2019 Saw India Slip Away From Secularism? How Did That Happen?

Bhopal: BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur gestures while addressing a party workers' meeting for Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI4_18_2019_000258B)

For over 70 years, India has maintained its paradigm as a secular nation. The vibrancy of the country’s democracy heavily depends upon its promise of equality and tolerance.

Then why is it that 2019 saw the end of secularism?

The obvious pointers turn towards the religious motivations of the Modi Government and their party’s constant strife towards the Hindu Rashtra Ideology.

The government ran on the promise of the development but swiftly turned itself on the sidelines of prosperity, as it did not win them any elections. What won the party the election was the promise of Hindu Supremacy. And as one religion inserts its superiority, the others can’t help but feel a sense of tremble.

Adding to the tensions was the party’s constant aid and promotion of those who conform to the Hindutva ideology. The nominations of Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Pragya fueled to the daily ruckus, and not many people can now stray away from the fact that in a vote for BJP, people are voting for Hindutva supremacy.

With the introduction of #CAA and #NRC and the religious filter it has, the country has further swindled into chaos.

It’s hard to comprehend India without its secular values, and we can only hope that our worst fears do not turn to be true.