முசபர்நகர் கலவரம் – பெண்களை மானபங்கம் செய்தல், அரசியல் கூட்டு சதி, ஊடகங்களின் மறைப்பு முறை (4)

முசபர்நகர் கலவரம் – பெண்களை மானபங்கம் செய்தல், அரசியல் கூட்டு சதி, ஊடகங்களின் மறைப்பு முறை (4)

 

பாரபட்சமாக வழக்குகள் பதிவு செய்யப் பட்ட விதம்: 27-08-2013 அன்ற நிகழ்சி தொடர்பாக பாதிக்கப்பட்ட பெண் மற்றும் கொலையுண்ட பெற்றொர்களின் மீது எப்.ஐ.ஆர் போடப்பட்டது[1]. இதில் வேடிக்கை என்னவென்றால், அவர்கள் சம்பவ்வம் நடந்தபோது கூட அங்கில்லை. ஆனால், பெண்ணை மானபங்கம் செய்ததற்காக, இரண்டு பேர் கொலை செய்யப்பட்டதற்காக எந்த எப்.ஐ.ஆரும் போடப்படவில்லை[2]. இது நிச்சயமாக இந்துக்களுக்கு அதிருப்தியையும், வெறுப்பையும் ஏபடுத்தியது. இது தவிர கவால் பஞ்சாயத்திற்கு போட்டியாக இன்னொரு பஞ்சாயத்து கலாப்பூர் என்ற இடத்தில் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டது. அப்பொழுது, எம்.பிக்கள், எம்.எல்.ஏக்கள், உள்ளூர் அரசியல்வாதிகள், தலைவர்கள் தைரியம் இருந்தால் ஆகஸ்ட் 31ம் தேதி, அதே நேரத்தில் கூட்டுங்கள் பார்ப்போம் என்று சவால் விட்டனர்[3]. இவர்களில் பெர்ம்பாலோர் முஸ்லிம்கள் என்று குறிப்பிடத் தக்கது. இதனால், முன்னரே அவர்கள் பஞ்சாயத்து கூட்டினர் போலும். எதிர்பார்த்தபடி கூட்டம் வரவில்லை, 40,000 பேர்கள் வந்திருந்தனர். இதனால், செப்.7ம் தேதி தள்ளி வைத்தனர். ஆனால், கலைந்து செல்லும் போது, பஸி என்ற கிரமத்தில், ஷாபூர் போலீஸ் நிலையம் அருகில் கத்திகளால் தாக்கப்பட்டனர்[4]. இப்பொழுது போலீசார் 7 இந்துக்கள் மீதும், ஒரு முஸ்லிம் மீதும் தேசிய பாதுகாப்புச் சட்டத்தின் கீழ் வழக்குப் பதிவு செய்தனர்[5]. இங்கும் பாரபட்சம் காட்டப் படுகிறது. இது “செக்யூலார் ஜுடிசியலிஸம்” [மதசார்பற்ற நீதிசெயல்படுத்தும் முறை] போலுள்ளது. அதாவது, எதிர்மறையாக செயல்ப்டும் முறையாகி விட்டது. முதலில் முஸ்லிம்கள் மீது வழக்கே பதிவு செய்யப்படவில்லை. இங்கோ ஏதோ 7:1 விகிதத்தில் வழக்குப் பதிவு செய்தது போலுள்ளது. இதனால், கலவரம் அருகிலுள்ள ஷம்லி, மீரட் போன்ற பகுதிகளில் பரவியது.

 

30-08-2013 (வெள்ளிக்கிழமை): ஷஹீத் சௌக் என்ற இடத்தில் வெள்ளிக்கிழமை தொழுகைக்காக, பெருளவில் கூடினர். முஸ்லிம் தலைவர்கள் தூண்டிவிடும் விதத்தில் பேசியதாகச் சொல்லப்படுகிறது. இதில் பாஜக தவிர மற்ற எல்லா கட்சியிகளின் முஸ்லிம் தலைவர்களும் மோசமாக, தூண்டிவிடும் வகையில் பேசியுள்ளனர்[6]. முஸ்லிம்கள் முஸ்லிம்களாக செயல்படுவதும் வெளிப்படுகிறது. அதாவது அம்மாவட்டம், பஞ்சாயத்து தொகுதிகளில் முஸ்லிம்கள் பதவிக்ளில் இருந்தாலும், அவர்கள் எல்லா பிரஜைகளின் நலன்களையும் கவனிக்க  வேண்டும் என்ற கடமையை மறந்து, முஸ்லிம்கள் என்ற எண்ணத்திலேயே, செயல்பட்டுள்ளனர், பேசியுள்ளனர். கலவரம் பெரிதானதற்கு இதுதான் காரணம் எனலாம் (பிறகு ஊடகங்கள் அவ்வாறு வெளியிடுகின்றன). குறிப்பாக, முஸ்லிம்கள் தூண்டிவிடும் போக்கில் இருந்தது. ஆஸம்கான் வழக்கம் போல, பஞ்சாயத்தில் யாரோ முஸ்லிம்கள் கொல்லப்பட வேண்டும் என்று பேசியதாக கூறினார்[7]. வழக்கம் போல, வெள்ளிக்கிழமை தொழுகைக்குப் பிறகு கலவரம் நடத்துதல் என்பது, பல கமிஷன்களில் எடுத்துக் காட்டப்பட்டுள்ளது.

 

அதுமட்டுமல்லாது, இன்று தான், போலி வீடியோ என்று சொல்லப்படும், வீடியோ இணைதளத்தில் ஏற்றப்பட்டது. இரண்டு இளைஞர்களை ஒரு கும்பல் தாக்கப்படுவது போல காட்சிகள் இருந்தன. ஆனால், அது இரண்டு வருடங்களுக்கு முன்னர், பாகிஸ்தான் அல்லது ஆப்கானிஸ்தானில் எடுக்கப்பட்டதாகும்[8]. சியால்கோடில் (பாகிஸ்தானில் எடுக்கப்பட்டது) என்றும் செய்திகள் வந்துள்ளன[9]. அப்படியென்றால், அதனை சுற்றுக்குள் விட்டது, யார் என்று ஆராயவேண்டியுள்ளது. அரசு எங்கிருந்து அந்த வீடியோ வந்தது என்று கண்டுபிடிக்க உத்தாவு இட்டுள்ளது[10]. ஏற்கெனவே சங்கீத் சிங் சோம் என்ற பிஜேபி எம்.எல்.ஏ இந்த வீடியோவை பகிர்ந்து கொண்டதற்காக, அவர் மீது எப்.ஐ.ஆர் போடப்பட்டுள்ளது[11].

 

31-08-2013 (சனிக்கிழமை): அந்த இரண்டு இளைஞர்களும் ஜட் சமூகத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவர்கள் என்பதால், அவர்கள் பஞ்சாயத்தைக் கூட்டி நியாயம் கேட்டனர். பாரபட்சமாக நடந்து கொண்ட ஷம்லி மாகாணத்தின் போலீஸ் சூப்பிரென்டென்டென்ட்டை விலக்குமாறு கோரிக்கை வைத்தனர். இளைஞர்கள் கொல்லப்பட்டதற்கு, தகுந்த நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கவேண்டும், இல்லையென்றால், அவர்களே செய்யலில் இறங்கவேண்டியிருக்கும் என்று பேசினர்[12]. 07-09-2013 அன்று நக்லா மண்டூர் என்ற இடத்தில் “மஹா பஞ்சாயத்தை” கூட்ட முடிவு செய்தனர். கலைந்து செல்லும் போது, ஒரு கார் மடக்கப் பட்டு, காரில் இருந்தவர்கள் தாக்கப்பட்டனர்.

 

01-09-2013 (ஞாயிறு): ஷஹீத் சௌக் (முஸ்லிம்கள்) மற்றும் நக்லா மண்டூர் (இந்துக்கள்) இடங்களில் பேசியவர்களின் மீது, முதல் தகவல் அறிக்கை தாக்கல் செய்யப் பட்டது. அதாவது, உள்ளூர் போலீசார், அப்படி நடந்து கொண்டுள்ளது.

 

02-09-2013 (திங்கள்): கூட்டம் சஞ்ஷக் மற்றும் கவல் என்ற இடங்களில் உள்ள வழிபாட்டு ஸ்தலங்களை தாக்கியது. இதனால் பிஜேபி பந்தை அறிவித்தது. இதிலிருந்து, முஸ்லிம்கள் கோவில்களை தாக்கியுள்ளனர் என்றாகிறது. இதைப் பற்றிய விவரங்கள் தெரியவில்லை.

 

03-09-2013 (செவ்வாய்): சங்கீத் சோம் என்ற எம்.எல்.ஏ மீது கவல் நிகழ்ச்சி பற்றி போலியான விடியோ பரப்பியதற்காக வழக்குப் பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டது. ஷம்லியில் கலவரம்.

 

04-09-2013 (புதன்கிழமை): முசாபர்நகர் பகுதிகளில் கலவரம் பரவியது.

 

05-09-2013 (வியாழக்கிழமை): மஹாபஞ்சாயத்திற்கான அழைப்பு விடப்பட்டது.

 

06-09-2013 (வெள்ளிக்கிழமை): பாரதீய கிஷான் யூனியன் ஆட்கள், நங்க்லா மந்தௌத் ஜெயிலில் உள்ளிருப்பு போராட்டத்தை மேற்கொண்டனர். அப்படியென்றால், அவர்கள் சிறைபிடித்துச் செல்லப்பட்டார்கள் என்றாகிறது. பாரதீய கிஷான் யூனியன் உத்திரபிரதேசத்தில் உள்ள கட்சி சார்பற்ற விவசாய சங்கம் ஆகும். ஒரு காலகட்டத்தில், சரண் சிங்கிற்கு ஆதரவாக இருந்தது. அவர் காலமாகிய பிறகு, அவரது மகன் அஜித் சிங்கிற்கு ஆதரவாக உள்ளது. ஆனால், அரசியல் செல்வாக்கு ஒன்றும் இல்லை எனலாம். பஞ்சாயத்தில் கலந்து கொண்ட திகாயத் சகோதர்களின் மீது வழக்குப் போடப்பட்டுள்ளது.

 

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© 13-09-2013


[1] Sources said police registered the first information report (FIR) against the parents of the girl who were not present on the spot. The inclusion of parents’ names in the FIR did not go down well with the majority community of the area, following which the sympathisers of the girl’s family announced a panchayat in Kawaal Aug 31. The rival community opposed the plan.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/Stalker-s-death-triggered-sectarian-violence-in-Muzaffarnagar/Article1-1119594.aspx

[3] Opposing the Kawaal panchayat, a parallel panchayat was planned in Khalapar area of the city. At this, the government representatives, including members of parliament and state legislature, and local leaders dared the Kawaal panchayat organisers to hold it at the appointed time on Aug 31.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/stalkers-death-triggered-muzaffarnagar-conflagration/1/308991.html

[4] A huge gathering of about 40,000 people turned out but the Kawaal panchayat organisers called off the proceedings and announced the assembly again Sep 7. But when the participants of the – ‘Beti Bachao Bahoo Bachao panchayat’ – were returning to their homes they were attacked by swords at Basi village under Shahpur police station.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/Stalker-s-death-triggered-sectarian-violence-in-Muzaffarnagar/Article1-1119594.aspx

[5] The police booked under the National Security Act (NSA) eight people, of whom seven people were from the majority community and one person was from the minority community. The riot quickly spread to the neighbouring areas falling under Shamli and Meerut districts.

 

[6] இதை 11-09-2013 அன்று தான் “ஹெட்லைன்ஸ் டுடே” செனல் வெளியிடுகிறது. அதாவது, ஒரு பிஜேபி எம்.எல்.ஏ பிறகு பேசியதை முன்னால் காட்டி, முன்னால் தூண்டிவிட்டு முஸ்லிம்கள் பேசியதை பின்னால் காட்டுகிறார்கள். இதுதான் செக்யூலரிஸ ஊடகங்களின் தலைகீழ் செய்தி வெளியீடும் யுக்தி.

[7] The state’s minority welfare minister, Mohammad Azam Khan, said some at the meeting gave provocative speeches calling for Muslims to be killed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/troops-deployed-to-quell-deadly-communal-clashes-between-hindus-muslims-in-north-india/2013/09/08/66e33f48-1854-11e3-961c-f22d3aaf19ab_story.html

[8] “The video shows a group of men lynching two boys. It went viral, particularly among the Jats. But we found out that the video was made at least two years ago and had been shot in either Pakistan or Afghanistan,” the officer said. He said the police managed to block the video, but by then several people had downloaded the clip on their mobile phones.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/communal-clashes-in-western-up-town-reporter-among-six-killed/1166240/2

[9] Police said DVDs and CDs of the maha-panchayat remain in circulation and have surfaced in east and central UP as well. The hunt for BJP MLA Sangeet Som and 228 others for distributing the malicious morphed video of the Sialkot riots continues. The police plan bulk SMSes to counter rumour-mongering. Gupta said fly-by-night computer centres making the CDs are on their radar as well.

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  1. vedaprakash Says:

    Intelligence Bureau warns UP bloodshed could spread across the country as
    Muzaffarnagar violence continues
    By ABHISHEK BHALLA
    PUBLISHED: 22:44 GMT, 9 September 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 9 September 2013
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    Muzaffarnagar’s embers of hate will burn for a long time.
    Intelligence Bureau (IB) inputs from the district and its adjacent localities indicate that the unrest in Western Uttar Pradesh is far from over, and could spread to other parts of the country. Reports indicate that the communal tension has moved away from the city and into the rural hinterland.
    The IB is sharing its inputs with the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to one of the IB reports, there are several rural areas of Western Uttar Pradesh where there could be more violent clashes. Villages around Bareilly, Aligarh, Mathura, Hapur, Meerut, Shamli, Moradabad, Rampur and Saharanpur have been identified as areas where the trouble could shift as a fallout of the Muzaffarnagar violence.
    Innocent victim: Mehrana, a 6-year-old girl injured in the sectarian clashes, gets treatment at a district hospital in Muzaffarnagar
    Innocent victim: Mehrana, a 6-year-old girl injured in the sectarian clashes, gets treatment at a district hospital in Muzaffarnagar
    Seeking shelter: Muslims take refuge in Julla Village following communal riots in Muzaffarnagar
    Seeking shelter: Muslims take refuge in Julla Village following communal riots in Muzaffarnagar
    “The current situation in Muzafarnagar has the potential to spread to other parts. If violence continues in rural areas it could snowball into major problem,” said a home ministry official.
    With intelligence reports indicating that the unrest could spread to other parts and could get prolonged, the government is worried as that could lead to a polarised electorate that will have the Congress losing out.
    Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Saturday that such incidents of communal violence are likely to occur ahead of elections. Sources said intelligence reports also indicate that local political leaders have instigated the violence.
    Precautions: Policemen recover arms and ammunition during a door-to-door search operation in Muzaffarnagar
    Precautions: Policemen recover arms and ammunition during a door-to-door search operation in Muzaffarnagar
    “There are reports that local leaders made inflammatory speeches that worsened the situation,” said an official. Local as well as sophisticated firearms were used by the violent mobs.
    The death toll in the violence has already reached 31 and several have been wounded, including women and children. Local authorities have seized weapons from areas hit by violence and suspended arms licences.
    The Centre is closely monitoring the developments in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country where local leaders may attempt to disturb the peace. The IB and home ministry sent two alerts to states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala on September 3 and 4 warning against communal violence.
    THE OTHER VULNERABLE AREAS
    Following the violence in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi has also sent a detailed report to the Prime Minister’s Office, indicting the state government. Sources said the report speaks of tension after the killing of three youth in Kawal village of Muzaffarnagar district on August 27, which sparked violence in 18 villages.
    The violence started as a result of an eve-teasing incident. After the three killings, local intelligence units also generated information that the matter could escalate and turn into large-scale violence. Sources said these inputs were ignored by the state government.
    “Centre had alerted 11 states following intelligence inputs about possible communal incidents,” said Shinde.
    When asked about Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav being blamed for the situation, he said: “I don’t think he ignored these warnings.”
    Shinde has spoken personally to Yadav, and Home Secretary Anil Goswami is in constant touch with Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Javed Usmani who is monitoring the situation. The home ministry has asked the state government to give updates every 12 hours. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has spoken to Yadav and assured him that the Centre will provide all necessary assistance to restore normalcy.
    Since Yadav took over in March 2012, there have been nearly 40 incidents of communal violence in the state. Based on intelligence inputs, the Centre fears that there could be more such clashes between communities in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. There has been an increase in the number of incidents of communal violence across the country. The count reached 451 incidents till August 31, whereas there were 410 such incidents in 2012.
    Wounded: A woman injured in the clashes is carried to hospital on a stretcher
    Wounded: A woman injured in the clashes is carried to hospital on a stretcher
    Last week, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, along with the Home Secretary Anil Goswami, met chief secretaries and police chiefs of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir, and asked them to be prepared to check incidents of communal violence by strengthening intelligence gathering mechanisms and preventive arrests.
    Also on Monday, the Uttar Pradesh government constituted a one-member judicial commission to probe the Muzaffarnagar violence even as Union home ministry officials said the state’s government’s initial response to the riots in Muzaffarnagar was apparently slow, and a curfew was imposed in the trouble spots only after prodding from the Centre.
    On his part, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has alleged a political conspiracy behind the riots.
    BJP plans communal flames in western UP
    By Kumar Anshuman and Ashish Misra
    UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav called the Muzaffarnagar violence a ‘political conspiracy’
    UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav called the Muzaffarnagar violence a ‘political conspiracy’
    As Uttar Pradesh burns, the BJP seems to be doing its best to fan the flames in order to get ahead in the ‘game’ ahead of the general elections. An SMS doing the rounds in UP since afternoon on September 9 talks of the rise in the number of Muslim MLAs in the state and appeals to the Hindus to spread the message.
    “1993 mein 27, 1996 mein 38, 2002 mein 45, 2007 mein 55, aur ab 2012 mein 68 Muslim MLAs chune gaye. Kya hoga UP ka 2050 mein – dusra Pakistan? Aaakhir Modi PM kyon nahi? Jago Hindu Jago. Is message ko aag ki tarah faila do-Vande Mataram,” the SMS reportedly circulated by some BJP leaders read.
    In recent times, the BJP is trying hard to focus on western UP to increase its base and is busy preparing the action plan for the region. After the stymied 84-Kosi Parikrama in Ayodhya, the party is focusing on Vrindavan. The BJP state unit is planning an executive meeting in Vrindavan in September.
    Hindu Yuva Vahini, an organisation promoted by BJP MP Yogi Avaidyanath, is known for its aggressive Hindu ideology. For the first time, the outfit is trying to spread its wings in Western UP to connect to the Hindu youth.
    “Our organisation is a reactive organisation,” says Raghvendra Pratap Singh, Vahini state chief.
    “The way Akhilesh government is following its ‘please-minority policy’, we have started to build and promote our organisation to counter that.”
    A BJP leader said: “Our party is planning to cash in on the anger in the majority community against the government’s Muslim appeasement evident in the banning of the VHP’s yatra, the Durga Sakthi case and the proposal to drop terror charges against some Muslim youth.”
    Ajit Singh wants UP government to be dismissed
    By Saurabh Shukla
    Union Civil Aviation Minister and RLD chief Ajit Singh, a key UPA ally, has accused UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the Samajwadi Party of complicity in the Muzaffarnagar riots.
    “This has happened because of a BJP-SP deal, it is a fixed match,” the RLD chief told Mail Today in an exclusive interview.
    “This was clearly preplanned, it is clearly an SP-BJP joint venture,” he said. “I am worried that this communal tension will spread to other places. I am going to speak to the PM. The UP government has to be dismissed,” Singh said.
    “This is the beginning. It can spread to the entire country,” he added.
    Police in Ghaziabad stop Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ajit Singh from going to the riot-hit region
    Police in Ghaziabad stop Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ajit Singh from going to the riot-hit region
    He said the state government deliberately ignored warnings. “I spoke to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who told me that the state was sent a formal warning by the Centre on the communal flare-up,” Singh said.
    The Civil Aviation Minister also rattled off figures, which, if accurate, make the situation even more serious.
    “There have been 100 such incidents in the state since the SP government took over,” he said. Singh and son Jayant Choudhary, MP from Mathura, were forced to return to Delhi as they were not allowed to visit Muzaffarnagar on Monday. Accusing the UP administration of failing to act in time, Singh said.
    “There was an incident in Shamli prior to this incident. Had the administration taken appropriate steps at that time and made the people feel that justice would prevail and police taken some action, then this situation would not have happened.”
    Singh vowed he would make yet another attempt to visit the affected area to be with the affected people.
    Fake lynching video was from Pakistan
    By Mail Today Bureau
    The gory video that is believed to have triggered violent clashes in Muzaffarnagar was apparently shot in 2010 in Sialkot, Pakistan, when a mob lynched two brothers, mistaking them for dacoits.
    The UP Police have lodged an FIR against BJP MLA from Sardhana constituency of Meerut district, Thakur Sangeet Singh Som, and 200 others for circulating this fake video to whip up tension in the area.

    More…
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    They have been booked under Sections 420 (forgery), 153-A (promoting enmity on religious grounds) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
    The MLA had allegedly shared this three-year-old video from Pakistan on his Facebook page, asking people to “see what is going on in Muzaffarnagar”. Other groups picked it up and soon the video went viral on the social networking site.
    The UP Police claim the video was posted online as part of a “well-organised campaign to create hatred between two religious communities of the country”.
    IG (crime) Ashish Gupta said some unscrupulous elements were using social sites to create tension.
    The three crucial Akhilesh failures
    By Sandeep Unnithan in Muzaffarnagar
    Muzaffarnagar, located 125km from Delhi, resembles a ghost town where only police and Army personnel are seen on the road.
    A communal spark lit in one of the villages engulfed the town a week later even as police watched helplessly. Police officers deployed in Muzaffarnagar said they received shoot-at-sight orders only on Sunday evening. By then, the situation had already spiralled out of control.
    The violence, they now admit, could have been easily averted if they had intervened at three critical junctures:
    Enforcers: Paramilitary soldiers arrive at a deserted market during a curfew in Muzaffarnagar
    Enforcers: Paramilitary soldiers arrive at a deserted market during a curfew in Muzaffarnagar
    AUGUST 27: a dispute over an alleged incident of eve-teasing led to two youths stabbing another youth to death in Kawal village. The police moved in and brought in temporary peace, but failed to anticipate the incident would assume communal overtones.
    AUGUST 30: Allowing the khap mahapanchayat organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) was possibly the worst idea in an already inflamed communal situation. Police had imposed Section 144 of the IPC, which prohibits the assembly of more than ten persons, since August 27. But this was flouted by the mahapanchayat.
    SEPTEMBER 7: Riots broke out after the police failed to bring the situation under control for nearly a week. Members of two communities fought pitched battles and the death toll started to rise. The police lost what was their chance to bring the situation under control. The army had to be called in then.

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  2. vedaprakash Says:

    Muzaffarnagar: A costly conflagration for Samajwadi Party
    SMITA GUPTA
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/muzaffarnagar-a-costly-conflagration-for-samajwadi-party/article5121651.ece

    The recent communal conflagration in Muzaffarnagar and its fallout are not just a throwback to the politics of Uttar Pradesh in the early 1990s — it is likely to impact the electoral fortunes of all political parties in the State.

    As things stand, the biggest gainer could be the Bharatiya Janata Party, thanks to a certain degree of Hindu consolidation in the wake of the violence, followed by the Bahujan Samaj Party, whose record in government on law and order was excellent. Indeed, the BSP is waiting in the wings quietly: its strong point, apart from its committed Dalit base, is leader Mayawati’s undoubted demonstrated grip over the administration.

    But the Samajwadi Party, which has always championed the cause of the minorities, has ended up annoying them by not being able to protect them.

    As for the Rashtriya Lok Dal, it might well be the biggest loser, with its Jat vote base moving to the BJP, and the end of the Jat-Muslim social alliance — at least for the time being. The Congress, on its part, is standing on the margins, with its guarded criticism of the SP, even though the Centre has made its displeasure known to the Akhilesh Yadav government.

    The current episode has its origins in the visit, last month, of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad delegation, to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s official residence in Lucknow, when Ashok Singhal met SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav to seek the government’s support for the 84-kosi parikrama of Ayodhya. This angered SP leader Mohammad Azam Khan, who denounced the meeting.

    Subsequently, the SP government deployed enough forces in Ayodhya and its vicinity to deter people from gathering at any one place. The VHP, too, did not put up much resistance: there was no showdown. Pravin Togadia and Ramvilas Vedanti were placed under house arrest and Mr. Singhal was sent back to Delhi from Lucknow airport.

    It had all the appearance of a fixed fight, a peaceful way of polarising votes ahead of the general election, with both the BJP and the SP seemingly gaining from the mock battle. On many occasions in the past, Mr. Yadav gained from the appellation “Maulana Mulayam” and being dubbed pro-minority.

    But the communal conflagration in Muzaffarnagar district was no mock battle.

    The Akhilesh government’s inability to prevent a clash between two sets of persons developing into a full-scale communal conflagration, resulting in over 40 deaths, over a hundred injured and thousands displaced has, by all accounts, enhanced political support for the BJP.

    But given that the majority of the dead and the displaced are Muslim means there has been no corresponding support for the SP. Instead, there is anger brewing in the community against the State government which failed to protect its members.

    This was reflected at the SP national executive meeting in Agra on Thursday, when Mr. Azam Khan failed to turn up, unhappy with his own government’s handling of the riots. And Mr. Yadav found himself in the uncomfortable position of answering questions on the parallel between what happened in Muzaffarnagar and the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002.

  3. vedaprakash Says:

    The battle for Jat votes – PRASHANT JHA
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/the-battle-for-jat-votes/article5121631.ece?ref=relatedNews

    RLD suffers the most in the polarised climate, crafts a comeback strategy

    Rajnish Kori drives around in a motor-cycle with ‘Indian Army’ written on the number-plate. A chemistry lecturer in a college at Shamli, he is the youth wing chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the district. We are sitting in a car at a petrol pump, as police vans drive past, doing rounds of the town, which witnessed violence through the week.

    “Tell us, what can we do? We are in trouble both ways,” says a remarkably candid Mr. Kori. “If we support Jats, Muslims will be angry. If we support Muslims, it will be like betraying our own Jat brothers and sisters. And being with both is not possible under the current situation.”

    Nothing sums up the RLD’s dilemmas more starkly. The party has five seats in the Lok Sabha, and eight in the Assembly. But as a force dependent on votes from both communities in western Uttar Pradesh, the polarised mood spells bad news.

    Its traditional Jat base, nurtured from the time of Chaudhary Charan Singh, is unhappy. Mr. Kori admits: “Jats think we have been soft, we did not protect them. This is pushing them towards the BJP.”

    Rajesh Jain, the Meerut-based national secretary of the party, agrees with his younger colleague. “This entire riot has been orchestrated to target the RLD’s vote base. Both the SP and the BJP had a shared interest in driving a wedge between the party and the Jats.”

    For the second time this week, RLD chief and Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh was stopped from entering western Uttar Pradesh. Back in Delhi, his son, and party MP Jayant Chaudhary says: “The administration did not stop the mahapanchayat that triggered the tensions. But it is trying to stop those who have a stake in bringing about peace, who are trying to take the middle path.”

    Damage-control

    The party has begun what appears to be a multi-pronged damage control exercise. For one, it will make a fresh push for reservation for the Jats, as part of the OBC quota, in Central government services. A RLD leader says the proposal has the Prime Minister’s consent, and there is a good chance of its getting approved. “If we succeed, Jats will return. This will be the trump card.” At a meeting of the All-India Jat Sabha in June, Mr. Ajit Singh declared that the UPA supported reservation for the Jats and exhorted the community to gherao Delhi if the plan did not go through.

    Second, on the ground, it is asking Jats in villages and towns of western Uttar Pradesh to ponder over why they alone, among Hindus, were at the forefront of the violence. One RLD leader, who insisted on being anonymous, told The Hindu: “Thakurs, Gujjars and other caste leaders were inciting tensions. They told everyone that Muslims must be taught a lesson. But why was it that only Jats died?” There was a growing feeling among the Jats that they were “used.” If Mr. Ajit Singh and his son go back to campaign in villages with this message, district leaders think it could stem, to a certain degree, the community’s shift towards the BJP.

    But given Mr. Ajit Singh’s record of constantly shifting allegiances, and possible pressure from the base, is it possible that he himself will tie up with the BJP?

    Party leaders reject the possibility and point out that they have already declared they will ally with the Congress. Mr. Kori of Shamli said: “There could be some benefit in going with the BJP in the Lok Sabha [elections]. But we will be finished in the Assembly. Muslims will never return to the party. There are anyway questions about why we went with BJP last time.” Another RLD leader said that going with the BJP would mean resigning oneself to being a “Hindutva B-team forever.” “We can’t abuse Muslims as much as they can. What is the point?”

    Filling the vacuum?

    Wajid Chaudhary, the State unit secretary of the party, has been providing assistance to the displaced Muslims. He believes that Mr. Ajit Singh can fill a political vacuum in the region. With the BJP and the SP on opposite ends, and the Congress and the Bhaujan Samaj Party being relatively silent, only RLD could be the bridge between the two communities.

    In his biography of Charan Singh, An Indian Political Life, the political scientist Paul Brass wrote: “There is no doubt that Chaudhuri Sahib [as he was usually called], like his political mentor Sardar Patel, believed strongly in the utmost importance of maintaining public peace.” The destruction of that public peace in his home-belt now poses a threat to the political existence of his son’s party and will test the family’s survival skills.

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