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An Emerging Political Hero,The Hindu Nationalist-Yogi Adityanath

By Dirgha Raj Prasai (NEPAL)
  Kathmandu, Nepal      March 26 2017

Newly appointed Uttar Pradesh (India) Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath

 
 
The energetic Hindu Yogi was elected the youngest member in Lok Sabha at 26 years' age in 1886. In 1998-99: he became the Member, Committee on Food, Civil Supplies, Public Distribution and its Sub-Committee-B on Department of Sugar and Edible Oils; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs In 1999: Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term) 1999-2000: Member, Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs In 2004: Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (3rd term) Member, Committee on Government Assurances; Member, Committee on External Affairs; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs In 2009: Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term); Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture and he re-elected to the 16th Lok Sabha (5th term) 2014 from Gorakhpur constituency. 
 
I know him for a long period of time as a Hindu nationalist and advocator. Yogi Adityanath, after his appointment as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Prime Minister- Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were in Lucknow to pay the customary obeisance. It is a matter of happiness in India, BJP is able to restoration its traditional Hindu dignity. Nepal and India are the only pious Hindu countries in the world. Nepal always seeks a permanent, loyal and respected permanent institution the monarchy to safeguard the Hinduism. In the context of Nepal, very one should realize that the strategic and geo-socio-political situation of Nepal mandatorily demands the existence of monarchical institution in the country. The monarchy and Hindu Kingdom both are inter-related identified symbols of Nepal. Our concern is national stability, unity and complete democracy. 
 
I along with the entire Hindu from Himwatkhanda would like to congratulate the newly appointed Chief Minister of UP- Yogi Adityanath. Yogi Adityanath has a very good influence in Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) all due to his strong personality, knowledge and ethical values. He has very good debating skill and able to correlate 
may pass event to predict future. He is not just a Hindu but in fact has immense knowledge on Hindutwa. 
 
Although, he has been blamed for being radical Hindu leader but he is equally good for Muslim community. Just to prove that, the Hindu leader Adityanath declared a new model for development that is based on 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'... My government will be for everyone, not specifically for any caste or community. We will work for development of all sections and castes and create a new structure of  progress.' The BJP that fought the recently-held Uttar Pradesh election on the tried and tested development plan, it's the selection of Adityanath as the chief ministerial candidate came as a surprise. For argument's sake, let's assume that Adityanath has renounced his hardliner ways and accepted development as his mantra, his views on women empowerment and equal participation will definitely prove to be an impediment in his road to development. Adityanath was one of the BJP MPs, who went against the party whip, and opposed the Women's Reservation Bill in 2010. On the website www.yogiadityanath.in, in an essay titled 'Matrishakti - Bharatiya Sanskriti Ke Sandarbh Mein', he writes on the importance of women's participation in the development of society, but limits the role of woman to a mother, sister, daughter and a wife. 
 
The Chief Minister goes on to write that just like if energy is not channelized, it goes to waste and proves to be disastrous, a women's power needs to be reined in. He writes that women don't need freedom, they need protection and channelization. His opinionated, but dubious take on women's freedom gets confusing, considering he has been equally loquacious about cows and their protection. 
 
Continuing in a similar vein, he writes a father offers protection to a girl, in her adulthood the role is taken up by her husband and in her old age it is the son that looks after her. His myopic vision restricts a woman's involvement in the family structure. The struggles of a working woman might as be well non-existent for this leader. At some point, he acknowledges women's contribution in the Independence movement and in the progress of the nation and lauds their successes in various sectors. He also writes that years of discrimination have pushed women in the background and that though women have made progress in all walks of life, it has been mostly witnessed in urban areas and in affluent families and writes that a lot has to be done in the rural sector. 
 
The appointment of the Hindu cleric Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has created waves in the Indian media. It is an event that could well have significant ramifications for Nepal. Adityanath has more extensive links and stronger opinions about this country than perhaps any chief minister of any Indian state bordering Nepal since Indian independence. Yogi Adityanath is the mahant of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. Anyone with knowledge of Nepali history will instantly recognize that the Gorakhnath temple had deep historical ties with Nepal's erstwhile royal family. Prithvi Narayan Shah himself supposedly received the blessings of the Mahant of the temple before he waged his conquests that led to the formation of the modern Nepali state. From that time onwards, each Nepali king visited Gorakhnath to seek the deity's blessings. 
 
Since 2006, Nepal's situation has been gradually deteriorated. This is because our basic fundamental values are violated; consequently national unity and sustainable peace has not been achieved. The constitution is non-functional with the annulment of the constitution of 1990 that was suddenly suspended without any reason. The country has been unconstitutionally declared so called republic and secular state. This is in fact, foremost cause of the deteriorative situation of the country. We Nepalese hope that India- a neighbor, a friend, and a largest Hinducommunity must stand with us in this issue. If the royal institution is reinstated in Nepal, most of problems would be solved. We can reinstate peace and thus, we can assure our neighbors about their security concerns. The monarchy is essential not only for our internal issues, but also for security concerns of our neighbour countries. So, we must respect Nepal's monarchical system and for that 
we must enthrone the King. 
 
India has witnessed the historical victory of nationalist patriotic power as a democratic practice of world's largest democracy. We heartily support Prime minister Sri Narendra Modi, a visionary leader. We believe Indo-Nepal relations will find new dimensions with new government of India. We are against any interference. But we always seek positive support and developmental cooperation. At this time, we are in crisis. Entire Nepalese Hindu people want India to play a supportive role in reinstating our lost pride-Hinduism and constitutional monarch. The Nepalese monarch always has goodwill with India. The fact is that the Nepalese monarchs held special right for carrying out ritualistic worship in many Hindu shrines and temples in India as well. If this happens then, India's Hindutwa can also be dignified. 
 
It is highly appreciable that current Indian leaders have made statements for our side. Here I want to quote some statements. Senior leader of B.J.P Lalkrishna Advani said: 'The framework for constitutional monarchy in Nepal should be consolidated because monarchy is the symbol of Nepal's identity and sovereignty. Nepal should have an active and dynamic multi-party democracy'. Present Home minister and the BJP leader Rajnath Singh said- 'We used to feel proud that Nepal was the only Hindu kingdom in the world,' Singh said. 'I will be happy when Nepal is a Hindu state again. 'We used to feel proud that Nepal was the only Hindu kingdom in the world. 'I will be happy when Nepal is a Hindu state again. No one is appealing to the Islamic states of Pakistan and Bangladesh to become secular. But it was done in Nepal.' 
 
Yogi Adityanath was outspoken about political events in Nepal during the early years of the peace process. He vociferously criticized the decision of the mainstream parliamentary parties to ally with the Maoists (whom he viewed as anti-Hindu criminals), as well as the decision to establish a secular and republican state. In his view, Hindu monarchy was the only thing that could hold Nepal together, and he often claimed that the abolition of the institution would lead to Nepal's fragmentation. He is also thought to have actively supported the Madhes movements in 2007 and 2008. Still, for the Hindu cleric-turned-chief minister, the revival of a Hindu state and monarchy was, and continues to be, far more important than any demands for the inclusion of marginalized groups. When Nepal adopted a constitution in 2015, he barely said anything about the Madhesi demands. He, however, condemned the document as it made Nepal a secular, rather than a Hindu, state. 
 
It is too early to clearly decide what Adityanath appointment will means for Nepal. Nonetheless, there are some tendencies that can be discerned. One, it is likely that he will encourage the Hindu nationalist organization, the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), to increase its activities on Nepali soil, and campaign for the 
restoration of a Hindu Kingdom. Two, the UP government could well gain greater influence on Delhi's policies towards Nepal. It is widely thought that Indian policy in recent years has been primarily focused on supporting the Madhesi demands. But it is more likely that UP's chief minister will not help the Madhesi parties so much as embolden and strengthen Hindu revivalist organizations and parties. This could pose threats to our fledgling federal and secular order. Voices in favor of smothering minorities might gain ground, leading to a reversal of the political achievements of the recent years. This is something that Nepal's parties and civil society need to keep guard against the secularism and republic. 
 
It is a matter of happiness to all that CM Yogi Adityanath ordered a swift action against the accused in a molestation case after the victims' family member tweeted to him seeking justice. Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Aditya Nath on Wednesday presided over his first cabinet meeting in Lucknow. He today ordered blanket ban on smuggling of cows and directed state government officials against using plastic products and pan masala in office premises. Here are the latest developments: 
 
'The Uttar Pradesh election result, followed by the election of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister, created a wave of disorientation among those deemed opinion makers. Indeed, a large section of the media prejudged the UP campaign in that light. Consequently, the BJP sweep and the complete decimation of its competitors came as more than a shock. It generated existential anguish. 'Hindustan Times remarks-As if this was not enough, the BJP followed its 'disruptive' mass outreach with the anointment of Adityanath as the chief minister. This decision has proved too much for the forces of intellectual enlightenment to stomach. The prevailing image of the Mahant of the Gorakhnath temple as one of India's foremost 'communal' monsters, one who went a hundred steps beyond dog whistle polarization, produced unequivocal outrage. Along with charging Modi and BJP President Amit Shah with hubris, the very fundamentals of democracy were questioned. ( Mar 23, 2017) 
 
The Hindu Writes-March 22, 2017- 'The CM terminated the services of the non-government advisers, chairmen, deputy chairmen and members in corporations, committees and departments of their duties. The Samajwadi Party government had appointed 80 such advisers, who were enjoying the status and benefits of a Minister.Also keeping with the BJP's manifesto on closure of illegal slaughter houses, Mr. Adityanath has asked the police officials to prepare an action plan to shut such animal slaughter houses across the State. He has also called for 'zero tolerance' to cow smuggling in the State. 
 
Emily Tamkin remarks (March 21, 2017)-'India's governing party, BJP, appointed Yogi Adityanath, the 44-year-old priest turned politician, to be chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Adityanath has called for India to be a Hindu nation (according to a recent census, the country is 80 percent Hindu and 14 percent Muslim) and supports the construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a razed 16th-century mosque (which, given that he is now chief minister, may well happen). After his appointment, it was reported that butchers and meat traders are already concerned about the consequences of Adityanath.' 
 
Yogi Adityanath is the Mahant of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. Anyone with knowledge of Nepali history will instantly recognize that the Gorakhnath temple had deep historical ties with Nepal's erstwhile royal family. Prithvi Narayan Shah himself supposedly received the blessings of the mahant of the temple before he waged his conquests that led to the formation of the modern Nepali state. From that time onwards, each Nepali king visited Gorakhnath to seek the deity's blessings. Yogi Adityanath was outspoken about political events in Nepal during the early years of the peace process. He vociferously criticized the decision of the mainstream parliamentary parties to ally with the Maoists (whom he viewed as anti-Hindu criminals), as well as the decision to establish a secular and republican state. 
 
Yogi Adityanath is the most well-wishers of Nepal sovereignty and he always active to keep strengthen and powerful the Hindu monarchy and the only one Hindu kingdom in Nepal. We the Nepalese people want his successful future to maintain cordiality to all. 
 
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