By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani
A feeling of unease and insecurity is creeping in among Muslims in India, former vice president Hamid Ansari said, joining a growing number of leaders who have expressed concerns over attacks on minorities. He spoke in a befitting manner on the last day of his office. He looks right.
Ever since October 2015 when Mohamed Akhlaq of Dadri village was lynched by an unruly mob of cow vigilantes, terribly shocking incidents continue to haunt the people of this country. More than thirty incidents had taken place during the past three years. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, had witnessed such gruesome murders. The most shocking of all these is the incident that took place in Ballabgarh Railway station on 22nd June, 2017.
Hafiz Junaid, a Madrasa student of 17 years old who had gone to Delhi with his brothers for shopping for Ramzan festival was mercilessly murdered by a gang of hooligans in the Delhi-Mathura train. The Hooligans who resorted to this inhuman violence earlier used to give imaginary reasons that the victims were in possession of beef; ferrying cows for slaughter ; stealing children; and cows, etc.
But in the case of Junaid and his brothers, the charge made against them by the attackers were beef eaters. Now the food habit of beef eating itself has become a punishable crime for these anti-social elements who have taken the law in their own hands.
But this horrific incident in Haryana of Junaid killing has shaken the conscience of the rightthinking people of the country and abroad. Huge number of protesters against this savage culture of mob lynching held marches in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangaluru, and other cities. Earlier on the Day of Eidul Fitr Muslims of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand & Haryana went for prayer wearing black bands on their arms. This is how they exhibited their anger and agony against the Junaid incident.
Merely paying lip service by the Prime Minister Is not enough in curbing the growing incidents of killing of people in the name of cow vigilantism, the custodian of the constitutional rights of the people is sordidly silent over these sad shocking incidents.
“The situation in India is worsening day by day. Attack on opponent political parties,and Dalits, Muslims those who raise voice against government has become common in a nation which was proud about its constitution. India is traversing through the most dangerous phase after independence because of the massive penetration of sangh fascism.”
The leaders of BJP and its allies add more fuel to the fire that is ravaging the minorities. Goa transport minister Dhavalikar has stated “We will not keep quite, if cows are harmed”. In a meet of Hindu outfits in Goa Sadhvi Saraswati remarked. “Beef eaters should be hanged”. “Earlier this year Shri. Rama Singh, the chief Minister of Chhattisgarh said, “anyone found killing cows in his state will be hanged.”
The notorious gaurakshak leader Satish Kumar continues to propagate that Protection of all cows can only be achieved by killing all killers of cows.
The BJP rulers should have strongly condemned these perpetrators of panic in the society. But the government of India have encouraged these people by issuing the notification for regulating the animal markets in the country. This draconian bundle rules of have not only spoiled the life of the farming sector but emboldened the so called cow vigilantes who take revelry in butchering the innocent people of the minorities and the Dalits.
The Minority Commission of India is keeping mum over these most inhuman attacks and killings of the members of the minority community and total inaction, apathy and tacit support to the violent gangs by the government. Furthermore, the news reports say that the government of India have stopped asking reports from the state governments about these savage mob lynching incidents. This is most unfortunate development in the governance of the country. Right thinking people strongly condemn this diabolic destroyers of peace, harmony and coexistence in the country.
The government of India should direct all the state governments concerned to take stringent action against the perpetrators of violence and hooliganism. The families of the victims of this violence should be given an adequate compensation to the tune of one crore to everyone of them at the earliest. The notification issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change on 23rd May, 2017 regulating the Animal Markets in the country should be withdrawn forthwith. The 20 Crore Muslims of India should be determined to uphold the unity and integrity of the country, to promote the communal amity and preserve the cultural identities of the people of India.
Muslims also believe in the Holy Prophet’s (Sal) decree: Hubbul Watani Nisful Imaan-love of the mother land remains part of the divine belief. They also never forget: Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara – India is the best of the World countries. In order to secure to everyone in the nation peace of mind and tranquility of heart let us all be the saviours of secularism ie pursing of one’s own religion and respect of all other religions in our Motherland
Reacting about this statement, vadodara based activist Dr, J.S. Bandukwala told that Hamid Ansari has done a great service to the country and to its plural traditions. I fully agree with his comments that there is considerable uneasiness among the Muslims of India.
The last three years have seena spate of communal attacks on Muslims. Many have been killed in almost brutal manner. There is a continuous assault on our traditions, and our heritage. I am convinced the RSS / BJP wants a Muslim Mukt Bharat. How do you remove 200 million people from the country ? The answer lies in just making them stateless, as the Myanmaar has done with the rohinya community.
The manner in which the Modi Government has handled the Kashmir issue, is most painful. We Muslims in India, do feel very strongly their pain and tragedy.We reaffirm our faith in the India of Gandhi and Nehru. Most importantly, we have faith in our Allah, and are confident that we will come out of this fascist attack, with our dignity and honour.
Ansari, as the Vice-President, felt that he, a V.P. of the country, is one who represents all its citizens and not the Muslim community and so he wisely and rightly chose not to comment on the existing climate of intolerance. Once he laid down he office, he became an Indian Muslim and the Muslimism in him prompted him to speak about the growing intolerance. His speech was, in fact, an eruption of a volcano long suppressed and it should be appreciated by lovers and upholders of secular democracy and rule of law. No offence was meant and so none need be taken unnecessarily, said Chennai based S.M.PASHA, Convener, BHARATHIYA JAANNISAAR PARTY.
—Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior journalist at Ahmedabad. He is the Editor of Gujarat Siyasat newspaper and General Secretary of All India Milli Council- Gujarat chapter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org