Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath appears to be selectively paranoid.

Paranoid, because any time he or fellow Bharatiya Janata Party leaders make a major mistake that they are criticised for, Adityanath suddenly discovers an “international conspiracy” to malign his government.

  • That was his interpretation of recent efforts by the Opposition to draw attention to the plight of a Dalit family in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, whose 19-year-old daughter was gangraped, left paralysed, eventually succumbed to her wounds and whose body was then cremated allegedy without the family’s consent by the UP Police.
  • It was also how he saw the protests against the discriminatory Citizenship Act amendments, when thousands took to the streets to defend the Indian Constitution against the BJP’s attempts to introduce a religious test to citizenship.
  • And it was how he responded to coverage of his government’s failure to provide oxygen at a hospital in 2017 leading to the deaths of dozens of childen, by labeling Dr Kafeel Khan, who drew attention to the neglience, a national security threat.

‘Selective’ paranoia

Selective, because of where Adityanath did not spot any conspiracy when,

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