Does Swachh Bharat Includes Cleaning Blood From The Streets? 'Dadri Killing'

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Does Swachh Bharat Includes Cleaning Blood From The Streets? 'Dadri Killing'


COLUMNS / Religion Today   /   Oct 04, 2015

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Get your food tasted by marauding crowd outside your home or you will be killed.

 

The lynch mob in small townships and rural hamlets, armed with religious frenzy and ideological righteousness have taken the holy war to the kitchen of ordinary people. Are we seeing the rise of a banana republic with guerilla courts sprouting up like mushroom, dispensing instant justice mostly death by beating? It has been proved that cat of beef eating has been let out of the bag and it is really difficult to bell it, what with our limited administrative machinery and police ‘bandobast’.

 

The recent lynching of a 50 years old head of a Muslim family and father of Indian Air Force technician, over suspicion that his family has eaten beef in Dadri, Greater Noida is a wake-up call for the entire nation. As reports come in jobless youths were main suspects. Could it be that a Muslim family with a young son getting a job in Air Force be one of the reasons of angst among the mob? The Samadhan Sena, a dubious organisation started by a bad character of the area in the name of Hindu religion may be another reason for people to believe that they have the license to kill. It reminds us of the age of KKK in America where the white people of the town would wear a mask and destroy black people under the belief that they were doing good to the society. The 75-year-old mother of the victim spoke of an ugly truth which should shake our faith in humanity. As per her, people who came to their house earlier and were known to the family were in the mob lynching her husband.

 

The constant polarization of the society instead of making it inclusive and the intolerance which is being  hyped through the easily maneuverable religious beliefs and symbolism is leading us to a situation where all of us are sitting on tinderbox ready to be consumed in a moment. It is becoming extremely difficult for any person to accept in public that he is secular.

 

As has been rightly put by the editorial in Express the public is ‘emboldened by a perceived official sanction for acts of majoritarian lawlessness and violence’.

 

To blame only religious outfits for poisoning the tenuous relationship between various religious communities will be giving a skewed picture. Scores of Political BJP leaders have spewed much worse things to destabilize the peace and make life miserable for their Prime Minister. Just to name a few, Yogi Aditya Nath who has openly said that increasing population of Muslims is a threat to Hindus and law should be made to curb that, He is a member Parliament and in the main stream of politics. Mahesh Sharma, the suave MP from the area where this incident happened feels that Muslims cannot be loyal to the nation and Kalam was an exception. We already know about Sangeet Som and the way BJP officially feted him despite his involvement in the Muzzafar Nagar riots and against whom the cases are pending under NSA.  On similar lines the local BJP leaders have blamed the victim and family to be at fault if the cow slaughter and consumption of beef is proven. It means the lynching is justified if the meat is beef. Another leader is seeking a mahapanchayat of the khaps to put pressure on the police to charge the accused for culpable homicide and not murder.

 

The MP of the area reiterates that it was an accident. How any incident of mob lynching can be considered an accident? With the same argument the Second World War was an accident, the dropping of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an accident, the French revolution was an accident. Was the minister part of the mob so that he knows by personal experience that the mob was intending to speak to the victim over a cup of coffee about the ill will victim was creating by eating beef and that it was punishable and they want him to desist from it otherwise they will call the police. And then suddenly the victim accidently fell and died. The kind of crap politicians can say, and the way the media covers them, the people hardly have any place to rebut that. The whole world listens to it and laughs about it; and cries over it. The Muzzaffarnagar riots in which 10s of thousands of refugees had to leave their home to avoid death was also an accident. 

 

The political parties know what are at the stakes. Elections are close by and polarization is the easiest way out. The people of this country, who, in the words of (Ex) Justice Katju, are like cattle at elections, And whether they accept it or not, bribe, cash, liquor, largesse are few things which drive this cattle. But religion is the most potent of these drivers and the only way these leaders can be stopped from making this carnage a regular poll exercise is to not elect leaders and parties on the basis of their religious proclivity.

 

It would be a very interesting watch – to see Modi fulfill all his dreams and goals about India and also without a word oversee the marginalization, saffronization, and communalization of the entire society. Let us see where the two meet. 

 

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