Indians really like the Modi government
India: the beginning of the end
About "head transplants", which allegedly were carried out thousands of years ago in "India" - and about a huge aid package that is more appearances than it is
If anyone deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, it would be India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has brought the religious communities in India together in a spectacular way by appealing to common sense ...
And otherwise he did everything right. With a large aid package at the end of March, he laid the foundation that nobody in India would have to go hungry because of the Corona curfew. The fact that "minor problems" arose despite Modi's foresight was solely due to the state governments, who make one mistake after the other ...
In his last speech on May 12th, Modi-Ji passed another "unbelievably" large aid package. In his speech, he referred to his country's merits for the rest of the world: Where would the planet be, for example, without India's enormous efforts in the fight against climate change?
Not only now in the crisis, Modi refers to the achievements of "India" now and in the past: As early as 2014, at the inauguration of a hospital, he said that the transplant of the elephant head of the god Ganesha on a human being, a great achievement of the Indian Surgery was millennia ago.
Yes, he really said that, and Modi defended the statement with razor-sharp mind at a science congress in 2019:
"Our ancestors must have already had some knowledge of plastic surgery at that time, otherwise they would not have got an elephant's head on someone's neck."
The fight against forgetting is affirmed by many other government representatives such as Junior Education Minister-Minister Satyapal Singh: With reference to the source, he proved that Hindus also invented the airplane thousands of years ago: This is in the Hindu legend Ramayana.
This is what journalists' articles should sound like if the Indian central government has their way, otherwise the texts will simply disappear from the website, as they did last week The New Indian Express - one of the largest newspapers in the country.
One who continues to report critically is the editor-in-chief of The Wire, Dr. Siddharth Varadrajan. Almost two months ago, Varadrajan was brought with a criminal complaint for showing in an article that the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the Hindu priest Yogi Adityanath, had taken part in a religious procession the day after the curfew on March 24th.
Behind the rose
One of the sadhus present reassured the participants with the words: "(The God) Lord Ram protects his believers from the coronavirus." According to the government, it was foreigners who spread Covid-19 in the country - it was not mentioned that almost only foreigners were tested.
What the 54-day curfew has prevented so far remains to be seen, because only now, when the country is preparing the first major easing, the numbers of Covid-19 infected people are starting to rise faster. On May 15, 2,970 people were infected with the virus in 24 hours. 100 died. In the following 24 hours there were 4,900 infected and 120 dead.
It is currently difficult to put the pink ideas of the central government on paper: On May 7th, a chemical factory wanted in Visakhapatnam Restart operations after the industrial lockdowns, resulting in a gas leak: 13 people died. More than 1,000 were injured - mostly residents in the surrounding villages who were surprised in their sleep.
On the same day there was another gas leak in a paper mill in the Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, which injured seven workers, some seriously.
A day later, a boiler exploded in a state-owned electricity company in Neyveli, injuring eight workers.
Also on Friday last week, 16 migrant workers were run over by a freight train: like many others, they were on the rails on their way home when they were caught sleeping on the tracks by the train that morning.
India is a big country, so just a unfortunate individual case?
On May 13, 6 migrant workers in Uttar Pradesh were killed on their way home when a drunk driver sped over them in his empty bus. On the same day, eight other migrant workers in Madhya Pradesh died when their overcrowded truck overturned - 50 more were injured. Two days later, 24 migrant workers were killed in two truck accidents.
Even 53 days after the badass was imposed lockdowns Tens of thousands of people are still on their way from the cities to their villages and many die in the process: Because they have accidents in overcrowded trucks, are run over by trucks on their bicycles or on foot, including children from exhaustion and hunger.
Escape from the big cities
The reasons for fleeing the big cities are similar: Without work because of the lockdowns no money, but the rent has to be paid. In addition, the migrant workers felt abandoned by the government: It was until May 13th before the central government withdrew from the relief fund modicareUsed money for the migrant workers.
But the central government blames the federal governments for the suffering of workers. But despite the aid packages from the central government, they are running out of money. Of the first emergency aid package at the end of March this year, which amounted to $ 26 billion, the central government had only paid out $ 17 billion by May 15. The current aid package of 265 billion euros is more apparent than real: This financial year, the government will distribute a maximum of 10 percent of it. 5 percent are more likely.
Several states caused liquor stores to reopen 10 days ago. The main reason: The taxes from alcohol sales flow into the tight coffers of the federal states, some of whose governments no longer know how to pay their own employees.
Alcohol and Workers Rights
Unfortunately, because of the long queues in front of the liquor stores, the impression India was a country of "drunkards" arose. In India, only a third of the amount of alcohol per capita is drunk as in Germany. A study of the TU Dresden shows, however, that alcohol consumption in India increased by 38 percent between 2010-2017 alone.
Since women groups and social workers in India can protest justifiably - even China, Germany, Russia and the U.S.A agree on one point: You cannot do without alcohol in this world.
In order for the economy to grow again in addition to alcohol consumption, the federal states governed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have suspended all workers' rights.
Prior to that, the central government had paved the way for companies to officially let their workers be productive for 12 hours a day - of course with a mask at 44 degrees Celsius in states like Gujarat, which were the first to make use of the 12 hour working day to have.
Trolls and fanatics
Even if it currently looks as if the Hindu national Modi government has the opposition, the media and their civilian opponents in their pockets and thus the country - the danger mostly comes from where one does not expect it: This is how Narendra Modi became of his attacked his own "troll army" on Twitter when he greeted the Muslims on April 24 at the start of Ramadan.
Actually, the acts of the Modi government ought to show its supporters that this is not meant seriously: acts like the riots in late February in Delhi, which were instigated by members of the BJP - 53 people died, mostly Muslims.
But the fanatics already see their Hindu empire so close that they no longer even give their leader alibi. For Modi this is a quandary: He still needs foreign investments and so he has to at least keep the appearance: So that German companies like Bosch effective advertising for the foundation modicareCan donate and compete for contracts in India without being criticized at home, to support an extremist government. The 90 million euro fine from the diesel scandal has to come back somehow.
The hope of many radical Hindus is this Chief Minister from Uttar Pradesh, the Hindu priest Yogi Adityanath, because he has also shed the last semblance of seriousness. Almost all of the dead in the demonstrations against the naturalization law were in Uttar Pradesh.
Although it has now been proven that the demonstrators were fatally hit by police bullets, the priest continues to repeat like a prayer wheel that the Uttar Pradesh police did not drop a bullet during the protests.
Instead, he turned the tables: his government put up posters across the state with photos and names of activists and demonstrators. The radical priest was not interested in the fact that the Allahabad High Court condemned the action as injustice: the posters remained hanging long after the verdict.
The ruling BJP party knew that a man like the priest was a long way from being able to win a majority. Yogi Adityanath was only named after the 2017 election victory in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister used.
Experts saw it as a kind of experiment: The BJP wanted to see how far you can go in the (still) democratic India. Apparently further than the central government thought, because more and more radical Hindus are calling for the priest to succeed Narendra Modi.
But the yogi followers forget the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is behind the whole agenda of a "Hindustan only for Hindus". Narendra Modi is just one of their game balls that got bigger than expected.
Radicalization and the patience of the middle class
The paramilitary RSS would not allow this with Yogi Adityanath, a man from the warrior caste Kshatriya sets the direction. With one exception, the Hindu extremists always gave Brahmins the sound on - strictly speaking Chitpavan Brahmins.
Even within the RSS, Narendra Modi has long since stopped being behind - especially its leader Mohan Bhagwat, as he does not agree with the neoliberal economic policy of the privatization of Modi. According to statements by RSS unionists in private, Bhagwat and Modi are even hostile to each other.
Only the spiritual elite of the RSS are made up of influential Brahmins. The majority of the rank and file, about 6 million members, are mainly recruited from the lower middle class and suffer from the policy of increasing financial inequality of their central government.
So it is not surprising that the RSS union, one of the largest in India, has also confirmed its participation for May 20th: Then all unions want to demonstrate together against the removal of any employee laws.
The patience of India's emerging middle class will also be put to the test: Even before Corona, millions of apartments could not be completed because growth slowed, buyers lacked money and builders went bankrupt. It is questionable whether things will quickly improve in the construction industry without migrant workers. Even before Corona, the construction quality was not the best anyway.
It will also be interesting to see how long the Indian upper middle class broadly endures the embarrassment of their religious government. Outstanding Indian engineers and scientists are now a sought-after part of the world.
Just ask your Indian colleague what he thinks of the successful head transplant theory of your head of state. This works more than a discussion about the oppression of minorities in India. More than a conversation about cashmere.
These last two "trains" have left anyway, the hatred is already too widespread: On May 10th there was a simple argument between a Hindu and a Muslim in Telinipara near Kolkata. Two days later, a mob of 500 people stormed the area and burned down houses, shops and vehicles - specifically only by Muslims.
Even a local MP from the Congress Party did not intervene out of fear. And here we are talking about West Bengal, whose government is actually in strong opposition to Modi ...Read comments (61 posts) https://heise.de/-4723189Report an error
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