A hardline Hindu cleric has been appointed to lead India’s most populous country, a shift in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda.Yogi Aditianath, 44, was unveiled as prime minister in Uttar Pradesh on March 18 after Moody’s victory in the state’s legislative elections a week ago.
Adetianath’s appointment frustrated political commentators as the views of the fiery cleric must collide with Moody’s measured approach and the BJP’s approach.”I am confident that the state will be on the path to development,” the local press reported on Sunday (March 19). It is a mocking word for Moody’s pro-growth agenda, but Adityanath is expected to continue his own course.
Following the priest – the political discredited ideology of Hindutva, seeking to establish Hindu hegemony in a country of nearly 15% of the Muslim population and 2% of the Christians.He is known to raise religious tensions, after making comments such as: “If I had a chance, I would install Ganesh statues in every mosque.” “If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslim girls,” according to the Hindu newspaper.
He is also known for political intimidation and has twice served in prison for inciting religious riots. In one of the riots four years ago, 60 people were killed and Adityanath faces murder charges.
His policies include reviving a controversial temple in Ayuda, the site of a 16th-century Muslim mosque that sparked a bloody conflict in the 1990s.It is also expected to follow an agenda to close the slaughterhouses run by most Muslims. Hours after his appointment, Hindustan Times reported that the slaughterhouses in Atala and Nini had been closed.
Milan Vishnaav, a senior fellow of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the New York Times that he believed Adetianath’s appointment was to calm the right-wing Indian factions, which some believe are responsible for Moody’s victory in the landslide election.
“The only conclusion we can draw is that [Moody] feels that al-Qaeda has mobilized and that they helped to achieve that, and that there will be a reaction if they get nothing in return,” Vishnav said.”I think it is a retrograde option and a missed opportunity for the prime minister.”