Defeat to Fascism

The famous Indian Statesman and the nation’s first Vice President, Dr Erappalii  Radhakrishnanan, while addressing a student gathering had a word of  advice  “Don’t  lose  the foothold on earth, while sweeping the skies”. The recent drubbing of the BJP in the Bihar Elections, against the Trio Alliance of Nitish-Lalu and congress very nearly  conforms to the above quote. Over the last three months or so, the country’s right wing Saffron Brigade has risen in magnitude, grabbed national and international headlines and has been roaring with hate mongering statements with total impunity. Every dissent, question and a rational argument against the government’s policies gets countered scornfully with a tagline “Go to Pakistan”, boosting the tourism industry of the perceived ‘Enemy’. Seemingly, the Bihar verdict is significant in the country’s road towards Modernity, Secularism and Tolerance. More imperative to the landslide victory for Mahagat bandhan was the thrashing defeat to Fascism, an evil that has been haunting the nation.


With the Narendra Modi Led BJP government at the  center, the Sangh Parivar affiliated outfits have been let loose, to loot, plunder, demonstrate, and spew venomous sectarian comments on public platform and on the social media. All this and more, has lead to many sane and judicious individuals to raise acute concerns on deflating fundamental values that have shaped the country over the years. In an epoch-making move, leading intellectuals, Academicians, Scientists, Literary figures, Rationalists, Rights Activists etc, took to the streets,  united with a protest  march  at  Rastraprathi  Bhavan demanding the centre to restore sanity and take action against the hate brigade. Many Literary figures and Film Personalities also handed back their  Sahithya  and national awards as a mark of outcry against the Brutal Killing of noted Academician M M Kalaburgi in Dharwad and a heinous lynching of a Muslim Man in Dadri, for an alleged storage of Beef in his house.

Despite, hefty cries were being echoed in the media against these inhuman acts, the Prime Minister abstained from commenting on such serious issues. Finally, after profound  pressure,   he  managed to wash his hands off, by  sympathising  with the victims and deceptively laid all the blame on the state governments. The Prime Minister, then unashamedly campaigned extensively at Bihar, promising an abnormal sum of 1.25 lakh crore rupees to the state. But, Bihari voters were too witty, to fall under such political trap. Both, the Prime Ministers as well as his right hand man Amit Shah’s sensational and dubious campaign statements heavily backfired, winning the BJP only 59 seats out of the total of 243 seats in the state. This is a noteworthy setback in  Narendra Modi’s political career, which has been dominated by thumping triumphs. The former Finance Minister and senior congress leader P Chidambaram made an emphatic remark on NDTV channel saying “Never before has an Prime Minister campaigned so extensively and so aggressively for state elections, and still ended up  loosing”.

As the BJP and its remote control the RSS is slowly recovering from the after shocks, some of its members are shoving their disdain, unveiling the internal rift rooted in the party. Many experts and Political Commentators believe that the trouncing that BJP received is largely due to the arrogance and the deliberate communal politics orchestrated by some of its members. On the other hand, the Nitish-Lalu Alliance had been low pitched, less intense yet articulate in its appeal to the masses at the grass root level. In comparison, the BJP Think Tank misjudged in its strategy and by  polarizing  voters it digged its own grave. And thus has to come out with more honest and realistic answers for their debacle, rather than the Arithmetic Equation failure excuse they have false-heartedly popped up.

Moreover, the BJP and the RSS failed in its efforts to grasp the intellect and comprehend the Psyche of the Common Bihari. An average Bihari is evidently poor, unemployed and uneducated doing menial  labour, but he is politically more conscious than any other citizen in the country. His ambitions are modest; All he needs is three meals a day, a moderate shelter, Drinking water, Electricity and reasonable  employment.  He  considers his vote priceless and more precious than his belongings; before casting the ballot, he goes through the history of the party and makes a SWOT analysis better than the Sophisticated Television Anchors tend to do. As a result, they did not get swayed by the promise of Moon and the stars, made by the Prime Minister and the chief campaigner Amit Shah. Following the verdict, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal advised the Prime Minister to cancel his never ending foreign trips and stay at home for a while, and get connected with his people and focus on the local politics, as a precaution for future washouts.

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         Chris Emmanuel D’Souza


  1. Well said Chris. Perhaps the PM will learn from here and change his style. But I am not so hopeful of this man because of his controversial past and RSS background. He is a nationalist but with an hindutva agenda. He has let RSS and BJP fringe to act freely and work towards Hindutva while he poses tobe a good man for the country. So far it has been only the word Development as a slogan. The reality is India has not moved one inch forward in the developmental direction since BJP came to power.

    The secularism among the Indian people is deep rooted. This cannot be taken away by any force any longer. This is the only way india can progress by inclusive growth and participation. Inspite of Hindu’s being a majority, there cannot be one faith ruling over the other. We must appreciate the efforts of our forefathers for putting such strong foundation of secularism in pluralism. No one man or one party or one faith can reverse this in India anylonger.

  2. BJP lost because of pure arithmetic. BJP is the single largest party in Bihar with vote share of 24.4% while RJD got 18.4%, JDU 16.8 AND Congies 6.7%

    So how can any one say people rejected BJP?

  3. Paris incident is just another reminder of true threat that we all face from a dark ideology spreading terror all over the world. Instead of focusing on real danger, our ‘intellectuals’ choose easier path of attacking and lecturing ‘sanaathana dharma’ on tolerance!! Agreed – nobody in right mind will justify the killings of a rationalist or any civilian. However, the disproportional reaction and outrage to these incidents show the true religious bigotry of many hiding behind ‘secular’ banner. Otherwise, how do you explain their awkward silence on Taslimaa case? How do you explain lack of same outrage when Pandits were thrown out of Kashmeera valley or a christian lecturer’s hands were chopped off in Kerala? Why were these guys silent when a community bullied entire nation and banned any publication of cartoon/picture of a religious figure? Forget about all those incidents – how about overwhelming number of cases involving anti-national elements from Bhatkala and counterfeit / gold smuggling in our own region? I would rather prefer an openly religious bigot over a secret religious bigot who hides behind secular mask!!

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