Eminent citizens concerned over rise in mob violence in name of cow
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, May 14: Eminent academicians, journalists and activists have expressed deep concern on the increase in lawlessness in the country mainly due to unchecked mob violence.
"Mob violence can kill anyone in the name of cow, love Jihad or Kashmir now. Today, it is tough to distinguish between mob and state," said eminent social activist and journalist Subhash Gatade while speaking at a seminar entitled "Hindu Rashtra And Mob Violence" here at Gandhi Peace Foundation on Saturday.
Generally in such cases, he said, first case is filed against victim itself and alleged a section of media for not condemning such mob violence.
"Media is provoking all such incidents rather than condemning them. The role of protector of Constitution is also very problematic," said Gatade.
He stressed collective efforts to rising communalism in the society.
"These are organized crimes becoming acceptable in the society today. We should ponder over why communalism is getting accepted in our society. A collective effort of all communities is required to check all this," he said while sharing the dais with Dalit youth icon Jignesh Mevani, academician Prof. Apoorvanand Jha and Journalist Neha Dixit.
In the last two months, several incidents of mob violence in the name of cow have occurred in different parts of the country - from Alwar in Rajasthan (where dairy farmer Pahlu Khan was lynched) to Jammu in Kashmir where a nomadic family was brutally assaulted by a gang of self-styled Gau Rakshaks to Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh where two Hindu dairy farmers were assaulted by such a gang.
Speaking at the seminar, Prof. Apoorvanad Jha, however, disagreed with Gatade and said what's happening is not communalism, but majoritarianism.
"We should stop calling it communalism. We should start using the term majoritarianism instead. What we are facing is not an issue of communalism, but majoritarianism. And majoritarianism does not mean Hindus in India or the largest community in any country," said Prof. Apoorvanand.
Dalit youth leader from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani emphasized on raising common issues and connecting with people in order to counter the threat of Hindu Rashtra.
"Until we raise common issues, we won't be able to address the threat of Hindu Rashtra. We need to connect with the people," he said.
"Today an attacking politics is being played regularly with the help of media which is doing golbandi (polarisation) of majoritarianism," he said.
Renowned journalist Neha Dixit and academic researcher Bonojit Hussain also spoke at the program.