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“You stay in a Yadav area, but will vote for BJP?” RJD goons attack Hindu family on voting day in Bihar

In yet another chilling reminder of how parties that are the epitome of feudal (aka casteist), parochial, criminal, corrupt and bigoted politics are elevated as ‘secular democrats’ by our Nehruvian intelligentsia, RJD goons beat up a Hindu family who they suspected was voting for BJP in the ongoing Bihar elections.

A clip which is going viral shows a man, his mother and other family members narrating their horrific experience on camera. The man was beaten with a rod and we can see his vest in tatters; his elderly parents were assaulted too.

“Some people did not want us to vote, they are frustrated against us..,” says Satish Kumar, his vest in tatters. “We will vote for whom we want, not because someone is putting pressure on us,” adds a shocked woman (probably his wife).

“We had just come back from voting..they wanted us to vote for lantern (RJD’s election symbol),” Satish says.” His mother adds, “It is our decision…but they started abusing us, saying, ‘You stay in a Yadav area, and (expletive) will vote for Kamal (BJP’s election symbol).”

Satish, his elderly mother and father were all attacked and one can clearly see injury marks on their body.

Such reports of ordinary BJP voters being attacked can be found across the country, whether its West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, UP or Bihar. The perpetrators are workers of ‘secular’ parties like RJD, TMC, NCP, CPM. All these parties are feted as champions of social justice and upholders of anti-majoritarianism by the country’s ‘secular’ intelligentsia. Their alliance with rabid Islamist parties like AIMIM, SDPI, IUML is celebrated and use of dreaded criminals like Shahabuddin, Atiq Khan, Pappu Yadav is legitimised. And the undisputed power centre of this secular politics is Congress’ Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, ferociously defended by its suave durbaris who provide the paint of respectability to this quasi-criminal enterprise.

No politician is probably more representative of this rot within Indian democracy than RJD’s supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, these days in & out of jail in fodder scam and other cases, who has anointed his son Tejashwi as successor and CM candidate.

Lalu along with his wife, Rabri Devi (together they ruled Bihar from 1990-2005, with the illiterate Rabri acting as rubber-stamp CM from 1997 onwards as Lalu had to quit when the fodder scam was first revealed), are infamous for ‘jungle raj‘ in Bihar, a period when kidnapping & extortion became established professions in the state. Lalu and his followers were also fine exponents of the celebrated Indian electoral art of ‘Booth capturing‘, a term which zoomers might not recognise, and loving memories of which are chiefly responsible for the shrill demands to ditch EVMs and return to paper ballots.

After Lalu moved to the centre as Minister of Railways in UPA-1, he became the cynosure of all eyes in Lutyens’ Delhi, much celebrated for his rustic witticisms. Many still yearn for the good old days.

But the one paying the price for the duplicity of our elites who promote and cheer the worst impulses of our democracy, are poor Hindus like Satish Kumar who vote in the hope of a dignified life with basic necessities.

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