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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.

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  • 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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