Why the death in Dadri affects the national project under PM Narendra Modi

Lynching a person merely on suspicion is absolutely wrong, the antithesis of all that India stands for and all that Hinduism preaches.

Written by Tarun Vijay | Updated: October 2, 2015 12:57 pm
Dadri lynching, dadri killing, BJP, Dadri beef row, dadri man lynching, dadri beef man killing, beef ban, Mahesh Sharma, dadri beef ban lynching, dadri beef rumor killing, india news, nation news Relatives mourn the death of farmer Mohammad Akhlaq at his home in Bisara village on Wednesday. Villagers allegedly beat Akhlaq to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef. (Source: PTI Photo)

The daughter saw the bigger picture. She sounds like the mature one among all those who are grabbing this opportunity to dissolve this incident into the bigger issue and make it political. She has been asking us: Can her father be brought back if proved innocent? Being the father of a daughter, I can feel the pain in her eyes. Mohammad Akhlaq shouldn’t be dead.

Lynching a person merely on suspicion is absolutely wrong, the antithesis of all that India stands for and all that Hinduism preaches. Violence of this kind in a state like UP affects national goals. India is on the path to rediscovering itself through an all-inclusive development mission, whose success depends on how fairly we can make every Indian feel the confidence of being a co-traveller.

The buzz that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created the world over needs a convergence of minds — no matter which party or ideology you belong to. Akhilesh Yadav is as much a part of this project as any other state leader. Better governance in his state helps this project; bad governance derails the principal objectives of our nation. Daughters are precious for this journey.

But I wonder why there was no outcry from the secular media and leaders when Tika Lal Taploo was killed by jihadis and his daughter was left alone in this world. The secular brand of communalism is more lethal sometimes than the bullets of violent people.

The violent reactions of the Dadri kind must remain an aberration. They raise a question for so-called liberal Muslims: Have you done anything to show Hindus that you stand with them when they are assaulted by the Andrabis? Muslim silence on Hindu woes is often taken as support for intolerant Islamists.
In many parts of India, cow slaughter is a serious offence. But it should be handled via the lawful path that the Constitution has provided us.

Sadly, secular celebrations of “beef festivals”, as well as the provocative butchering of a cow in a bazaar for political mileage, have pushed a society that worships the cow as mother to question the real motive of the seculars.

The Modi phenomenon has taken the world by surprise. The world is looking at India with awe and appreciation like never before. Should we allow emotive religious matters that concern our personal beliefs to derail what we have achieved through painstaking struggle? The UP government should take serious note of this.

In no society and in no era has extremism ever succeeded in providing an atmosphere for growth that encompasses the arts, education, agriculture, science, technology and, of course, poetry. Look at the fanatic regions in our neighbourhood. They have become barren lands, devoid of the flowering of any kind of creativity.

It’s a tribute to the collective efforts of our leaders from various parties and ideologies that we have been able to nurture the best human values in spite of severe challenges and obstacles. Before pointing fingers at others, we must ask why beef exports involve some of the richest and so-called high-caste Hindus. Most gaushalas are in bad shape, with the honourable exception of those model centres for cow protection run by VHP and RSS workers.

Thousands of cows are pushed into the slaughterhouses of Bangladesh every day. Cows can’t fly. And pray, do we feel the same pain or enthusiasm for correction when one of our daughters, a Dalit, a promising and honest deputy superintendent of police from Tamil Nadu, R. Vishnupriya, dies in mysterious circumstances? Have
you ever witnessed Parliament being stalled by honourable members to force a discussion on atrocities against Dalits? Should the “two-glass system” or the “two-crematorium system”, prevalent in many parts of the country, make us revolt?

Former RSS sarsanghchalak Balasaheb Deoras had said that if untouchability is not a sin, then nothing is a sin.The RSS has ceaselessly been working among Dalits to bring them to the mainstream of social and economic life through thousands of projects. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Gayatri Pariwar’s Pranav Pandya and the Swaminarayan sect have all spoken out against caste-based discrimination. Still, why don’t we feel enthused to practise what our acharyas have told us?

The writer is a Rajya Sabha MP and member, National Executive, BJP

(This article appeared first in the print edition under the headline ‘Death in Dadri’)

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    ANonymous
    Oct 3, 2015 at 9:53 am
    Lynching a person is wrong, period. With or without suion.
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      Poorna
      Oct 5, 2015 at 6:11 pm
      Tell us, Tarun Vijay: if it wasn’t “merely” a suion, if the man had in fact eaten that beef, then lynching him would be OK?
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        AKS
        Oct 6, 2015 at 6:05 am
        From the comments I can say - for around 90% of us what comes on the table of household is none of our business. Tarun Vijay certainly belongs to those 10% who are bane on humanity!
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          ha ha
          Oct 2, 2015 at 11:02 am
          Or is it alright for people living outside the Indian territory to consume Indian exported beef?
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            I Pandya
            Oct 3, 2015 at 5:16 am
            PM Modi and BJPRSSandVHP etc. are very balanced and inclusive, and any allegation of not speaking out in this case is not fair. All over the world Gujarathis (mainly Patels) and other Hindus and Sikhs like PUnjabis run Indian restaruants and all of them sell beef. Have PM Modi or his parivar ever spoken out against them? Then why should he speak in this case? His inclusiveness in case of Indian restaurants in USA and other countries is evident from the fact that their donations from profits of selling beef are gratefully accepted by BAPS swaminarayan and sanghparivar all over the world. Can owaisi answer why muslim in India are not giving donation to BJPBAPS, etc.? By not doing this and eating beef for free, it is clear that owaisi and muslims in India are misguided and do not want to be inclusive.
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              Rp
              Oct 3, 2015 at 8:10 am
              Mr.Tarun lynching is ok if there is a proof? Shame on you guys.
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                Madhav
                Oct 2, 2015 at 9:02 pm
                ...Lynching a person merely on suion is absolutely wrong... Would it be absolutely right if suion were confirmed?
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                  Snagesh
                  Oct 2, 2015 at 9:00 am
                  Muslims we are with you in this moment of grief. Your belief is yours and mine is mine, what ever this author says
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                    Syed
                    Oct 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm
                    He is one of the reason that we will never become the force or power we wanted to be globally.. Watch out Modiji.
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                      TIHAEwale
                      Oct 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm
                      As they said during Babri demolition yeh to Jhaanki hai Kashi Mathura baaki hai and successful in silencing Muslim community in Gujrat this trailer for U.P.. But then Feku56 and Mulayam are two sides of same counterfeit coin
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                        arvinder
                        Oct 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm
                        Aasaram ke p gai thi kya aunty...
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                          arvinder
                          Oct 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm
                          Sorry to say but shame on you sir...I feel sorry that we voted you to power....
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                            Abdulkadar
                            Oct 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm
                            Sir, Many muslims are ordinary citizens like any other person in the country. But you expect the muslims to prove their patriotism by displaying condemnation during each and every terror attack so that we can get certificate from you. You please let the law enforcing agencies do the work as per the law irrespective of religion or caste, then everything will be allright.
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                              abhay
                              Oct 3, 2015 at 10:29 am
                              Mr. Tarun Vijay , first of all thank you for responding to this incident considering the fact that most of BJP's leaders be it the PM, want to be silent whenever there's an incident in which there is a large national outcry in the minorities' support. But when it comes to giving support to the majority , your party's leaders are the first one to fan communal fire (just consider the case of Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti during trilokpuri riots). I just don't understand that did we vote for you guys to engage in such petty politics or for development (which is nowhere to be seen)?. Tarun this article of yours represents a typical view of a member of BJP or RSS/VHP/Bajrang Dal person.And for your comment on liberal muslims let me remind you the fact that Md. Akhlaq's family lived there for seventy years. I think one develops a sense of bonding between themselves in such a long time. What can be the reasons for such outbursts of anger? Let's analyze this. 1) The communal pogroms that your party leaders indulge in have created a deep divide amongst the society. Even if a hindu had left the cow's carc on the road, it would only be blamed on the muslims . 2) Cow which the hindus revere as their mother still bear so much of suffering in when she is not in condition to give milk. I think before banning or controlling the food we eat , you should consider improving their condition first. 3) The promotion of the communal agenda and your fascistic ideology has yielded good results I believe. Now there's a general preconception among hindus that muslims are terrorists or stani or whatever you say. And i believe that if it continues we are on the verge of what happened in Germany or Sri Lanka or Yugoslavia. PS: Please if you want true development of India then don't indulge into the promotion of such atrocities as it will only lead to the formation of a hindu stan. Ask PM Modi to just give a tweet of condolence to Md. Akhalq's family since he's so fond of using social media. Again I want to request you to stop this communal divide as you can't easily erase a potion 78 crores , instead focus on their development which will in turn benefit India
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                                Ahmed Fawaz
                                Oct 2, 2015 at 11:56 am
                                Remember what Jinnah said rejecting hi's peace plan ? "How can cow eating Musalmans stay in peace with cow worshipping Hindoos?" We have worked overtime to prove him right. Moreoever, Tarun with his known affiliations does not raise any eyebrow by speaking of a society which worships cows and conveniently forgets the 'others' (so as to so) who'd like to eat its meat. It's not about the meat of cow or swine. It's about respecting the choices of others which you do not approve of .
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                                  Akabbar Ali
                                  Oct 3, 2015 at 8:05 am
                                  World is a bigger school.We have taught from many different religions like Christianity,Islam,Hinduism,Buddhist, Shikhism and so many but there is no end in education where as we are going day by day in conflict to resolve the social inhumanity, partially we are considering not neutral possible way but to hatred path to solve the problem, and that is our demerits, we have to work with pacient to respect each other in good faith. Law will work on the critical point, we should see this type of problems above religion.
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                                    malik
                                    Oct 2, 2015 at 9:39 am
                                    This is the same ideology that divided the country,,, re-emergence of it means that history is going to repeat itself,,,,may be not now,,, but someday Mr Tarun Vijay,,,,surely...
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                                      akhil
                                      Oct 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm
                                      u really have the gumption to ask why muslims dont give money to BJP et. al ??? it is because of articles such as these . Hindu crazies justifying their craziness by saying that there are crazy people on the Muslim side as well is a stupid argument as far as I am concerned. And by and large, I don't understand how Hindus in a country which is 80% Hindu by and large is so insecure about what the rest of the 20% or so do. I am going to stick my neck out and say that Muslim fanatics being responsible for most of the terrorist acts - yes , but that being used to do similar acts by people of other religions is - STUPID.
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                                        Raj
                                        Oct 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm
                                        Tarun Vijay would be feeling super happy from within, since his party's plan was executed to perfection by Modi's henchmen, which in the longer run would help BJP in polarizing the society further. This guy is the biggest pervert I have ever seen. Nobody wants his crocodile tears to be shed for a poor Muslim person who was killed by his men for the sake of grabbing power in next elections. Get lost, Tarun Vijay.
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                                          Raj
                                          Oct 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm
                                          Tarun Vijay would be feeling super happy from within, since his party's plan was executed to perfection by Modi's henchmen, which in the longer run would help BJP in polarizing the society further. This guy is the biggest pervert I have ever seen. Nobody wants his crocodile tears to be shed for a poor Muslim person who was killed by his men for the sake of grabbing power in next elections. Get lost, Tarun Vijay.
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                                            alok gupta
                                            Oct 3, 2015 at 2:48 am
                                            Wow. Such elegant excuses for a barbaric act. If I had any doubts about BJP's stand on it, its now very clear. Thank you.
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