Angered By The Gau Rakshak

Now PM must apply the same principle to all crime — including communal crime

Written by Julio Ribeiro | Updated: August 10, 2016 12:06 am
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I have never seen Narendra Modi so angry. He had reason to be angry. The lumpen elements who had jumped into the bandwagon of the gau rakshaks to make a quick buck had unwittingly derailed his party’s strategy for winning the coming elections to the UP legislative assembly. The BJP had counted on winning over the Dalits but the video showing gau rakshaks flogging four Dalit youth in Una upset these calculations.

Modi is a very astute politician. He has, from the time I can remember, always advocated the protection of the cow, probably to harvest the votes of devout Hindus. He did not take into account those who are more interested in becoming rich overnight using the sacred animal as their conduit to wealth.

Modi is right in apportioning blame on these lumpen elements. They have taken advantage of the BJP’s anxiety to save the cow and its male progeny from the dinner table. Incidentally, this element is also predominant in the VHP’s sword arm, the Bajrang Dal. But besides the Bajrang Dal, many assorted extortionists and criminals have also joined in the game. This should have been anticipated.

Criminal elements are always on the look-out for fresh pastures. When terrorism raised its ugly head in Punjab in the 1980s, smugglers, who would otherwise have been put out of business by terrorist gangs, joined the ranks of the latter. So, when the BJP decided to go all out on cow protection the mafia sensed an opportunity to target those who were making a living out of transporting cattle for sale to farmers or to butchers. The next logical step for these criminals will be to terrorise those who earn a living from skinning cattle for the leather industry. Those who run the leather industry will be very keen to pay them in order that their business can continue without impediment. Which proves that the difficulty of doing business in our country increases when the rule of law is not upheld.

The PM had no alternative but to denounce what he conveniently termed the “fake” cow protectors. Till this day he only knew of the good gau rakshaks. They were set up by the RSS or the VHP many decades ago. In Mumbai, where I served as police commissioner in the 1980s, I encountered them at the time of sacrifice at Bakrid. They were persistent, but amenable to the dictates of the law.

There is no doubt that ever since the BJP attained power at the Centre and in many states the gau rakshaks have become emboldened. The bad ones are running amok thinking that they enjoy government protection. The police is undoubtedly reluctant to act against these ruffians unless they get a green signal from their political bosses. It is good that Modi has given that green signal by asking all the states to make a list of these self-styled gau rakshaks and take them to task.

Farm animals have been a part of the rural economy in all countries. In Romania, where I lived for four years, I realised for the first time that it was better to be born a female if you were to exist as a bovine or a pig. Male animals of the species are carefully fed and sent for slaughter. Only a few lucky ones are preserved for breeding.

The problem in India is to look after the milch cattle after they stop producing milk. The need to find space and facilities for poor old animals has arisen. Modi did well to separate those who really felt for the cow and those who wanted to profit from such concerns.

Four or five years ago I was asked by the Bombay High Court if Muslims should be allowed to sacrifice horned cattle in the city outside the prescribed slaughterhouses during Bakrid. In deference to majority sentiments, I opposed this demand. Muslim leaders present at a meeting called by the chief minister were terribly agitated on hearing my opinion. But I think I took the
correct stand.

I think Modi is also being wise and correct when he advises the state governments to come down heavily on those who take the law in their hands. I wish only that he insists on the application of the same principle of upholding the rule of law to all types of crime, including those of communal nature.

The writer, a retired IPS officer, was Mumbai police commissioner, DGP Gujarat and DGP Punjab

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    K SHESHU
    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm
    Criminals must be dealt as criminals - including Goi rakshak'
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      Raju
      Aug 11, 2016 at 7:03 am
      I support Gaurakshak.
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        Ahmed Fawaz
        Aug 10, 2016 at 2:50 am
        No wonder that the ex top cop doesn't know that rule of law and Justice is not up for majoritarian whims and fancies. Such is the 'law enforcement' of this land. He will do well in lesson on Consution and ideals of justice. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He has himself admitted that law protectors work on directions from law breakers so what reason do we have to believe that he was not acting on directions of Shiv ans other Senas in Mumbai case.
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          Ajay G
          Aug 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm
          Cop has pointed out 2 things; mafia under the garb of Gau Rakshak and Green signal from the top to act against them. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Where is the problem !!!
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            Amrita
            Aug 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm
            I strongly second this statement above. This gentleman and his write-ups really irritate me from a communal standpoint. Even when there is no tension he will create it.
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              Arun
              Aug 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm
              I had respect for this lumpen. Now blody Ribero tell us what action we should or modi should take for your own padres.
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                B. SRIDHAR
                Aug 10, 2016 at 6:21 am
                This man is the man who ranted about Church attacks and later said that ek ka chaar to likhna hi padta hai!. What is the credibility left in this man?
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                  B. SRIDHAR
                  Aug 10, 2016 at 6:23 am
                  What is his take on the Kerala Church which has filed criminal cases against a Nun who wants to quit? Will he take a stand against the Church? What is his stand against a rapist father being pardoned and reinducted? Will he stake a stand? Or where was he all these time? WHINING?
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                    Abdul Aziz
                    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:14 am
                    Gau rakshaks gangs primarily were set up by the RSS leadership, Instructing these Militant and Armed VHP and Bajrang dal thugs .These Violent Gau rakshashas are running amok as they enjoy full BJP support and their government protection. and The police is undoubtedly reluctant to act against these goons unless they get a signal from their BJP political bosses. BJP ruining violent Cow brigade to appease section of radical Hindu and its large Hindu vote bank..Without showing concerns how his could hugely damage rural Economy were cattle trade is vital ...For poor Hindu farmers breading cow is not a et any more but a hiking burden due to halted cattle trade in rural India... Surely not so Accahe din for farmers and dalits under Modi regime. Poor Muslims stand mere spectators, taking the brunt of these lethal attacks by BJP protected Gau gangs ,beaten to death , hanged , fed Cow gobar and Gaumutra ...Now Modi appeal , shoot me and Muslims only, but not Daltis to his own #GauRakshashas
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                      Deeptanshu Verma
                      Aug 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                      Having seen how silent Ribeiro and other journalists were during the Malda riots, these urging the PM to "apply principles" to "all communal crime" is hypocritical sermonizing. Legal action is demanded only against hindu criminals. For everyone else, there is complicit silence. Can anyone fine Ribiero ji's articles against Burhan S and Zakir Naik?
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                        Deeptanshu Verma
                        Aug 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm
                        Malda was not by "criminal elements" Prakash. You can easily find articles about it on web - 2.5 lakh people out of a total potion of 24 lakh rioted in the streets for death of that Tiwari guy who had made an insulting remark about the prophet a month ago in UP. When more than 10% of the potion in a district is rioting like that it is very much stubborn denial to say it was a few criminal elements. In fact that is the whitewashing I accused Ribeiro of.
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                          Vinayak
                          Aug 10, 2016 at 4:31 am
                          The PM has become a better Soap Actress than Smriti "nautanki" iRani. lt;br/gt;Irani offered to cut off her own head in Rahya Sabha and now this cheap drameybaaz is pretending to offer his life for sacrifice.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; A cheap appeal to emotions rather than offering any concrete solutions or action against criminals who are engaging in violence against Dalits.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Most of these gau-rakshak criminals operate in Haryana , delhi ,Madhya Pradesh , Rajasthan and Gujarat. In all these states police is controlled by BJP.
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                            Gurvinder
                            Aug 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                            We need a State Police Chief like him for JandK.
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                              PKR
                              Aug 10, 2016 at 2:19 am
                              JR leaves no opportunity to p criticisms on Hindu related matters. He would do well if he could talk on behalf of the Kashmiri pandits or the poor security forces facing stones from the protestors and bricks from the critics.
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                                drharun
                                Aug 10, 2016 at 5:11 am
                                How many of those who propogated violence and indulged in Killing in the name of Gau Rakhsha hav been jailed.Other than Una .None.Why blame a Modi.Why has the Court not taken Suo Moto cognisance of violence by So called Gau Rakshaks. Questions on Modi and his recent belated Statements is no way to solution. Modi may be the PM with absolute Majority in LS but is still a politician who has limitations.
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                                  Insaan
                                  Aug 10, 2016 at 11:59 am
                                  Abdul, don’t be naive. You can very well answer the question of communal intolerance among Indians (and, for that matter, stanis) who lived in poverty and deprivation without much fuss. I always blamed media for slaughter of Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims after the so called independence and parion of the British India. If we had good leaders and a responsible media, we would have instead read news items such as: Relief camps being erected in different towns for those crossing the border with updates on transportation; food being served at the camps; army medical corps providing care for the needy; neighbors seeing off those leaving with hugs; visits exchanged across the border, etc. Unfortunately, we are losing tolerance because of irresponsible and malicious reporting by the media to benefit opposition in politics. I pity you for playing into the hands of anti-India elements in politics.
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                                    Insaan
                                    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:41 am
                                    Also, what does he mean when he says, “Now PM must apply the same principle to all crime — including communal crime?" Why does he think different crimes require different principles applied to them? Or, does he mean PM Narendra Modi applies different standards to the so called Gau Rakshaks and those violating rights of other citizens? What has he done himself to rid the country of communal crimes? Does he care?
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                                      Insaan
                                      Aug 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
                                      Anil, I know how you feel but weigh him as a tool on the side of those who with his help crowd-managed the vast region we call India and ruined it. They called the Indian bureaucracy as the most corrupt in w of Asia for nothing. The bureaucracy we inherited through Section 10 of the Indian Independence Act of 1947 was intended only to help sustain the 1885-born Indian National Congress as the proxy ruler for the Raj. That is why the first thing our Prime Minister Narendra Modi did was to invoke nationalism in the bureaucracy and asked them to work for the Motherland. Unfortunately, with Rubio Ribeiro old habits die hard!
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                                        Insaan
                                        Aug 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm
                                        Enemies of India are working round the clock to maliciously "condemn" the legitimate nationalist government led by PM Narendra Modi so that they can "hang" it in front of the natives who will never learn to unite as one people, one country!
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                                          Insaan
                                          Aug 11, 2016 at 2:07 am
                                          For now, you "tell to Barb Dewyre" about your interests in FROM AROUND THE WEB. When I see dirty footprints you leave behind, I will add your names to the list.
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                                            Insaan
                                            Aug 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm
                                            He could have achieved both by keeping quite for he knows very well how the law enforcement should work. Don't you see the problem arose when he chose to write to provoke the kind of anti-Modi sentiments you see in comments here? And because it is election time again, anti-India elements in politics are beating the Modi government with the so called "Gau Rakshak" and not the usual "Intolerance" among nationalists!
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