Bhakti movement revival in Assam
A few days after giving Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the jitters, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached Assam to launch Bharatiya Janata Party's poll campaign.
A few days after giving Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the jitters, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached Assam to launch Bharatiya Janata Party's poll campaign. The state is already under BJP's rule but there are niggling issues like Bangladeshi immigrants and the need for social reforms which Shah would like sorted out if the party comes to power again. The other issue which Shah would like to address is that of militancy.
For this he has a unique suggestion revive the Bhakti Movement, which was the hallmark of the medieval period, so that the youth of Assam gives up arms and shuns violence. He urged the people to follow the ideals of 16th-century Assamese cultural icon Srimanta Sankaradeva. Reviving culture is one thing but reviving a 16th-century movement in the 21st century is quite another.
How far will the movement be successful when the National Register of Citizens meant to identify illegal immigrants proved to be a fiasco in Assam and left a large chunk of the population unhappy. The NRC is expected to be an irritant in the coming elections. With increasing communal decibels in the state, the BJP may use NRC to polarise voters. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam's finance minister, is already trying to whip up passions in the state which has a 35 percent Muslim population. His recent accusation that Badruddin Ajmal of All India United Democratic Front raised 'Pakistan zindabad' was part of that strategy.
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