Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to campaign for the BJP in Karnataka, addressing a massive rally in Hubli. The typical reaction of Congress workers? Showing class hatred towards migrants from UP who make a living in Karnataka doing what are apparently low level jobs:
Oops! My apologies. Mr D P Satish is not a Congress worker, but a journalist, apparently even a Senior Editor for CNN-News18. I know the difference is irrelevant for all practical purposes, but still it must be pointed out in the interest of accuracy.
At one level, you have to understand the apprehensions that Congress might have about people who do low level jobs. I hear that a migrant from a village in Gujarat, who started off as a tea seller, managed to go to Delhi and snatch from a crown prince the job that he used to see as his birthright.
But what I want to point out is how the Congress, despite its openly expressed hatred towards the “lower class,” is miraculously able to position itself as the party for the poorest and weakest in society.
This is what should be called “secular privilege.” The amazing ability to divide the country in every single breath and still be able to claim copyright over the “idea of India.”
The next big state going to elections now is Karnataka. Right from the level of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the Congress ecosystem is openly playing the “North vs South” card. The campaign for Karnataka has been in full swing for at least three months now and the Congress and its camp followers have spared no effort to insult those from UP and Bihar.
The amazing thing is that this campaign began barely a couple of months after Rahul Gandhi ji proudly proclaimed himself as one of “UP ke ladke.” The poor migrant from a village in Uttar Pradesh who comes to say Bangalore to work as a security guard is insulted and mocked. The spoilt rich kid “UP ka ladka”, who has never worked for a living, also happens to be the Supreme Leader of the Congress Party. He is currently receiving all round praise merely for trying a bit harder than usual in a losing cause for his party in Gujarat.
But the migrant from UP who works as a security guard in rain and sun, making a meager living for his humble family back in Uttar Pradesh : well, that person gets mocked by the Congress ecosystem.
By the way, you know one of those places in UP that cannot create even “security guard jobs” because of which people have to leave their homes to make a living?
And Uttar Pradesh has been ruled by Congress and its allies right since 2004. In case you have forgotten, both SP and BSP extended their support to the UPA government. The Congress was allied both with the ruling party and the main opposition in UP from 2004-2014.
Similarly, the corrupt Lalu Yadav who drove Bihar to ruin is also a top Congress ally. That does not stop the Congress ecosystem from being able to make fun of UP and Bihar when fighting the Karnataka elections down south.
And who can forget Akhilesh Yadav’s “Gujarat ke gadhe” remarks? Or his shocking accusation that nobody from Gujarat ever lays down their life serving in the Indian military? What kind of disgusting human being would turn over the bodies of martyrs of the Indian army and check their name tags for their caste, religion and state of origin?
The Congress and its allies pull off this lowest form of divisive politics without breaking a sweat. And all we hear about is how they represent the “idea of India.”
Take the alleged “youth leader” and Congress’ great hope in Gujarat:
Wearing a cap with his caste “Patidar’” written on it. That is how Congress does “youth politics”.
I hope people fully absorb this. All of the secular ecosystem, its journalists, writers, artists, poets, all its so-called intellectuals had been praying for months now that Gujarat should embrace the kind of politics where every youth goes around wearing his caste name written on a cap on his head. This is their vision of youth politics for this nation. This is the future they so desperately want.
Remind them of this the next time these same liberals tell you how “regressive” the Hindu right is, with its interest in beef bans and alleged obsession with stopping “love jihad.” Remind these “progressive” liberals that they wanted the youth of Surat to walk around with their caste written on their heads.
Patidar, Thakore, Dalit, how many kinds of caps did you want, dear “progressive” liberals?
In every state, in every corner of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the Congress has relentlessly played divisive politics. In Uttar Pradesh, Sheila Dikshit was made the CM candidate to appeal to Brahmins. That was before they decided to go with the Yadavs and dropped her candidature.
In India’s second largest state (Maharashtra), the Congress is fighting with the Marathas to stop the Brahmin CM. In Karnataka, it is fighting against Hindi speakers. Everywhere, the Congress fights for the rights of religious minorities, except in Gujarat where it tried to get the dominant Patel community to rise up against a Jain Chief Minister. In Haryana, the Congress is stoking the fires of Jat agitation, trying to cash in on the fact that the BJP has appointed a Punjabi Khatri as Chief Minister.
The North Eastern state of Manipur doesn’t get much attention, but earlier this year, the Congress tried to win over there by strategically creating eight new districts that would cause heartburn between the Naga and Meetei populations. The state burned for months.
But secular progressive India does not see these fires. Because the only thing they have is the light of greed in their eyes. They are hungry for scraps from the high table of power. And they will do anything, just anything, to get the Dynasty back into power.
Those in the intellectual class, in the media, in academia, thinkers and public intellectuals, were supposed to represent the best of us. They were supposed to be visionaries, beacons of hope. Something very wrong has happened in India, with this class rooting for the return of the corrupt 70 year old feudal zamindari of one Dynasty. They are busy distributing Patidar caps and Maratha caps and Jat caps and what not.
It’s time for us, the little people to stand up with our India caps. Remember Lata ji’s divine voice:
“Koi Sikh, Koi Jat, Maratha
Koi Sikh, Koi Jat, Maratha
Koi Gurkha koi Madrasi
Koi Gurkha koi Madrasi
Sarhad par marne wala
Sarhad oar marne wala
Har veer bharatwasi”
When the Congress ecosystem hears this song, they remember with a smile how a genocide of Sikhs gave the Congress its best ever score of 400 Lok Sabha seats. They reflect with satisfaction about how well the Jat and Maratha agitations are going. And how they plan to turn the South against the North. They are thinking about how Mamata didi successfully managed to subjugate Gurkhas to the majority Bengali will. And of course, Akhilesh Yadav sees this song as a vindication of his claim that no Gujarati ever dies for the country.
Don’t let them do this to us. Let’s reclaim the country. Jai Hind!
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore.