Election in occupied Kashmir shows divisive agenda

Modi reinforced his grip on the political landscape after the Hindu nationalist BJP recorded significant electoral gains in the Muslim-majority state of occupied Kashmir.

Election in occupied Kashmir shows divisive agenda

World Bulletin/News Desk

The political spectacle following the results of assembly elections in Kashmir is proving to be more interesting than expected. All the political parties are following the unwritten rule about there being no permanent friends and foes in politics. On the other hand people might as well be realising that when Mark Twain said, “If voting made any difference they would not let us do it!”, he was not completely being irrationally critical of the election process in a modern democracy.

This election also laid bare the communal divisive agenda of the BJP. The BJP's rise to political power in India, in general, has been a direct result of polarisation of the electorate along communal basis. From 2 seats in 1984 elections its tally in the Indian parliament rose to 86 in the 1989 elections and then to 161 in the 1996 elections, emerging as the single largest party. This was after BJP leader L K Advani led a religious cross country journey called Rath Yatra throughout India which culminated in the demolition of the 16th Century Babri Masjid by the volunteers of RSS (BJP parent organisation).

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