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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches as Yogi Adityanath greets Governor Ram Naik after taking oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday.—AP
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches as Yogi Adityanath greets Governor Ram Naik after taking oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday.—AP

NEW DELHI: Muslim-baiting Hindutva cleric Yogi Adityanath was sworn in on Sunday as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and communist leaders described it as a step towards turning India into a Hindu Rashtra (state).

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that with the yogi’s inauguration the BJP and its ideological parent the RSS have sent out a clear message that “they want to transform India into a Hindu Rashtra”.

He said it was also a clear message by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that the backward classes, minorities and other oppressed sections of society “will have to accept upper caste leadership”.

Mr Yechury accused Mr Adityanath of always speaking against the Muslims and the Dalits.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Yogi Adityanath was earlier accused of inciting communal tensions. “He has always been the symbol of communal violence, riots, intolerance and hatred,” Mr Vijayan said. “One cannot forget the fact that he has gone to the extreme of comparing Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan with Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed. He also tarnished the image of socio-cultural leaders ranging from Aamir Khan to Mother Teresa and also asked those reluctant to do ‘surya namaskar’ (a Yoga warm up routine) to go to Pakistan.”

Mr Vijayan said that at a time when the Ayodhya Ram temple issue was relegated to the background of Indian politics, Mr Adityanath triggered a venomous communal campaign to bring it to the centre of BJP agenda.

“By making a person having criminal background the chief minister of the largest state, the message the BJP sends to the nation is that they will continue to try to capture power by resorting to communal riots,” the communist chief minister of Kerala said.

He said only a party with sheer contempt for secularism and democracy can elevate such person as the chief minister.

Published in Dawn, March 20th, 2017


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rana Mar 20, 2017 09:02am

When he said anything about so called dalits.He has many dalits and Muslims working in his office.If you don't know check the latest from Indian news papers.Any communist are spent force.They are known for no work no curruption.

AhMAd Mar 20, 2017 09:03am

These so called left also what have done for uplift of minorities and backward class. Left was in govt. in West Bengal but Muslims are still very poor in that state. These people are only looking for their vote bank nothing else.

Mahesh Mar 20, 2017 09:05am

Communists are thugs of India. They have unleashed political violence in West Bengal and Kerala for last 70 years and also in Naxal affected areas. They cannot quote scriptures.

SID Mar 20, 2017 09:13am

' Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Yogi Adityanath was earlier accused of inciting communal tensions. " Mr Vijayan, please focus on maintaining law & order situation in Kerala. Public execution of RSS/ BJP worker has become daily affair in Kerala after you became CM .

Ajay Maheshwari Mar 20, 2017 09:10am

CPI-M is good for nothing.

M. Emad Mar 20, 2017 09:25am

If Pakistan is a Muslim State, why not India be a Hindu State ?

Sohail Wazir Mar 20, 2017 09:31am

Modi and Yogi both are trying best to make India a secular state. Thank you modi and yogi.

sachin Mar 20, 2017 09:31am

India is a Hindu state unofficially.

Bharat Jaiswal Mar 20, 2017 09:39am

When CPI(M) will win UP election in 2117, than they must take care these qualities in their CM candidate. Till than chill...

Sagar Mar 20, 2017 09:42am

sour grapes. Ask anyone whether they would prefer a state run by Yogi or a state where naxalites are given free hand to shoot your 10 year olds.

PAATCHU Mar 20, 2017 09:43am

This CPI(M) has contested in total 140 seats in UP. And you know how many votes they have got in a 200 million populated UP ? Just 360 votes out of total 140 candidates!!!.. Even candidates' wife & parents or children has not voted for their own candidates??

Rajendra Mar 20, 2017 09:45am

First communists should stop killing of hindu's in Kerala, then comment on others.

By the way, Yogi doen't have criminal background, he is protector of poor and down trodden.

Shoaib proud Indian kashmiri Mar 20, 2017 09:45am

Mr yechuri and kerala cm is playing politics here.Intetnally yogi Adityanath have good friendship with them.

Padmakar Mar 20, 2017 09:47am

Why people electing so called "right wing" after 70 years rule 'secular' governments..??

Padmakar Mar 20, 2017 09:48am

In India appeasement make you secular. The very word Secular has become bad word.

Padmakar Mar 20, 2017 09:45am

After all Its India's internal matter.

vineet Mar 20, 2017 09:50am

Look whom you are quoting ; CPI. They lost relevance long back. Try better.

rahim, Lucknow, UP Mar 20, 2017 09:50am

But Mr Yechury and CM Kerala and yogi Adityanath are proud Indians not like Hussain Haqani.

Prashant Mar 20, 2017 09:53am

Give one single statement of adityanath against dalits, it single action of him against Muslims.

It's because of constant lies n using dalits n Muslims as vote bank by threat of bjp both voted for bjp this time. They can see who treat them as equal, as human and not just a petty vote bank that can be captured using threat of bjp without changing a single thing in their life.

Bjp got numbers to make temple at ayodhya now, but still they don't want to interfere in court case, congress did previously. They can pass a resolution in Parliament after state Assembly and make temple by state money but they won't, Congress infact had overturned SC decision to make temple just by use of numbers n still it's bjp who is communal but Congress secular? What a farce.

Shahryar shirazi Mar 20, 2017 09:55am

@M. Emad Thats perfectly fine, but they have to come out clean

KT Mar 20, 2017 09:56am

Nepal is country which endorses it is Hindu country.

The problem is not with religion as Hinduism as it does not go against any religion. The proof of this is fact are various countries where Hindus are living.

Main agenda should be progress of state and safety of any community.

Any ideology which constitutes to destabilization must be immediately banned.

Himanshu Aggarwal Mar 20, 2017 09:57am

I wish they would have chosen a more literate and experienced person like manohar parrikar.

SK Mar 20, 2017 09:59am

In India atleast there are several instances to prove ' transferred nationalism ' of the Marxist followers.Grassroot levels they have failed miserably in every state after having massive support in Kerala and West Bengal where BJP is not getting any support even today. The neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Orissa and even Bihar made considerable progress compared to these states when under CPM

Ideology and policy are diametrically opposed. They only have ideology ....borrowed from China...no sustainable policies.

And therefore RSS and BJP are now getting overwhelming support of the masses irrespective of their cast and creed. Accept the responsibility for the same Mr Yechury and learn and do something for a change

Samir,India Mar 20, 2017 09:55am

Nothing wrong if he promotes his belief and spread wings of Hinduism in the state as long as there is no injustice or negligence of minorities.

SAM Mar 20, 2017 10:03am

CPIM Voteshare : 340 votes total in up Assembly elections. Less than NOTA.

SAM Mar 20, 2017 10:03am

They don't have the mandate to complaint.

RAJA CHILL Mar 20, 2017 10:04am

I have not seen any day to day reporting of indian politics in any other neighbour country be bangladesh srilanka or nepal.DNA relation ?

Bravo Mar 20, 2017 10:07am

Soon there will be ammendment of secular state! We want to be a Hindu Rashtra!

Bravo Mar 20, 2017 10:08am

These CPM retards got 0.001% votes in recent polls...who cares them..!

Abdul Rehman Mar 20, 2017 10:10am

Who needs a view from communists. Their days are long gone for ever.

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 10:11am

No one like communists in India their days is numbered.

KJ Mar 20, 2017 10:12am

@vineet :"Look whom you are quoting ; CPI."

Exactly - Have you asked majority of Indians what they think of CPI? CPI was never a mainstream political party. CPI only exists in a handful of states which have not done well. Most Indians have no time for parties like CPI. The way India is progressing, CPI has no place at all with their failed ideologies.

asif Ali Mar 20, 2017 10:15am

"He said only a party with sheer contempt for secularism and democracy ( Communist Party) can elevate such person , is dead."

KJ Mar 20, 2017 10:17am

@M. Emad :"If Pakistan is a Muslim State, why not India be a Hindu State ?"

You have valid point, and therefore Pakistan has no grounds to complain; but having said that, I would hate to see communalism taking shape in India. India is for all Indians, regardless of any religion, caste, or any other form of discrimination. Anyone who undermines India should be dealt with very severely, and that is indeed fair.

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 10:17am

Hindus can't have their state, they can't build a temple at the birthplace of Rama, they can't talk about Hinduism in India, they can't live and perform puja in Muslim majority places in India. That's what communists want in India. Enough of enough.

Rajiv Mar 20, 2017 10:19am

Dont know much about him, if he really is the rss variety then its of worry for liberal/secular Indians.Religion based politics and economic progress dont go together. You just have to look across the western border to see the result!

mandy Mar 20, 2017 10:18am

Soon we will be "hindu republic of india"...JAI HIND.

N.S Mar 20, 2017 10:21am

Foregone conclusion, India is a Hindu state no denying the fact. Secular constitution is just a piece of paper...also with the renaissance of Hinduism many people wants India to be a Hindu state...seems as though.

saudagar Mar 20, 2017 10:26am

expecting a MAHAgathbandhan 2019 with CONgress ,bsp,sp,aap,mim,jd,ss,rcp . it is yogi whose every decision and implementation make or break bjp from here after

SK Mar 20, 2017 10:28am

@BRAVO " Soon there will be ammendment of secular state! We want to be a Hindu Rashtra! "

Stop dreaming ...even earlier Hindu State Nepal is today a Secular Democratic Country. So please consign all these atrocious ideas in Indian Ocean.

Mark my words Hindus will fight against such move ...minorities need not do anything... Let them just watch.

Sorry to say but please just get lost ....Trump will welcome you !

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 10:26am

We want Hindu Rashtra. Hindus are secular by nature so nothing will change.

brr Mar 20, 2017 10:32am

If Indians collectively want a Hindu Rashtra, let it be so.

RAJA CHILL Mar 20, 2017 10:45am

There are thirty plus countries in the world which have islam as state religion ie islamic republic countries.There is non hindu republic.democracy of india will decide if the country wants to declare itself hindu rashtra.congress or CPI has lost say on the subject.

jaydeep Mar 20, 2017 10:46am

@M. Emad Fully agree with you , Well said . India should be officially declared a Hindu Nation .

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 10:48am

Check out West Bengal and Kerala what these communists have done there. That is why we don't want communism but a Hindu Rashtra.

jaydeep Mar 20, 2017 10:50am

@Shahryar shirazi Come out clean , Have the people of India not made it very clear by first voting for Modi in and the bringing the BJP back in power in UP. We are working our way to becoming a Hindu state and We are proud of it.

south Asia Mar 20, 2017 10:49am

They have appointed a person who has no family so he will not create wealth for himself and work for the state. A good break from the family politics in UP.

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 10:48am

Communists should stop Naxalism first.

south Asia Mar 20, 2017 10:58am

@brr Do you know that our Ex president and current VP, both Muslims?

R.Kannan Mar 20, 2017 10:57am

The communists have been an anti Hindu party. Indian media has generally ignored the rantings of Vijayan. At the end of the day, Yogi Adityanath will be judged by his actions and not the opinion of his opponents. By the way, today's Indian Express has carried an article on how some of Adityanath's closest aides (in charge of critical activities at the Gorakhpur Math) are Muslims.

amir_indian Mar 20, 2017 10:58am

Soon after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed all his ministers to declare details of their sources of income, movable and immovable assets to the Secretary to CM and to the party within 15 days. At his meeting with ministers, the CM called for the adoption of the working style of the central government — where Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked for 18 hours daily — to rectify the mistakes of the past 15 years.

Oracal Mar 20, 2017 10:55am

Let us send all the CPI-M to China and put them with the Tibetans or the Muslims or the non status refugees in China. The other option is to defeat them for once an all in the elections.

RAJA CHILL Mar 20, 2017 10:57am

@SK If you are so much assured of future outcome why all the focus of the media is on Yogi's selection as CM.do you know the names of the other four states which have new CM's along with uttar pradesh.

Kranti Mar 20, 2017 11:03am

What has your secular and democracy gave to INDIA in last 70 years except corruption and false communalism...Now Modi has shown what a real Hindu can do for INDIA, the real development without corruption and dynastic politics.

gungo Mar 20, 2017 11:10am

Hindu Muslim politics is as old as politics itself. Political parties thrive on it.

Khwarizmi Mar 20, 2017 11:15am

No surprise. India has never been true secular as always clamed. Had that been the thing then Pakistanis would not have left in the first place.

Saurabh Mar 20, 2017 11:17am

If a Muslim President or a Vice President does not signal a shift to Muslim state - how does a CM appointment signals a shift to Hindu state ?

Sundry indian Mar 20, 2017 11:22am

@Himanshu Aggarwal Please check the educational qualifications of Yogi Adithyanath. Ignorance is not always bliss me dear friend.

Shah Mar 20, 2017 11:28am

@Desi Dimag .. Hindus are secular... New theory???

Anusri Tripathi Mar 20, 2017 11:28am

If people of uttarpradesh voted for bjp, they will get what was within election agenda of that party. Why is cpm party poking it's nose in it? Cpm: a failed political party of India.

Shah Mar 20, 2017 11:29am

@M. Emad ..You better be worried about your Bangladesh...

ajith Mar 20, 2017 11:30am

@Himanshu Aggarwal he is holding Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Srinagar, is not that enough education???

Indian Mar 20, 2017 11:37am

CPi who are they?

Indian Mar 20, 2017 11:41am

Cpi once ruled Bengal look what have they done to it ? No development, no jobs. cpi is bunch of highly corrupt politicians

Soumik pyne Mar 20, 2017 11:37am

The very definition of Hindutva is Secularism, Yogi will do wonders for the votebank infested corrupt state of UttarPradesh.

Soumik pyne Mar 20, 2017 11:42am

@Bharat Jaiswal won't win even then

ashok Mar 20, 2017 11:43am

The communists fielded 140 + candidates in the UP elections and all of them were severely defeated, many losing their security deposits. The so called secular politicians have lost the peoples' pulse. People want jobs, economic development and security from terrorism, not the phony secularism which parties like Congress, SP, BSP AND CPM peddle. Let them win the elections and apply their ideology. Till then Modi and Yogi will rule.

Hamid shafiq Mar 20, 2017 11:43am

@M. Emad kindly study of history of India which make on the basis of secularism not Hindu ideology

Arun-KS Mar 20, 2017 11:44am

'Hindu' originated from 'Sindhu' and pronounced later as 'Indus' (by British) became basis for the name of 'India.' So, words 'Hindu' and 'India' are inseparable. Moreover, 'Hindu' word historically connects big masses of a large area in its true spirit.

pankaj Mar 20, 2017 11:40am

@Khwarizmi Pakistani Left because someone wanted to be PM of india

anand singh Mar 20, 2017 11:48am

140 candidates fielded by the communist party in UP. Not only did not even one win, between 140 candidates the party got less than 2000 votes!

Days something, and they have the termity to comment on a party that won !

Aurora Mar 20, 2017 11:48am

Communists slave their thoughts on borrowed ideology .

kunal majumdar Mar 20, 2017 12:02pm

The Communist Speak: 1999: Vajpayee - Secular; Advani - Communal 2014: Advani - Secular; Modi - Communal 2017: Modi - Secular; Yogi - Communal. What's next?

timetostopthis Mar 20, 2017 12:04pm

Why should India be secular when all its neighbours are clearly not.

Sneha Mar 20, 2017 12:04pm

Yogi Adityanath , PM modi etc are from backward caste not from upper caste. There busting the myth of upper caste ruling India or them being against dalit/backward caste. Communist party never win any election in india it's only restricted to state of Kerala. So There opinion doesn't matter.

awasthi Mar 20, 2017 12:01pm

@SK Give us development,we dont care about secularism.

timetostopthis Mar 20, 2017 12:06pm

In India secular means appeasement of one particular community. People don't want to be secular any more.

Raju Mar 20, 2017 12:07pm

how many seats did CPI win in UP? and the more you keep hindus insulting with your statements the more we vote for BJP.

timetostopthis Mar 20, 2017 12:09pm

@N.S You are absolutely right. And no one should complain about that as it is not called Hindustan for nothing.

rahul1 Mar 20, 2017 12:13pm

@Bravo There is no harm in Hindu Rashtra which is synonymous with Ram Rajya. HIndu Rashtra is going to role Model for entire world - especially Middle East - where one religion is creating more violence than multi religions in India, Hindustan or Bharat. And if at all your even 5% of your fears come true - Indian electorate will teach lesson to the wrong doers.

kaushal Mar 20, 2017 12:09pm

what India wants today is the riddance from these anti India Communists

D.K. PAMNANI Mar 20, 2017 12:14pm

No Indian takes care of CPI-M statement in India. Where is CPI-M in India. Not a single seat. This is a dead party.

Sunil bhalla Mar 20, 2017 12:17pm

According to him RSS and BJP want everyone to accept upper caste leadership”. They have lost their sense? Modi belongs to a backward class. Hindutva leaders like Uma bharti are dalits. Infact, dalit Hindus are the real carrier of Hindutva ideology.

rahim, Lucknow, UP Mar 20, 2017 12:17pm

@pankaj Agree with you brother.For the first time we followed a muslim leader during independence from Britishers and faced the pain of division of India as consequences.

salman Mar 20, 2017 12:33pm

India should declare itself as Hindu Status. Secularism in India is joke.

JPG Mar 20, 2017 12:38pm

Similar cries were made by communists when Modi became the PM in 2014. They predicted widespread communal riots and Hindu Rashtra but nothing like that happened. The fact is that Communal riots happened in Non-BJP ruled states in last few year. BJP ruled states like MP, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra have not seen any riot in last few years. These states are developing faster since BJP came to power in those states.

Modi was demonised by the Media but the fact is that he is extremely honest. Even Wikileaks reports said that Modi is Incorruptible. He just picks up hard working honest Singles who can focus only on development. That's why you see Singles like Khattar as CM in Haryana who has no family and no reason to amass wealth. Same reason applies for Adityanath. He has no family. He lives a very simple life as a Sanyasi. and He has no reason to encourage corruption. Young people like him can work 18 hours a day towards development of a backward state like UP.

Jayan Mar 20, 2017 12:41pm

This is the same party which fielded 690 candidates in the 5 assembly elections and got big zero in all theses states. Such is their reputation in India. We have to use magnifying glass to find their presence in India.

Shyam Mar 20, 2017 12:49pm

That's all false agenda by opposition, India will be united as usual CPM is the burden for the country

md Mar 20, 2017 12:53pm

YOGI ADITYANATH found a 8 year boy who was MUSLIM by his name and don't have parents, Yogi took the boy with him and boy lives with him in his MATHA(TEMPLE) and now he is 16 years old and is following ISLAM and has same MUSLIM name....this much knowledge is sufficient for the people who fear about YOGI ADITYANATH and his credentials.

D.K. PAMNANI Mar 20, 2017 12:55pm

@salman

It is Hindu State since 1947 unofficially. Now within a span of time, it will be declared as Hindu State. Do not worry.

Puja D Mar 20, 2017 01:03pm

Communist parties are outdated and a failure, their ideology rejected by India long back. They just surviving on funding from out of India. So communist opinions doesn't matter.

Divakar Mar 20, 2017 01:06pm

@saudagar : Mahaghatbandhan with ten prime ministerial aspirants.

Not your concern Mar 20, 2017 01:12pm

I am Hindu and I am not Secular . Pakistan is a Muslim country and majority Pakistanis are not Secular. is that a crime ? Being non secular is not a crime anywhere !

keyhole Mar 20, 2017 01:23pm

Thanx dawn for proving day to day extensive coverage /news of indian politics.

gary Mar 20, 2017 01:30pm

If Yogi plays his cards right, he may be the PM in 2024, or 2029. By then, Congress will have its funeral complete.

Abhishek Mar 20, 2017 01:40pm

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is good for nothing, as far as Yogi is concerned he is very helpful for every section of society, be it Muslim, Christian, Sikh or Hindu. He talks of India.

xtra Mar 20, 2017 01:42pm

@Himanshu Aggarwal We have tolerated a person like RaGa for decades can't we give few months to YA? Wait and see how he works.

Fried Chillies Mar 20, 2017 03:09pm

CPI - M the party that lost both relevance and power including Calcutta talks about setting up the national narrative by a party that for whatever reason has gone from strength to strength. Would he bother to explain the decimation in West Bengal?

Fried Chillies Mar 20, 2017 03:11pm

@M. Emad because we the common people don't see it as a Hindu state. Pluralistic society is both deeply loved and cherished

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 03:14pm

@Himanshu Aggarwal Shame on Aggarwal community though my wife is Aggarwal, Instead of making money why don't you guys join defence to protect the nation?

Faisal Mar 20, 2017 03:19pm

So true colors of Hindu extremist India are shining now.

Desi Dimag Mar 20, 2017 03:18pm

@Faisal So true colors of Hindu extremist India are shining now.

Check the data India is really shining.

SID Mar 20, 2017 07:27pm

Mr Vijayan has 11 cases registered against him, including the SNC Lavalin case pending before a CBI court. Viyayan is seventh accused in the case, which related to loss of Rs 373 crores caused to the state in a deal he initiated with the Canadian company for the renovation of three hydro-electric plants during his term as Electricity Minister in 2006.

SID Mar 20, 2017 07:42pm

@Himanshu Aggarwal It is not about education & experience. Just check the qualification of Congress leader. Dr MMS , P Chidambaram ( Harvad University ), Mani Sankar Aiyer ( Cambridge) , Salman Khursid ( Oxford) , Prithviraj Chavan ( University of California) & plenty of experience. Still they were part of the some of the biggest scam of India ever seen.

Democrate1 Mar 22, 2017 06:25pm

From ongoing comments of Indians readers looks like Mr. Yogi is a clean personality, against corruption and progressive that might prove him as good administrator. being sincere with their new leadership in UP they can judge much better and might react if anything goes against secularism, minorities or his partiality. no worries.