In a thought-provoking analysis, Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu, NPF Legislature Party leader, sheds light on the political evolution in India, particularly the “Rise of BJP and decline of Nehruvian Secularism.”

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Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu

While advising against confrontation with the Hindu majority in mainstream India, Nienu emphasizes the importance of protecting the rights of Naga Christians at the national level. He urges regional parties in the Northeast, including NPF, NDPP, NPP, MNF, and AGP, to collaborate on a comprehensive plan to safeguard the interests of Christians and Muslims in the face of evolving political dynamics.

Nienu, in his article, also focuses on the role of Hindu mobilization, attributing BJP’s rise to this factor. The article traces the historical trajectory of the BJP, highlighting the impact of Hindu mobilization, notably during the temple movement in Ayodhya and the riots of 2002. Nienu contends that these events paved the way for leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi, transforming the party from a minor presence in the 1980s to a dominant political force now.

A significant development noted by Nienu is the recent participation of the Prime Minister in a mega-religious event on 22 January 2024, just days before India’s Republic Day. Nienu questions the appropriateness of such a blatant display by a sitting Prime Minister and raises concerns about its implications for religious minorities, particularly Christians and Muslims.

The article delves into the historical context of community management by political parties during elections, citing examples from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Assam. Nienu suggests that the BJP has successfully employed the strategy of “Hindu unity” in recent elections, altering the dynamics of Indian politics.

Expressing concern for religious minorities, Nienu questions how Christians and Muslims should navigate the evolving political landscape. He notes heightened anxiety among Muslims, who reportedly feel more uncertain than in previous months. Christians, particularly in states like Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Kerala, fear increased aggression against ‘conversions’ by the BJP.

Turning attention to the North East, Nienu references the challenges faced by the Kukis in Manipur in 2023 and underscores the need for regional parties to strategize effectively against potential future challenges.

The article concludes with Nienu congratulating Hindus on the Ram Temple inauguration but cautioning against mixing religion with politics.

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