Who is killing whom in the State of Uttar Pradesh! Nah, itâ€™s not that the butchers are slaughtering animals inbutcher-khanas. Those, anyway, lie shut and sealed. Itâ€™s the new political rulers who are busy hacking love and emotions and formsâ€¦killing them on a daily basis.
At the rate love is getting hacked and attacked in the State of Uttar Pradesh, we could see hundreds of fake yogis emerging from that Pradesh. After all, none of the mingling or inter-mingling sessions are on. The sheer nonsense taking place in the name of keeping Romeos at bay is turning out to be barbaric.Banning of love and lovers!No dating, no catching up with close friends, no romance, no meeting of minds if not of forms. Why this zulm on the human beings living on that stretch of land where once upon- a- time Wajid Ali Shah-promoted togetherness in the backdrop of those classical strains!
Today, why are my emotions bruised to such an extent that none of the potions- lotions in the world can ever heal them. No, I do not wish to don saffron robes and move about with camouflages on. I want to live life. Every moment of it. Why is the State machinery butting in and humiliating me out there in the open! Why should I pick and choose my lover from a this or that caste or clan! Or go and stuff myself in some fake ashram! Whatâ€™s on in the name of cleansing? This is nothing short of raping of emotions and psyches. Which, mind you, is far more grievous than of rapes of forms, for I canâ€™t even show or prove or pinpoint those scars which will be there to stay for times to come. Also, show them to whom? To the political mafia!
Cries of hunger are emerging from all quarters. Not just hunger for love and want, but also to fill in the starved bellies. Why should I be forced to have cabbage and radish or tomatoes and potatoes when I want to tuck in mutton and chicken? Why should my slaughterhouses get sealed and I sit reduced to a labourer on daily wages? Why should I be made to sit penniless because of the dictates emerging from certain dubious quarters?
The havoc unleashed on the very economic backbone of Uttar Pradesh will make masses rise in revolt. Not to overlook this basic fact: The meat industry of Uttar Pradesh is a 15,000-crore industry that provides livelihood to 25 lakh people.
In fact, the dictates are ongoing. Humiliating a section of the population to such an extent that they have little choice to give in. Several Muslim residents of Agra told me that they were nearly forced to throw rose petals on last weekâ€™s RSS rally in their city. This, when the fact stands out that there is dislike-cum-distrust of the RSS to such an extent that Muslims do not even venture anywhere near the RSS shakhas.
And where are the animal rights activists of this country? Menaka Gandhi and her brigade should fly down to Lucknow and Kanpur and find out about the welfare of lions, leopards and bears lodged in the zoos of the two cities .They should find out what those caged animals are getting to eat. Quite obviously they couldnâ€™t have devoured chicken broth thrown into their cages.What would you call this! Nothing but starvation death for these animals.Killing of these animals is quite apparent, yet not a squeak from any of the animal rights crusaders. Shouldnâ€™t the State be held responsible for this misery unleashed on the caged lot?
Foreign tourists visiting Uttar Pradesh would be craving for fleshy delicacies â€¦not realising that slaughterhouses have been sealed and shut under the garb of promoting vegetarianism but in actual reality to make hundreds and thousands of Muslims sit jobless and financially ruined. In that process, the Muslims are dying a slow death.Also, deprivations for all those who love to tuck in a piece or two from the Mughlai cuisine. In fact, several Hindu friends have been cribbing, they have to miss their daily intake of chicken breasts, fried ribs, fleshy thigh bone and much more â€¦Shh! We are living in these horribly twisted times, where even rumours of beef-biryani could be enough to get you and I lynched. Not just that, the murders and the murderers would get defended by the political mafia! And in these dark times, thereâ€™s also the death of free speech and thought because of the prevailing sense of fear. Not just from the paunchy policewallahs but also from the private sena of Yogi Adityanath â€” Hindu YuvaVahini. In fact, this brings to ask: Why are yogis and babas and the so called â€˜God menâ€™ allowed to raise and nurture and maintain private senas? Donâ€™t they trust the State force? Donâ€™t they have faith in God and His ways? These yogi men need protection from whom? Who is scaring them to such an extent that they need a private army? What wrongs have they unleashed on the innocent that they are apprehensive of a backlash?
The reality is that this sena was set up to terrorise and threaten and scare the masses. Just about anyone who dares to oppose, to revolt will be settled by goons in these dark times where the last traces of democracy have been replaced by signs and relays of a Hindu Rashtra. Its yet to be seen how many more amongst us will be ruined and humiliated.in the days to come. Thereâ€™s a definite sense of unease in the atmosphere. An Emergency sort of situation prevailing. This Spring came laden with sorrow. And the invading Summer is dragging along not just pangs of hunger and thirst but definite dents on the very survival of the sane. Amen!