Was the Haryana CM’s racial statement, targeting beef-eating Muslims, a product of momentary lapse of judgment, or was it premeditated? Possibly the latter, since his statement appears to be in line with the philosophy of his makers, the all-powerful RSS.
The strategy seems simple: Get in, plant the bomb, and get out! Say the most obnoxious thing on television, meant as warning to those who defy Hindu religious sentiment, and later retract the statement, saying it was all misconstrued. But by then, the damage has been done, objective achieved.
He is one of the poster boys of RSS and was simply doing their bidding when he said: “Muslim rahein, magar is desh mein beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko.” He is a man advancing into the sunset of his political life, he should ensure he leaves a legacy of peace and brotherhood, not divisive politics.
The CM was oozing with bigotry when he warned Muslims to be prepared to be thrown out of India if they ate beef. People with such mindsets have a very short political career. No one knew Khattar before he was forced upon Haryana by the direct orders from RSS, and if he continues to court unnecessary controversies, he will soon fade away into the political oblivion once its election time.
We now know where chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar stands when it comes to religion in plural India! His comments have sparked off a heated political debate on eating habit versus religion, something that India is getting consumed by.
There are 172.2 million Muslims in India, who make up 14.23% of our population. They are also a dwindling lot, and with such communal tendencies in play, the threat to our diversity is clearly visible.