|A heap of contradictions.
Ugliness confronts us daily.
In India, a legislator from the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – Kuldeep Sengar – is in prison awaiting trial for a 2017 rape and kidnapping in the small town of Unnao. The woman who charged Sengar with rape was driving in the Rae Bareli district with her two aunts, and her lawyer, when they were struck by a truck (whose registration plate was smeared with grease). The police had informed Sengar of the travel plans of the woman, her aunts, and her lawyer. The aunts died; the young women and her lawyer were grievously injured. Last year, after the police refused to register the case against Sengar, her father was assaulted by Sengar’s men. The father was arrested and died a day later in prison. Protests broke out across India over the car crash.
There is anger at the government and fear of its callous indifference. The All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) says that this event shows the ‘muscle and money power’ of the BJP. Sengar – while in prison – remains a legislator and a member of the BJP (although, under pressure, the party said it had suspended him).
While this criminal activity unfolded, several BJP leaders shouted their irrationality to the world:
- BJP Chief Minister of Uttarakhand – Trivendra Singh Rawat – said that the cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen. He said that respiratory problems can be solved by massaging the cow. Meanwhile, scores of Muslims and Dalits have been killed by lynch mobs who seek to ‘protect’ the cow.
- BJP Minister of State for Human Resource Development – Satyapal Singh – said that evolution never happened since no one saw an ape evolve into a human being.
- RSS leader Hitesh Jani said that a good bowel movement can improve one’s DNA.
There is an enormous gulf that divides the dangerous unreason of the BJP and the inspirational reason of the Cuban Revolution. It is remarkable that in our time the BJP is taken seriously, while the Cuban Revolution remains under a murderous blockade.
It is a sign that the Right has made serious advances in winning over the minds of the world’s people. It is a sign, in the words of the late Egyptian Marxist Samir Amin, that there is a ‘gap separating the autumn of capitalism from the possible springtime of peoples’. It is our duty to close this gap.