Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Why BJP will never accept that CAA NRC protests are real


Note: This blogpost is also available as a video on YouTube as well as Facebook. It's my first attempt at video blogging. You prefer reading it the usual way; then here it is:

Someone wrote to me recently on Twitter, saying he enjoys all my tweets there except for when I criticize Narendra Modi. His Blood Pressure goes up it seems.

We both laughed…but I also realized that it’s not just his problem. I get pissed off too, when I see people blindly defending some dumb action of the government.

Is it safe to say we both are in the same boat? Maybe – maybe not.

It depends on whether we are looking at events in isolation or looking at the big picture. The CAA and NRC debate is a classic example of the same.

Most sensible people could put 2 and 2 together and see what this combo could do, and they protested. Whereas others chose to only look at the narrow picture – a part of the issue – and they continue to ask - how does CAA affect any Indian? It is only for refugees of 3 countries.

They are basically parroting what the government has been telling us.

However, many started seeing the big picture, thanks to Amit Shah’s speeches which clearly explain the chronology of events; yet, that’s a tough idea to comprehend – of discriminating a section of the society.

That’s not possible we think; but this government hasn’t given people the confidence that it can be trusted with such things.

If demonetization can happen overnight, and if Article 370 can be revoked in Kashmir overnight. And if Devendra Fadnavis can be sworn in early in the morning - by revoking President’s rule via an ordinance - without anyone’s notice - neither the media nor other political parties, what stops them from not misusing the CAA and NRC framework? 


There is doubt in people’s minds – this government is up to some mischief is what they think.

The trend is clear and is worrying if seen as a sequence of cascading events.

However, the main reason why I post this blog is to highlight a particular aspect of the CAA and NRC protests – an aspect that is linked to the blood pressure issue that I mentioned at the beginning and about why our government is adamant to accept this as a true people’s revolt.

To highlight my point, I’ll start with a hypothetical scenario.

Here it goes….