By AMINA RANA
April 6, 2017
“So if we wish to eradicate these forms of outcasting, it is imperative that we publicly condemn the hateful words spewed, vile policies enacted, and divisiveness that currently holds the steering wheel of global politics.”
It is easy to dismiss the politics of turbulent countries when we observe our own leader with despise. However, it should not be forgotten that the world faces such obstacles cyclically. The world is witnessing mirroring rhetoric of our very own Commander-in-Chief.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi recently selected Yogi Adityanath to become Chief Minister of India’s most populous region Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi
The selection was received with condemnation from many who believe the selected leader represents all that’s wrong with India. Arguably so, the selected leader has made a number of controversial statements, including inciting the rape of “2000 Muslim women” in part for retaliation.
If that isn’t enough, Adityanath has pending charges, including charges related to attempted murder and endangering the life of someone else. He was also charged with inciting the Gorakhpur riots.
Despite the noise his controversy had created, he was selected by Modi to lead the Taj-Mahal housed region.Though Modi too, remains a shady figure. His involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots, which led to the death of roughly 800 Muslims and 250 Hindus during which Modi led the region as Governor casts doubts to many about Modi’s ethics.
Let us not ignore the indecencies of the rest of the world.
But there’s more. Let us not ignore the indecencies of the rest of the world. The current President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (often dubbed the “Trump of the East”) has attracted much attention for his controversial drug combating policies.
President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte
In an effort to eradicate the plaguing drug epidemic in the regions of the Philippines, President Duterte has turned to a “war on drugs” killing nearly 2,000 of Philippines’ own citizens. Not all these casualties are legitimate, however, and it has been reported that children as young as five years old were fatally caught in the crosshairs of these assassinations.
Notably, the President is received with polarizing views. Many in the Philippines are infatuated by a leader who, despite his harsh rhetoric, is a productive leader. To others, however, his Presidency is a gross violation of the rule of law and constitutionality. To a considerable degree, President Duterte’s nature of dividing his people is similar to the way President Trump is received by America.
Even Europe has been on the receiving end of what seems like the rise of divisive politics. Marine Le Pen, a presidential candidate for France, has insinuated a rhetoric that mirrors our very own President Trump. Between championing xenophobia and embracing political intolerance, Le Pen is part of the National Front party, a political affiliation that has been associated with Islamophobic and xenophobic stances.
Presidential candidate for France, Marine Le Pen
The examples above are a reasonable forecast for a wave of marginalizing politics that already dominate political culture today. This is not an attempt to compare and contrast world leaders with each other, or with President Trump. Rather, it is an overlay of the leaders that do dominate politics in key parts of the world today, that has its hand in determining the path world politics is forming. And although it is taking shape, so are social movements across the country. The Women’s March that took place was not a national movement. The historic march drew global citizens from every continent on the face of this earth.
The degree by which these leaders inflict their opinions varies in severity. But their rhetoric, by nature, remains the same. So if we wish to eradicate these forms of outcasting, it is imperative that we publicly condemn the hateful words spewed, vile policies enacted, and divisiveness that currently holds the steering wheel of global politics.