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Judicial Bias

A Special CBI Court in Lucknow has in effect given judicial legitimacy to the ‘Ram Janmabhoomi Movement.’

By Shahrukh Mehboob | April 2021

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A perceptive political commentator once remarked, “Indian politics is electionized, not democratized.”

Communal violence or violence between groups that define themselves by their differences from each other is one of the foremost human rights problems today. But the violence of the past 20 years differs from that of the previous decades. Responsibility for the current sectarian violence in India lies not with specific extremist groups but with governments that leverage inter-group hatred to gain power. Such systemic sources of communal violence threaten basic principles of democratic government and non-discrimination. The present-day communal violence originates in identity politics. Identity politics stress the group nature of rights, experience and identity, whether based on race, sex, caste, class, language, religion, or national or regional origin.

In India today, the greatest amount of sectarian conflict originates in tensions between Hindus and Muslims. A variety of explanations for the conflict exist. They include the Muslim invasions of India a thousand years ago, the forcible conversion of some Hindus to Islam; the cultural and religious differences between Hindus and Muslims. The psychological effect of the partition of the Indian subcontinent into a predominantly Hindu India and a predominantly Muslim Pakistan. The poverty of Muslims who remained in India after the partition; and the establishment of Hindu political supremacy in India.

agnooraniIt looks as if the RSS has openly come out to appoint its nominees at different places of governance. If one were to look around in the country, the BJP, a political wing of the RSS, has already taken over most of the country. The presidential election is only a few months away. Yet again, the names tossed around for the top position are from the RSS parivar. Today, there are as many as nine chief ministers of the BJP or, for that matter, the RSS pracharaks. They are: Manoharlal Khattar of Haryana, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Biren Singh of Manipur, Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Mandya Pradesh, Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh, Manoha Parrikar of Goa, Raghubar Das of Jharkand and the latest to join the list of RSS parivar is Adityanath Yogi of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India with 80 Lok Sabha seats.

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