The year is 1934. A train stops at a picturesque station in eastern Germany. The calm rustic scene belies the horror that is to come. As a woman clad in distinct Jewish clothes steps out of the train, clutching her wide-eyed daughter in one hand and a worn out suitcase in another, two men in dark suits approach her. Quick words are barked out and within seconds the woman’s composure is shattered. She screams as she tries to push away the men whose hands are now gripping her arms. They quickly subdue her struggle. The daughter stands a step away watching in shocked incomprehension. Suddenly the woman cries out to her daughter, asking her to run. The child hesitates only for a second, then turning towards the gate she runs, her little shoes clattering on the platform. One of the men turns, then calmly taking out a pistol, aims it at the running child and shoots her.
Another train, another country, another century. But an eerily similar horror story. Two young boys, returning after excitedly shopping for the biggest festival their community celebrates, are first taunted for their religion, and then accused of consuming beef. Within no time the violence starts. Mostly one sided, as the mob that hates them for no reason, beats them to pulp. One dies, his blood strewn on the floor of the compartment.
In BJP’s India, as in Nazi Germany, your religion is your identity. The message is clear: You can’t be Indian if you are not Hindu.
The stock answer that the party gives, and one that is carried swiftly by a host of slave media channels is – these are anti-social elements, we have nothing to do with them, we are for all Indians regardless of their religion. What makes it hard to pin these incidents on the BJP is the amorphous nature of the sangh parivar. In addition to the mother organization and its political wing, the sangh is an invisible umbrella to a host of elements in various parts of the country who mob up overnight and get to work. It may be true that most of them have no sanction from the RSS to operate under their name. But neither do the various “lone-wolf” terrorists who regularly wreck havoc in Europe have any direct “sanction” from the ISIS. But when you stop to ask yourself why these criminals have sprung up mostly after 2014, the answer is clear.
They do not spring from the RSS, the organization, but from its ideology. An ideology that says, this country is Hindu, its culture is Hindu, and its future is Hindu. Anything that does not fit that description is at the risk of being singled out for harsh treatment the same way that Jews were singled out almost a century ago. This ideology is the one that rules the country since 2014. That a nation knowingly votes in this kind of ideology and then tolerates it is a tragic commentary on how successful the RSS has been in selling its story to a seemingly literate and otherwise secular nation.
The silence to these horrific incidents from the mass of followers that the Sangh has assembled is proof that the poison has now sunk deep. Sadly, we may now have lost an entire generation to this poison, and it may take us many years to return to sanity.