The famous Ram Mandir Movement that had brought Jan Sangh from absolute oblivion to lime light was headed by Shri L K Advani – once a Junior Loh Purush of BJP. It was so ironic that when the ripe fruit appeared on the tree, it was the cunning Atal Bihari Vajpayee who took the catch and prize and left behind Advani as DPM. Since then, the Old Man of Indian politics had tried every trick in his arsenal to become the Prime Minister but none did click. His ambition is finally laid to rest in the dormant cell of ‘Mark Darshak Mandal.’
Now the Pink Revolution sweeps across the nation. And the latest martyrs of this unique movement are three cattle traders namely Sheikh Naim, 35, Sheikh Sajju, 25, Sheikh Siraj, 26 and Sheikh Halim, 28 who were reportedly lynched by a village mob near Jamshedpur’s Daru village on Thursday. The poor cattle traders were on their way to Rajnagar in Seraikela-Kharsawan district to buy cattle. The group was reportedly planning to sell the animals at the weekly market in their home village Haldipokha. The car in which they had been travelling was chased by almost 100 people and stopped at the Daru village where Naim was beaten up while the other three escaped.
A police team had taken Naim to the Seraikela sub-divisional hospital where he succumbed to injuries, reported The Telegraph. The mob had reportedly burnt the car used by the cattle traders. The crowd reached the nearby Muslim-majority village Shobhapur on Thursday morning and lynched Sajju and Siraj, who had taken shelter in Shosomauli village with the help of a man named Sunil Mahto. Rajnagar OC Tuleswar Khushwaha, an assistant sub-inspector and a constable were also assaulted by the mob which torched their jeep.
Police ruled out any communal motive and said the mob apparently took the three to be child lifters.
That reminds me of Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma who had visited Bisada village in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh to pay his respects to Mohammed Akhlaq’s murder accused Ravin Sisodia’s body and family.
The brutal murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in his home outside Delhi in September 2015 on suspicion that he consumed beef has been followed by a rash of attacks by cow vigilante groups across North India. Let the readers recall that nearly 11 months after a mob lynched Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had finally broken his silence on the violence by ‘gau rakshaks’ – ‘cow protectors’
“I feel really angry at the way some people have opened shops in the name of cow protection. I have seen that some people commit anti-social activities through the night, but act as cow protectors by day. It will be found that 70 to 80% are people who commit the kind of bad deeds which society does not accept. To hide their bad activities, they don the mantle of cow protectors,” he said.
According to social activist who work with Neo-Muslim community, “It’s a business, The gau rakshaks want money. If you pay them, they let you go. Otherwise they snatch it from you and lodge police complaint against you for cow smuggling,” he says.
And following were the important steps taken in the spaces of Law against Cow Slaughter became stricter and pro-active:
March 4 2015: Maharashtra banned beef; anyone found in possession or sale would face five years of jail and a ₹10,000 fine. While a 1976 law prevented the slaughter of cows in Maharashtra, the new Act banned the slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks.
March 16 2015: Haryana passed a stringent bill banning the sale of beef. The law mandated five years of rigorous imprisonment for selling beef — same as that in Maharashtra — and a fine of up to ₹50,000.
And in the follow up, it is like a never ending horror macabre series of madness, bruality and bestiality in the name of Gau Raksha. It is difficult to begin with the real commencing date of this caravan of death and destruction. However, following are some of the many incidents that were reported at different times in the national media in last few years:
On May 30 2015, Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi, 60, was killed in Birloka, in Khimsar tehsil of Nagaur district, Rajasthan after rumours spread that he had killed 200 cows for a feast. Pictures of carcasses were spread on social media. Young men gathered in the thousands in the fields of Kumhari village and brutally murdered him.
On August 29 2015, the Residents of Chilla village, near east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, clashed with four truck drivers night who were reportedly transferring buffaloes to a slaughter house in Gazipur.
On October 1, 2015, six students of Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur, Kerala, were suspended for organizing a beef fest on campus to protest against the Dadri lynching.
On October 6, 2015, a cattle trader in Karnataka had a narrow escape after Bajrang Dal activists attacked him with metal rods on a rumour about a stolen cow.
On October 9, 2015, a mob went on a rampage following rumours that a cow had been slaughtered in Mainpuri district in UP.On October 9, 2015, a petrol bomb attack on a Srinagar-bound truck left three men — two Kashmiris and a policeman — battling burn injuries (one of them died later). The truck was set on fire allegedly by rightwing activists in Jammu’s Udhampur district.
On October 16, 2015, a village mob lynched a man in Sirmur district of Himachal Pradesh for alleged cattle smuggling.
On October 17, 2015, in Himachal, Noman, 20, was lynched in Lawasa village in Sirmour district on October 17, 2015, allegedly by villagers who chased the truck in which he was ferrying cows to Saharanpur. 4 of Noman’s associates and half a dozen villagers were booked; the latter were, however, released on bail by HC.
On October 18, 2015, the cleaner of a truck, Zahid Ahmad of Anantnag, Jammu Kasmir died of burns suffered during the petrol-bombing of the Valley-bound vehicle
On December 3, 2015, violent clashes broke out in Haryana’s Palwal district when villagers stopped a truck allegedly carrying cow meat.
On January 13, 2016 the Cow protection group attacked a couple at Khirkiya railway station in Madhya Pradesh over allegations that they were carrying beef.
On March 18, 2016, Two Muslim cattle-traders, including a 15-year-old, were beaten and hanged from a tree in Jharkhand’s Latehar district. Five suspects, including a member of a local gau raksha vigilante group, were later arrested.
On April 2, 2016, Mustain Abbas was killed, allegedly by Gau Raksha Dal members in Kurukshetra, Haryana while he was transporting a buffalo. The High Court of Punjab and Haryana ordered CBI to probe the murder on May 9.
On June 2, 2016, a mob of cow protection activists brutally assaulted alledged cattle smugglers in Rajasthan’s Pratpgarh, they took pictures of his naked body after he fell unconscious from brutality.
On June 10, 2016, two ‘beef transporters’ were beaten up and force-fed cow dung allegedly by the Gurgaon Gau Raksha Dal in Haryana.
On July 10, 2016, the Bajrang Dal members brutally attacked a Dalit family in Koppa in Karnataka, claiming there was beef inside their house.
On July 11 2016, the seven members of a Dalit family were beaten up by about 35 gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow in Una, in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district.
On July 26, 2016, two Muslim women were beaten up at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh on suspicion of carrying beef.
On July 30, 2016, a mob attacked the house of a Muslim family on suspicion of cow slaughter in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district.
On August 5, 2016, two Dalits thrashed for refusing to remove dead bodies of cows in Lucknow. The Dalit workers were on protest against the growing attacks on community since Una, Gujarat attack.
On August 18, 2016, a BJP worker Praveen Poojary Killed by Hindu right-wing organisation over cow smuggling suspicion in Udupi, Karnataka.
On August 24, 2016, in Mewat, Haryana 10 members of Gau Raksha killed a Muslim couple in their 30s, Rasheedan and Ibrahim, Two other members of their family, Ayesha and Jafruddin, were seriously injured, A 21-year-old woman and 16-year-old girl from the family were gang-raped for allegedly eating beef.
On September 18, 2016, Mohammad Ayub Mev 25-year-old was thrashed brutally by cow vigilantes after his pick up truck carrying bullock and calf met with an accident in which the calf died. He later died in hospital due to critical injuries.
On March 18 2017, the Hotel Hayat Rabbani in Jaipur sealed by Nagar Nigam after one Kamala Didi of Gau Raksha Dal accused they were feeding beef to cows and organizing beef party in Hotel , they thrashed Qasim ,19 year old helper who was later arrested by Police.
On March 22, 2017, several Meat shops torched and vandalised by cow vigilantes group in Hathras District of U.P. right after BJP coming into power.
On March 24 2017, twelve Slaughterhouses sealed alleging to be without permit across Uttar Pradesh after Yogi Adityanath took the charge as Chief Minister of UP.
On April 1, 2017, the Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister Raman Singh claimed will hang those who kill cows in his state.
April 4 2017 : 55 years old Dairy Farmer Pehlu Khan died in Alwar, Rajasthan after brutally beaten by cow vigilantes belonging to Hindu Right Wing organisations along with 5 other companions. He was transporting milch cows bought from Jaipur Animal fair to his home town Mewat District in Haryana.
It beggars no proof that BJP under Modi government has pushed its core Hindutva agenda to the hilt. It is important to remember that father of Milk Revolution in India – Kurien had opposed the ban on cow slaughter for economic reasons. He felt that the dairy business needs to get rid of old and unhealthy cows. In his autobiography, Kurien revealed Golwalkar’s real reason for the cow protection movement.
It is in the backdrop of poor Cows that are dying by the thousands in cow shelters all over the country, even as protection groups and political parties squabble over saving the ‘holy’ animal.
Last year, the Data collated by the municipal corporations in Delhi and government cow shelters were startling. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation sent 3,398 cattle to shelters in 2015-16 and 3,685 died during the same period. In 2014-15, 2,974 cattle were sent and 2,143 died. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation shared similar figures. Between August and October 2015, 190 cattle were sent to shelters. Of these, 120 died. Managers of these shelters say most cows and bulls that come to them are either ill or are injured in accidents.
It doesn’t matter who is ruling the country. What matters most is that this ATANKWAD in the name of COW PROTECTION and GAU HATYA must stop immediately. The Prime Minister has to act now, post haste if he wants to save the image of his government as inclusive and modern which is not run by Nagpur but from New Delhi.
How many more innocent lives of Muslims and Dalits would be sacrificed before this TANDEV in the name of ASTHA ?
By Naim Naqvi