Tahlka News Bureau
Ahemdabad: As the Prime Minister came forward yesterday for the second time since August to attack cow vigilantism as the holy war took another mans life in Jharkhands Ramgarh district.
'Gau Rakshaks' brutally beated a man to death in suspicion of carrying beef.
While, PM Narendra Modi in his speech taking a dig at Gau bhakts' (cow worshipers) said, "Today I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on. As a society, there is no place for violence. Killing people in the name of 'gau bhakts' is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve," Modi said while addressig the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Shrimad Rajchandraji, Gandi's guru, at the Sabarmati Ashram here.
Dispute being criticized by the people, that he and his government has been keeping mum on the issue which has somehow fueled the violence by cow vigilantes who have been accused of repeatedly lynching muslim men in Jaipur and Alwar in Rajasthan, Ballabhgarh in Haryana, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand in order to protect the animal revered by Hindus.
In the jharkhand incident on Thursday, Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari, who was beaten to death,was allegedly carrying "banned meat" in th van, police said.
A group of people stopped him near Bajratand village and brutally attacked Ansari, and burned his van. He was rescued from the mob by the police who took him to a hospital where he was declared during the course of the treatment.
Additional Director General of Police R K Mallik said," Its a premeditated murder."
This is the second such incident in Jharkhand in the last three days. In Gandhi, a mob thrashed a person and burned down his house after a cow head was found.
While, Modi suspiciously pointed toward Mahatam Gandhi and Achrya Vinoba Bhave about protecting the cow culture, which might become a green signal for vigilanties. He said that no one spoke more about protecting the cow more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
"Yes it should be done," he said.
While, the speech reminded of a similar speech on the same topic at a town hall, in August 2016, the first time he spoke about the lynching saying some of them (cow vigilantes) had made business of Gau Raksha.
However, a spate of killing in the name of cow and country have left parts of the country in shock, even as many celebrate these horrible crime with unstoppable glee, safe in the knowledge that someone on some corner of the state or central sarkar has their back.
At that time, many questioned Modi's motive, suggesting it was a wink-wink, nod-nod moment. Later it turned out, that it was exactly what the thugs recently lurked om the margins of the right wing interpreted it, no doubt seeing it as public posturing for the cameras. Well, this encouraged then to take away the liberties with Muslims' right to life, to a point where the national conversation now revolves around lynchings over beef and faith, the latest incident was the horrifying stabbing of a 16-year-old Junaid Ahmed while travelling in a train.
People now want a police force to deal with the cow vigilantes before their obsession becomes more fearless, however these are just citizens backed by some sources selling hate crime. Perhaps its time the Prime Minister should unleash the wrath upon these cow vigilantes. Unless words are backed by state actions, they are meaningless. Unless the state governments most of which are ruled by the BP, take some heed of the PM's exhortation and aggressively crack down on such thuggish elements, the PM stands to loose all the goodwill he had earned among the lower and middle classes, who stand to benefit the most from hi economic reforms. It is time for the PM to put the entire muscle of the state machinery, and his conviction, behind his words.
PM Modi was known more as the man of action than words, but the violence we seeing now does not have a good history, it has the potential to set off nationwide communal rights that will result in untold deaths of common, innocent people on both sides. This will effectively destroy all the economic reforms made by PM has enacted. Only the politicians will benefit from such divisive poison. For the people of the its PM, the outcome will be chaos of unimaginable proportions, as we have seen in every communal riot since the advent of this country.