In a furious response to Moses, Ramses II proclaimed himself as “the God” and unleashed his wrath by declaring war on the impoverished Israelites, who were desperately fleeing Pharaoh’s relentless persecution.

This is not a new phenomenon. History has borne witness to the rise of dictatorships and the causes behind them. In most cases, the interplay between the populace, their leaders, and surrounding crises amidst chaotic urgency leads to such boastful declarations by those in power.

A series of lies, shady criticisms, and ambiguous statements have been uttered by PM Modi, often specifically and graphically targeting Muslims. When questioned, he has openly lied about these remarks. A strong mandate can embolden leaders to manipulate the truth in a democracy, viewing such public statements merely as tools for electoral gain.

As for the people, once they are driven by emotions of fear and the allure of cultural supremacy, they lose their appetite for truth. Echo chambers in social groups—from housing societies to jogging clubs, and in digital realms like WhatsApp groups—constantly buzz with chatter, reinforcing the fragile narratives spun from lies.

In general, emotional discourse undermines logic and reasoning. Phrases like “main puri bhawukta se keh sakta hoon” and “log kya kahenge,” combined with theatrical tactics and even crying on stage, convey a message and foster a sense of connection among those in the echo chamber.

This emotional manipulation distances people from reality, completely disarming their logical faculties and making them prey to political masters.

Online, when I try to educate, people filled with hate, rage, phobia and prejudice reflect immediately. I deeply believe that people inherently know the truth, yet they often support falsehood and injustice to fill the void within themselves.

This compels them to become harsh and more animalistic in nature. Nowadays, the question for people is not about what is right or wrong in principle. Instead, they form opinions to solidify their agenda based on the political narratives presented to them.

For many, religion has become contrary to what it was intended to be. People often attribute their shortcomings to the “will of God,” finding comfort in obscuring their vulnerable selves. Phrases like “Ram ji ki kripa se” and “Jo Khuda chahe” are used too quickly and too often, serving as a curtain over what could have been improved or fixed with a bit more information and proactivity.

While not denying the religious principle of divine will, this tendency to attribute personal inefficiencies to God is often misplaced.

Modi claiming himself to be a messenger or tool of a divine mission is another facet of the same issue. Mischievous individuals attribute their actions to God, not as a gesture of humble submission, but to elevate their status as being closer to the divine.

Even Hitler employed this tactic. One of Hitler’s statements that reflects his attempt to associate himself with a divine mission is from a speech he gave on April 12, 1922:

“My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by only a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter.”

This quote demonstrates how Hitler tried to cast himself in a divine light, aligning his mission with what he portrayed as Christ’s battle against the Jews.

In an interview with News18, ahead of filing his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency on May 14, Modi made a striking statement about his origins. He seemed to be urging viewers to believe that he wasn’t “born biologically.”

Speaking to a compliant interviewer, he said, “When my mother was alive, I believed I was born biologically. After she passed away, reflecting on all my experiences, I became convinced that God sent me. This energy could not come from my biological body; it was bestowed by God. I believe God has given me abilities, inspiration, good intentions, and purpose… I am nothing but an instrument of God’s will. Whenever I do anything, I believe it is God guiding me.)”

This was in response to a question the same journalist had posed five years earlier, “Aap thakte kyun nahi hain? (Why don’t you get tired?)”

In a way, everything in this world we perceive, and beyond, is a reflection of the will of God. Each one of us is God-sent with a purpose—not only conscious humans but animals and even non-living things. To make a special emphasis on this in the context of politics is excessively boastful and possibly foolish. Seeing someone run from rally to rally, gathering votes while claiming a prophetic connection, is profoundly arrogant.

It is worth recalling the following Ayah from Holy Quran (An-Nahl 16:20-25):

“Your god is one God. But those who do not believe in the Hereafter – their hearts are disapproving, and they are arrogant.

Assuredly, Allah knows what they conceal and what they declare. Indeed, He does not like the arrogant.

And when it is said to them, “What has your Lord sent down?” They say, “Legends of the former peoples,”

That they may bear their own burdens in full on the Day of Resurrection and some of the burdens of those whom they misguide without knowledge. Unquestionably, evil is that which they bear.

Those before them had already plotted, but Allah came at their building from the foundations, so the roof fell upon them from above them, and the punishment came to them from where they did not perceive.

Then on the Day of Resurrection He will disgrace them and say, “Where are My ‘partners’ for whom you used to oppose [the believers]?” Those who were given knowledge will say, “Indeed disgrace, this Day, and evil are upon the disbelievers” –

The ones whom the angels take in death [while] wronging themselves, and [who] then offer submission, [saying], “We were not doing any evil.” But, yes! Indeed, Allah is Knowing of what you used to do.”

May Allah guide us all and bestow mercy to be steadfast for the sake of Truth.