Malda communal violence: Why no cries of ‘intolerance’ now?

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Malda communal violence

By Nithin Sridhar

Malda district in West Bengal on Sunday witnessed one of the worst communal riots in the recent weeks. The riots started after an Islamic group carried out a protest march against hate speech by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari who allegedly insulted Prophet Mohammed in UP. Tiwari’s statement itself had come a day after Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan had called RSS members as homosexuals!

The rally organized by Anjuman Ahle Sunnatul Jamat had turned violent after protesters set fire to more than two dozen vehicles including those belonging to Border Security Force. They also ransacked Kaliachak police station and set it on fire. Many Hindu houses, shops, and few temples like Shani-temple and Durga Temple were attacked as well.

The Malda violence is a typical case of the outburst of communal hatred. A Muslim mob targets Hindus, Hindu temples, and state administration, which it perceives as being predominantly ‘Hindu’. The immediate provocation may have been the objectionable statements made by Tiwari, but, the target was clearly Hindu society which was perceived as being ‘anti-Islamic’ by the Muslim mob.

According to one report, the whole incident may all have been pre-planned and it was fuelled by anti-Hindu sentiment fanned by local political parties. If this is true, then it again goes to show how pan-Islam anti-Hindu sentiments that were prevalent among the Muslim community of Malda resulted in the communal violence. The violence, thus, is a typical case of intolerance. Yet, there is hardly any proper coverage or outrage among the ‘intellectuals’ and ‘eminences’ of India.

Politicians like Arvind Kejriwal who had expressed serious outrage after the horrible Dadri lynching incident are yet to compose a single tweet about Malda violence. Similarly, journalists who routinely express their commitment to exposing ‘Hindu intolerance’ were all either silent or made politically correct statements like this tweet by Rajdeep Sardesai:

 

The fact is the media, which routinely shouts about Hindu Terror, Hindu Taliban, Hindu Wahhabism, and Hindu Intolerance, refuse to exhibit such openness when it comes to terrorism, orthodoxy, fundamentalism, and intolerance connected with Islamists, and the Muslim community. The vocabulary immediately changes to politically correct terms like ‘minorities’, ‘all violence must be condemned’, ‘terrorism has no religion’, etc.

The aftermath of Dadri lynching saw the return of various awards by a large number of writers and public intellectuals. There were many open letters and petitions signed by people regarding growing intolerance as well. Yet, even four days after the Malda violence, which was as ghastly as Dadri, there has not been much display of outrage among these conscience keepers of the society.

Moreover, Scroll.in quotes a senior editor of a Bengali newspaper explaining how they have ‘deliberately’ kept the coverage of the incident a low-key affair. The editor says: “This is already a crime-prone area and we didn’t feel it was important enough to be given so much publicity. This is a case of localized communal tension. We didn’t want to create a problem when there isn’t one. Some political parties have tried to build it up. We have ignored it. This is a conscious policy on our part.”

There is nothing wrong in downplaying a localized communal tension if it is equally done in each and every case. But, why is it that this downplaying happens only when the victims are Hindus and not otherwise? Why did not the media downplay Dadri lynching? Why did not media downplay Church thefts? Does the media and the Award Wapsi brigade develop conscience only when Hindus are victims?

Do Hindus have no human rights? The media and the public intellectuals dominated by Left-liberal brigade appear to think so. Otherwise, why is there no cry of ‘Islamic intolerance’ in the aftermath of Malda violence? (Photo: India Today)

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    This news sharing needs justice.Even the normal Pakistanis are alien in their homelands against Taliban in Pak. For more details read my past article title and link….

    Religious Dogmatism – A case of Pakistan’s Anti-Polio Vaccination Drive

    http://indiaopines.com/religious-dogmatism-pakistan-anti-polio-vaccination/

    • mahesh

      Mr. Kamlesh Tiwari at Malda (W. Bengal) arrested in NSA, But Muslims taking the law in their hand and punishing all Hindus there. They are not believing any law and think that Government on its own cost will rehabilitate the people whose houses they set on fire that too after hanging of Kamlesh Tiwari. इसी को कहते हैं जिसकी लाठी उसकी भैंस। बेकसूर लोगों के घर भी लूट लिये जेब से एक पैसा हर्जाना भी नहीं देना पड़ा और मोहम्मद पैगंबर साहब को भी खुश कर दिया।हां तो ये सब है कमलेश तिवारी के मामले में यदि मामला किसी मुस्लिम का हो तो Law of Land की भी दुहाई दी जाती है, सजा में पक्षपात भी बताया जाता है तथा परिवार के भरणपोषण की भी मांग की जाती है एवं राष्ट्रपति से दया की अपील भी और संयुक्त राष्ट्र से हस्तक्षेप की गुजारिश भी।

  • Aniruddha

    The Pakistani army selectively murdered millions of Bengali Hindus in the worst
    genocide in South Asian history, in 1971. Bengali Hindus continue to be murdered
    en masse across Bangladesh, and even in West Bengal today. But we are so gutless
    and shameless as a community, that we choose to not even report it in the media.
    In fact, we bring to power an anti-national jihadi party like the Trinamool
    Congress. In Kolkata and the rest of West Bengal, Muslims swagger around
    arrogantly. They know they can do what they want, burn anything they want, rape anybody they
    want, or murder anybody they want – all in the name of secularism. They know the
    cowards of Kolkata will only march on the streets for Vietnam or Timbuctoo – but
    never against atrocities committed by Muslims on Hindus in their own backyard.
    That indeed is the secularism of Bengali Hindus – a mix of cowardice, double
    standards and shocking shamelessness. They turn a blind eye when even Durga Puja
    is forcibly stopped by local Muslims in Muslim-majority districts of West Bengal.
    They turn a blind eye when fundamentalist Muslims organize protests against the
    death penalty given to the man who murdered millions of Hindus in East Pakistan,
    in 1971. Kolkata’s Hindu Bengalis are unique. They love those who hate them

  • Sibby

    Great article….All media is almost silent on the Malda violence. Please change the statement “Malda violence, which was as ghastly as Dadri”. In Dadri, one man died and now reports are emerging that it may have been a case of family feud. But Malda violence is completely pre planned as it happened 40 days after the statement was made and Tewari was already in Jail. Those asking for mercy for Yakub Menon are asking death penalty for Tewari. Many hindus have been killed and injured in the violence. Even poor BSF’s were not spared.

    Aamir Khan “removed” as brand ambasador of Incredible india is a front page news but hindus being killed in Malda violence is NOT?? Double standard of Media??

  • B Raja

    Mr.VK Singh summed it up in one word – “Presstitutes”

  • Salam

    Unfortunately India is a home of many self-proclaimed secularists, i.e. traitors.

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    This news sharing needs justice.Even the normal Pakistanis are alien in their homelands against Taliban in Pak. For more details read my past article title and link….

    Religious Dogmatism – A case of Pakistan’s Anti-Polio Vaccination Drive

    http://indiaopines.com/religious-dogmatism-pakistan-anti-polio-vaccination/

    • mahesh

      Mr. Kamlesh Tiwari at Malda (W. Bengal) arrested in NSA, But Muslims taking the law in their hand and punishing all Hindus there. They are not believing any law and think that Government on its own cost will rehabilitate the people whose houses they set on fire that too after hanging of Kamlesh Tiwari. इसी को कहते हैं जिसकी लाठी उसकी भैंस। बेकसूर लोगों के घर भी लूट लिये जेब से एक पैसा हर्जाना भी नहीं देना पड़ा और मोहम्मद पैगंबर साहब को भी खुश कर दिया।हां तो ये सब है कमलेश तिवारी के मामले में यदि मामला किसी मुस्लिम का हो तो Law of Land की भी दुहाई दी जाती है, सजा में पक्षपात भी बताया जाता है तथा परिवार के भरणपोषण की भी मांग की जाती है एवं राष्ट्रपति से दया की अपील भी और संयुक्त राष्ट्र से हस्तक्षेप की गुजारिश भी।

  • Aniruddha

    The Pakistani army selectively murdered millions of Bengali Hindus in the worst
    genocide in South Asian history, in 1971. Bengali Hindus continue to be murdered
    en masse across Bangladesh, and even in West Bengal today. But we are so gutless
    and shameless as a community, that we choose to not even report it in the media.
    In fact, we bring to power an anti-national jihadi party like the Trinamool
    Congress. In Kolkata and the rest of West Bengal, Muslims swagger around
    arrogantly. They know they can do what they want, burn anything they want, rape anybody they
    want, or murder anybody they want – all in the name of secularism. They know the
    cowards of Kolkata will only march on the streets for Vietnam or Timbuctoo – but
    never against atrocities committed by Muslims on Hindus in their own backyard.
    That indeed is the secularism of Bengali Hindus – a mix of cowardice, double
    standards and shocking shamelessness. They turn a blind eye when even Durga Puja
    is forcibly stopped by local Muslims in Muslim-majority districts of West Bengal.
    They turn a blind eye when fundamentalist Muslims organize protests against the
    death penalty given to the man who murdered millions of Hindus in East Pakistan,
    in 1971. Kolkata’s Hindu Bengalis are unique. They love those who hate them

  • Sibby

    Great article….All media is almost silent on the Malda violence. Please change the statement “Malda violence, which was as ghastly as Dadri”. In Dadri, one man died and now reports are emerging that it may have been a case of family feud. But Malda violence is completely pre planned as it happened 40 days after the statement was made and Tewari was already in Jail. Those asking for mercy for Yakub Menon are asking death penalty for Tewari. Many hindus have been killed and injured in the violence. Even poor BSF’s were not spared.

    Aamir Khan “removed” as brand ambasador of Incredible india is a front page news but hindus being killed in Malda violence is NOT?? Double standard of Media??

  • B Raja

    Mr.VK Singh summed it up in one word – “Presstitutes”

  • Salam

    Unfortunately India is a home of many self-proclaimed secularists, i.e. traitors.