Indian MP Mahua Moitra’s ‘rising fascism’ speech wins plaudits. Mahua Moitra from Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) had listed the early warning signs of fascism on a poster in the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the US.
Mahua said that she was reading the points to show how India’s constitution was under threat and the country was being “torn apart” by the ruling party’s “lust to divide”.
Moitra began her speech by acknowledging the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide huge victory in the recent Lok Sabha general elections 2019.
However, Moitra, said it was “the very nature of the overwhelming-ness of this mandate makes it necessary for the voices of dissent to be heard”.
Seven danger signs of early fasicm as per Moitra :
- “There is a powerful and continuing nationalism that is searing into our national fabric,” she said. “It is superficial, it is xenophobic and it is narrow. It’s the lust to divide and not the desire to unite.”
- She pointed to a “resounding disdain for human rights”, which she said had led to a 10-fold increase in the number of hate crimes between 2014 and 2019.
- Ms. Moitra criticized the government for its “unimaginable subjugation and control of mass media”. She said India’s TV channels spend “the majority of airtime broadcasting propaganda for the ruling party”.
- She attacked the government for what she said was an “obsession with national security”. An “atmosphere of fear” pervaded the country, with new enemies being created every day.
- “The government and religion are now intertwined. Do I even need to speak about this? Need I remind you that we have redefined what it means to be a citizen?” she demanded, saying laws had been amended to target Muslims.
- She said “complete disdain for intellectuals and the arts” and “the repression of all dissent” was the most dangerous sign of all – and it was “pushing India back to the Dark Ages”.
- The last sign, Ms. Moitra said, was the “erosion of independence in our electoral system”.