Not long before people find out that Gujarat model is not reality but farce

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BJP’s Hindutva ideology found solid support in Gujarat. Gujarat has 89% Hindu majority, which means religious voting in favour of the Hindu nationalist party. But more than the religious sentiments, it was the dissatisfaction with the Congress government that led to the exit of Congress not only from Gujarat.

The state has been favouring BJP and Narendra Modi for primarily two reasons. Firstly, the industrialisation and economic growth in Gujarat has greatly favoured the middle class and neo-middle class which make up the urban population. Secondly, the minorities, Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis, who constitute less than 30% of total Gujarat population, have been excluded from mainstream development. While the former group is large enough to bring BJP in majority, the latter has contributed to the party gaining benefit due to reverse polarisation.

While BJP was strongest in Gujarat during the Narendra Modi’s time as chief minister, the sheen was lost when the mantle was transferred to Anandiben Patel upon Modi becoming the Prime Minister. It was during her tenure that the Patidar community revolted against the state government and demanded reservation in government jobs and educational institutes. Sensing a possible fallout of the Patidar community with BJP, both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have been courting the sizable community.

Communal fire

Since 1969, the state has been engulfed in communal fire. That year saw 650 deaths. The cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Godhra have been increasingly prone to communal violence. In 1992 after the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, rioting consumed more than 300 lives.

The state in 2002 saw one of the worst faces of humanity consumed by religious hatred and intolerance. Notably, the riots happened only months after Narendra Modi was elected the CM of the state. Many questions have since then been raised about the involvement of the RSS in the violent wave revenging the death of 58 karsevaks returning from Ayodhya. The state saw a large-scale communal riots resulting in the deaths of at least 1,200 people, mostly Muslims.

Though Gujarat has been communally sensitive since the beginning, the intensity scale has sky rocketed after BJP came to power. The Sangh parivar has been persistently gnawing the state and draining the efforts of Gandhiji at bringing peace and solidarity among different communities. The threads of harmony which he so painstakingly and diligently wove, are now being pulled apart in his own land.

The big bubble

While Gujarat is not facing any immediate political crisis today, what it suffers from is the web of lies that have been woven around it for electoral gains.

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