Fifth column: Modernity or murder, Mr Modi?

It is hard to understand why a PM so passionate about making India a modern, digital, prosperous country has seemingly not noticed that hunting and killing Muslims on the pretext of cows and love jihad does not sit well with modernity.

Written by Tavleen Singh | Published:May 7, 2017 12:02 am
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A joke popular on social media these days goes like this. ‘Dear Pakistanis we as a nation have become immune to the martyrdom of our soldiers because they are paid to die, you just try and kill one of our cows then we will show you the fun.’ I begin with this joke to make the point that India is in danger of becoming a laughing stock in the rest of the world because of our new, violent obsession with cows. So enough is enough, Hindu fanatics. Stop! Stop right now if you really love Bharat Mata.

It is hard to understand why a Prime Minister so passionate about making India a modern, digital, prosperous country has seemingly not noticed that hunting and killing Muslims on the pretext of cows and love jihad does not sit well with modernity. The Prime Minister talks about a ‘new India’ built with the energy of the largest population of young people on the planet. Has he noticed that hunting Muslims is serving mostly to distract these same young Indians from far more important tasks?

Why are armies of them not already deployed for Swachch Bharat? Why do we not see educated young people going into villages to help teach skills and basic literacy to disadvantaged children? Why are they not helping solve problems of rural development? Why, on the lines of the American Peace Corps, do we not see an Indian Development Corps? Is it because too much of the energy of our young people is now being used for supposedly saving cows?

Personally I have nothing against a national movement to save cows. It breaks my heart to see abandoned cows living on the edge of open garbage dumps, eating plastic bags to fill their stomachs. I support totally cow shelters being built in towns and cities. And I support jailing Hindus who throw cows out of their homes when they become useless. We could begin by immediately locking up the monsters who poured acid on the backs of a pair of bulls who strayed into their fields to eat their crops. What I do not support is the madness and murderous barbarism that have been unleashed on the pretence of saving cows. It is being led by the same young Indians who the Prime Minister hopes will help build the modern India of his dreams.

It is possible that Mr Modi no longer spends as much time on Twitter as he once did, but he should pay attention to the kind of abuse that is directed daily at those who oppose cow vigilantism and love jihad. Last week, Ghulam Muhammad, 55, a farmer in the Bulundshahr village of Sohi was beaten to death by young men in saffron scarves, said to be from Yogi Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini. He was killed because these Hindutva killers suspected that he had helped a Muslim neighbour elope with a Hindu woman.

It is cowardice of the worst kind for young men to gang up and kill an old man, so I tweeted against this latest lynching and was immediately subjected to an onslaught of abusive tweets. Tweeters used words that cannot be printed in a family newspaper to attack me. They defended their abuse and threats on the grounds that I had never written against RSS workers murdered by Marxist killers in Kerala. Is that a defence?

What frightens me most is the pride Hindutva tweeters plainly take in every new lynching. They make it clear that the squads of Hindu vigilantes that roam about these days in search of Muslims to kill are in their view heroes avenging centuries of repression by Muslim rulers. Like the cowardly cow vigilantes, these tweeters remain nameless, but from their language it is obvious that many of them are linked directly to the RSS or one of its sister organisations. I know this from having learned to recognise their names from earlier occasions when I have written something in this column that they did not like.

My reason for repeatedly drawing attention to Hindutva violence is because I believe it is motivated not by some twisted nationalism but by uncontainable hatred of Muslims. This hatred is what persuades young Hindus to go out in gangs and hunt for the poorest, most vulnerable Muslims to beat to death. It is true that there have been almost no communal riots in the past three years, but it is also true that there is an insidious new kind of violence that takes the form of hate crimes.

Senior BJP leaders say these hate crimes are not being committed by ‘our people’ but by ‘agents provocateur’ from secular parties who have infiltrated the ranks of Hindutva organisations. Hard to believe. Our secular opposition parties today lack the strength even to rise out of the doldrums.

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    shadi katyal
    May 8, 2017 at 2:19 am
    Since Modi has no industrialisation plan and have no investments coming into the nation, he has lost control and being a puppet he is just following the rule. His appointment of Aditya as CM of UP is a good example.His vigilante group has been active and force of fear for some time and now they have an open license to lynch anyone they please as police works for them. The world is looking with awe what is transpiring in India and no one is wil to invest in India under such cir stances. Modi's monkey baat has not mentioned a word against such lynching.
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      Kumar
      May 8, 2017 at 2:07 am
      Trust you guys don't want Indian PM to clean your toilets as well!! He is doing what he is supposed to.. don't point every thing to him.. bring the change yourself if you want one. I D I O T S !! ( Pun intended ).
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        Kumar
        May 8, 2017 at 2:04 am
        You s ... drop this and look how Modi and co had been performing. I notice the change coz I visit India every year.. the perception of India and an Indian has changed worldwide. I may invite criticism from Modi haters. But I am proud of being part of this change.. and a golden era in Indian history!! God Bless India !!
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          V.Suresh
          May 8, 2017 at 4:10 am
          Mr Kumar: Well, I too visit India every year and I can report exactly the opposite of what you observe. I work for a large international organisation in Europe and PM Modi is not regarded as highly as you think. Despite his brave efforts to defend the indefensible, Attorney General Rohatgi has a hard time in Geneva convincing the world that PM Modi's India is a safe place for Muslims, Dalits and tribals to mention a few. And in case you missed it due to the tainted glasses you are wearing, Deputy Jailer Varsha Dongre of Chhatisgarh was fired because she blew the lid on police torture and molestation of tribal girls. The divisive iden y politics of the BJP based on the notion that Hinduism and a Hindu majority can translate into Hindutva as a governing philosophy contains within it the seeds of destruction of the notion of India. Just look at stan and its failed efforts to build a nation on Islam. But then, you are a Modi bhakth so you would swallow anything the BJP says !
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          Dominic Emmanuel
          May 8, 2017 at 1:55 am
          In the chase after Muslim by Gau Rakshaks, why are you forgetting the disruptions of Christian prayer services every other day and the harassament of Christians all over the country in the name of conversion. If it is cow to corner Muslims, it is conversion to beat up the Christians, to the extent that they do not have now freedom to even hold their Sunday worship. And who cares, for we are proudly heading for Hindu Rashtra, or at least so the Gau Rakshanks, pushed by the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal are led to believe. And you Tavleeen remain always remain silent on basic issues.
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            abhay srivastava
            May 8, 2017 at 1:44 am
            It seems Ms Tavleen Singh has finally seen the light.Hindutva followers are bunch of hoodlums encouraged by the current dispensation to terrorise minorities specially muslims.Hindutva has nothing to do with hinduism.It is very hard to believe that Ms. Singh did not see it coming.She appeared tobe too naive to buy into the "sabkaa saath sabkaa Vikaas" slogan.She failed to recognize that it was just a jumla to garner votes from the gullible.
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              Shailesh Gp
              May 8, 2017 at 12:58 am
              Who is this stupid woman? Where she belongs and why she's spreading imported western ideas of feminism and Christian secularism? She sure doesn't know anything about India and its tenets. What she thinks copying her ideals like U.K. Or US is progressiveness?Just as materialistic development is needed more essential is spiritual and cultural evolution.The western stoves like this one will continue to define India in their skewed eyes, but India has to progress in his own objectives not schematic of sycophants of EastIndia Co.The white breds shouldn't teach this western filth in India. India doesn't have to learn modernity from the white demons.If this woman knew about what sentiments Indian public has about cows and Hinduism, and what they can do to save them.What she thinks how would she like her kids to be served on plate of some jehadi? Think.May be she doesn't belong here, she's an planted bigot who thinks such English bloods can teach this country about meaning of culture &modrnty
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                salim
                May 8, 2017 at 1:45 am
                It is hard to understand why a PM so passionate about making India a modern, digital, prosperous country has seemingly not noticed that hunting and kil Muslims on the pretext of cows and love jihad does not sit well with modernity. #Feku.
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                MyTake
                May 8, 2017 at 12:55 am
                Since cow is an issue just ban cow slaughter punishable with certain number of fix jail term. Just get out of cow mentality and the cow intelligentsia revolving around it - this is waste of "intelligence" and "emotion"! There are other better things to do in life.
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                  RSS.PIG
                  May 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm
                  I hate Talveen Singh this week, not last week.
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                    Bharat
                    May 7, 2017 at 11:56 pm
                    Tavleen can shout se all day long. Lekin hum Mandir vahin banayenge. Aur Gau Rakshaks will become the PMs of tomorrow. Right wing is taking over Europe and Asia in an anti Islamic fervour. This fire is raging in India and we Hindus now have stood up for self ertion. We actually got sick of such authors and media trying their level best to tarnish hindus as terrorists and radical people. The media keeps quiet as many Hindus are murdered in India by Muslims and Christians. So take the matter in your hands with Vande Mataram follow your heart and take control. Hindus will always rule. Ab ki baar aur baar baar HINDU SARKAR.
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                      salim
                      May 8, 2017 at 1:48 am
                      Ha ha!
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                      Pundit
                      May 7, 2017 at 11:50 pm
                      It is almost amazing that Singh has the courage to write a sensible article in a state controlled and run by a bunch of mad monkeys of rss (racist stupid sangh) of BJP (be-hadd jahil party) of Cowstan.
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                        Bharat
                        May 7, 2017 at 11:49 pm
                        Mentally sick author does well to hide the Pink Revolution of Congress which made India the largest béef exporter in the world. This shocked the hindus who realised that true nature or secularists trying to shame Hindus and go against the cons ution of India. Indians voted for ban on cow slaughter and stood up to the various communal riots engineered by the congress. And Foreign masters me talve chaatne vaali tavleen me kya kehne. She seems to be from Azadi gang who want to corrupt Indian minds. Shame on I5lamic express to be publishing such anti National propa a that reeks of Hindu hatered.
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                          Sath Ish
                          May 8, 2017 at 3:35 am
                          Exactly what you told. Like how you put i5lamic , hatered, propa a.
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                          Sharan
                          May 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm
                          You wrote - They defended their abuse and threats on the grounds that I had never written against RSS workers murdered by Marxist killers in Kerala. Is that a defence? Maybe that is not an absolute defence but yes in a debate it is. Why did you not write about RSS workers being killed by Marxist killers or a Hindu being throat slit by Muslim men in Shaheed Nagar, Ghaziabad? Coz writing about those will not get you the media attention you seek by writing something like this article.
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                            Gogi
                            May 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm
                            What essentially she is saying here is if you love Bharat mata, eat cow and let others eat... Not bad idea, why not author starts by eating her own mother first to set an example.. Press ues
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                              p.s.swami
                              May 7, 2017 at 10:58 pm
                              Tavleen your article will be very credible if you had written a similar one on Mohammed Shahabuddin and how how he kills people by dumping them in acid, and how he is connected to sickular politicians. This imbalance in journalism and hyping one narrative against the majority community while keeping silent on the atrocities of the minorities on the majority is the causes of these abhorable vigilantism.
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                                ak dev
                                May 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm
                                My thinking about Tavleen Singh has taken an up down turn after knowing that her first husband was a Muslim and P A K I S T A N I citizen. This also explains why BJP has kept her at arms length in days when she was a Modi fan.
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                                  Suraj
                                  May 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm
                                  When you cant defend the indefensible, then you go into someones background and see if you can pull out some dirt from there don't you? Pathetic that the RSS had to hire thugs like you who cant even make logical arguments to try defending itself.
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                                    V.Suresh
                                    May 8, 2017 at 3:15 am
                                    Hats off to you Mr Suraj for an excellent riposte ! In their inability to come up with counter-arguments, the fascists resort to the only thing left for them to do - character assination. And the RSS finds puerile minds like those of Mr Ak Dev to do in the columns of the Indian Express what the Maya Kodnanis and Babu Bajrangis did in Naroda Patiya in 2002.
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                                    V.Suresh
                                    May 8, 2017 at 3:12 am
                                    Mr Ak Dev: In your complete inability, nay impotence in mustering counter-arguments to Ms Tavleen Singh's excellent article on the incongruities between PM Modi's modernisation agenda and his tacit support to mediaeval vigilantism, you resort to the only thing that you can do - cast aspersions on the character or the objectivity of the author. Ms Tavleen Singh's personal life is out of bounds for this discussion. A decent man would respect her private life and refrain from hitting below the belt. But then we are dea with the fascist underbelly of the BJP and the RSS, the very outfit that murdered the Father of the nation Mahatma hi. Hence, I guess there is no point in arguing with the fellow travellers of sm and fascism.
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                                      Sumesh
                                      May 8, 2017 at 3:49 am
                                      Both of you are one and same person, non- hindu p igs, supporting anything against Hindus. All the abrahmic religion people should be thrown out of India as there are many countries muslims and Christians- they can take you.
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                                    sochee
                                    May 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                                    Dear Tavleen don't you think enough is enough? We Hindus want to live in peace with our dignity. Why don't you argue for creation of a Hindustan for us where we can live in peace without ever being forced to deal with Muslims. You have driven out all the Hindus from valley. So there is a precedent. Let us Hindus have our own country. Rest you keep for your secular India and you live there with your Muslim friends.
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                                      ak dev
                                      May 7, 2017 at 10:47 pm
                                      You have mentioned a very important point that Muslims and Christians have many options to live in other countries where they are totally free to live a religious life as per Quran or Bible. Hindus can live a religious life as per their choice only in India i.e. they have no other place to go. But even in India that is the birth place of Hindus, they are not allowed to live peace by Muslims and Christians. Hindus have suffered for long. Time has come for them to demand the freedom to live the life they want. Secularists are the biggest hurdle in this objective and should be treated as enemy of Hindus.
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                                        M
                                        May 8, 2017 at 1:08 am
                                        U have lost it. Get a check up done by some psychiatrist.
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                                        Suraj
                                        May 7, 2017 at 10:59 pm
                                        You just seem to making stan's argument for them by defending the two nation theory.
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                                          salim
                                          May 8, 2017 at 1:55 am
                                          Kis haramkhor ne tujhe yeh kah Diya ke India Hinduo ke liye hai ?
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                                            V.Suresh
                                            May 8, 2017 at 4:00 am
                                            Mr/Ms Sochee: Apart from the fact that you are veering off at a tangent and talking of matters that were not discussed in the article, one also takes note of the fact that you are now talking of some sort of ethnic cleansing of Muslims from India. Not surprising, since the RSS modelled itself on the fascists and s of Europe of the 30s and hence, Third Reich ideas and their adherents such as yourself were bound to crop up sooner or later in India. Yes, Kashmiri Muslims have parti ted in violence towards Hindu Pandits leading to the fleeing of the latter from the valley. But that does notjustify the lynching of Muslim men in India. But then, I forget that people like you believe in the notion of collective punishment. After all, your ilk would have justified the brutal rape of Bilkis Bano, her mother, her sister and the violent kil of her 3 year old daughter by pointing to the plight of Kashmiri Muslims. Pathetic to say the least.
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                                            Murthy
                                            May 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                                            Fair points but ONLY if facts back them up... Alwar is NOT w of India. There have been thousands of successful Love Jihad cases but only a handful of cases where the Hindu girls' relations resisted. So, what do you want Modi to do by way of 'noticing' these issues ?? Change the law ?? Okay make general observations on how such a law should be. Tavleenji is too vague here. What should Modi do, besides repeating "This is not good". If he does so, will the issues be resolved??
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                                              Suraj
                                              May 7, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                                              Modi's job, besides repeating "This is not good" is to actually make sure that these sort of incidents like lynching don't ever happen again. But the problem here is that we know he's not doing anything of the sort, and therefore the least he could do is atleast condemn the incident to give an impression that he cares about these issues which he refuses to do as well.
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                                                Sumesh
                                                May 8, 2017 at 3:54 am
                                                Why should he restrain Hindus when Hindus have an advantage??? Hindus have been exterminated in porkistan, as well as from J&k, why no mthrfkkkker wanna talk about that??? Why secularism when it comes to Hindus?? Are muslims or Christians secular???
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                                              S K PARIDA
                                              May 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                                              Nice article. The reason behind the young people to indulge in hate crimes and many other stupid acts is because they are simply aimless, with no goal. And the newly emerging group of Hindutva killers are analogue of Jihadis in Muslim religion.
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                                                Suraj
                                                May 7, 2017 at 11:07 pm
                                                Very true..well said.
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                                                Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                                May 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm
                                                Very good article.As far as chai wala is the PM of all Indiots,we,the citizens of the lamd of the pure need not worry dia is nose diving into fascism nd we are happy.
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                                                  ak dev
                                                  May 7, 2017 at 10:57 pm
                                                  Hindu s also have the right to live the life they want to live. Fascism is practiced by Christians and Muslims. Hindus want to live in peace in their own land. Muslims and Christians have polluted India. Hindus do not pollute the other's land.
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                                                    M
                                                    May 8, 2017 at 1:16 am
                                                    Well the reason Christians grew in India is because of Hindus themselves. Hindus were so busy discriminating people on basis of caste system. There was no value for people if lower caste. They were denied basic medical and education rights and this is where Christian missionaries came in and started spreading Christianity along with education and medical facilities. So it's Hindus who have to be blamed and no one else.
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                                                    Sumesh
                                                    May 8, 2017 at 3:56 am
                                                    Porki you are already living in a gutter, which first had americal faeces and now mix of chinese and americal faeces, why u opening your mouth???
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                                                    pawan
                                                    May 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm
                                                    Brilliant once again and it shows how skewed are the priorities of this governance, which came to power on "good governance" and "aache din" mantra..
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                                                      V.Suresh
                                                      May 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm
                                                      Well said Mr Pawan ! To c to power despite an abysmal economic track record and shoddy governance record, the BJP goes back to its fascist roots from the RSS to retain power. Its playing the politics of iden y is extremely dangerous and can at best lead to more violence, vigilantism and lynchings. At worst, it can break up the unity of the country and unleash the many fissiparous forces that lie under the surface in India. The BJP and PM Modi should look to stan to see how iden y politics on the basis of language lead (among other things) to break of the country in 1971. And how religion is still unable to function as a nation building glue when forces of langauge, ethnicity, caste etc. are infinitely stronger. After all, the Shiv Sena attacks anyone who is not a Maratha doesn't it - never mind whether they are South Indians, Biharis, North Indians etc. ?
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                                                        Sumesh
                                                        May 8, 2017 at 3:58 am
                                                        @v suresh, it is clear you are a paid dog.
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                                                      Babu
                                                      May 7, 2017 at 9:14 pm
                                                      So many burning issues in india like : P akista n Ka-sh-miri Jihadi violence against our jawans ,,,rapes,,,corruption,,,millions of pending cases in the courts,,,Yet the writer selects the cow issue as if this is happening every second and everywhere,,,You want to become popular then the easiest way is to to condemn BJP/RSS/shri Modiji...and immediately the converts will join in the fray with hi-ndu names.
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                                                        V.Suresh
                                                        May 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm
                                                        Mr Babu: Yes, there are so many problems facing India and you criticise Ms Tavleen Singh for discussing cow vigilantism and lynching of Muslims. But then, going by your infantile logic, one cannot write about topics such as cricket matches, Bollywood films, the weather, culture etc. since there are more pressing issues according to you. That begs the question: Who the bloody are you to decide what people should write or not write about? Nobody prevents you from admiring the fascist groupings that run amok in India today. And nobody can make you sympathise with the plight of the poor Muslims and Dalits who get lynched by your lumpen friends. But that does not mean that those who deplore violence like Ms Tavleen Singh should be gagged, as you seem to want. Pathetic to say the least Mr Babu !
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                                                          Babu
                                                          May 7, 2017 at 10:54 pm
                                                          Great you can shout your comment but I must keep quite...I have a right to express my opinion whether the rice bags..... like it or not
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                                                          Murthy
                                                          May 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm
                                                          Excellent points.... 'elephants in the room, none of these columnists want to notice'
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