How the Urdu Press covered this week’s eventshttps://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/narendra-modi-bjp-govt-2-years-gulberg-massacre-mathura-violence-2844132/

How the Urdu Press covered this week’s events

Modi Sarkar@2 Advertising The daily Munsif, in its editorial on May 30, writes: “It seems that the BJP has got nothing with it, except promises. Even after two years of non-performance it is being promised that all promises will be fulfilled during the next three years. Because of the BJP’s failure to fulfill its promises, […]

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The daily Munsif, in its editorial on May 30, writes: “It seems that the BJP has got nothing with it, except promises. Even after two years of non-performance it is being promised that all promises will be fulfilled during the next three years. Because of the BJP’s failure to fulfill its promises, there has been a steady decline in its graph of popularity. A shameful defeat in Delhi and a crushing beating in Bihar are nothing but an indication of the decline in its popularity. It could get success in Assam because the secular vote was divided there, otherwise its vote percentage there was not something that was to be celebrated.”

The paper adds: “If one examines the trends in the last two years one finds that prices have risen further and employment opportunities have declined. Is it not the fact that in any government organisation no work can be done without bribing? Does this justify the claim that corruption has come down under NDA?”

The daily Siasat, in its editorial on the same day, quotes the report of a survey to the effect that only 18 per cent of promises made by the government have shown any result. “Mainly, a sort of reinforcement is being effected in the welfare programmes of the previous Central government. No beginning has been made on one-third of government’s promises. The government has now forgotten its promises to farmers for 50 per cent profit in the prices of their produce.”

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An editorial in Etemaad, the mouthpiece of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM (May 31) says: “In a function organised at a cost of many crores of rupees, the Modi govern-ment presented its report card at a time when the farmers are going through very difficult drought conditions. The prime minister, raising the slogan of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, did not show any concern for these poor farmers. It seems the presentation of the report was for creating an anti-Congress feeling and not for showing any success of the government”.

Gulberg massacre

Roznama Khabrein, in its editorial on June 3, writes: “The verdict on the massacre in Ahmedabad’s Gulberg Society (2002) is out. But it will not be just to say that those affected by it who have been fighting for justice for 14 years have been given justice. The battle has not ended yet,” it said. “If looked at from the point of view of judgement in the Hashimpura massacre case, at least some justice is being seen imparted in the Gulberg case. Whereas in the Hashimpura case not one person was sentenced for even a day, in the Gulberg Society case at least 24 persons have been convicted.”

The daily Jadeed Khabar, in a commentary on June 5, writes: “Only 69 persons were brought to trial after such a devastating incident. Out of the 24 convicted, death sentence has been recommended for 11 accused. But the court has rejected the criminal conspiracy charge.”

Jamaat-e-Islami’s bi-weekly, Dawaat, in its main page one commentary on June 7, writes: “The acquittal of 36 accused in the case is a matter of great concern for the kin of those killed in the Gulberg incident as well as the justice loving persons of the entire country. Activist Teesta Setalvad has said there were 300 cases of communal riots in Gujarat in the period around this massacre. Therefore, how can it be said that there was no conspiracy behind the incident?”

Double Standards?

The daily Hamara Samaj, in its editorial on June 5, writes: “When the UP government was aware of the activities of satyagrahis in Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh, why was it ignorant of their preparations? It amounts to the failure of the police and intelligence agencies of the state government.”

Inquilab, in its editorial on June 7, writes: “Political advantages are dear to every government. But to gain these advantages, the use of double standards indicates the weakness and malafide intentions of the government. On the issue of Mathura where satyagrahis had created terror and violence, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the UP government that if it has the courage, it should demand a CBI enquiry into the incident. But the same Central
government is silent over the irregularities of the saffron elements in Dadri. The media, too, is quiet which should have asked the question why there is such a radical contradiction between the first and second probe reports about the meat recovered from Mohammad Akhlaq’s house. And, what was the need for a second report after the first report? Regrettably, this question is not being asked. The UP government is satisfied after explaining that there will not be any effect of this new report on the case of murder of Akhlaq. But it has not said that no one will be allowed to start a campaign and create an environment of hatred following this report. Now is the time for the UP government to understand this game of polarisation. The failure of the saffron mission to encash the new situation in Dadri in the entire state would alone be the success of the UP government.”