Lynching incidents detrimental to India’s security but Modi’s silence maintained

Mob violence has emerged as a common threat to Muslims and other minorities in India but sectarian divisions can trigger riots like condition which is detrimental to India’s SECURITY. Lynching incidents increased after the American civil war in the late 1800s, following the emancipation of slaves and then has largely been associated with Muslim countries but now India has embraced the culture of lynching  initiated by Hindu nationalists  in a systematic way to attack not just the Muslim community but also other minorities. Dalit families and Muslims are being attacked by cow vigilantes since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014 and he is continuously maintaining silence on the issue that also adversely impact the stability of the country.

His monthly programme of Mann Ki Baat has never touched or mentioned the threats, the country is facing due to lynching incidents. It started in September 2015,when a 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched by  mob accusing Akhlaq of eating beef dragged him out of his home in Bishara village near the city of Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, and beat him to death. Many incidents of lynching has happened since then from Pehlu Khan to the latest one of 15-year-old Junaid Khan, who was stabbed to death by a group of men on June 23, three days before India Eid celebrations.

But Modi does not find lynching incidents a matter of discussion during any policy matter, Mann ki Baat, national security matter or an issue related to the stability of India as because cow-vigilante groups often owe allegiance to the BJP and its ideological parent the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Maximum incidents of violence against minorities by the cow- vigilante  groups  have been recorded in states especially ruled by Bharatiya Janta party and Hindu fundamentalists.

In a statement released by Amnesty International  called the situation “deeply worrying” and accused Modi and other BJP leaders of not condemning the attacks and in fact to have “even justified the attacks at times.”

But PM Modi who come from business community of Gujarat has miserably failed to understand the imminent internal threat that may take the shape of communal riots or civil war in India .These incidents dosen’t upset Union Minister of State for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who rather said that there was no atmosphere of fear or insecurity prevailing among the community.
Modi’s silence over these attacks has emboldened extremist right-wing groups and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has  said “Islamophobia was being spread in the country, resulting in incident of lynching of Muslims in the name of cow, religion or beard.”

The sectarian divisions under Modi government has been increasing considerably and compelled President Pranab Mukherjee to point out  “When mob lynching becomes so rampant and uncontrollable, we have to pause and reflect, are we vigilant enough to save the basic tenets of the country.

Religious tolerance has deteriorated and religious freedom violations have increased in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime, a report by an independent bipartisan American body in February 2017 has claimed.

The report, titled ‘Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India’ and sponsored by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said the religious minority communities and Dalits face discrimination and persecution in India where hate crimes, social boycotts and forced conversion have escalated dramatically since 2014.

Since the BJP assumed power, religious minority communities have been subject to derogatory comments by BJP politicians and numerous violent attacks and forced conversions by affiliated Hindu nationalist groups such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Sangh Parivar, and Vishva Hindu Parishad,” it said.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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