Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing party officials and workers at the party headquarters on the 44th Foundation Day of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that social justice is not just a political slogan for the BJP, but a matter of faith. He said that his party has been able to overcome huge challenges like Bajrang Bali and has been successful in ushering in a new political culture in the country on the strength of the workers’ devotion, dedication, strength and the mantra of ‘Nation First’.
Lok Sabha elections are to be held next year. Before that, assembly elections are to be held in many states this year. These include Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana. A large population in these states belongs to the community who have been deprived for decades and have been waiting for social justice. Even after 75 years of independence, a large part of the tribal community is out of reach of government schemes.
What is social justice?
Social justice refers to the social ideology that treats all people in the society as equal. In this system, there should be no discrimination with anyone on the basis of social, cultural, religious or economic prejudices. In this, special attention of the government is expected on those people or communities, who have been victims of social neglect for decades and have been deprived of the development stream of the country. Such communities mostly include Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, several backward castes, religious minority groups. These communities have been deprived of government schemes for decades due to caste and socio-economic discrimination.
Social justice of PM Modi:
PM Modi said that in the name of social justice, many political parties have played with the country. They ensured the welfare of their families, not the people. On the other hand, for the BJP, social justice has not been a political slogan, but an ‘article of faith’. He said that BJP has won social justice. Follows its spirit literally. Getting 80 crore people free ration is a reflection of social justice. Free treatment facility up to Rs.5 lakh to 50 crore poor without discrimination is a strong expression of social justice.
He said that opening Jan Dhan accounts of 45 crore poor without discrimination is a living example of inclusive agenda of social justice. Providing toilets to 11 crore people is social justice. Without appeasement and discrimination, BJP has emerged as a synonym for realizing the intentions of social justice in true sense.
What is the political mantra of Nitish-Lalu,
When Lalu Yadav took over the power of Bihar in 1990, since then social justice in Bihar started being interpreted in a new way. However, before him there were other Chief Ministers like Karpoori Thakur and Daroga Prasad, who tried to bring the backward-minority, downtrodden and exploited sections of the society into the mainstream and made plans, but their tenure was so brief that the achievements remained negligible. This social perception brought social change since Lalu Yadav came under the rule. In return, Lalu Yadav’s hold on power strengthened.
In fact, on the one hand, Lalu won the votes of the Muslim minorities by giving them his umbrella against the BJP’s Ram Mandir movement, and on the other hand, by making them feel that he was in the middle of Dalits and OBCs. His equation of social justice kept him and his wife Rabri Devi in power till 2005. Later, his younger political brother Nitish Kumar, following his own path, fragmented the political concept of social justice and attracted votes by classifying Mahadalit and extremely backward. For Muslim votes also, Nitish took political advantage under the banner of Pasmanda Samaj in the concept of social justice. Both these leaders are ruling Bihar for more than three decades.
What is the significance of Modi’s social justice mantra?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP know very well that without getting the votes of Dalits and Backwards, they cannot remain in power. That’s why Modi, who gave the slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, added ‘Sabka Vishwas’ to his slogan in 2019 so that the minority community, which has been breaking away from the BJP, not only connects itself to the tradition of that trust, but also restores that trust among them. Yes, which has been happening in the era of non-BJP governments.
Before the battle of 2024, when 16 opposition parties are uniting and all of them are betting on reservation and caste census, then PM Modi has given the mantra to his party workers to win the hearts of the people. For this, the PM wants to draw the electoral red line with the help of his achievements of 10 years, especially the work done for Dalits, backward, minorities, women. That is why he is listing the names of all the schemes that he has started during the last two terms.
The PM said that as workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, we should not limit ourselves to winning elections. We must make sure to win the hearts of the people. We have to fight each election with the same level of energy and hard work that we have been doing since the 1980s.
What is Modi doing in establishing social justice?
BJP has been continuously running political and social bets to get the votes of backward classes and Dalits or to retain them in its own court. More recently, the BJP has targeted the Kushwaha community to fail Nitish’s Luv-Kush formula and made the youth of the same community the state BJP president. Similarly, the BJP made Jagdeep Dhankhar the Vice-President’s chair in Rajasthan for the Jat vote and made Draupadi Murmu the President’s post to spread the message of good governance and benevolence among the tribals.
It goes without saying that social justice has become a political mantra and mechanism to get votes, with the help of which attempts have been made since decades to attract votes to that society by placing some people from deprived communities on creamy positions.
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