After Saharanpur

After Saharanpur

It seems that the extremist elements want to maintain this type of atmosphere in UP and create a sense of fear and insecurity among minorities.

Rashtriya Sahara, in a July 28 editorial, writes: “The recent communal violence in Saharanpur was not a sudden occurrence… The city police had been told about the possibility of plans for construction at the disputed site (against court orders)… But the administration did not pay much heed.” It adds: “The situation that had developed in UP during the parliamentary elections, particularly after the Muzaffarnagar riots, proved very beneficial for a particular political party. It seems that the extremist elements want to maintain this type of atmosphere in UP and create a sense of fear and insecurity among minorities.”

Aziz-ul-Hind, edited by Aziz Burney, in its editorial on the same day, writes: “The entire conspiracy behind the happenings in Saharanpur is that of the BJP, which has been trying for over a month to organise riots in Kanth, Moradabad. It is possible that after Saharanpur, there may be bloodshed in Moradabad too.”


Jamaat-e-Islami’s bi-weekly Daawat, writes in its July 18 editorial: “It appears, from the matter raised by former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju… that the manner in which the late Justice Ashok Kumar had been promoted was not according to proper procedure. According to Justice Katju’s statement, whereas the former UPA government was involved in this improper action, three former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court — Justices R.C. Lahoti, Y.K. Sabharwal and K.G. Balakrishnan — had erred, in fact, violated the relevant rules as they… acted under the pressure of the government, to promote a ‘corrupt’ judge and appoint him as a judge of the high court. This, when the collegium… had rejected the recommendations with regard to Justice Kumar.”

Rashtriya Sahara, in its July 23 editorial, writes: “The reality about Justice Katju’s allegations would be known only after a thorough probe, but a question is to be raised on the motivation of Justice Katju: Why did he wait so long to target the UPA government?… But if it is true that the IB had confirmed the corruption charges against Justice Kumar, it is a very serious matter.”


Describing Israeli attacks on Gaza as a “satanic game of annihilating Palestinians using the disunity within the Islamic world,” Nai Duniya says: “Satan is spilling the blood of the elderly, women and children. All limits of barbarity and aggression have been crossed in Gaza… The Islamic world is only condemning this action and unarmed Palestinians are fighting alone with the Zionist Satan.” Rehnuma-e-Deccan, writes on July 20: “The silence of the Islamic world can give further fillip to the Zionist conspiracy. The jihadi organisations too have not reacted to the action of Israel against the people of Palestine, whereas in Iraq and Syria these organisations have become very strong… Or, there is some link between these organisations and the Zionist conspiracy.” On India’s stand, it says: “The country’s Parliament rejected the demand for a resolution condemning the Israeli barbarity… It was said it would have an adverse effect on the country’s international relations. It is a peculiarity of the present-day values that human lives are measured according to money and other benefits.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti