One’s heart bleeds for the loss of life, whether it belongs to one religion or the other, one caste or the other.
The incidents of mob lynching are as painful as stabbing a dagger in the heart of the country. The attacks to which several lives have succumbed are deeply condemned.
India has sadly witnessed mob violence since its inception and yet it takes on a different kind of podium today; one where it is not just about religious differences as used to be the case, post partition, but increasingly about the involvement of agencies that orchestrate moral sensitivities of the society.
It is deeply perturbing that one’s bereavement is cashed upon by certain people for political mileage.
Pratik Sinha of Alt news adds an interesting perspective to the new age WhatsApp driven mob violence, he says , “Suddenly people from the rural areas in particular are inundated with information and are unable to distinguish from what is real and what is not. They tend to believe whatever is sent to them.” The nature of trigger has changed over time and so has the indulgence of Opposition parties.
Media has been playing the blame game back and forth and waiting for the ball in the court to be coloured by the accusations launched by one party against another. It is a strong tactic for prime time and TRP but a heartless one indeed.
With no sufficient proof, with a severely deficient background check, and a largely biased lobby, how can one expect the truth to be delivered, the way it is.
It is quite unsettling that the news reports have been relaying Hindu religious fundamentalism like a parrot lured with red chillies. The victims of mob lynching are always shown as wearing the green garb while the perpetrators of crime, an orange one.
Why are so many attacks on Hindus dusted under the carpet?
Killing of Hindu devotees at Akshradham temple of Gandhinagar, temples of Jammu and Kashmir , Godhra have been called as acts of mere terrorism and it has been categorically stated time and again that terrorism has no religion.
However hooliganism has religious back support?
When Muslims are killed, they are viewed as minority, when Hindus are killed it is mere behavioural condemnation with suddenly no weightage given to religion? When a Muslim is killed, the murderer is naturally presumed to be given shelter and shade of RSS propaganda, even though no report, no statistics can verify it.
Where Islam is guarded against, Hinduism is not?
Such divisive treatment is the root cause of perpetuating violence.
The point of this argument is not to portray Hindus as victims but rather to show that the acts of hate crime need to be viewed with a zeal for justice for individual lives, not with a politically tarnished religious lobby.
Furthermore, the term ‘Cow vigilantism’ is being used as sensitive bait where the dialogue between two religions can be made into a political strife and be used in divisive voting.
The opposition parties seem to want to hit two birds with one stone with the issue of cow slaughter as they wage wars between the sensitivities of Dalits and lower caste men and Muslims as opposed to Hindus.
Yogi Adityanath made a clear speech where he stated that the people’s lives are important and so are the cows. This was misinterpreted and misquoted as cows being more important than people and hence once again paid media sowed the seeds for hate and hate induced crime.
Some went on to put words in his mouth and make his concern look like apathy towards loss of life. If anything, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has acted as a law abiding minister and only banned illegal slaughterhouses. Why, is not the protection of cows a mandate of the Directive Principles of State Policy, Article 48?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the self styled cow vigilantes and also brought to the surface how these are anti social elements, playing the gossip mongers, hate spreaders, pulling wool over the eyes of innocent people.
It is in the keeping with the issue of circulation of false news and politically motivated messages that the Government has decided to revamp the structure.
As observed, fake news in India travels extensively through Apps such as ‘Whatsapp’ and these become the fulcrum of mob violence.
A four-member committee headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been constituted to tender suggestions to deal with the issue of mob lynching. Recommendations will be submitted to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and further on to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The selective screening of issues is another of the dirty tricks employed by paid media. Why does the news of BJP workers being killed by TMC in West Bengal only get a one day, one para coverage?
A certain nexus of the opposition parties wants to oust the party in power by using these diabolic narratives.
It is also uncanny that such controversies always seem to crop up right around the elections.
Is the life of a party person less valuable than a socially religious person? What a low move to kill the party workers because they have performed well in Panchayat polls. However, the loss of life is condemned less here because well, there are no religious signs to play with?
If violence has a colour it’s not green or orange, it’s red, it’s blue back.
We condemn violence, we condemn death, we condemn cheap tricks that infest upon the wounds of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters of our nation.