Saturday, August 15, 2020
Home Editor's picks With Wayanad, Congress prepares for a future India where Hindus are a minority

With Wayanad, Congress prepares for a future India where Hindus are a minority

For Congress, Rahul’s move to Wayanad could be bit like investing in the electric car. Sure, electric cars might be more inconvenient than traditional petrol or diesel cars today, but we know that clean, electric vehicles will keep getting better and better.

Rahul Gandhi is going to contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, in addition to Amethi. There’s more to the decision than meets the eye. Much has been written about the reasons behind this. Decades of backwardness in the Nehru-Gandhi bastion of Amethi. A spirited campaign by Smriti Irani, who remained committed to the area for the last five years, despite losing in 2014. The BJP picking up four of the five Assembly seats in Amethi in the Vidhan Sabha polls. All these factors came together to make Amethi a very slippery seat for Rahul Gandhi this time.

But why Wayanad?

Even a lot of journalists and intellectuals considered sympathetic to Congress have expressed surprise at the choice. Why would Rahul Gandhi go up against a Left candidate in Kerala, against a party that is basically an ally? Was Wayanad really the only possible “safe seat” for Rahul Gandhi? Even if Rahul wanted to move south and was looking for an easy victory, could he not have picked a seat, say in the Old Mysuru Region of Karnataka, the part of the state where BJP is extremely weak? Because BJP is a big, even the dominant force in Karnataka overall, it would not have looked so embarrassing for him.

Because there appears to be a second, deeper layer to the Congress Party’s decision.

- Advertisement -

With Wayanad, a Lok Sabha seat where Muslims make up 56% of the population, the Congress Party is preparing for a future India where Hindus are a minority.

First, I must put in a small remark debunking certain misinformation being circulated about the demographics of Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.

As the Economic Times explains here, Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency consists of 3 Assembly seats from Wayanad District, 3 Assembly Seats from Malappuram District and 1 Assembly Seat from Kozhikode.

Untitled.png

As such, Muslims account for 56% of the population of Wayanad seat.

Why is the misinformation that Hindus account for 49% of Wayanad seat, using the demographics of Wayanad District instead of Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, being spread all around social and mainstream media? Why are ‘reputed’ media outlets and ‘journalists’ carrying this incorrect information? Is it a mistake or is it deliberate? I leave it to you to guess.

Let’s get back to the main point. By contesting from Wayanad, Congress is preparing ground for electoral politics in a future India where Hindus will be the minority.

Political parties are more like corporations than we realize. The world’s largest corporations are always on the lookout for the next big thing: it could be renewable energy or artificial intelligence. Without constant innovation and adaptation, any corporation would collapse. For example, the Kodak Corporation led almost every advance in photography for almost one hundred years since it was founded in 1888. But then Kodak failed to anticipate the digital camera and smartphone revolution in photography. They filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

The Congress is India’s most successful political party. It has ruled 58 out of 72 years since independence, a strike rate that could arguably make it the most successful party in a democratic system anywhere in the world.

But then they were pushed to their lowest ebb in 2014, down to 44 seats. To recover, the Congress needed a completely new idea, something that would keep the party going into the future.

In this respect, does Wayanad reflect the Congress’ astute observation that Hindus will be a minority in a future India? The Congress enjoys a lot of goodwill from the Indian Muslim community. By shifting to a Muslim majority constituency, is the Congress deciding to make the Muslim votebank the bedrock of its future?

Surely the Congress would have known that they would have to endure taunts from the BJP about “running away” to a constituency where Hindus are a minority. They must have known that the move would cause depression among their cadres in the Hindi heartland. But is the Congress taking a long term view of India’s electoral future?

Sure, the move may not make sense right now, but how about a time 15 years from now when Hindus have become minorities in a host of other states: Kerala, Assam, Bengal, possibly even Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In large parts of Western Uttar Pradesh, Hindu population is barely above the 50% mark. In large parts of Bihar’s Seemanchal, Hindus are already a minority. What happens 15 years from now?

Remember that Hindus do not need to be an minority in absolute terms all across India for this long term Muslim votebank strategy to work. The regions that I mentioned above account for nearly 200 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress managed to form a government in 2004 with less than 150.

For Congress, Rahul’s move to Wayanad could be bit like investing in the electric car. Sure, electric cars might be more inconvenient than traditional petrol or diesel cars today, but we know that clean, electric vehicles will keep getting better and better. They are the future. Is Congress looking for ‘first mover advantage’ in preparing for an India where Hindu votes no longer matter?

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Abhishek Banerjeehttps://dynastycrooks.wordpress.com/
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or may not be an Associate Professor at IISc Bangalore. He is the author of Operation Johar - A Love Story, a novel on the pain of left wing terror in Jharkhand, available on Amazon here.  

Related Articles

Trending now

Suvarna News reporters were attacked by the Muslim mob in Bengaluru, not by police: Channel issues statement, calls out lies by Editors Guild

Suvarna News 24x7 completely denied that allegation by Editors Guild that their reporters were attacked by Bengaluru city police

Prime Minister Modi’s 15th August speeches: Setting the agenda for the year ahead, putting a premium on credibility

This year, on August 15th, the Prime Minister Modi will be speaking to all of us from the ramparts of the Red Fort for the seventh consecutive year.

Prashant Bhushan’s slander against the judiciary is really harmful to democracy, not mere dissent that can be defended by invoking freedom of expression

The fact that Prashant Bhushan launches attack on court whenever he does not get favourable judgement is not lost on judges

Bengaluru riots, Wikipedia and the impossible staircase of Indian secularism

Wikipedia's blatant religious bias is glaringly evident in their articles of Bengaluru and Delhi riots.

SC holds Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court, could land him in jail for up to 6 months: Read the details

In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court held advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for his tweets against the CJI

Wikipedia page on Bengaluru violence calls it a ‘clash’, refuses to identify rioters as Muslims: Here are the reasons given by the ‘editors’

On the 11th of August, when Hindus of the country celebrated Janmashtami, a Muslim mob indulged in violence in Bengaluru after being offended by a Facebook post that was allegedly against the Prophet of Islam.

Recently Popular

He may have flings with actresses, but is not a murderer: Subramanian Swamy says Aditya Thackeray has nothing to do with Sushant Singh Rajput’s...

Swamy said in the Q and A session that some other powerful persons are involved in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, and Aditya is not one of them.

Former SP leader Shahzeb Rizvi announces bounty of Rs 51 lakh on Karnataka Congress MLA’s nephew Naveen’s head for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

Shahzeb Rizvi said that whoever beheads Naveen for insulting the Prophet and brings his head will be given a bounty of Rs 51 lakh

Bengaluru: Amidst chants of ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ and ‘Nara e Taqbeer’, Muslim mob burns down police station, Dalit Congress MLA’s residence over Facebook post...

Angered over Dalit Congress MLA's nephew's alleged Facebook post on Prophet Mohammad, rioting Muslim mob went on a rampage in Bengaluru

Karnataka: Controversy erupts after SP pressurises priests to place photo of Jesus Christ inside the Garbhagriha of Hindu temple

The temple priest has apologised for the incident and said that they did not have any evil intentions to hurt any religious sentiments

Wikipedia page on Bengaluru violence calls it a ‘clash’, refuses to identify rioters as Muslims: Here are the reasons given by the ‘editors’

On the 11th of August, when Hindus of the country celebrated Janmashtami, a Muslim mob indulged in violence in Bengaluru after being offended by a Facebook post that was allegedly against the Prophet of Islam.

Sambit Patra gets attacked by ‘liberals’ after Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi dies following a television debate

Congress supporters and 'liberals' attacked BJP leader Sambit Patra after Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi suffered major cardiac arrest and passed away soon after he was on a television debate.

Govt of India announces list of soldiers and police officials who will be honoured with Gallantry awards on Independence Day

The president of India will honour brave soldiers and law enforcement officials with Gallantry awards on the 74th Independence Day

While trying to hide its links to China by targeting the BJP, Congress depicts Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as Chinese President

The Congress party in its latest goof up has depicted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as the Chinese President in an effort to target the BJP.

Former SP leader Shahzeb Rizvi arrested by UP police for announcing ₹51 lakh bounty on Dalit youth’s head for ‘blasphemy’

An FIR was filed under IPC section 153-A and 5052) against Shahzeb Rizvi for the video announcing bounty on Naveen's head

‘Shut up or else, you will also be put to sleep forever’, mother of deceased actress Jiah Khan accuses director Mahesh Bhatt of intimidating...

Rabia Khan, mother of deceased actress Jiah Khan, accused Mahesh Bhatt of being a 'mouthpiece' of the Bollywood mafia.

‘Sarajuddin, Istak and Shehenshah killed Rohit and dumped him in a well’: Family in Bihar’s Chhapra alleges police inaction against accused

The Chhapra police have filed an FIR against the local BJP leader and several others for demanding action against the accused.

Suvarna News reporters were attacked by the Muslim mob in Bengaluru, not by police: Channel issues statement, calls out lies by Editors Guild

Suvarna News 24x7 completely denied that allegation by Editors Guild that their reporters were attacked by Bengaluru city police

ED yet to receive Sushant’s phone and call records even after 4 letters to Mumbai Police: Reports

The report says that even after four letters, the Mumbai Police has not handed over Sushant's mobile phone and call details to the ED for investigation.

Deccan Herald virtually helps Jihadis find a reason to kill Naveen when they can, paints him ‘serial offender’

Deccan Herald justified violence against Naveen, nephew of a Congress MLA, for am alleged Facebook post against prophet Mohammed.

Twelve days after testing positive, Home Minister Amit Shah tests negative for Wuhan Coronavirus

Home Minister Amit Shah confirmed his negative Coronavirus test results in a statement on social media.

Prime Minister Modi’s 15th August speeches: Setting the agenda for the year ahead, putting a premium on credibility

This year, on August 15th, the Prime Minister Modi will be speaking to all of us from the ramparts of the Red Fort for the seventh consecutive year.

Connect with us

239,751FansLike
430,443FollowersFollow
301,000SubscribersSubscribe