Why discriminate dead!



The outpouring over Narendra Modi has deluged all other issues, it seems. If you look at Modi’s elevation dispassionately, it is just a development that is having a cascading effect in his own party.

I am referring to LK Advani’s resignation here. Incidentally, this is not the first time Advani has resigned, he had done so twice or thrice in the past.

But we went overboard covering the storm over the ‘generational shift’ in the BJP, which in any way was on the cards as its parent body RSS had done it way back in mid-2000. Even that had created ripples but had failed to catch the media attention.

As we discussed and dissected every aspect of Modi’s elevation, we somehow missed a few incidents that happened in Uttar Pradesh.

Remember the furore that the murder of Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia Ul Haq in Kunda had raised in the political quarters sending the Akhilesh government in a tizzy.

The beleaguered chief minister had taken some quick steps as media questioned Raghuraj Pratap Singh’s continuation in office following a complaint lodged by Haq’s young widow against him. Singh was told to resign, a CBI inquiry was ordered (which has yet to nail Singh) and the CM had flown to Deoria to console the bereaved family members next morning.

A few months back in yet another incident in Saharanpur criminals shot dead the gunner of a police official who himself had a narrow escape. The incident occurred when the cops tried to intercept a gang of criminals trying to flee in a car.

Another cop was killed in Bareilly when the team was returning to the police station after arresting a hardened criminal. None of the incidents drew the attention of the media as well as the state government. The chief minister did not react; the home department did not act. Their deaths went unnoticed as the country discussed politics and sheer politics.

Why? Is it because Saharanpur and Bareilly are not as infamous as Kunda that made the crime sensational? Is it because the cop killed in Kunda belonged to a minority community?

Why all those politicians and minority organisations that had demanded the government’s dismissal after Haq’s murder preferred silence now? Where is the BSP? Where is the BJP or the Congress?

Why this discrimination? Duty is duty and anyone dying anywhere in the state while on duty deserves the same compassion and compensation if not media attention. Or is it the media attention that stirs the government as well as the political parties into action? Why this discrimination even amongst the dead!

A social activist has petitioned the chief minister demanding the same compensation for the family members of the cops who died recently maintaining that the government cannot have any policy which differentiated martyrs on the basis of rank, caste or religion,’ and according to me also ‘ media hype.’

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  • Indian

    Good point, Sunita. But am afraid, nothing revealing. Appeasement of minorities is a must to prove your ’secular’ credentials. Doing anything the other way around would be termed ‘communal’. Haven’t we accepted that ‘axiom’ for the past 60 years? So, stating what you have stated with an example is as good as saying gravity is 9.8 m/sec.sq. Pretty obvious :)

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  • Indian

    Good point, Sunita. But am afraid, nothing revealing. Appeasement of minorities is a must to prove your ’secular’ credentials. Doing anything the other way around would be termed ‘communal’. Haven’t we accepted that ‘axiom’ for the past 60 years? So, stating what you have stated with an example is as good as saying gravity is 9.8 m/sec.sq. Pretty obvious :)

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    Anangsen Reply:

    Agreed. This article really makes no notable point.

    But what it misses glaringly is the irony in the steamrolling of the murder investigation of a muslim cop while following rank minority appeasement. The only rule of such politicians is opportunistic self-fulfillment, which seems to be the operating principle everywhere these days. This is the matsya nyay or the law of the jungle, perhaps the only law that matters, and this tells us that our age old civilisation has now slid back irretrievably into the jungle once again.

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  • Bodan

    The author is completely wrong in placating BJP with Congress so far as minority appeasement is concerned. BJP is the only party who always protested against this .

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  • Ravi

    Very good article, In last sixty years Congress has changed the definition of secularism in India. Unable to understand, how a secular nation can have minority or majority community on basis of religion. Although we are secular nation, our government schemes are developed on the basis of communities/religions. Scholarships, education facilities, loan facilitates are distributedon the basis of religion in India (so called Secular Nation).

    However original definition of Secular State/Nation was
    (From Wiki): A secular state is a concept of secularism, whereby a state
    or country purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting
    neither religion nor irreligion. A secular state also claims to treat all its
    citizens equally regardless of religion, and claims to avoid preferential
    treatment for a citizen from a particular religion/nonreligion over other
    religions/nonreligion.

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  • Bala

    I got to agree with Ravi there. Congress (right from MKG) have played this shameless game of appeasing the minorities, more so, the Muslims. But, if you analyzed further, it all boils down to the vote bank politics. They know the majority is a fragmented lot. You antagonize one, you at the worst might antagonize just one subset of a subset of a subset of that person’s comunity..(if at all). Where as, it doesn’t work that way in the other case. The ramifications of any indiscretions is very often unanimous and HUGE! Now, that is what they ‘fear’. So, it boils down to the lack of unity among the majority. If you voice needs to be counted for, you need to stand as ONE. Else, as individuals, we will remain fragmented and ignored. Having said that, what we need as a country to progress in the right direction is a strong will to be truly secular. To resist playing cheap, divisive politics and focus on progress in every sense of the word.

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