Shukrawar : Pattharwar!
By Deepak Kumar Rath
The country is not yet healed of scars inflicted on it by riots in Khargon, Karauli and Jahangir Puri, it has received further cuts in the forms of various riots in the country such as Kanpur, Prayagraj, Ranchi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, etc. It is not surprising that the seed of this growing tension has been sown by a section of the so-called peace-loving Muslims. Can one say that the divisive forces, who are involved in destabilising our society and create unrest amongst different sections of the people, are frustrated now after the discovery of Shiva Linga in Gyanwapi and are perpetrating such criminal activities? These divisive forces lead to stone-pelting, targeted attacks, arson and vandalism. The violent targeting of Nupur Sharma’s statement dismantles the farce of Ganga-Yamuni tehzeeb, shrewdly imbibed into the Indian psyche. Here it is apt to mention that stone pelting starts from the roofs of mosques and adjoining houses. Shops and vehicles are set ablaze at the sight. The high spirits of the rioters can be gauged from the fact that they do not hesitate to attack even the policemen. Home Minister Amit Shah has rightly advised to take strong actions against the so-called hardcore criminals so that they would not dare repeat such activities. In these riots, the country had also seen pictures of miscreants attacking the police administration. When police take a stern action against the culprit, politicians come for their rescue, as happened in Prayagraj when culprits’ houses were razed. The police, in front of which a common man loses his sweat in getting bail, lose their sweat in stopping such criminals’ bail, not to speak of punishing them.
What an irony that the BJP is blamed for such communal riots and violent events, while the Congressmen, communists and socialists have perpetrated all these incidents because of their declining political supremacy. Here it is worth considering as to why would any ruling party taint its governance system by carrying out such riots and communal violence? It has become the permanent character of the political parties and communities that intend to bring down the nationality and the growing credibility of this country, that they give more importance to their selfishness, their caste and their religion than their nation. All political parties do not hesitate to take recourse to casteism and communalism in the greed of bulk votes. Those who want to maintain their caste and religion, they should have complete freedom, but to what extent is it justified to spread hatred, increase high and low riots and sabotage in their name? If this trend continues to flourish in the country, India will remain the same geographically, but mentally it will break into pieces. The situation of such uncertainty and fear is a sign of crisis for any nation. Against this backdrop, the importance of the latest decisions of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath can be understood in view of the incidents of communal violence in many states of the country with a view to ending these crises. Yogi is known to be a strict administrator and his latest instructions indicate this. Chief Minister Yogi gave clear instructions in the law and order review meeting of the state that no guilty should go unpunished and those who are not involved in the riots should not be disturbed. There is no doubt that faith is a purely personal matter and the law of the land gives freedom of worship to all its citizens. But when faith starts turning into competition, then it also comes under the purview of law.