06 March, 2021

The Face & The Shadow

It is Modi all the way here, saviour for Hindus, and turning Muslims against SP

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Face & The Shadow

Some think he is the solution to the politics of appeasement, others see him as the ‘mass murderer’ of 2002 eyeing the land of Awadh; Narendra Modi looms larger than any other leader of his party in Uttar Pradesh. In Muzaffarnagar town, his is the most visible face on streetlight poles; his visage stares back at you from roadside hoardings and big banners; he is more ubiquitous than even SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Photos of A.B. Vajpayee, L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and Ashok Singhal—one of the leaders of the BJP’s Ram mandir movement in the ’90s—are reduced to thumbnails on posters displaying Modi and Amit Shah. From slogans like ‘Nayi Soch, Nayi Disha’ to greetings of the festival season, NaMo is plastered all over Muzaffarnagar and its surrounding rural areas. Other posters put up by Hindu hardliners and with themes like ‘Bharat Jago Daud’ and ‘Hindu Sansad’, with slogans like ‘Hinduon socho kal kya hoga’ and ‘Deoband Chalo’, also hint at the generally...

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