On Sunday, Ammar Yasar, a native of Jharkhand, and his friend Abdul Wahid – both students and residents of Jodhpur - were picked up by the Special Cell of the Delhi police and linked up with the arrest of four people who were arrested and projected as the fictitious „Indian Mujahideen‟ members in Rajasthan a day ago. But before they could be framed in a similar manner, this latest bid of the notorious Special Cell was foiled only because of the militant and spirited protests of the Jamia Nagar residents who came out in the streets in hundreds and blockaded the Noida-Delhi Highway till their release at midnight. While the two had to been released, there have been several cooked up stories that the police has already come up with. One of those arrested from Rajasthan, Zia-ur Rahman has been projected as a key person in the Indian Mujahideen hierarchy and the “mastermind” behind a series of “terror” attacks, such as Jama Masjid attack (September 2010), Varanasi blast (December 2010), Mumbai blast (July 2011), Pune blast (August 2012) and Hyderabad blasts (2013). The Special Cell has also linked Zia with Atif Amin who was killed in cold blood by the Special Cell in 2009 in the Batla House fake encounter. Away from media attention, the Special Cell also took into custody one more youth from Jaipur, brought him to Delhi apparently for „questioning‟ and once again he could be released only because of the intervention and persistent efforts of several activists. In another instance, a renowned Muslim cleric, Maulana Abdul Qavi, the rector of Madarsa Ashraful Uloom in Hyderabad was abducted by the Gujarat police and the Special Cell on the 24th of March as he landed here in Delhi airport. He has also been charged with the conspiracy to kill Modi and others like Advani and Togadia and has also been linked up to some youths who were earlier arrested from Hyderabad.
The corporate media however, went viral immediately after the arrests of 4 youth from Rajasthan. The implanted stories provided by the IB were flooded across headlines. “Foiling of a Major terror plot ahead of the polls”, “IM module in Rajasthan smashed”, “Chunav me dhamaka karne aye chhah atanki giraftar” (6 terrorists aiming to carry out blasts during elections arrested), “IM ka top terrorist police ne dabocha” (Police catches hold of a top IM terrorist)…these were some of the headlines of leading dailies. Bringing out the entrenched Islamophobia, one prominent Hindi daily went so far as to say, “engineering students nikle atankwadi, makaan malik ke saamne padhte the Quran” (engineering students turned out to be terrorists, and they would read the Quran in front of their landlord). The Hindu, considered a progressive newspaper by many, has gone so far as to provide a detailed "life history" (of course as provided by the police) of Zia-Ur Rahman. And in all their narratives what they are trying to establish along with fanning the furor around Islamophobia, is that conspiracies are being hatched to kill Modi! The question to be posed is who actually benefits from this narrative?
“Plotting to kill Modi”, haven‟t we heard it over and over again? This bogey had claimed many lives already. Sadiq Jamal (2003), Ishrat Jahan, Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar (2004), Sohrabuddin Sheikh (2005) and Tulsiram Prajapati (2006) were all killed in fake encounters with this same pretext. Today, it is not a surprise that the same bogey is being manufactured once again ahead of the Lok Sabha polls when the mass murderer of Gujarat is projecting himself as the next PM of the country. In his Bihar rally too last October, after some low intensity bomb blasts, several Muslim youth were immediately arrested. Such projections are nothing but blatant efforts to create a polarization in favour of Modi, to show that he is on a „target‟ because of his "strong stand on Islamic terrorism." This serves two complementary and simultaneous purposes to the system. On one hand it provides a ground for communal fascist state to tighten its grip over the people, especially the muslims. As we have seen in the recent instances, the police, special cell, ATS all plunged together and worked in tandem to implicate people in these false cases and the media faithfully parroted the implanted stories without any attempt to unravel the truth. On the other hand this manufactured „threat‟ also generates legitimacy for a fascist figurehead like Modi to be at realm of power and control the situation with his iron fist.
For fascism to gain grounds and thrive the constant invention of "enemies" which from time to time can be muslims, dalits, migrant labourers, Maoists, Christians, homosexuals, "people-emulating-western-values", oppressed nationalities and so on (the list either keeps shifting or overlaps) is inevitable. The simultaneous ruthless persecution of these imagined enemies also becomes a necessity. The Congress too, trying to take electoral advantage of this polarization, is sending a veiled threat to the muslims that this witch hunting will continue. Like a pack of hunting wolves they send this common signal to the minorities, that they should remain as pliant vote bank or else shall be ruthlessly persecuted as "terrorists" by this cannibal state machinery. In this entire constructed cacophony about "Islamic terrorism", the terror network of the sangh giroh that was behind the series of bomb blasts in Malegaon, Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta Express is carefully being obliterated from public discourse and memory.
It is therefore facile to see Modi as a megalomaniac communal individual who is "posing a threat to the Indian democracy". Quite the contrary, it is each & every cog in the wheel of the casteist, communal, patriarchal & repressive state machinery that has come together in the making of Modi. Be it the army with its top brass involved in Hindutva terror plots; the police with its witch-hunt; the judiciary with its “clean chit” to Modi to cleanse him of the blood of the massacres of thousands; the media with its “NaMo” campaign; and the parliament - every so called "democratic" institution of this country has ensured his rise. Every parliamentary, party including the parliamentary pseudo-left with their complicity & tacit support for this repressive state machinery, has helped it fortify to the extent that now this mass murderer can claim a legitimate rise to the realm of power. Modi is today the strongest advocate of the feudal-Brahmanical-imperialist nexus that has always pervaded & even dominated India‟s parliamentary polity. His agenda of Hindutva & his policies of "development" thereby has the potential to unleash at any given time from a repository of thousands of years of Brahminical caste violence, patriarchal violence, communal-fascist violence & developmental terrorism of loot & plunder.
So, there is no "democracy" that Modi poses a threat to. Rather the challenge in front of us today is to build that real democracy that will wipe out the regime of mass murderers and put an end to such oppression and witch-hunting. Such democratization is possible not through unholy alliances or opportunistic electoral permutations and combinations within the same fascist anti-people system. Only a politics of revolutionary social transformation, that aims to build a united struggle of all the oppressed masses can challenge and crush Modi and the system that backs him.