Not religion, lynching is about Parivar vs all: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the lynchings are “not religious”, “Hindu-Muslim” or a “fight between upper castes and Dalits”, but the (Sangh) “Parivar’s battle against everybody”.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2017 8:35 am
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The discussion in Rajya Sabha on lynchings and atrocities on minorities and Dalits saw the Congress delinking these incidents from religion and caste on Wednesday. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the lynchings are “not religious”, “Hindu-Muslim” or a “fight between upper castes and Dalits”, but the (Sangh) “Parivar’s battle against everybody”. Launching a scathing attack on the ruling BJP and the government, Azad alleged that there was an “understanding” to let the lynchings continue. He told the government not to break India for votes, and asked it to shun “politics for votes”. He said only the ruling BJP was “benefiting” from the increasing incidents of lynching.

Recalling the recent incidents of lynching, he said: “No state is left… From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, no place is left where no incident has taken place. I am not saying lynchings did not take place in the past. I am not saying Dalits were not treated badly in the past… But when lynchings happened (in the past)… it was the handiwork of one individual, whatever be his religion. But I am sorry to say, you may not like it… but in all the cases of lynching now, someone or the other belonging to the ruling party and the Sangh Parivar is involved.”

“This is not religious. This is not a battle of religion. This is not Hindu-Muslim. This is not a fight between upper castes and Dalits… This is Parivar’s battle against everybody. They get protection. I know the Prime Minister has given a statement. I accept the home minister has given a statement… This is happening because of an understanding. [The understanding is] you do your work and we will do our work. We will give statements but you continue what you are doing. Continue doing it,” he said.

He said had there been no understanding, the people who were involved would have been in jail by now. “Why is nobody being nabbed. All this is happening in broad daylight, happening before cameras, videos are being made… The local police, local media people know… Not one Opposition party is benefiting from this lynching. Only one political party, the ruling party, is benefiting from this,” he added.

“This is just for political harvesting, I am sorry to say. This country belongs to all. You (the government) have more responsibility than all of us. You have to run the government. Implementing law and order is your job. We will cooperate with you in protecting the unity and integrity of the country… We are ready to shed our blood. But you will have to take the lead. We can cooperate with you in creating a conducive atmosphere. But you yourself are spoiling the atmosphere,” he said. Azad said it is the government job’s to protect everyone — the poor, Dalits, minorities, farmers and the common man. “But here, the fence is eating the crop… the crop cannot be saved if the fence decides to eat it.”

Azad said nobody in the country has the “licence to kill”. “This is not a fight between Hindus and Muslims or upper castes and Dalits. This is a fight for the country, for humanity,” he added. “This is the battle of every one of us. This is battle for humanity… You will have to fight on the Pakistan front, Chinese front, there will be external threats… If our house is weak, then how can we fight. Our house has always been strong. Please don’t break our house for votes… protect our country and its unity and integrity… shun the politics for votes,” he said. Referring to the spate of lynchings in Jharkhand, he said the state has become the “akhara of lynchings” and “akhara of loot and arson”. Referring to attacks by “gau rakshaks” on cattle traders, he said, “You will not allow them to engage in trade… jaan se bi maroge, aur vyapar se bhi maroge.” Talking about hate messages circulated on WhatsApp, Azad said, “Most of the these emanate from the Parivar…not from us.”

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    SC
    Jul 21, 2017 at 7:23 am
    This is the feed back. If leadership does not control leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azads, Kapil Sibbals or Anand Sharmas then the number will reduce to less than 9. But what to do when there seems to be no top leader today. Spreading hatred will be very dangerous.
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    1. Damodar Biswal
      Jul 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
      Lynching in any form should be stopped forthwith.We want action against people who indulge in lynching in the name of cow protection to create communal disturbances.These criminals ,under no circumstances be allowed exemption on the ground that they belong to some political parties.Affiliation to any political party does not give them the right to take law into their own hands.
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      1. Sankaran Krishnan
        Jul 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm
        What else can be expected from the perverted mind of Mr.Ghulam Nabi Azad and this only proves how much he is brain drained and all said and done none will believe the words of the corrupt congress party and it is they who had ruled most of the years and the problems are created by them by playing politics over such issues to gain minority votes but no one will trust the congress party and be ready to face the worst defeat at the State levels and also Nationally and hope in 2019 the Congress Party will be losing the status of Opposition Party !!!
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        1. Damodar Biswal
          Jul 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm
          Mr.Azad gave a political statement n should not be taken seriously.But lynching by cow vigilantes takes place n no visible action has yet been taken against them.Facts can not be hidden,sir.If u say that opposition parties r doing this to defame the ruling party,why no action is taken against these people?
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          Raju
          Jul 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm
          Hindu India, remain a concern at a time when the Modi government is pursuing a partisan agenda and Hindu hardliners have whipped up an atmosphere of fear among the country's minorities.Everyone agrees that any form of violence committed in the name of religion is a bad thing,” “It is another thing altogether to insist that every form of ‘religious extremism’ is an inherently bad thing. This would be to assume that every religion, at its foundation, is essentially the same and that the greatest danger to the world is when humans take their Radical religion principles and theory seriously.
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            Divakar
            Jul 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm
            Who benefits from the adverse publicity due to lynchings? Who else but opposition. The chances are that the lynchings and other attacks on dalits were engineered by those who benefit from such criminal acts, not by BJP or Sangh Parivar.Media has played their role in such false propaganda. Just to give one example: While the media have spent weeks chanting “junaid” for weeks regular killings of Hindus in Kerala goes unheard. Can this moron azad answer this question???
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            1. Damodar Biswal
              Jul 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm
              Does killing of Hindus in Kerala give Hindus a right to kill non Hindus in other parts of the country,sir?
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            B M
            Jul 20, 2017 at 11:13 am
            the ill-literate leader should classify leftist of Kerala killing BJP/RSS workers. Where should these killings be bracketed. India is suffering from minotiryism. They kick, abuse, loot, kill the majority, no one is bothered. One Junaid is killed and you have thousands of ill-literate 'leaders' and imposters shout attrocity....attrocity....attrocity.... Congress has over the years sold out the country to Muslims. Azad like fellows are the by-products that stinks political discourse.
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