‘Somewhere between 1984 and 2014, Indians lost that spine’: Woman’s FB post touches a raw nerve

"But that was then. And this is now. Somewhere between 1984 and 2014, Indians lost that spine," Sam Ish wrote as she observed about the current situation when, say for instance, Junaid was getting killed, people around Ramesh was reportedly egging him on.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 5, 2017 7:19 pm
mob lynchings, mob lynching dalits muslims, mob lynching junaid khan, mob lynching pehlu khan, mob lynching facebook post viral, not in my name, indian express, indian express news Facebook user Sam Ish, shared an anecdote from her parents’ life, which is now being shared by many on social media. (Source: File Photo)

In the wake of many mob lynching incidents and communal tension in the country, people have come forward to protest and try and put an end to it. After Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer from Jaisinghpur in Mewat, was killed by ‘gau rakshaks’ and then Junaid Khan, a young Muslim boy was killed on a train day before Eid, the conscience of many was triggered resulting in widespread protests across the country under the banner #NotInMyName. Now, it is a Facebook user’s post that is going viral on the Internet and moving thousands.

Facebook user Sam Ish, shared an anecdote from her parents’ life, which is now being reshared by many on social media. The incident is from November 1984, when Operation Blue Star in June 1984 led to then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination — resulting in complete mayhem and chaos in the country. The atrocity and hostile behaviour towards Sikhs had no bounds. “Mum and dad were one of the two young couples in that carriage (of train). They had celebrated an anniversary. The other was a Sardar couple married barely a month ago. Who were scared and very worried,” she wrote in her Facebook post.

She goes on to narrate how nobody on the rain betrayed the Sikh man, because if they had he would have been killed. “But that was then. And this is now. Somewhere between 1984 and 2014, Indians lost that spine,” she wrote, as she observed about the current situation when, say for instance, Junaid was getting killed, people around Ramesh was reportedly egging him on.

Read the Facebook post here.

“On November 1st 1984, my parents were travelling to Delhi from Mughalsarai. News hadn’t reached them that widespread riots had broken out across the country, post the assassination of Indira Gandhi. They just knew that Delhi was tense.

Mum and dad were one of the two young couples in that carriage. They had celebrated an anniversary. The other was a Sardar couple married barely a month ago. Who were scared and very worried.

A little distance after Banaras the train was stopped by a mob and they started checking each compartment. Like Muslims of today the Sikhs that day were suddenly enemies.

The Sardar boy’s wife broke down. But the India of 1984 was not as impotent as the India of 2017. Everyone sprung into action. They closed the compartment door. Since the girl was very nearly hysterical with fear, an old lady, who perhaps had never shown her face in public, took off her burqa in that crowded compartment and quickly hid her. Sikh men are bound by religion to keep their hair long. Those were to be cut. And fast.
Someone handed him scissors.

That is a scene that my father never forgot. As the Sikh boy took off his turban and started to cut his hair- a part of his identity- his hands started shaking so badly, he just couldn’t. He froze. Dad and one other man helped cut it. And cut his beard. While tears fell down his set-as-stone face. Mum, the lady who had given her burqa and the now-hidden Sikh girl sat huddled. They were surrounded by the men in the compartment and the Sikh boy sat on the top berth.

When the rioters entered the compartment a few men went ahead and argued with them. Some professed that they’d themselves kill a Sikh had there been one. They lied and argued until the bunch of a**holes moved on ahead.
No one, NOT a single person in that compartment, either by word or action betrayed the Sikh couple.
But that was then. And this is now. Somewhere between 1984 and 2014, Indians lost that spine.
Now they bow and scrape and are ready to kill a Muslim, any Muslim, justify rapes of Muslim children and clap and cheer at the horrors Indian citizens face in Kashmir or Chattisgarh, and hack down fig trees if their favourite saffron-clad mob-leader tells them to. It is heartbreaking to see such dimwitted and spineless humans.
#Junaid_Akhlaq_Najeeb_Rohit”

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    Someco
    Jul 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm
    "Like Muslims of today the Sikhs that day were suddenly enemies." This is absolute rubbish. The general Indian population considers neither Sikhs nor Muslims as enemies. In 1984, it was the Congress supporters who were targetting Sikhs. In Junaid's case here, it has not been established that the murder was motivated by religion. There are reports that it was a fight over seats. The accused must definetely tried in courts and, if found guilty, be punished because murder is not acceptable. But bringing in the communal angle and declaring that "Muslims are enemies" are actually dividing the people and fanning religious tensions. You talk as if the whole of India was against Junaid. Be responsible - don't make such statements.
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      Aasif Iqbal
      Jul 10, 2017 at 5:59 am
      Post would be quite good only if it deals wid humanity instead of connecting events to any religion!!!
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        Saptrishi Chatterjee
        Jul 8, 2017 at 2:49 am
        Ask the writer of this article where is the #Not in my name gang and the Award Wapsi gang when Bengal is burning and Hindus are slaughtered..or is all your sympathy and concern is towards only a particular community. Why don't you and your fake buddies speak up, when we are beaten up for trying to celebrate Jayanti,or Rath Yatra...or the age old Durga Puja is looted and the idols of the Goddess is defaced. Being a Hindu in Hindustan has suddenly become a crime. And the worst part is people like you are living in a fool's paradise. Don't you dare say that Indians have lost their spine...had that been the case , by now you would have been enslaved in a Haram.
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          Sandeep Anirudhan
          Jul 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm
          What rubbish! The reality is that back then hundreds if not thousands were massacred!
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            Surkh Tashreef Mustafa
            Jul 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm
            s la , mas la , mas la ... Bhen de takkon ... Indian express waalon ... Tumhaara pichwaada kyun phat-ta hai ... Why can u NOT allow a simple word like mas la, which only means spice
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              Surkh Tashreef Mustafa
              Jul 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm
              The lady is clearly besotted with katelas, who are followers of the lal pichwade-wala rasool ... Infact, all the responses to her FB posts, are by like-minded bogus FB account operating katela-kebaab-lovers ... Katela kebaabs are coated with super-spicy ma , it seems ... Btw, the rasool got his lal pichwaada, bcos for once, he was humped by the donkey instead of the other way around ... I have thrice posted the same write-up, bcos the content-scanning program of Indian Express is editing the word ma with double aa's, to ma
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                To the point
                Jul 8, 2017 at 3:33 am
                Abusing someone's religion because one's limited, shallow understanding is despicable! What if someone did this to you? What if they abused your religion? How would you feel? Muslims are commanded by their God to not disrespect any religion or their Gods. Wonder, if your religion teaches you the same? All you do is spew venom. Muslims are lynched and raped, and you are justifying it!? Are you even a human?
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                  sheiksaleem
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm
                  kasam kudaki ussi rasool ne gale nahe then ke liye kaha nahe tho ufff tumare aise halath kartha tu zindagi bar there mako thekthey he mere yadh athi our tumare ma aghar usko padthi thoo tumare shakal ko tunk thi kise bache ko pida kare boleke.. tumare our uss ladki ke problem he issme mere Rasool ko math keench , warna my be tumare ghar walon ko kichunga bina waje gussa math dilaa.
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                  Surkh Tashreef Mustafa
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                  The lady is clearly besotted with katelas, who are followers of the lal pichwade-wala rasool ... Infact, all the responses to her FB posts, are by like-minded bogus FB account operating katela-kebaab-lovers ... Katela kebaabs are coated with super-spicy ma , it seems ... Btw, the rasool got his lal pichwaada, bcos for once, he was humped by the donkey instead of the other way around
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                    Surkh Tashreef Mustafa
                    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                    The lady is clearly besotted with katelas, who are followers of the lal pichwade-wala rasool. Infact, all the responses to her FB posts , are by like-minded bogus kebaab-lovers. Katela kebaabs are coated with ma . Btw, the rasool got his lal pichwaada, bcos for once, he was humped by the donkey instead of the other way around
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