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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Now a 'communal riot' in Dhule in Maharashtra: When will this end?

The news of a 'riot' in Dhule town in Maharashtra almost got ignored in the national media. It is debatable if it was a riot, especially, in the sense this word is used in India.

It started from a small fight which turned into a clash and later six people were killed in police firing. But the incident failed to raw the attention of mainstream TV channels, which were far busy with issues that could fetch TRP from urban areas. 

Dhule [also known as Dhulia] is not close to Mumbai. The outrage over Delhi gang rape, the firing at the Line of Control and the latest incident of Naxals inserting bombs in the bodies of CRPF personnel [14 killed in Jharkhand] had made it a newsy fortnight. 

A few newspaper did focus on Dhule. Of the six people who died, all of them were hit by the policemen's bullets. Was it necessary to control violence or it was excessive use of force? A CID inquiry has been instituted [which is the norm in Maharashtra], not a judicial inquiry. 

1. Did we hear anything about COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS & THE AMOUNT? 
2. Any discussion yet on how the police suddenly went on FIRING SPREE?
3. Were Rubber Pellets, Water Cannon, Cane-Charge or Tear Gas tried INITIALLY?
The magisterial and CID inquiries are believed to be mere eyewash. The record of Maharashtra government regarding implementing Sri Krishna Commission report is well-known. Over a dozen corporators and deputy mayor here have threatened to resign if a high-level inquiry is not ordered. 

This report 'Dhule, A Town Divided' says that minorities claim the local police have animosity towards them and selectively fired, which resulted in so many deaths, and further says that even BJP and Shiv Sena members assert that it was not a communal or Hindu-Muslim clash, but a Police-Muslim clash

If this is true, then isn't it alarming! Role of police in riots has been questioned for decades. The exhaustive report by Zeeshan Shaikh also reveals how the local police had earlier made strong and biased comments in a charge sheet in similar violence in Dhule. 
Sometime back we had a series of riots in UP, now its Maharashtra. Yes in Congress-ruled Maharashtra. Now, I too feel, that had it been a BJP ruled state, there would have been some more outcry in national media. Maybe I'm wrong! But that was a bad beginning to the year 2013. Communal riots continue unabated. 

Will this ever end? Barely a few months back I had written a post on the ugly trend of similar incidents in UP and other parts of the country. Read the post on Street protests and Crowd control. Just hoping that there will be a probe which would find the reasons for the incident and if the firing was excessive, action is taken. 

Indian Express reported how even a Deputy Tehsildar lost his son in police firing. 
The Hindu report says that most of those killed were not involved in riot at all and were going about their daily lives when they were hit. 


Anonymous said...

Rot is in the system, doesn't matter which party is in power.

Balajee Diwakar said...

I absolutely agree with your observation. The police force urgently needs to be de-politicised and de-communalised. In states like UP and Bihar, the casteism of the forces also needs to be attacked. It seems over the years, there has been a distinct decline of discipline and lack of morale in the police force across India.

Free and Footloose said...

This article is a joke. I suppose the writer wants the media reports to go something like: "The peaceful, non-violent Muslims took out a procession to celebrate a Hindu festival but cunning, communal Hindus attacked the procession and spread the rumours that Muslims attacked it. This caused the Muslims immeasurable sorrow and they began to offer flowers to Hindus. But Hindus asked the police to fire at the Muslims. Thus, harmless Islamic peacenics laid down their lives in the interest of communal harmony"

Am I right?

indscribe said...

True Anon, Balajee Diwakar

Free and Footloose: Those who died have lost their family members. If you can't sympathise, don't mock.

I just hope and wish that you and your loved ones never face any such excesses. Read this report in The Hindu http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/police-trained-their-guns-on-us-say-dhule-victims/article4287681.ece?homepage=true

Diva said...

No post about Mr. Owaisi's speech?????

indscribe said...
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indscribe said...

Diva: Did I ever write about Pravin Togadia, Bal Thakceray, Singhal, Pramod Muthalik or any of their likes on this blog.

In fact, did you ever notice a post against Narendra Modi here? There is enough disharmony in this world.

I don't want to further add to it. This blog mainly focuses on 'system' and its weaknesses, when it comes on criticising, other wise I focus on normal things, culture, harmony etc.

rohan sharma said...

समस्या हिंदू या मुस्लिम की कभी थी ही नहीं ,८०% हिंदू और मुस्लिमों को दरअसल ये पता ही नहीं है कि मज़हब होता क्या है या जिस मज़हब के लिए वो मौक़ा मिलते ही एक दूसरे के गिरेबां पकड़ लेते हैं वो कहता क्या है.
ये समस्या सिर्फ हिंदुस्तान की ही नहीं है अपितु समस्त विश्व की है ,क्योंकि सियासतदानों और मीडिया को लगता है कि जो भगुआ पोशाक पहने ,लंबा सा टीका लगाए पंडितजी या बड़ी दाढ़ी रखे छोटी सलवार पहने मौलवी साहब हैं वो ही मज़हब या समुदाय के नुमाइंदे हैं और उन लोगों को शायद धर्म का ज्यादा ज्ञान है बरक्स उनके जो लोग उदारवादी विचारधारा के हैं ,जींस टीशर्ट पहनते हैं और उनकी आवाज़ कहीं ओझल हो जाती है,मजे की बात तो ये है कि जिन लोगों ने अपनी पूरी ज़िंदगी में एक ढंग की किताब भी न पढ़ी वो पूरे समाज के ठेकेदार बने बैठे हैं और यदि कोई तमीज की बात करे तो उनके गुंडे मार पिटाई पर उतर आते हैं जिससे समाज में भ्रान्ति फ़ैल रही है और उसी का नतीजा है कट्टरपंथी ताक़तों का हमारे समाज में फैलना और आबो हवा का दूषित होना.
अक्सर ये देखने में आता है कि मुसलमानों को अपनी देशभक्ति का प्रमाण देने को बोला जाता है और इस्लाम को एक उग्र धर्मं माना जाता है जिसकी प्रमुखतः २ वजुआत हैं.

१.जब कोई सिंधु की सभ्यता को हिंदू सभ्यता का नाम देगा ,गंगा जमुना के किनारों पर रहने वालों को सिर्फ हिंदू समझेगा और किसी भी तरह से अपने को अरबी साबित करने कि कोशिश करेगा तो परिचय अभाव या maze of identity crisis के दलदल में फँस जाएगा और फिर वोही बात होगी कि न खुदा ही मिला न विसाल ए सनम .दुर्भाग्य से मजहबी कयादत (लीडरशिप)इसी बात का बढ़ावा देती है कि आप इंडस नदी वाले इंडियन न होकर किसी अरबी कबाइल से ताल्लुक रखते हैं और आपको किसी भी सूरत में उनकी तरह ही रहना है भले आपको पल्ले कुछ न पड़े.ये पूछने की हिमाकत तो आप कर नहीं सकते कि अरबी लोग ही इंसान हैं बाकी कुत्ते हैं क्या ,या खुदा हाफिज को अल्लाह हाफिज क्यों बोला जाता है जबकि १००० साल से हम खुदा हाफ़िज़ बोल रहे हैं या दाढ़ी रेगिस्तान का रिवाज़ होकर हम पर क्यूँ काबिज है.हमारे चुप रहने का अकारण फ़ायदा उठाया जाता है और ये बोलना कि साहब आप पढ़े लिखे लोग मज़हब के बारे में घंटा जानते हैं और हम चव्वनी छाप सब जानते हैं.

२.हमारे अंदर एक दोगलापन जिसकी वजेह से हम पब्लिक और प्राइवेट लाइफ में मुख्तलिफ व्यवहार करते हैं ,हम शराब भी पीते हैं ,लड़की बाज़ी भी जम के करते हैं जुआ भी खेलना बड़ा पसंद है लेकिन जैसे ही फॅमिली में वापिस आते हैं वैसे ही ज़ाहिद बन जाते हैं ,हम अपने महल्ले ,रिश्तेदारों के सामने ऐसे अरबी जमूरे बनने की कोशिश करते हैं कि अरबी शर्मा जाए ,हमको सवाल करना सीखना होगा कि हम २१वी शताब्दी में ७वी शताब्दी क्यों मुस्सलत करना चाहते हैं.हलाल डिस्को खुल गए ,हलाल फल आ गए ,हलाल रंग आ गए लेकिन ये न पूछा कि इस नौटंकी में हम कर क्या रहे हैं.

Free and Footloose said...

Please do not quote media articles selectively. You simply refuse to admit that rabid anti-Hindu communalism exists across Muslim community in India and Pakistan (no difference in the two, mind you). If you sincerely want to 'avoid disharmony' as you claim, then you should stop practicing such blatant double standards and show a mirror to your own community.

Hopw you survive to tell the tale. Because there is no dearth of Jihadi martyrs who are itching to add to their brownie points on the 'Paradise scale'. You would make a fantastic opportunity!

indscribe said...

Free and Footloose: Selectively? Those who were killed or the newspapers. You quote if you have any other link.

You go too far, talking about my survival. I sincerely advise you to shun this much hate about Muslims, who are not a few dozens or hundreds.

It's better if you interact with Muslims and forge relations with the community, by once trying to clear your perception, rather than much such comments or remaining biased for the rest of your life.

Choice is yours. Good luck.

Free and Footloose said...

1. I did a search and found posts spewing hatred about Narendra Modi on this very blog.

2. As expected, you have lost no time in coming down to muscle-flexing in terms of numbers. The mask falls! It is this blind superiority complex among Indian Muslims which was the root cause of creation of Pakistan and which continues to breed murderous terrorists to date.

3. I have interacted sufficiently with Muslim community and my opinions have adequate basis. Disappointingly, I have been found NOTHING in the Muslim community so far to disprove my ideas. (The people I thought of as likely hopes, have been vengefully disowned by clerics with a silent, smirking approval of the rest).

4. Good to know you have faith in the great Islamic tradition of tolerance. Wish you could educate the arson mobs protesting Prophet movie, Prophet cartoons and such other things of profound importance!

indscribe said...

Fear and Footlose:

I can keep arguing and you too can. You can use the choicest expletives against Islam and if needed, I can use term you 'Sanghi' etc. but does it help anybody?

Koi faaida? In what way will it help this society or strengthen nation? If we can't agree, we can agree to disagree without casting aspersions.

Then, if you have an ideology, it is better to befriend Muslims and make them understand your view.

But your way of judging all members of a community alike, can't help anybody. Take care.

Free and Footloose said...

Thanks for the sermon. Now, if we can have a reply please!

Diva said...


The below link is yor blog about Varun Gandhi's speech


Anyways its your right to write on anything you wish to write.I have nothing to add.