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Founded in 1950, modern India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic, with 28 states and 8 union territories. At the 2019 election, almost 614 million people voted, a record 67.1% voter turn out. The Bharativa Janata Party (BJP) was re-elected with a single-party majority, the first since 1971 to do so. With its alliance partners in the National Democratic Alliance, it won 353 of the 543 seats in the lower house or Lok Sabha. Since then many have speculated that the BJP is creating a dangerous political and social environment.

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80% of the Indian population identify as Hindu – about 966 million people. The BJP is a dangerous regime using the prevalence of Hinduism to create a hostile nationalist state.
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The BJP is Islamophobic

The BJP encourages and enables anti-Muslim sentiment and passes anti-Muslim policies.
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Although the Hindu right has never been more enfranchised at every level of government,[1] the BJP have steadily created a compelling narrative of majoritarian victimhood that has been told and re-told over decades, melded with their Hindutva ideology.[2] These stories feed into the resentment of many middle- and upper-caste Hindus who resent the Congress Party’s longstanding affirmative action policies to help lower castes, and the special customary laws that allow India’s Muslims to follow Islamic traditions when it comes to family legal matters like divorce and inheritance.[1] Since the 2019 election, the BJP have stepped up its Hindu nationalist agenda. They claim they are restoring Hinduism to its rightful place at the core of Indian society and believe there is nothing wrong with emphasising India’s Hindu history and traditions more strongly.[1] This leaves India’s Muslim minority (who form the world’s second-largest Muslim population of 172 million people)[3] increasingly anxious.[4] Modi has portrayed himself as a Hindu leader under attack from Muslims. To support this, the BJP have enacted a succession of legislative changes, which have helped create an atmosphere of poisonous religious nationalism in India.[5] During the 2019 election campaign trail, Muslims were described as “termites” by senior members of the government.[6] Pragya Singh Thakur, a Hindu priestess who allegedly carried out a 2008 bombing that left 10 Muslims dead, was elected. Her stump speeches described a vision of Hindu supremacy in India that will be extended to neighbouring countries. Other BJP candidates labelled Mahatma Gandhi as a Muslim sympathiser and his assassin as a patriot.[7] This has led to escalating societal violence,[3] with gun violence becoming increasingly common, and hate speech proliferating.[1] Once hatred has been sanctioned, it is not always easy to isolate its target, and what the BJP has discovered is that the same people who are willing to attack Muslims are only too willing to attack lower-caste Hindus as well.[5]

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[P1] The BJP Have implemented actively Islamophobic policies and made Islamophobic statements.

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References

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/world/asia/modi-india-elections.html
  2. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/elections/lok-sabha/india/can-amit-shah-do-for-india-what-he-did-for-the-bjp/articleshow/69617359.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  3. https://www.france24.com/en/20191224-the-best-of-times-the-worst-of-times-for-india-s-modi
  4. https://www.ft.com/content/e0dff26e-5a38-11ea-a528-dd0f971febbc
  5. https://time.com/5586415/india-election-narendra-modi-2019/
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/23/the-guardian-view-on-narendra-modi-landslide-bad-for-india-soul
  7. https://time.com/5586417/hope-for-economic-reform-in-india/

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