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New India

After BJP’s victory in UP and Uttarakhand and cobbled coalition governments in Goa and Manipur, Narendra Modi has talked of New India. We have some indication what is this New India.
It will be a vegetarian India. There will be a ban on meat, fish, eggs, crabs, lobsters, oysters, shellfish, and so on. When Jains fast or feast there will be a ban on onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, ginger, other root vegetables, and honey.
Yoga will be compulsory.
Sanskrit will be compulsory.
There will be name changes. Names like Allahabad, Aurangabad, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Murshidabad, Sahibabad, Tughlakabad, Babur Road, Humayun Road, Akbar Road, will be replaced with names pleasing to RSS. Names of airports and institutes with members of Nehru-Gandhi family will be changed to that of BJP and RSS leaders.
Text books will mention glory of ancient India. Everything was discovered or invented by Indians.
There will be a ban on disco, foxtrot, jive, twist, or any western dance.
There will be a ban on jazz, pop, rock, or any western music.
There will be a ban on accordion, bagpipe, clarinet, cornet, guitar, mandolin, piano, saxophone, trombone, violin, xylophone, and other western musical instruments.
There will be a ban on Valentine’s Day celebration. Prem Din may be celebrated.
Cow will replace tiger as national animal. It will be death penalty or life imprisonment for killing a cow.
Hindi film award programmes will have to be in Hindi.
CBFC will not certify films with kissing and nude scenes.
Polygyny and polygamy will be allowed. A man can have many wives. A woman can have many husbands. A married woman should have at least three children, seventeen will be better.
Manusmriti will replace Constitution. Women will lose many rights. A woman will have to be under her father or husband or son. Marriage outside one’s social class will be forbidden. B. R. Ambedkar had burnt a copy of Manusmriti on 25/12/1927 at Mahad. He had held it responsible for caste system and Dalit oppression in India.

Meat ban

On 19/3/2017 Yogi Adityanath became UP CM. Soon there was meat ban in UP. Now BJP governments in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, MP, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand have imposed meat ban. Officially the governments claim they are against illegal slaughterhouses. In reality all slaughterhouses are shut down.
BJP wants India to become a Hindu nation. For BJP vegetarianism is part of Hinduism. Many Hindus eat meat, fish and eggs. BJP had governments in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, MP, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand before. They did not impose meat ban before. Victory in UP gave BJP confidence to pursue its hidden agenda of vegetarianism. Fish ban and egg ban is a matter of time. There will be ban on cakes, candies, chocolates and cookies.
BJP government in MP had stopped eggs as part of mid-day meals. In Maharashtra, BJP banned buffalo meat. Shiv Sena opposed meat ban during Paryushan.
BJP talks development of all. By all it means vegetarian Hindus. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, and Bahais are excluded. BJP considers Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs as Hindus. Jains are vegetarians and abstain from root vegetables and honey. Buddhists and Sikhs are free to eat meat.
Meat ban has economic and other consequences. Many will lose income and jobs. Prices of vegetables will go up. Many will lose their favourite food. Unemployment will lead to problems. Animals will be left on the roads. Some will destroy crops. Environment Ministry permitted killing of blue bulls (nilgais) in Bihar because they were destroying crops.
BJP wants to impose yoga, Sanskrit and vegetarianism. It will not rest with constructing a few temples. It wants ban on burial of the dead and wants cremation for all. Many Hindus bury their dead. MGR was buried. Kannada actor Rajkumar was buried. Jayalalitha’s tomb is visited by her followers. Cremation causes pollution.
In 2014 during Lok Sabha campaign Narendra Modi had talked against Pink Revolution. This time in UP, Muslims were his targets. “If a village has a cemetery it should also have a crematorium. If there is electricity for Ramzan it should be there for Diwali.”
RSS pracharaks, babas, sadhvis and yogis becoming ministers leads to imposition of their religious views on others. In Haryana, Uttarakhand, and UP, BJP did not declare its CM candidates beforehand. In UP, Yogi Adityanath had not contested as an MLA. Till Yogi Adityanath becomes an MLA or MLC in UP, it is the tyranny of the unelected in UP.

EVMs

Many politicians blame electronic voting machines when they lose elections. Other losers have blamed EVMs at different times. When same politicians win elections they don’t say EVMs wrong or were tampered with. In 2009 BJP blamed EVMs for Lok Sabha loss. In 2014 BJP won Lok Sabha elections did not have problem with EVMs. When AIADMK won elections it claimed EVMs were right and when it lost it claimed EVMs were wrong.
This time Mayawati started the controversy surrounding EVMs. She got 19 seats out of 403 in UP Legislative Assembly. She said she lost due to EVMs. She said when one journalist said EVMs were programmed to benefit BJP and whichever button one may press the vote will go to BJP she did not believe it but after her defeat she believed EVMs were rigged. Arvind Kejriwal joined her and blamed AAP loss in Punjab to EVM rigging. AAP got 20 seats out of 117 in Punjab. Congress got 77. Some pollsters had predicted AAP victory in Punjab and some tough fight between AAP and Congress. Later Akhilesh Yadav also spoke against EVMs. SP-Congress alliance had done badly in UP.
Now BJP leaders think there is no defect in EVMs. Any defect is in politicians of other parties. Faith in EVMs depends on whether one wins or loses.
Election Commission of India has defended EVMs. Opponents of EVMs give examples of countries like Norway and Ireland which abandoned EVMs. India should not follow the example of such countries. Their population is less than five million. Many Indian cities have more population than that. Opponents of EVMs had gone to Supreme Court and the matter was settled in favour of EVMs. Those opponents now find EVMs perfect. TV channels giving undue publicity to people who oppose EVMs is not good. Anchors should question them whether their victories in the past were due to defective EVMs. ECI and former Chief Election Commissioners and Election Commissioners should continue defending EVMs. Abandoning EVMs will be a regressive step. Rigging is possible with ballot papers. It is rigging when ballot papers are divided into bundles of 50 party-wise and the top ballot paper has vote for BJP and the remaining 49 ballot papers have votes for some other party or candidate.
ECI should see that there is no long gap between voting and counting. Voting in Punjab was on 4 February, counting on 11 March. UP had seven phases of election. Guarding EVMs for many days is a problem. Election or voting in a state should be on a single day and counting should be next day at 8 a.m. Counting in one state should not be delayed because of voting in another state some days later on.

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