1. How Narendra Modi ‘defeated’ India by picking Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

How Narendra Modi ‘defeated’ India by picking Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

The elevation of firebrand BJP MP from from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, as the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has shocked and surprised many

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2017 7:21 PM
narendra modi, yogi adityanath, modi yogi, yogi modi, uttar pradesh, up, uttar pradesh chief minister, up cm Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath as Governor Ram Naik looks on, at the oath ceremony in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

The elevation of firebrand BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, as the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has shocked and surprised many. Yogi’s past makes him a “divisive, abusive and polarising” figure in Uttar Pradesh. To many critics, Yogi’s rise signals the end of political niceties or correctness. That you can get rewarded for being blunt and not regarding the sensibilities of a particular community.

After people offered a historic mandate to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, it was expected that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will select a CM who would inspire confidence among all communities of the state. By selecting Yogi, PM Modi now has a lot of explaining to do and it is not going to be easy.

According to The Indian Express contributing editor Pratap Bhanu Mehta, the elevation of Yogi is an “an odious choice because the BJP has picked someone who is widely regarded as the single most divisive, abusive, polarising figure in UP politics. He is a politician who has, for most of his political career, been the mascot of militant Hindu sectarianism, reactionary ideas, routinised conflict and thuggery in political discourse, and an eco-system where the vilest legitimations of violence are not far away.”

Mehta further says that Yogi’s elevation is also an “an ominous development because it sends as clear a signal as it is possible to send at this time; the already accomplished political fact of the marginalisation of minorities in UP and elsewhere will now be translated into a programme of their cultural, social and symbolic subordination.”

Mehta writes, Yogi as CM signals that “BJP will now be dominated by extremes, its politics shaped largely by resentment rather than hope, collective narcissism rather than an acknowledgement of plurality, hate rather than reconciliation, and violence rather than decency. Hubris has set in. The party believes it can get away with anything. It now intends to.”

Mehta makes several arguments to show that Modi has chosen to “defeat India” in his moment of “political triumph” by picking Yogi. Here are some of them:

    • “BJP supporters are hiding behind the façade of party democracy to legitimise this choice… So, the only conclusion is that it was a duplicity of sorts —”of sorts” because the ideological currents were apparent in the prime minister’s speeches and the BJP manifesto.”
    • “Every argument that leads to legitimising this choice bodes ill for the country. If the legislature electing Adityanath is indeed the best interpretation of the mandate, then Indian democracy is corroded to the core: For it is effectively saying that India is now communalised to the point where a figure like Adityanath is the popular choice.”
    • “If Adityanath is indeed the popular choice, then the crisis of Indian democracy deepens: It will essentially seem like a contest between fundamentalism and democratic misanthropy, both destructive of the idea of democracy. On the other hand, if his elevation is a misreading of the mandate, then too we are in deep trouble: For it will show the limits of democracy in containing sheer hubris.”
    • “What is striking about Adityanath’s political career so far is that there is not even a whiff of acknowledgement that he might need to speak to something larger, acknowledge civility, or stay away from fear-mongering and the legitimisation of violence. There is nothing else here, other than a tissue of resentment and hate, unless you think the Gorakhpur model of politics is a harbinger of development.”
    • “There is an element of truth in Yogi Adityanath’s claim that the BJP is consolidating a politics that goes beyond caste, at least in the way it was conventionally understood. But we are left with the disquieting conclusion that the form of consolidation “beyond caste” he practises will rely on an even more insidious communal politics.”
    • “The political challenges of this moment are going to be immense. Modi’s rise to power has empowered a lot of nasty characters. Now they get wholescale control of the state apparatus in India’s largest state, and with every intention to reshape it in their image.”
  • “A forcing of the hand on the Ram Mandir issue is now an imminent prospect. Visible opposition will be difficult to mount because of the BJP’s total dominance, and this will likely make the situation worse. The usual safety valves of Indian democracy are slowly shutting.”
  • “We have no idea of what kind of politics this suffocation will spawn. India’s enemies will be exulting that at a moment in world history, when all India had to do was to have a sensible policy, we have chosen to empower the worst of ourselves.”

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  1. S
    Mar 20, 2017 at 6:34 am
    Does this mean BJP dont have any better candidate that Yogi to lead the largest state in country. A person who has more often spoken outrageously against communities.Whose speeches does not have anything related to development. His rule will decide fate of MODI in 2019.
    1. N
      Mar 20, 2017 at 8:12 am
      1. A
        Mar 20, 2017 at 6:14 am
        Why you never said the same for mulayam and mayawati who openly speak in favour of muslims...this is hindu country whether you accept it or not.
        1. A
          Mar 20, 2017 at 6:42 am
          divisive,abusive,polarising figure, is there anymore to narrate in negative aspects of a democratic choice by this news paper? can'nt you see anything good in this choice or this paper has began hate campaign through jouranilistic freedom? same campaign campaign also started by such media houses when modi ji became P.M ! simply unacceptable by any standards the tirade against a democratic decision in U P.
          1. A
            Mar 20, 2017 at 6:21 am
            A pure biased old same story what v r hearing from national media since so many decades..... go on doing k... We the new Indians will never cares abt what u paid media tells... Dont u people have patience what yogi does or doesnt?????
            1. C
              commie defiled
              Mar 20, 2017 at 7:30 am
              Typical 'sicktard' commentator hiding behind a 'B.U.R.K.H.A.' ! I.E./F.E. - very soon you'll even loose the status of a toilet paper !!
              1. G
                Mar 20, 2017 at 6:52 am
                People are fed up with "Fake News" pressutes like PBM and the election results are a slap on their faces and is a direct outcome of minority appeat and condoning of minority communalism
                1. H
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 7:11 am
                  Hatred journalism. This articles in totally in bad taste & disrespect to consution. Nothing wrong will happen to anybody. Everyone will feel more secure and safe including minorities. All know that minorities were used as just as vote bank till now and nothing good has been done for them. People have already defected the negativity spread against nationalists by some of media and some political parties. So, please please don't show your intolerance to a democratically elected government and CM. Jai Hind !!!
                  1. J
                    Mar 20, 2017 at 6:50 am
                    Useless article. Don't write paid up articles to show the democratically elected representatives in bad light.
                    1. Mallikarjun Iyyer
                      Mar 20, 2017 at 7:40 am
                      let the author's doomsday prophecies prove false. YOGI will prove his mettle from probity to good governance.
                      1. M
                        Mar 20, 2017 at 6:45 am
                        Congress and others like SP/BSP have openly flaunted alliances with Muslims openly to the discomfort of common man.Even government jobs were offered to certain communities only. Where were these secular shops, when breach was conducted and flaunted. Please be ured BJP at least would ensure that at least no body is left behind unlike earlier regimes
                        1. P
                          P C
                          Mar 20, 2017 at 7:10 am
                          Media is hyping the issue beyond limit. Judging by past narrative is the negativity which the media is creating. We had Muslim CMs, Christian CMs in India and there was no debate then why create a fuss around now. Let him perform and then we can judge. I don't know when the media will learn to showcase the vents properly. No harsh words, but no sobriquet either.
                          1. Anand Ch
                            Mar 20, 2017 at 6:26 am
                            Heavens won't fall because of one man. One thing for sure, he wont engage police to guard buffaloes or engage dancers for birth days. Media didn't find any thing wrong in that.
                            1. Pravin Jha
                              Mar 20, 2017 at 8:51 am
                              So, writer concludes that cast politics where hindus become weak is better or should continue and uniting hindu against castism is bad and actually insidious......I feel so sad about the thought process of these so called intellectuals who feel pride in anti hindu ranting........
                              1. R
                                Mar 20, 2017 at 6:52 am
                                Mehta is intolerant sycophant who was never in his life surprised to see Razakar Owaisi reaching the Parliament or when the Butcher of Sikhs become PM. Mehta fell into biggest problem of his life when all of sudden he has to move out of his AC rooms to stand in Queue with mango Man to exchange his Rs 1000 notes. Than Mehta realized that the Queues existed in this country. He started raising hue and cry about the problems of those poors whom Mehta happily watched thronging into General cl while Mehta sipped coffee sitting in his 1st AC coupe.Secularism for Mehta exist only when Mayawati ask for Muslim votes or his masters ask for Muslim consolidation.
                                1. R
                                  Mar 20, 2017 at 6:22 am
                                  Typical! Salma quoting Sabrina!!Incomplete sentence at the end of first paragraph.Same sentence to begin the second paragraph.Where did you learn journalism?
                                  1. Ramachandra Rao Pedaparthi
                                    Mar 20, 2017 at 6:48 am
                                    What do you mean by 'extreme'? Is it that extreme than shouting anti India slogans at JNU? First of all, media should do "athma vimarsa" i.e. answering to ones soul whether he/she is correct in writing something.
                                    1. I
                                      Mar 20, 2017 at 7:28 am
                                      what the . You need to cover news and not express your editor thoughts. Paid pressues at it's best. Have you ppl see his track record in Parliament and his consuency. He's a Yogi, who doesn't do any favor to his family and doesn't have the greed. No matter of what, why you ppl jump into the conclusion before he begins the work itself.
                                      1. R
                                        Mar 20, 2017 at 7:31 am
                                        1. R
                                          Mar 20, 2017 at 7:02 am
                                          You seems to be simply biased & extreme minded. In fact this kind of doubt expressions are part of long term conspiracy against India in w. You are negative in thinking & approach . Please compare the previous govts of only & only Vote politics decisions. Hence we are a still a very poor country . Also you kind of people had been responsible for Babars rule /invasion & centuries of struggle for our own Independance.
                                          1. S
                                            Mar 20, 2017 at 7:24 am
                                            problem with biased, brain dead journalists like you is that you stretch far too much into pushing your personal views than to write the truth.You pseudo-liberal media cabal just rant about anything from everything related to bjp without facts or data,we are just fed-up of it.your big fat media houses have lost their credibility thanks to s like you. i am a true secular,liberal hindu , i want all of my muslim brother,s and sister,s to safe and happy, but at the same time i like modi and yogi. you can stay in your state of denial for as long as you want.
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