Mamta Coins ‘Hin­dutva Ver­sus Hilsa’ Jibe to Counter BJP

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

As Ben­gal gets more and more po­lar­ized with the ar­rival of the BJP as a po­tent po­lit­i­cal force, iden­tity pol­i­tics too seems to gain mo­men­tum in the state. For long, Ben­galis have con­sid­ered the BJP as a party of the Hindi heart­land, but now with Amit Shah declar­ing Ben­gal as the fi­nal fron­tier, BJP is ag­gres­sively woo­ing eth­nic Ben­galis us­ing Hindu na­tion­al­ism, rak­ing up is­sues like mi­nor­ity ap­pease­ment, Bangladeshi im­mi­gra­tion, etc.

Hounded by these de­vel­op­ments CM Ma­mata Ban­er­jee has asked her party work­ers to en­gage with the Hindu com­mu­nity over re­li­gious events like Ram Navmi and Hanu­man Jayanti. How­ever, the Assam NRC re­port has pro­vided the Tri­namool Congress supremo with a unique op­por­tu­nity to counter the BJP’s com­mu­nal nar­ra­tives. To counter BJP’s com­mu­nal card, she aims to push a larger Ben­gali sec­u­lar nar­ra­tive, where the com­mu­nity unites based on its lin­guis­tic iden­tity, cast­ing aside the re­li­gious di­vide.

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