For the sake of Indian democracy, the UP governance model needs to be challenged – By Pratap Bhanu Mehta
With the ascent of Yogi Adityanath in UP, this ideological configuration is coming into shape in a starkly chilling form that has great implications for national politics.
UP has been critical to the public staging of the Hindutva project in a way that is not true of other states. The project of communalising all of India is central to the BJP. But the symbolic significance of Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura as performances of Hindu Unity and as a wedge around which to consolidate a communal consciousness, cannot be underestimated….
Perhaps, the shroud of silence over UP will finally break…. you can be sure that when we stop caring for the dead even more contempt for the living will follow; especially if the living choose to exercise their democratic agency and destroy the UP model before it destroys India.