A newspaper is described as the landscape of a city. Today, as every Indian would read the newspaper, he would often feel that violence has become the hallmarks of the city. All these incidents of lynching and murder are happening at such a fast pace that we are not able to keep track of what is happening with whom. Unfortunately, now it has become common. From the street to the crossroads, there is a mob that is looking for certain people. If they consider you as a threat then they will first beat you and eventually kill you.
An atmosphere of terror is in the making since 2014, which to some extent completed. Fear has embedded in every individual so much that we are afraid of the way we are. Even while getting out of the house we have to think thousand times about the fear of being lynched. The paid Indian media has lost all morality and working as an extension of the government. The media keeps on singing hymns and carols to their masters in government who fund them. These people were supposed to be our voices, strongest voices of dissent in a democracy.
With chief minister of Indiaâ€™s largest state saying that the Taj Mahal isnâ€™t Indian, Sadhvis and Hindutva brigade making outrageous comments one after another, the lethal words have been weaponised. Precisely, as TV channels clamour for Muslim blood planting and running fake stories, the mob outside the studios gather momentum to unleash hysteria on yet another victim of mad, uncontrollable, murderous rage. This courage of mob has increased because it knows that the authority of this atmosphere of terror is not created in the air, but has political backing.
India has become a mobocracy and in the chequered history of this country, numerous forms of violence assume significance at different times. If communal riots were the flavour until September 2015, since then, when Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched to death by a lunatic mob over WhatsApp beef rumours, this has been the chosen mode of spreading heinous and mad, and more often than not, Islamophobic mob rage.
Recently an Iftar party hosted by the president of India revealed the Islamophobic mentality of those in power. Sitaram Yechury, a parliamentarian stated, â€śThere was not a single minister, not a single government representative and not a single BJP leader. In all these years, I have never been to an Iftar hosted by the President where there has been no representative of the Government of India.â€ť
Opposition leaders such as Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Vice President Hamid Ansari, among others were of course, present, but the conspicuous absence of Narendra Modi and his cabinet ministers sent out a terrifying message.
The lynch mobs are working under a very deeply rooted framework, because a crowd cannot be mobilised in such a short span of time that too to kill someone. Their main machinery of carrying out lynching is WhatsApp. Last week, it was a Swachh Bharat activist Zafar Khan, this week there have been two such incidents, in which two people belonging to two completely different walks of life, were lynched to death by a lynch mob. In Nowhatta, Srinagar, the deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police, Mohammed Ayub Pandith, was lynched outside Jamia Masjid where he was supervising Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooqâ€™s security.
The atmosphere of terror is transforming every man into a potential killer in this mobocracy. It is easy to manage the mob. Surprisingly the mob does not own anyone but the Indian government certainly owns this mob. We must not fight just for the sake of democratic ethics, but it has become difficult for us to think about stepping out in our neighbourhood. The lynch mob is prepared. Many times we might think that the man whose face is more identifiable will be in more danger. Lynch mobs have been unleashing terror among Muslims across the country. But now they are attacking Hindus as well. We are not just being prepared to kill Dalits and Muslims. One day we will be used to kill anyone.
When the rumours regarding theft of the children spread in Jharkhand, Uttam Kumar and Gangesh Verma were also killed in it, with Naim and Halim. When Bhoop Singh and Jabar Singh were returning with a cow and calf in Greater Noida, they had to say that â€śI am not a Muslim, do not hit meâ€ť while they were being thrashed by cow vigilantes.
The lack of government action against lynch mobs empower them the most. Nobody is going to be safe when mobs like the one in the train compartment take over our roads, stations and buses.
Itâ€™s high time now that we understand the serious implications of the communalisation of public spaces, backed by those in power.Whether itâ€™s a Kashmiri cop, or a teenager on the train, or a dairy farmer, there cannot be any justification for these despicable crimes against humanity.