Amid allegations that the Sangh Parivar in general and the ruling party BJP in particular are turning pro-Mjslim, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today tried to reassert his Hindu belief by offering prayers at the famous Kamakhya temple, one of 51 Shaktipeethas, atop the Nilachal Hills here on the last day of his three-day visit to Assam. Accompanied by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma — who has been known for religiously following Hindu rituals even at the time when he was a part of the Indian National Congress — and Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika, Shah came to the temple from the state guest house where he spent the last two nights.
The union home minister and the chief minister of Assam reached the sanctum sanctorum of the Kamakhya temple where they offered prayers to the deity with the help of three priests. Shah was inside for over 10 min and, after coming out, made a parikrama (circumambulation) of the temple which is the centrepiece of the Tantrik Shaktism cult in India.
Senior dolois (priests) and office bearers of the Kamakhya Devalaya received the union Home minister at the shrine. Shah greeted devotees present at the temple before leaving for the Assam Administrative Staff College where he will address the 70th Plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC).
The union home minister will later go to Dergaon in Golaghat district where he will address the state-level superintendents of police before leaving for New Delhi from Jorhat’s Rowriah airport.
Shah had arrived here on 7 October and chaired a meeting on flood-free Assam where the chief minister and senior officials were present. He also attended the BJP’s core committee meeting presided over by party president JP Nadda.
On 8 October, yesterday, the home minister inaugurated the newly constructed state BJP office and addressed party workers along with Nadda in two events. In the evening, Shah chaired a regional meeting on drug trafficking and national security, a review meeting of the North East Space Application Centre (NESAC) and attended a cultural function at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalalshetra here.
Kamakhya visit of Amit Shah comes amid criticism of BJP government turning 'pro-Muslim, anti-Hindu'
Several eminent personalities and pro-Hindu news and opinion websites have been accusing the RSS and BJP of late of turning into another 'pseudo-secular', Muslim-appeasing party, based on the union government and the ruling party's recent Muslim outreach programmes, stand on suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma issue — especially National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's statement in Iran that she would be given exemplary punishment for saying Mohammed, Islam's prophet, married a minor Aisha — avoidance of mentioning Pandits in the context of the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, Shah meeting several sections of the union territory's demography but not Kashmiri Hindus during his recent visit to the valley, no statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on any attack on Hindus in the past eight years for which he has been in power at the centre, multiple speeches of RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat that appear to dilute Hindu concerns about Muslim aggression and his meetings with Muslims, etc.
The personalities who have turned critical of the BJP nad RSS include academic and activist Madhu Kishwar, retired IPS officer M Nageswara Rao, Do Politics editor Ajeet Bharti, Kashmiri Pandit activist Sushil Pandit, founder of Pragyata, Upword, Newsum, Chakshu Media etc Ashish Dhar, India Speaks Daily editor Sandeep Deo etc while voices that have for long been pro-BJP are increasingly turning critical of it, like scientist Anand Ranganathan, geopolitical commentators Brahma Chellaney and Sushant Sareen, etc while the second group concentrates its criticism mostly on secular issues like withdrawal of the farm reform laws, what they call a flawed China and Pakistan policy of the current government of India, etc.