Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

India's Modi warns against statue vandalism after crowds topple Lenin figures

India's Modi warns against statue vandalism after crowds topple Lenin figures

After the BJP's victory in Tripura elections on Saturday, a mob with the help of bulldozers uprooted and demolished a five-foot-tall fibre-glass Lenin statue at the College Square in south Tripura's Belonia on Monday.

"We as a party do not support the bringing down of anybody's statue", BJP president Amit Shah wrote on Twitter. "And it will be our youth leaders who will take on the BJP-RSS on the ground through more and more mass contact", the leader said.

After handing a defeat to the Left in the state, violence broke out across the state.

The BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) combine swept to power in the state last week, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPM-led Left Front. The ministry of home affairs has said it has taken serious note of such incidents and directed state governments to take strong action.

The toppling doesn't seem to be rooted in ideology, but just as an act of vandalism.

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BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Delhi earlier this week that the results of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya would mark a significant and "tectonic shift" in the politics of India.

A statue of Erode Venkata Ramasamy Periyar, an anti-religious scholar and social reformer was then vandalised in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, allegedly by BJP members.

"Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India?"

"People from all over the world take inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi's teachings".

The leadership hopes that the drive would help it in putting up a fight against the ruling Trinamool Congress and the resurgent BJP, which is trying to replace the Left Front and the Congress as the main opposition in the state.

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While, on the other hand, the BJP supporters continue their attack on their political and ideological opponents. According to him, damaging the statues of Ramasamy could not be condoned.

In Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, miscreants vandalised Dr BR Ambedkar's statue following members of the Dalit community blocked traffic in Mawana.

From the right, the BJP and the fringe thrive on division based on caste and religion.

"Tamil people should not get misdirected by what is happening". Senior Minister D. Jayakumar has in fact threatened to throw the BJP national secretary H. Raja into jail for his "dangerously provocative" insults about Periyar, the divine guru of Dravidianism. "This intolerance is evident in the hooliganism of gau rakshaks in several parts of the country..."

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