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Sakshi Maharaj - His Master's Voice
At a public event in Meerut on Friday, one of the most controversial MPs and BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj attacked the entire Muslim community with the following jibe without naming it:

"This population rise is not because of the Hindus. Population has risen due to those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children."

He was in the city in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate a temple when he made the remarks. The BJP however distanced itself from the MP's remarks with Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saying it shouldn't be seen as a stand of the party.

Come elections and RSS / BJP juggernaut always repeats the old mantra of appealing to the softer feelings of majority, highlighting the perceived danger arising out of the Muslim's status. Riots follow the 'yatras' and 'jagrans' and polarization of votes that helps the party to sweep the board. The Muslim rulers are denigrated at opportune occasions while the likes of Ustad Bismillah Khan who used to play the shehnai in the vicinity of a Hindu temple is ignored. That is the irony of 'Mother India.'

On 28th February, 2016, in Agra, the BJP leaders had equated Muslims to 'demons' and 'descendants of Ravana', and rendered a warning of a 'final battle', as the Sangh Parivar on Sunday held a condolence meeting there for VHP worker Arun Mahaur, who was killed last week by some Muslim youths. Among those present on the dais were Shankar Katheria, Union Minister of State, HRD, and BJP Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria as well as the BJP's Fatehpur Sikri MP Babu Lal, as well as other local BJP leaders, who joined in the threats to Muslims.

Referring to the coming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, local BJP MLA Jagan Prasad Garg told the crowd, "You will have to fire bullets, you will have to take up rifles, you will have to wield knives. Elections are approaching in 2017, begin showing your strength from now onwards." The 5,000-odd crowd chanted slogans such as "Jis Hindu ka khoon na khaule, khoon nahin wo pani hai (the Hindu who doesn't get angry isn't Hindu enough)".

MP Babulal urged an open violent conflict with Muslims, and said, "Don't try to test us… We will not tolerate insults to the community. We do not want unrest at any cost, but if you want to test Hindus, then let's decide a date and take on Muslims."

The largest and biggest minority community of India has always behaved with patience and restraint. No responsible Muslim politician has ever tried to make it a big issue. However, there are chapters of history that are painful to recall but one has to do if the there is a shrewd tautology, echoing the quotes of past, to hurt the minority feelings to divide the society and win the elections.

Readers would recall the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Buxar (Bihar) last year: "The leaders of this 'Mahaswarth' (opportunistic) alliance are trying to mislead the people on the issue of reservation … It is clear through the discussion of our Constitution makers that reservation cannot be given on the basis of religion. The Supreme Court has said reservation cannot be more than 50 per cent. There is a cap, these leaders are making a devious plan. They are conspiring to take away five per cent reservation of Dalits, Mahadalits, backwards and extremely backwards and give it to a particular community," he alleged. "I come from an extremely backward class and understand the pain of having been born to a poor woman. I will not allow this to happen. I pledge to protect the rights of Dalits, Mahadalits and backwards. Nobody will be allowed to take away your reservation and give it to any other community in pursuit of their vote bank politics."

It was an open declaration against the biggest religious minority of India that pitted the Dalit and 'backward class' voters of Bihar against the state's Muslims. He accused the grand coalition led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav of plotting to reduce quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs by five per cent in order to benefit "a particular community".

The carnage in Gujarat was marked by unprecedented levels of hate speeches and hate propaganda and as Chief Minister of Gujarat, he was at his vocal best to mock and disparage the Muslim community.

He had declared that he was 'absolutely satisfied' with the way in which the police and state government had handled the backlash from Godhra incident and 'happy' that violence was largely contained… He had said, "We should be happy that curfew has been imposed only at 26 places while there is anger and people are burning with revenge. Thanks to security arrangements we brought things under control".When asked that not a policeman was visible in most areas where shops were looted and set on fire, he said he hadn't received any complaint. — The Indian Express, March 1, 2002.

Asked about the violence, Modi quoted Newton's third law – 'every action has an equal and opposite reaction' - to virtually justify what is happening. — The Times of India, March 3, 2002.

And to cap it all, the famous quotable quote that is now part of history: "Relief camps are actually child-making factories. Those who keep on multiplying the population should be taught a lesson. —Shri Narendra Modi, addressing a rally in Mehsana district during his gaurav yatra, quoted in The Hindu, Sept 10, 2002.

Shaksi Maharaj is following the footsteps of his master.

If the BJP is serious about not being seen as a communal party, it must expel all of its members who have made provocative statements in the past and keep repeating the same with a predictable pattern time and again.

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