Do Yogi’s Brazen Attacks on Muslims Point To Insecurity Ahead of UP Polls? – By Sudheendra Kulkarni
In politics and governance, as much as in inter-personal relations, credibility is a necessary virtue. If a leader promises something and doesn’t deliver, he loses trust. But if he promises something and routinely does the exact opposite of what he has promised, he not only becomes untrustworthy but also compels others to think that he has dishonourable motives.
…. Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, does not even pretend he believes in any of these promises. On the contrary, he has deliberately broken them by showing that he cares two hoots for earning the trust of Muslims, who constitute nearly one-fifth of UP’s population.
Indeed, maligning and targeting the Muslim community with the aim of keeping the BJP’s vote bank intact has been the hallmark of his governance. As his five-year term comes to an end, and as the state readies to elect a new Legislative Assembly in a few months, he has sharpened the communal polarisation of voters in order to win a second term. With each passing day, Adityanath’s anti-Muslim propaganda is becoming more brazen….