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Dadri mob lynching: Human stupidity has no limits

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By Ajeet Bharti

Here is the news about Dadri mob lynching: A man was beaten to death in Dadri, UP, when someone spread the rumour that he consumed beef. 

However, this news about the stupidity of a group of men was given a communal and political angle on social media the moment it appeared. The social media ‘vigilante’ opinion makers soon started adding adjectives to make it look communal and somehow even pulled in references of PM Modi in it.

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When a mob that kills someone for the petty reason of eating beef appears Hindu to you, it simply brings to the fore your communal mindset or the ignorance of the fact that you could have chosen to do something better about it. You, educated enough to post on Facebook in perfect English and slant, choose to see it that way.

At the same time, there is a religious angle to it, can’t be denied. But it has just that angle which, in truth, has nothing religious about it. Every single time such acts take place we have to take a stand that this is not religious, because it is not. How can a religious person kill someone? And then, you pin this stupidity on the government!

Hating a government or a leader is nothing new. However, there must be a logic to support the blame.

Here, a mob kills a man in Dadri, UP, and somehow Modi is portrayed conveying this message! Look at the audacity of this friend who somehow relates it to Digital India initiative as well. Wouldn’t it be great to know that the law and order situation is a State subject which, currently, is in the hands of Akhilesh Yadav’s government.

An excellent example is the second guy who is questioning the stupidity. That’s the way to look at it. A Hindu doesn’t kill, a Muslim doesn’t kill, or for that matter any religious person doesn’t kill. No religion preaches planting bombs in Mumbai Locals or Samjhauta Express.

It is human stupidity that claims lives. This stupidity doesn’t come from the teachings of Gita or Quran. This stupidity is social, and whether it be Akhilesh Yadav or Mamata Banerjee, they can’t control it by making policies.

Apparently, the Modi government is conveying the message to find any Muslim man who eats beef and kill him by beating mercilessly. If the government is preaching this, I never heard the same, or read in a paper.

Human stupidity doesn’t follow laws. Social conditioning and taking things for granted is the reason behind this stupidity. The government has laws to check it. But how can any government have policemen placed at every corner, home and lane to check this stupidity such as Dadri mob lynching?

Unless the society takes a call and educates itself enough to show mutual respect and be inclusive to all ideas for good, these lynchings would continue. Education is the panacea. There is no other way. Having policemen everywhere wouldn’t help as a stupid mob wouldn’t care about uniform and won’t hesitate to kill the policeman himself.

It is the collective consciousness of the society that needs improvement. This is the basic requirement of the entirety of human society. Scandinavian countries are said to have the best form of education but they top the rape case lists. The USA is the most developed nation on earth but racial attacks and motive-less deaths take place all the time. There is the ISIS, the Taliban and then normal people like you and me who go on a killing spree by spraying bullets in theatres.

This issue shouldn’t be pinned on a religion or a government, but rather we should take care not to give it a spin that suits our bigoted beliefs. A man was beaten to death by a group of men. Let law take its course. ‘Hindu mob killing Muslim man for eating beef’ will only increase social tension. Society doesn’t need riots, it needs to stay calm.

  • Well written Ajeet Bharti,
    Unfortunately, your post will not be shared on thousands of Facebook users’ wall. People tend to spread hatred and ignorance over love and truth.
    Modi haters, on the other hand, would want every such instance to be attributed on him.

  • AnonymouseIsAWoman

    Unfortunately, ignoring the religious bigotry in the incident does NOT make it go away.

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A Clean Ganga Not Possible Without Continuous Flow: Green

Bandyopadhayay stressed that the future of the Ganga, as well as that of its tributaries, depends on how quickly the transformation is made

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The Holy River Ganga in Haridwar, Source: Pixabay

By Bappaditya Chatterjee

The Centre’s efforts to rejuvenate the Hindu holy river have failed to impress environmentalists, who feel a clean Ganga will remain a distant dream due to the Modi government’s failure to ensure the continuous flow of the river.

“Nothing has been done for ensuring a continuous flow of the river and also for its rejuvenation by the Narendra Modi government. Continuity is of supreme importance as the holy river has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit for many years. But the Centre is trying to treat its teeth,” said Magsaysay awardee and a member of the erstwhile National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), Rajendra Singh.

Spending crores of rupees for beautification of ghats has been “wastage of the public exchequer” because “without ensuring a continuous flow, clean Ganga will continue to remain a distant dream”, said Rajendra Singh, who goes by the sobriquet “Waterman of India”.

 

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River Ganga is one of the holiest rivers in India. Pixabay

Soon after assuming office, the Modi government rolled out its flagship “Namami Gange” mission at an estimated budget Rs 20,000 crore to clean and protect the Ganga.

 

Under Namami Gange, 254 projects worth Rs 24,672 crore have been sanctioned for various activities such as construction of sewage infrastructure, ghats, development of crematoria, river front development, river surface cleaning, institutional development, biodiversity conservation, afforestation, rural sanitation and public participation.

According to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, 131 projects out of 254 were sanctioned for creating 3,076 MLD (million litre per day) new sewage treatment plants (STPs), rehabilitating 887 MLD of existing STPs and laying 4,942 km of sewer lines for battling pollution in the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

 

River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river.
River Ganga is also the most polluted river.

Till November-end of the 2018-19 fiscal, the National Mission for Clean Ganga released Rs 1,532.59 crore to the states and the Central Public Sector Undertakings for implementing the programme and meeting establishment expenditure.

Rajendra Singh said: “Ganga wants freedom today. There is no need for any barrage or dam. We want building of dams and any constructions on the river be stopped.”

 

Echoing Singh, another member of the now dissolved NGRBA, K.J. Nath, said the flow of the river had been obstructed at many locations and its own space (flood plains) encroached upon at multiple places in the name of riverfront development.

However, Jayanta Bandyopadhayay, a former Professor of IIM-Calcutta and presently Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, said the success or otherwise of initiatives and projects of any government in cleaning the Ganga cannot be judged in a five-year time frame.

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Managing a river like the Ganga, the lifeline of a very large number of people, is socio-technically a very complex issue and should be addressed with deep interdisciplinary knowledge, he added.

Bandyopadhayay stressed that the future of the Ganga, as well as that of its tributaries, depends on how quickly the transformation is made from the one dimensional perspective of rivers by engineers, political leaders, policymakers and others to a multidimensional and interdisciplinary one. (IANS)