In recent political discourse, the word ‘fascists’ has been used with great freedom. Some anti-CAA protestors and the political opposition in their apparent pursuit of fear-mongering have used the word ‘fascist’ too casually. Even in the past, these political forces have used various terms like ‘intolerance’, ‘FoE under threat’ etc to show the government in bad light. While people never bought this propaganda and reelected the Modi government with the stronger mandate, it is found in many recent instances that those who are using such phrases with ease themselves are reflecting intolerant and dictatorial tendencies.
Here we list some of the instances that are against freedom of expression and some are intolerant, hateful measures and wonder why a section of opinion makers are not including them in their ‘fascism’ narrative.
In Maharashtra, where the state government is formed with Congress support along with Shiv Sena and NCP, a professor was sent on leave and is facing an inquiry because he criticized Rahul Gandhi. So much for freedom of expression!
Congress party which is supporting vandalism in university campuses in the name of freedom of expression has this to say about the professor.
Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister, Maharashtra: Bombay University's professor(Yogesh Soman)has given an offensive statement against Rahul Gandhi. A professor's work is to teach children, not to give statements like these.He has been sent on leave for now but soon action will be taken. pic.twitter.com/AOcQteH06o
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2020
The Congress often claims that there is an ‘atmosphere of fear’ among media under the present government. A corporator belonging to Congress party Vikrant Chavan in Maharashtra was caught on camera hitting a woman journalist which begs the question of who really is creating an ‘atmosphere of fear’ and ‘intolerance’.
In Madhya Pradesh, a principal with a government school was suspended a couple of days ago. His ‘crime’? He reportedly distributed notebooks with a photo of Veer Savarkar on their cover! The students took a demonstration demanding revocation of suspension order, but it seems the Congress’s Kamal Nath government has no time to hear democratic voices.
MP: People, including students of a government school in Ratlam's Malwasa, took out a protest march today demanding the revocation of suspension of the Principal of the school. The Principal was suspended after notebooks with Veer Savarkar's photo were distributed at the school. pic.twitter.com/FRzhAEVPsO
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2020
Let’s turn the focus to Communist-ruled Kerala. Here is a doctor complaining that their community is being targeted by Jihadi groups for supporting CAA. Is it not the duty of Kerala government to remove this ‘atmosphere of fear’?
Thiruvananthapuram: A doctor, Ranjit Vijayahari has filed a complaint with Indian Medical Association and Cyber Cell of Kerala police alleging he is being targeted by 'jihadi' groups for supporting Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). (1/2) #Kerala pic.twitter.com/B9mY6EjmLn
— ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2020
Oh, wait.. what can you expect from a government that overlooked the security of Chief Minister of a neighbouring state when he visited Kerala? CPM cadre had attacked Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s convoy in December 2019.
During the anti-CAA protests, a section of media had projected some ‘extremist religious’ voices as the leaders of a ‘democratic’ protest. But when the same Jamia student made a comment against Pinarayi Vijayan’s government in Kerala, the Communist cadre bullied and forced her to retract from the statement. Again, So much for freedom of expression!
#WATCH Kerala: Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists hold protest in Malappuram against Jamia Millia Islamia student Aysha Renna, demanding her apology for using the name of Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala. (28.12.2019) pic.twitter.com/rC4vuQdjyT
— ANI (@ANI) December 29, 2019
These are only few examples, not even older than a month, which show who is actually showing the so-called fascist tendencies in which the rightful opinions of others are being aggressively suppressed.