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Union Ministers meet, garland riots accused and lynching convicts: The shattering dreams of unity in diversity
Someone has said, "More fear than courage will always make you go back to old habits even if it is not wise." The RSS – a victim of Islamophobia and its cohorts would never change.

Giriraj Singh – the Union Minister, who had earlier courted controversies with remarks like 'people opposed to Narendra Modi can go to Pakistan' and mocked Rahul Gandhi's absence from the political scene, and likened it to the "missing Malaysian airliner" met on Saturday Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists, who are currently lodged in Nawada jail over rioting charges.

He accused the state government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of having a mind-set of suppressing Hindus for communal harmony.

"It is very saddening to see that the government feels that communal harmony will be there only if they suppress Hindus. I request the State government and the society to let go of this kind of attitude," said Singh.

A day after visiting Nawada riots accused in the district jail, Giriraj Singh on Sunday paid a visit to the family of a man accused in the clashes that had taken place earlier this year. He had also kicked up in past a major row with racist remarks, wondering if Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi's leadership if she was not white-skinned.

To emulate his colleague in Bihar, Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation felicitated eight men in Hazaribagh, convicted in the lynching of a meat trader Alimuddin Ansari that happened in Ramgarh in June last year. All eight men are out on bail granted by the Jharkhand High Court. These eight men after getting bail went to visit the minister, who garlanded them. They were taken to the minister's house by a local BJP leader Amardeep Yadav. It is also revealed that Jayant Sinha had "provided legal and monetary assistance to the men".

Ironically, the father of Union Minister Jayant Sinha, Shri Yashwant Sinha slammed his son for garlanding the men. He tweeted, "Earlier I was the Nalayak Baap of a Layak Beta. Now the roles are reversed. That is Twitter. I do not approve of my son's action. But I know even this will lead to further abuse. You can never win."

We all know how the RSS plays its game. It had used Anna Hazare, Kejriwal and many babas, swamis and burgeoning netas in past to create an atmosphere of hatred against the UPA, especially the Gandhi family. Now, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha are speaking a different language. But they are all birds of the same flock. I can't believe that father and son have any real disagreement.

I don't know where Nitish Babu is today standing on the steps of secular ladder. His attitude these days reminds of some fiddler on the fence.

By supporting the criminals just because they belong to majority community, the RSS is garnering the Hindu sympathy for BJP and trying to divert the attention of public from the real difficulties it is facing since BJP captured power. It will not help the nation. A paper boat can't float forever. The year of reckoning 2019 is approaching and its report-card would be there for the voters to judge.

The acts and statements of RSS leaders and Hindutva warriors have failed to bring any positive change in the country since the BJP has been in power. I advise Shri Narendra Modi to tackle the real issues instead of wasting time on events and rhetorics. He is where the power lies. If he does not want to be answerable for the behaviour of these fanatics, he should draw a line of demarcation for them.

The so-called Hindutva fringe, many of whom are also middle-rung leaders of his own party, are spoiling the BJP's chances of winning in coming elections. He can't afford to be a cynic or helpless in these situations anymore. Otherwise the country would be justified in believing that the leadership is exploiting the work of the fringe for the political ends whenever possible. It tactically retreats only where the fringe's politics become inconvenient. The double cross politics of aggressive propaganda against non-Hindus and supporting the offenders suggests the tacit sanction of the ruling party.

The law of diminishing returns has already shown its application in recent defeats of the BJP.

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