Why do we need a Hindu nation

Voice of a desperate nation

What many of her compatriots only think, she put it openly: the appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign. “We need a government. Desperate. But we don't have any, "wrote Arundhati Roy in a column for the online portal" Scroll.in ", in which she discusses the dramatic escalation of the corona crisis. The author and social activist is one of the most important Indian intellectuals. In the text she once again does not mince words. She could never have imagined asking Modi for anything, it says about the man who has consistently redesigned the country since 2014 in the interests of the Hindu nationalists of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Now you have to swallow that pride, so Arundhati Roy. Modi may make room for someone else, probably also from the BJP. But just a person who acts. There is still a chance for a dignified exit.

Arundhati Roy (59) became known worldwide in 1997 with her first novel "The God of Little Things", for which she received the Booker Prize. She lives in Delhi, which has been particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic, and campaigns against Hindu nationalism, the caste system, the nuclear armament of India and dams. Her criticism of the government's corona policy makes her the voice of a nation that has become the biggest victim of the pandemic. The total number of infected people has risen from 14 to 21.5 million since mid-April, and the official daily figure climbed over 400,000 cases for a second time on Thursday. In real terms, it could even be ten or thirty times as much, it is speculated. The author pleadingly spoke out not only on Scroll.in. She also writes in the British Guardian of a country in desperation, where even doctors are visibly helpless and the cremators cannot keep up with all the dead.

The accusation that Roy is not the only one: the Modi government has done nothing for too long. On the contrary: instead of proclaiming a second lockdown, regional elections were held and the Khumbh Mela was even held on the Ganges - at least 30 million people came close to each other for the largest Hindu festival. "We are witnessing a crime against humanity," she accuses. Thomas Berger

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