Even if you are a ‘Bhakt’, if you believe in sheer evidence, you could not deny the fact that in recent times, since Modi govt came to power, there has been surge in incidents of crime against minorities specially Muslims. Sometimes in the name of cow protection, sometimes in the name of forced and fake patriotism like singing ‘Vande Mataram’ or chanting slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. Prime Minister Modi claims to bring a ‘New India’ and even in his I-Day speech this year he said “violence in the name of faith is unacceptable” and “India is about Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. Casteism and communalism will not help us.” Giving speeches that sounds good to ears and pitch-perfect is an art Modi has excelled in. But in reality these speeches are shallow words only, as even after his speech, there has been no stopping in cases of lynching or mob-justice over alleged possession of beef by Muslims. What does it proves, it proves nothing but Modi’s duplicity and betrayal to people of this country, majority of whom do not want any communal tension and believe in harmony and peace. It is not an unknown fact that the BJP govt has emboldened such fringe elements who claim to save the holy cow and serve Bharat Mata by killing innocent people. The govt is in complete denial that minorities are feeling unsafe under their rule and every thing is alright. But facts says otherwise, since the NDA govt took charge there has been increase in such cases manifold. It’s not that everything was perfect under the previous UPA govt led by Congress, there has been such incidents, but the numbers were quite less. According to a news report by Hindustan Times “Muslims were the target of 51% of violence centred on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) and comprised 86% of 28 Indians killed in 63 incidents, according to an IndiaSpend content analysis of the English media. As many of 97% of these attacks were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014, and about half the cow-related violence – 32 of 63 cases – were from states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the attacks were reported, revealed our analysis of violence recorded until June 25, 2017. Of the 28 Indians who died over the seven-year period, 24 were Muslim, or 86%. As many as 124 people were also injured in these attacks. More than half (52%) of these attacks were based on rumours.” Still the govt denies that minorities are feeling unsafe in India. So when outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari on Aug 9 said there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims in the country, asserting the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat, his comment sparked angry reactions from a section of social media users as well as many BJP leaders, including PM Modi who took a dig at him saying “Ansari is someone with family ties to the Congress party and the Khilafat movement whose prior experience, beliefs and associations were essentially limited to Muslim preoccupations”. And also then newly elected Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in a veiled attack, rejected the view that there was a sense of insecurity among minorities. “Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due”, said Naidu. In that case, Mr Ansari looks similar to Emmanuel Goldstein, a character in George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, who the autocratic state portrays as the enemy of people, saying, he lies all the time and should be detested with utmost intensity. The govt presented it as the ‘two minutes of hate’, where in the novel, people are made to watch a film depicting the state’s enemies (notably Goldstein and his followers) and express their hatred for them for exactly two minutes. This is what BJP officials exactly did when Ansari tried to show us the mirror, to urge us to reflect on ourselves. And we have been so naive, we shy away from the fact the minorities are feeling unsafe and subjected to state sponsored crimes, we are made to believe that everything is fine and we are having ‘acche din’. The govt means to say don’t be a ‘Thought Criminal’ (again a reference from the novel) otherwise we will deal with you and the Big Brother is watching you.