‘In Yogi’s Raj, Hindu festivals are State festivals.’ IMAGE: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath smeared with colour during Holi celebrations in Gorakhpur, March 2, 2018. Photograph: PTI Photo The Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s declaration in the state assembly on Tuesday, March 6 — ‘I’m a Hindu, I don’t celebrate Eid. I’m proud of being a Hindu. I wear the sacred thread and I will not wear a topi ‘ — seems shocking. But seen along with his conduct last week during Holi, it makes perfect sense. All chief ministers take an oath to uphold the Constitution, which binds them to practise secularism. But the chief minister of our most populous state runs it like a Hindu ruler. Forget everything Yogi Adityanath has done since he took over a year ago. Just one set of directives issued by him last week is enough to understand how his mind works. Holi was celebrated last week across the country. This year, it fell on a Friday, the only day of the week when Muslims turn up in large numbers for the afternoon namaz , as a religious obligation. Across India, the possibility of Holi revelers clashing with namazee s was handled without much… Read full this story
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