Dr Pravin Togadia
THREE-four days back I got an email from a very senior officer from an elite family: “Hindus are not treated as ‘People’ and therefore their Human Rights have no value. Obviously, no rights for non-people.” Generally such calm, senior people don’t react like this. But he did. He was upset seeing the plight of Hindus in Bharat, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Now Government of India is again pushing for the so-called ‘Communal Violence Bill’. I am sure that reading just a draft of the Bill, this senior elite person will collapse. In this column itself, sometime back, we had discussed the sections of the said Bill. Seeing public anger, Government stopped close to passing it last lime. Now, with general elections coming up, everybody is in the race to show how ‘so very secular’ he/she is! Union government has found Communal Violence Bill to prove so; some other governments are playing other games to look secular.
The Bill in question has some very specific overtones that totally snatch every right of the Hindus. How so?
If you are a Hindu businessman / trader / shopkeeper and a Muslim in your vicinity doing similar business complains that because of you his business has gone down, you will be arrested with no bail. Even if you are doing honest, clean, good business by which customers benefit, you still be arrested.
If any minor girl is raped in your family by any Muslim, you will not be able to say so because naming Muslims in an FIR puts onus on you to prove that he/they did it; it is not the responsibility of the police to investigate. And if the Muslims get 10 people giving witness that they were not at the scene of crime, then you will face the criminal action with no bail. It is the same about any other crime done by them.
Vice versa if a Muslim files an FIR against a Hindu then his word is final and you go to jail without bail. The police officer of the ACP level has to go to the Muslim complainant’s home every week to ‘report’ to him the status of the case!
Generally, it has been observed that the initial mischief – stabbing a Hindu, raping a girl, burning houses, etc – is done by minorities which have no witnesses and even if there are, then they are either silenced or jailed. Such initial incidents never get media coverage to later use as footage in the courts. But once in a while, after tolerating such mischief again and again, Hindus react, all media is there shouting from the roof top and activists rushing to courts against Hindus and political leaders blaming Hindus. Nobody bothers to see what really happened before such a severe reaction.
This new Bill gives single handed authority to the Central Government to immediately send its forces to any State without the request from the State Government. It also gives blanket rights to the Central agencies to arrest anybody in any State.
Violence against one community is bad because that community is minority and violence against another community is great because that community is majority. This is the crux of the thought behind this entire exercise of the Tughlaki Bill. And this is alarming. It implies that Hindus as individuals and as the society have no rights whatsoever.
In fact, today, you or I can at least criticise the Bill or such atrocities against Hindus. But once the Bill is in action, nobody will be able to even utter a word because for a Hindu even speaking a word ‘Muslim’ is a crime as per this Bill! Some maybe glad that Togadia will not be giving his typical speeches, many media will be sad that they will not be able to gain high their TRP by again and again shouting, bhadkaau – Inflammatory speech by Togadia, Sloganeering by Bhagwa saffron goondas, when will Government jail them! On a more serious note, this Bill scuttles freedom of speech of all Hindus.
Now, what happens to the extreme backward among Hindus? A minor girl from a very poor Scheduled Class family in Asthan village in Uttar Pradesh was recently gang-raped and then burnt alive by Muslims. Police refused to take FIR. The poor family could not do much but the people in surrounding villages realised that if it can happen to this poor girl then it can anytime happen to them. 15,000 people of all castes went to the police station and demanded action. The culprits were arrested but chargesheet is not yet filed.
After the said Communal Violence Bill, there will be cases against the Scheduled Class family for saying that their daughter had been raped and killed by Muslims; on all 15,000 for demanding justice for the little girl. This is the severity of the Bill. Even the most backward classes among majority may not get justice. There is a clause that this Bill does not apply to the backward classes, but as we have always seen, when it comes to the issue between Muslims and the backward classes Hindus, all Governments choose Muslims over Hindus backwards.
Margaret Thatcher, the British PM who recently left this world had written in an article, “Muslims use our democratic values to destroy our democratic systems.” This was way back. Today, the alarming number of Muslims is seen influencing Europe’s polity like they did in France recently. When we tried to tell this here, we were termed, ‘extremists’; ‘Saffron goondas,’ etc.
Today, the same 2nd largest majority in Bharat – Muslims – claiming to be a minority gets a boost with such communal Bill which aims at totally subjugating Hindus. Using Bharat’s political system of vote-bank, they never agreed to the Common Civil Code thereby maintained their freedom to follow their religious practice which in turn increased their population. This is their strength – a solid one vote-bank. This vote-bank now controls Bharat’s polity. Initially major national party Congress made them big for getting votes. They became so big that they started regional parties with their own vote-banks like MIM in Andhra, Muslim League (already there but became stronger recently again) in Keral, a new Muslim party run by a perfumer in Assam using Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators’ votes now controls over 19 constituencies and so on. This really is a cause for the coalition government at states and Center. Regional parties becoming big with such vote-banks gobbling major vote chunk. They then control policies which suit their vote-bank that is Muslim, forcing the Governments to implement unjust policies and enact such communal Bills.
National parties have no choice, but to bend before them. The tragedy is that rather than opposing such an anti-Hindu communal Bill because it scuttles all rights of majority Hindus, many State governments have been opposing it because it scuttles their federal structure of having their own right in their State! Extreme apathy towards Hindus is due to two main reasons: 1) Hindus do not vote as one vote-bank; are divided in castes, languages, regions etc. 2) Many feel that between two major national parties, they can take Hindu votes for granted because Hindus have to vote for one party and therefore they get into adding Muslim votes to gain more seats. Sounds basic but the effects of such an electoral calculation are spiraling and can cause permanent damage to Hindus.
The only option for Hindus now is to stop such Islamisation of Bharat, which is taking Bharat back to Mughal style laws. There should be a nationwide peaceful democratic agitation against the so called Communal Violence Bill.Government tried to push Muslim reservation snatching a part of reservation from 27 per cent OBC (Other Backward Classes) who are already so poor. Some governments even assured 18 per cent reservations to Muslims obviously to appease Muslim vote-bank. The Hon’ble Supreme Court saw through this game and totally rejected such reservations to Muslims as anti-constitutional. The Apex court even rejected the Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission reports. I am sure that Governments Communal Bill also will face the same fate despite being passed in the Parliament with forced majority. Perhaps the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s suo moto intervention to halt such an anti-constitutional Bill may help. If there is no such intervention by the Supreme Court, the Hindus have no choice but to protest democratically.
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