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Colour in JNU after the election results
I was studying in my hostel room and suddenly heard voices shouting "Modi Ji ki jai, Bharat mata ki jai, vande mataram." I set out to my balcony and I witness cars, motorcycles and some people carrying saffron flags, flags of BJP. The student wing of BJP, ABVP in JNU had pasted posters of Modi declaring how he has won by "defeating communalism, casteism and regionalism."

Their celebration seemed violent...with faces painted and vulgar dance in the streets of JNU they were waving saffron flags aggressively. Yes, I had never imagined such slogans would ever be raised in a place like JNU. But it was happening and the moment the celebrations began - instead of hearing victory of India it seemed more like death of democracy in India.

It is no secret; we know that the entire corporate sector and the media had been backing up Modi in these elections. My faith in the structures of democracy was shaken long back when Modi was being projected as the prime ministerial candidate- now he is the prime minister of India, ready to take oath.  

One can see the alliance between the neo liberal and right wing politics- and it has many dangers. If one follows the 'Gujarat development model', we are clearly doomed (I won't get into the debates about the myth surrounding economic growth, we are all aware of them.) Small peasants/farmers and tribal will suffer enormously.

This kind of government poses threat to secularism as well. My apprehension is that people who claimed to be secular in public (but were really not in their private lives) would now come out openly and fearlessly declaring themselves as fanatics. We have thrown away ideas of secularism and tolerance and all that we will become would be a fascist aggressive country with no sense of ethic of care or understanding of politics or secularism.

As I get disenchanted from all this, later in the evening, louder voices reverberate in the campus. The JNU student community is expressing its disagreement and anger with the elections' result. Slogans of "Modi haye haye", "kadam kadam par ladenge tumse", filled the roads of JNU, giving hope to some of us who delved into helplessness and cynicism. I am joining the procession thinking these elections and the coming few years as a temporary setback in Indian politics and democracy.

With the left and a third party like AAP emerging, one can hopefully claim that future still could be made good and it remains ours. There are still a many things that the Indian democracy and Indian politics has to witness. Who knows may be in future we won't need national parties like BJP or the Congress but regional parties would emerge victorious or an altogether different form of governance.

P.S- the colour in JNU remains 'LAAL'


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