Never had been a national identity as much adhered to the religiosity of Hinduism in modern history of India as that of now. Never had been RSS doctrine of faith as much aggressive in the country as that of contemporary time. The (un)godly onslaught has only accelerated after the ascension of an ascetic to the throne of Utter Pradesh.
Media discourse around Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is articulated in such a way that makes us believe that Muslims are more loyal to Islamic system of justice than the secular one.
This misplaced public perception is truly tragic and unfortunateFear and reform are antithetical to each other. Both cannot go together. To bring about social reforms, first it is necessary to create congenial atmosphere. Unfortunately, on this front, the Modi government in power has miserably failed. Instead rhetoric from leaders of the ruling party have only fueled to widen the gulf.
While there have always been episodic attacks on free speech in India, this time feels different. The harassment is front-page news, but the government refuses to acknowledge it. Indeed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence is being interpreted by many people as tacit approval, given that the attacks have gained momentum since he took office in 2014 and are linked to Hindutva groups whose far-right ideology he shares.