‘Tukde tukde gang’ – these innocuous-sounding words have wrecked havoc to the political discourse of our country for the past 3 years while also being guilty of polarising the citizens of India like never before.
The word ‘Tukde‘ – a Hindi/Urdu expression – literally means a piece. So when someone uses the term ‘tukde tukde gang’, they are referring to a supposedly evil-minded group of Indians who are hell bent on dividing the country. Something that has been proven to be inaccurate in light of the recent events.
This phrase has been used a countless number of times by the saffron brigade to unfairly malign the reputations not just the trio of student leaders turned political activists like Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid and the university that they belong to i.e. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), but it also served as a convenient excuse to label anyone who dared to question the government as an anti-national.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) owes a large part of their success to this narrative which also enabled a section of our population to display their bigotry and Islamophobia out in the open, to the utter dismay of those who still believed in the secular ethos of our country.
Thankfully an RTI (Right to information) inquiry by Saket Gokhale, a Maharashtra based journalist, on the existence of such a gang has revealed that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which is under the direct control of the Home Minister of India, has no information of the existence of any such gang. At a time when not just the BJP leaders but a large section of the mainstream media is busy painting any dissenter as a member of this Anti-National, Pseudo-Liberal, Sickular, Pro Pakistan, Pro Afzal Guru gang that is out to destroy the country; the red-faced officials at South Block have to admit that this Gang is nowhere to be found.
While the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the entire BJP leadership were shouting from the rooftops about punishing the Tukde-Tukde gang by voting for their party in the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections, the bureaucrats running the Home Ministry were busy searching for finding even a shred of evidence to justify the existence of this group without any success whatsoever. For anyone doubting my claims, please see the below tweet:
Liar, liar, pants on fire?
Those who were thundering about this gang should now ideally come down from their high horses and tell us if there is even an iota of truth in any of their declarations about this fictionalized gang, something that is highly unlikely. They are petrified by our questions, however much they may try to fool us with their fake machismo and chest thumping. Behind all their aggression, lies a timid and highly prejudiced group of people who want to create fissures within our nation.
Ladies and gentlemen, they are the real tukde tukde gang. They are the ones who have divided us on religious and caste lines with such precision that a large section of our citizens fell hook, line and sinker for their communal propaganda.
Not only do they believe every word uttered by the ruling party, but they also spend their time and energy in promoting those lies. Sadly, they have become a mirror image of their idols as they hate being questioned by anyone and that they believe in suppressing dissent one way or the other. They also believe in the minority-hating nonsense that BJP members are more than happy to spread around not just through Whatsapp and Social Media but also through their public discourse.
Communalism needs to be annihilated
Unfortunately, they have been indoctrinated to such an extent that difference of opinion has become blasphemous and they are not even able to tolerate the presence of someone with a different point of view. The government had actively promoted this project of dividing the nation and use it for electoral gains. But such a strategy will spell doom for the entire nation, which is evidenced by the faltering economic and social environment of the country.
Wouldn’t it be more prudent for the government to abandon the narrative of tukde tukde gang forever and focus more on reviving the fortunes of this nation? Or will the government continue with their fallacious and communal program and push down our country into a state of paralysis that we may take years to recover from?
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