots and Gorakhpur riots in UP.
Yogi Adityanath has been called a propagator of hardcore Hinduvta so much so that in 2005 he led a purification drive which involved the conversion of Christians to Hinduism. He accused Mother Teresa of converting Hindus to Christians. He has been repeatedly accused of promoting communal disharmony in UP and rightly so. He shared the stage with a speaker who asked people to dig graves of Muslim women and rape their corpses. His hate speeches are now going viral. He even compared Shah Rukh Khan to the Mumbai carnage mastermind Hafiz Saeed. He is also a supporter of Trump's Muslim ban. No wonder why many Muslims, Christians and secular Hindus who voted for the BJP for development are disappointed and let down.
These are things that trouble me. I have an objection to polarization and divide of any kind. Is this the kind of bent of mind we expect from a member of parliament and now the CM? There is a lot of negative opinion about him and for apparent reasons. The fear that his growth in power is a disaster for peace and pluralism in India is understandable. But let's hope that the responsibilities and opportunities of high office would make him act responsibly and not treat elected office as an opportunity to spread communism and hatred to spread fear and disorder. Time will tell. 

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