#NotInMyName: Is BJP seriously against lynching?

As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi took the oath of office on 26 May, 2016, ‘intolerance’ became the household word in a country like India. Within a brief period of time, ‘lynching’ inked the front pages of every newspaper and reserved the prime time slot of every news channel.

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While PM Narendra Modi and BJP were promoting the agenda of development, the inhibition of lynching Muslims in the country soared with each passing day.

(Photo courtesy: Hindustan Times)

(Photo courtesy: Hindustan Times)

Initially, people didn’t react much over these cases, perhaps this was expected from Hindutva government. The pressure on government surmounted only after people roared: #NotInMyName, a movement that sparked a ray of hope for Muslims across the globe at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, June 28. These words echoed loud and clear from Mumbai to the United States of America, making PM Narendra Modi a part of this worldwide protest. Although the first lynching incident took place in 2015 under Modi regime, it took three years for him to break his silence on Thursday, June 29.

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Here’s how PM Modi had expressed his anguish:

In retrospect, if we would have paid heed to what Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who had traveled to every nook and corner of this country for his show Satyamev Jayate, was reproved by the people of India, as he anticipated the fear of saffron rule in India. In 2015, he went to Ramnath Goenka Awards where he told that his wife Kiran Rao fears about their children’s security in India. Well, now, amid the environment of lynching Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan make sense.
According to the data released by IndiaSpend, 97 per cent of cases against Muslims were recorded under Modi government, and “about half of the cases were from states governed by BJP ministers”.
From Dadri incident to Jharkhand, every day another Junaid is becoming a target. Reciting their grief and recording their agony on a piece of paper cannot give them justice. Perhaps, the messages from our political leaders are not explicit to grab people’s attention, or they lack conviction. For instance, PM Narendra Modi recently appealed in the name of Mahatma Gandhi to stop this violence in the country, however, the very next day another lynching story stained the newspapers with the blood of Alimuddin Ansari from Jharkhand.

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Is BJP government seriously trying to stop lynching?
Well, the BJP supremo refused to agree with PM Narendra Modi as he said, “I do not want to compare and undermine the current incidents of lynching…. I am also serious. (But) there have been more lynchings in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Humaare teen saal main jitne lynching hue hain usse zyada hue hain ek ek saal main. Magar kabhi yeh sawaal nahi uttha thha (There have been more incidents of lynching in each of these years than in NDA’s three years.)”
Nevertheless, in the ongoing environment of hatred, such words from a political leader will only add fuel to fire. In fact, it will motivate those who are instigating communal terror in the country.

Let’s talk stats:

  • India has more than 44,900,000 cows, the sacred animal, while the country has only 3846 Tigers, the national animal. We do read a lot of stories where tigers are killed by the villages. In fact, more than three villages planned to kill a tiger with the help of helicopters and what not in Uttarakhand
  • A few days ago Former Rajasthan high court judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma proposed the idea of making cow as the national animal
  • Isn’t it hypocritical that we are heavily exporting meat across the globe and earning chunk of money out of it, but we are using it as a tool to kill Muslims. According to Muslim Mirror, the top three exporters of beef are Hindus, namely: Sunil Kapoor, the owner of Arabian Exports Pvt.Ltd; Madan Abott, the owner of M.K.R Frozen Food Exports Pvt. Ltd; A.S Bindra, the owner of P.M.L Industries Pvt. Ltd
  • Above all, cow vigilantes have been killing Muslims for carrying, keeping or eating beef, but none of the cases have so far proven that they were associated with beef meat. When they are not hurting the sentiments of Hindus, then why so much hatred?
  • In fact, our Prime Minister is visiting countries after countries to bring business and good name to the country.  When Jews and Christians are highest beef eaters in the world, will such incidents not taint the image of India across the world?

Also, if the government and the people of India are so much concerned for the sacred animal — cow — then why can’t we they construct a proper place for the stray cows and buffaloes to stay?  Or we can construct sanctuaries for cows where they can roam freely. Moreover, it is cynical to call India a land of cattle and serpents, if the cow is sacred in India, it should be sacred in any other part of the world. However, unfortunately, Cow vigilantes cannot reach till the highest beef eaters.

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