‘Hatreona’ In India : Far Dangerous Than Corona
JAG MOHAN THAKEN
China born Corona Virus has spread fear worldwide and put forth a challenge before the Scientists , Doctors and Pharma Experts . Information of a mere single suspicious case affected by Corana Virus in Delhi has created the fear wave in the entire country . Delhi has just also suffered the pain of more dangerous Religious Fanaticism Virus(RFV) in February ,2020, which resulted more than 40 genocides and its consequences have started to show their glare now in the other parts of India .Taking cognizance of the violence and riots happened in Delhi between February 23 to 25 , NCW Chief Rekha Sharma has pointed out that around 42 people have been killed in these riots.
Haryana Police has issued advisory on March 3 , 2020 instructing the field units to take immediate action to safeguard on duty police personnel from potential Corona Virus infection by equipping them with masks, gloves and hand sanitizers etc. But , when the Haryana police will issue the advisory to safeguard the victims of RFV ?
In Haryana , some 20 Muslim families living in a village in Jhajjar district have been reported to be facing the heat of this fire of hatred and radicalism . Media reports divulge that an FIR has been filed at Bahadurgarh Police station on March 1 by these aggrieved families complaining that a group of 60-70 people came to their colony and asked them to vacate their houses before Hindu festival Holi or face the consequences .
However the aftereffects of this RFV have started to reflect their presence in the last week of February , but its symptoms have already been noticed during the Delhi Assembly elections . Cody Rutledge Wilson , an American crypto-anarchist, free-market anarchist, and gun-rights activist, who launched a website in 2017 to provide crowdfunding and payment services for groups and individuals who were banned from platforms such as Kickstarter, Patreon, PayPal, and Stripe. His site ‘Hatreon’ went live in August 2017 and attracted high-profile alt-right and neo-Nazi figures, including Andrew Anglin and Richard B. Spencer. While Wilson said that Hatreon clients included “right-wing women, people of color, and transgender people,” but according to Hannah Shearer, staff attorney at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence , Hatreon users were inciting violence contrary to Hatreon’s terms of service, which forbid illegal activity. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cody_Wilson )
On the lines of Hatreon users , some political leaders had started to slag off to polarize the voters on religious grounds in these assembly elections held on February 8 , 2020 . The stalwarts of these venomous leaders had not only overlooked their hate speeches , but also not stopped them to do so and the results are more than 40 genocides and an endless chain for the future .
The BJP leader Kapil Mishra had been alleged to have ignited the fire of riots in Delhi . On February 23, Mishra had visited Maujpur in northeast Delhi, where a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act had begun. He gave a “three-day” ultimatum to the Delhi Police to get the roads cleared of anti-CAA protesters. Violence erupted in the area hours later.
Yashpal Sharma an artiste from the Hindi film industry , speaking on the mob violence in Delhi, reportedly said in an interview to the news agency ANI , “As per my chronology, hate speeches by people like Kapil Mishra are responsible. They gave such speeches right at the moment Trump arrived, which is very wrong.”
A BJP candidate from Delhi’s Model Town assembly constituency, Kapil Mishra, was previously banned by the Election Commission from campaigning for 48 hours after he had tweeted that Delhi will witness Indian vs Pakistan on February 8.
Kapil Mishra tweeted
@ANI Kapil Mishra, BJP: It’s going to be India vs Pakistan on February 8 in Delhi. ‘Mini Pakistans’ have been created at many places in Delhi. Shaheen Bagh is being replicated at various places. Jab-jab Pakistan khada karne ki koshish hui hai, tab-tab Hindustan khada hua hai.
3:22 PM · Jan 23, 2020·Twitter Web App
Mishra again courted controversy with his tweet against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Taking to Twitter on Feb 3, 2020, the BJP leader said the AAP should be renamed Muslim League. “The new name of the Aam Aadmi Party should be Muslim League. Umar Khalid, Afzal Guru, Burhan Wani… and those who consider terrorists as their father are afraid of Yogi Adityanath,” Kapil Mishra said.
आम आदमी पार्टी का नया नाम मुस्लिम लीग होना चाहिये
उमर खालिद, अफजल गुरु, बुरहान वानी, आंतकवादियो को अपना बाप मानने वालों को योगी आदित्यनाथ जी से डर लग रहा हैं
8:34 AM – Feb 3, 2020
Another BJP leader and MP Parvesh Verma on January 28,2020 allegedly equated the Shaheen Bagh protesters with militants and tried to frighten the voters of Delhi by spreading a panic by saying, “Lakhs of people gather there (Shaheen Bagh) and this fire can anytime reach households of Delhi . People of Delhi need to think about it and decide. These people will enter your house, will abduct your sisters and mothers, rape them, kill them, that’s why today is the moment.”
“Modiji won’t come to save you tomorrow, Amit Shahji won’t come,” he said. “Today is the time, if people of Delhi wake up, it will be good for them.”
Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and a BJP leader , Anurag Thakur had also allegedly triggered a row after he raised slogans of “Desh ke gaddaron ko” slogan at an election rally on January 27. In response to his slogan in question “Desh ke gaddaron ko”, the crowd responded with “Goli maro saa*** ko” .
What the other Party leaders say ?
But on the other hand , Sardar Prakash Singh Badal , the leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and an alliance partner of BJP government in center ,while addressing a party rally on March 1, 2020 in Bathinda stating recent violent in Delhi as a repeat of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots asked the party workers to contribute to revive communal harmony and said, “Our forefathers had given the slogan that Hindus, Muslims , Sikhs and Christians are like brothers . Without this brotherhood , we cannot progress. Governments at centre or in states have to take care of the feelings of every religion , especially minorities like Muslims and Sikhs , and the need of the hour is to win their confidence .”
Congress Party leader , Rahul Gandhi has also condemned the Delhi violence in a tweet .
The violence today in Delhi is disturbing & must be unequivocally condemned. Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion & understanding no matter what the provocation.
Now the question arises , “Will just issuing a statement condemning the Hatreona Virus is sufficient to curb such a fatal and dangerous Religious Fanaticism Virus ?”
Answer seeks a quick and strict action against the elements generating hatred and radicalism . Need of the hour is to sow a seed of harmony as preached by peace preacher Guru Nanak Dev ji . “Whatever kind of seed is sown in a field, prepared in due season, a plant of that same kind, marked with the peculiar qualities of the seed, springs up in it.”
The Great Guru said, “Do not harbor hatred or enmity against anyone. In each and every heart, God is contained.”(INF).
Why Gandhi Still Relevant For The Present Day World ?
JAG MOHAN THAKEN
“In an age of rapid change, characterised by exponential economic growth, increasing population, rise in violent extremism, climate change, migration & refugees, globalisation and rising inequalities, the 21st century poses a unique set of challenges.” Highlighting the Global Challenges , UNESCO MGIEP , The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), New Delhi, states so .
MGIEP was established with the support of the Government of India and is an integral part of UNESCO. It is the first and only category 1 Research Institute in Asia Pacific and focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education to foster peaceful and sustainable societies. In this, the Institute is guided by its vision of ‘transforming education for humanity’.
Let us have a sight on some present day unkind incidents of violent extremism, intolerance , racial and religious vilification .
On August 24, 2019 , a British Sikh , Amitpal Singh Bajaj , was reportedly choked to death by a Norwegian tourist in Phuket, Thailand. Mr Bajaj confronted the tourist for making too much noise because his wife and child wanted to sleep . Mr Roger Bullman, a Norweigian martial arts expert , was drunk and causing so much noise that hotel security came to warn Mr Bullman twice.
Second example is that of acquittal of all the six accused in Pehlu Khan’s lynching case by India’s Alwar (Rajasthan ) court giving benefit of doubt on August 14, 2019, which has once again refreshed the unkind incident of religious vilification .
Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old native of Haryana’s Nuh, had left his village to purchase cattle for milking purpose and after purchasing some cows from a cattle fair he along with his two sons and a few others was transporting the cows to his native village as claimed by his family members . But , allegedly surrounded , stopped and thrashed by a mob of cow vigilantes on the Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1, 2017 ,which later caused death to Pehlu Khan in hospital .
A total of nine persons were accused of lynching Pehlu Khan , among which three of the accused are reported juveniles who are being tried separately. The remaining six were acquitted on August 14, 2019.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has assured that to ensure justice for Pehlu Khan’s aggrieved family the state government will appeal against the verdict delivered by the court .
Also, on August 5,2019 , the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha had already passed ‘The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019,’ by a voice vote amid vociferous protest by the opposition BJP, which wanted the bill to be referred to a select committee.
What shows the BJP’s opposition to Lynching Bill in Rajasthan assembly and taking no step towards passing any act at central level by the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party to have a heavy hand to deal with the lynching crimes ? Despite the Supreme Court of India’s recommendations that the parliament should enact a special law to deal with cases of mob lynching, the BJP led central government has not acted upon the court’s advice as alleged by Advocate Mohammed Asad Hayat .
In an interview with The Caravan on August 13 ,2019 , Mohammed Asad Hayat, a Prayagraj-based criminal lawyer who is representing victims in at least fifty cases of mob lynching and other hate crimes ,alleged , “ In July last year (2018) , the Supreme Court recommended that the parliament should enact a special law to deal with cases of mob lynching. The court passed a detailed judgment in Tehseen Poonawalla vs Union of India, issuing directions on the preventive, remedial and punitive measures to be adopted by the central and the state governments. The judgment also recommended that the special law by parliament should “create a separate offence for lynching” and impose “adequate punishment for the same.” Yet, the home ministry has consistently stated in parliament that only state governments have jurisdiction over matters involving the police and public order—effectively washing its hands of the responsibility.”
Another quotable incidence of cruelty, violent extremism, intolerance, and religious vilification which fetched the attention at world level was that of mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari . A reputed English Daily of India , ‘The Hindu’ has also reported the issue .
24-year-old Tabrez Ansari , a Muslim , who worked as a daily wager in Pune, succumbed to his injuries on June 22,2019 after he was beaten up on June 17 , 2019 by a mob in Dhatkidih village in Jharkhand on the charges of theft , which forced him to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’( Hindu deities ) .
In response to the reported murder of Tabrez Ansari by a mob in the eastern state of Jharkhand in India, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chair Tony Perkins issued the following statement on June 26, 2019 :
“We condemn in the strongest terms this brutal murder, in which the perpetrators reportedly forced Ansari to say Hindu chants as they beat him for hours. Ansari later died from the injuries he suffered due to this horrific attack. We call on the Indian government to take concrete actions that will prevent this kind of violence and intimidation by a thorough investigation of Ansari’s murder as well as the local police’s handling of the case. Lack of accountability will only encourage those who believe they can target religious minorities with impunity.”
History shows that cruelty towards humanity , intolerance , racial and religious vilification are not the problems limited within the Indian boundaries , but these are cancerous for the whole world and even Today’s world leader America had to wait for centuries to frame the act against lynching . The text of the bill placed for framing the act reflects the heinous image of the crime in US. According to the text of the bill, at least 4,742 people were reported lynched in the US between 1882 and 1968. It says 99% of all perpetrators of lynching escaped punishment.
Only on Dec. 19, 2018 , the US Senate unanimously passed legislation that made lynching a federal crime. Proposed by Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala D. Harris and Tim Scott, the Justice for Lynching Act classifies lynching, “the ultimate expression of racism in the United States,” as a hate crime. In its findings, the bill states that at least 4,742 people, mostly African Americans, were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968, and that Congress had considered nearly 200 anti-lynching bills in the first half of the 20th century without passing any of them.
Why intolerance or racial and religious hatred ?
Addressing over 1,000 youth representing over 27 countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe in the first World Youth Conference on Kindness in New Delhi on August 23 , 2019 under the aegis of MGIEP , the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind said that the strife and violence that we see in the world today is often based in deep-rooted prejudices. These make us see the world through the binary of “us versus them”.
Mr. Kovind added , following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices. Stating the importance of education in developing understanding , President further said that education too can play an important role in overcoming our prejudices. “Education needs to go beyond mere literacy. Education must facilitate and challenge the young to search deep within themselves and build their inner strength to sympathize or relate to the suffering of others. We need to educate young people such that they can defy and transcend boundaries of class and race. We need them to be educated and creative to find solutions to entrenched structural injustices and inequities. We need an education that can touch our emotions and our spirits.”
Gandhi’s relevancy ?
Explaining the relevancy of Gandhi in present day situations, President Kovind said that Mahatma Gandhi was not just a great leader and visionary, he was one who personified certain timeless ideals and values. We could place Gandhi ji in a time machine and transport him to any period of human existence and we would find him to be relevant. This is also true of the times we live in. Gandhi ji remains extremely relevant to our present day concerns such as need for peace and tolerance, terrorism and climate change.
The President noted that this Conference has brought together youth leaders from around the world. He said that these youth leaders and millions of young men and women like them have the biggest stake in making our world kind, compassionate and peaceful. He expressed confidence that what the youth leaders learn and experience in this Conference will inspire each one of them to be the ambassadors of kindness for rest of their lives.
A staunch preacher of communal harmony, Gandhi ji believed that anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding and nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment.
“For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree. Therefore, they are equally true, though being received and interpreted through human instruments equally imperfect”, said Mahatma Gandhi .
“If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Many of his (Gandhi’s ) principles have universal application and eternal validity, and I hope the passing years will show that his faith in the efficacy of nonviolent pressure as an agent for peaceful change is as justified today all over the world as it was in his time in India.” U Thant.
“What is the relevance of nonviolence and compassion to the future of humanity? As Mahatma Gandhi showed by his own example, nonviolence can be implemented not only in politics but also in day-to-day life. That was his great achievement. He showed that nonviolence should be active in helping others. Nonviolence means that if you can help and serve others you should do so. If you cannot, you must at least restrain yourself from harming others. I believe that it is very important that we find positive ways in which children and adults can be educated in the path of compassion, kindness and nonviolence. If we can actively do this I believe we will be fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy to us. It is my prayer that, as we enter this new century, nonviolence and dialogue will increasingly come to govern all human relations.” HH The Dalai Lama .