Opinion: People invariably get the governments they deserve

Written by Aparna Sen | Published on: May 27, 2019
I am aghast! Have people forgotten the Gujarat riots and the enabler of that riot who refused to call in the army until 24 hours had elapsed and thousands of Muslims had been slaughtered? Have people forgotten the killings of MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare, Gauri Lankesh and other voices of moderation and reason that were brutally silenced? Have they forgotten all the cow lynchings and how our honourable PM said not a word against them? 

Pragya Thakur
 
Have they forgotten the murder of Gandhiji by Nathuram Godse (RSS), who was hailed recently as a patriot by Pragya Thakur? I cannot believe that Pragya was allowed to contest, and find it still harder to believe that she actually won! Do the people of India really want a Hindu Rashtra?

What I am terrified of more than anything else is the saffornisation of education, that has already started taking place insidiously! They have already started co-opting Rabindranath Thakur and Sharat Chandra and hailing them as nationalists. And they were anything but that! Akbar has already been erased from some history text books!  We will be gone soon, and I thank goodness daily for that. But our children and our grand children? Their minds will be poisoned forever! 
 
Mandate of the people? Please! Hitler too, was brought in by the mandate of the people remember? Remember how the people of Iran chose Khomeni by popular mandate? Have we opened the door of our country to fascism? I used to have more faith in our electorate than this! But I guess people invariably get the governments they deserve! Some of us are, sadly, in a microscopic minority.