Why is it always about 'Hindu-Muslim' in India?
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Why is it always about 'Hindu-Muslim' in India?

Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef calender  16 Jul 2018

Why is it always about 'Hindu-Muslim' in India?

In the recent past, focus of the political parties and the leaders have drastically changed from the rights and necessities of people to Ram Mandir, Muslim population, Hindu Pakistan and what not! During the course of every political discussion between political parties, the blame game continues to triumph irrespective of the subject. Interestingly, as the 2019 general assembly elections are due, the magnitude of these allegations and claims intensify.

Lately BJP questioned Rahul Gandhi's silence over his reported remarks that Congress is a "Muslim Party", saying it has no place for Muslim women. It also lashed out at Congress for alleging that PM Modi has a "sick" mentality after he accused the opposition party of standing only for Muslim Men. It came in the back drop of the days ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament when the government is likely to push for the passage of a bill against instant triple talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked Congress for being a party which stood only with Muslim men.

28% Rise in Religious Violence since 2014

Communal violence under Modi-led NDA government rose by 28% from 2014 to 2017 as over 822 incidents were reported in the year 2017 itself.  However, 2008 remains the year of highest instances of religious violence in the country. As it can be presumed, Uttar Pradesh, breeding ground of communal violence, is the most populous state in the country where the most incidents (14,88) took place over the last decade.

Union Minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said on 2 July 2018 that there have been "no big communal riots" in India over the past four years. According to the government data, it nullifies his claim as three "major communal incidents" were reported in (Baduria-Basirhat district North 24 Parganas, West Bengal) 2017, (Hazinagar, West Bengal) 2016 and (Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh) 2014, according to the home ministry’s annual reports, with no "major communal incidents" reported in 2015.

As many as 2,920 “communal incidents” were reported in India over four years ending 2017, in which 389 people were killed and 8,890 injured, according to the home ministry’s reply to the Lok Sabha on 6 February, 2018 and 7 February, 2017.

Uttar Pradesh reported the most incidents (645) over the last four years, followed by the ninth-most populous, Karnataka (379), and second-most populous, Maharashtra (316).

Major Religious violence since 2014

  • Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 25 July, 2014.
  • Ballabgarh, Haryana, 25 May, 2015.
  • North Karnataka (Mudhol, Chikkodi, Surpur, Dharwad, Koujalagi, Belgaum), 23-28 September, 2015.
  • Nadia, West Bengal, 5 May, 2015.
  • Malda, West Bengal, 3 January, 2016.
  • Hazinagar, West Bengal, 12 October, 2016.
  • Dhulagarh, West Bengal 13 December, 2016.
  • Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 5 May, 2017.
  • Baduria, West Bengal, 4 July, 2017.
  • Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, 7 September, 2017.
  • Bhima Koregaon, Pune, Maharashtra, 1 January, 2018.
  • Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, 26 January, 2018.

Hindu-Muslim rifts being a sensitive issue in the country which has to be handled with utmost care, the lawmakers and the political leadership have perceived it as a shooting target which can drive apart the various communities for their political gain. In fact, no attempts are being taken to wipe out or minimalize this vehemence. 

When will these politicians see citizens as human beings; not just as vote banks or some mere communities? When are these lawmakers going to learn that rather than wasting time on hideous kinds of stuff like communal polarization, we need development that they’ve been offering us for decades? On one hand, people are dying because of someone’s dubious agenda of division, on the other hand, those who’re accountable for the conditions in the country keep playing the dirty blame game. What is more shameful than this, in the world’s largest democracy?

 

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