Akhilesh Yadav is fighting for progressive values, Modi for populism

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Updated April 01, 2019 | 12:00 IST | Frank Huzur

Who is fighting for progressive values in India’s Parliamentary polls? Who is campaigning on platform of humanism, solidarity and truth?

Can you win elections in the country without attacking your opponents? Of course, not Modi and his party, BJP!

That is Akhilesh Yadav and his Samajwadi Party in alliance with the BSP and RLD. Then, Rahul Gandhi-led Congress Party and a host of regional powerhouses, including TMC of Mamta Banerjee, TDP of Chandrababu Naidu, DMK and Tejashwi Yadav of the Rashtriya Janta Dal..

Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party is fighting a positive campaign based on progressive values of social justice, diversity, representation and social and cultural reform.

The Congress Party also is running a sustained high temperature show against corruption and crony capitalism of Narendra Modi regime. All of them together are providing a rare moment of hope for socialist, secular and liberal politics in India, the largest democracy.

Akhilesh has struck a chord with his slogan of ‘Mahagathbandhan Se Mahaparivartan & Ek Bhi Vote Na Batane Paaye-Ek Bhi Vote Na Ghatne Paaye. His followers are charged up and standing their ground to the hate politics of the BJP.

Former UP CM and a charismatic socialist leader had been enschewing personal attack on his opponents ever since. Instead he had been dwelling on the importance of the values of humanism, social inclusion, employment for each caste in conformity with their number, inter-caste & inter-faith harmony, solidarity and loan waiver for farmers along with pension for poor households.

While Akhilesh is raising public interest without aggressive and abusive vocabulary, BJP’s mascot and star campaigner PM Narendra Modi is crossing all boundaries in slanderous, vilifying and invective campaign.

Modi and his Men have succumbed to populism. Pakistan, terrorism, Hindu and Musalmaan are the brick and mortar of the ruling party’s poll narrative. In contrast, opposition is faithful to the people’s issues.

Modi has become a pungent antithesis to Mudda. (Personality Versus Ideology) He seems to be scowling as if he were in a run-off with others in a Presidential elections. Flouting canons of Westminster Model of Parliamentary democracy with gay abandon!

The increasingly shrill use of right-wing populist rhetoric dipped in Pulwama, Pakistan and Musalmaan, fair to say, has found no takers in the heartland of electorates.

Because poor farmers whose sons have sacrificed their lives in a state of peace, not war, in Kashmir, are themselves in throes of debt and distress.

Under the sky, their craving is for peace and prosperity, not war and destruction. Modi’s message of blood for blood no more resonates, especially in rural hinterlands and other district towns.

He is only tapping into the frustration of urban upper castes as the growing strength of educated demographics in non-upper caste zone resist the polarisation rhetoric with social justice-centered campaigning.

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