South Asia Research and Analysis Studies

‘Beef ban’ and mob death
Ali Sukhanver

WHAT else one could expect from a political leader whose identity in politics is nothing but religious extremism. Michael E Miller of the Washington Post says in a recent article, “The issue of ‘beef ban’ has raged in India for years. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, however, incidents have increased, as they tend to do whenever a conservative government has been in power.

Modi is a Hindu nationalist who was Chief Minister of Gujarat state, when religious riots in 2002 killed more than 1,000 people — most of them Muslims. For years afterwards, Modi was blocked from visiting the United States because of his role in the riots.” The Washington Post narrated the details of a shameful incident in which a fifty years old Muslim Mohammad Akhlaq was brutally murdered by a wild mob in India on September 30. The murder of Mohammad Akhlaq has put a big question mark on India’s claim of being a secular state. India is in no way a secular state; it is purely a Hindu state where Muslims, Christians or any one following a different religious philosophy is not allowed to live peacefully. Mohammad Akhlaq’s brutal murder at the hands of Hindu extremists has once again proved that India is not a secular state.
Today India’s total population is somewhere around 1.3 billion. Eighty percent of this population consists of Hindus. Roughly 250 million Indians belong to other religions including 25 million Christians and up to 140 million Muslims approximately. Most of the Hindus avoid beef for religious reasons particularly when they are in India. To them cow is a sacred animal and their religion does not allow them eat the meat of this sacred animal. But for the remaining twenty percent population cow is simply an animal whose milk and meat both are nourishing and delicious. The Hindu extremists are so narrow-minded and prejudiced that they compel and force the non-Hindus to respect and honour an animal which is popular throughout the world for its milk and beef.
In other words the Hindu extremists expect others to follow and obey the Hindu philosophy whereas they themselves neither respect nor honour other religions. We have a very horrible example of the Babari Masjid which was demolished by the Hindu extremists in 1992 and further a large part of the land of this mosque was handed over to the Hindus for construction of temple.
More than 2000 people lost their lives as a result of several months of inter-communal riots between Hindu and Muslim communities after this demolition. In short whatever happened to Mohammad Akhlaq is neither strange nor unexpected. It is the tradition of the Hindu extremists to crush anyone. What was the crime of Mohammad Akhlaq for which the Hindu extremists punished him but no one in India has any answer to this question. Another important thing that must be kept in mind is that all Hindus in India are neither extremists nor narrow-minded; there are so many Hindus who are kind-hearted, loving and caring for the people belonging to other communities but unfortunately such Hindus themselves are helplessly frightened at the hands of the extremists. Though life had never been comfortable and safe for the minorities in India but the situation has worsened more after Modi’s coming into the rule. For the Muslims living in Gujrat, the horrible role played by Modi would always remain horribly unforgettable.
Even in the Indian Occupied Kashmir most of the people are of opinion that their lives have become more painful and pathetic after Modi’s becoming Prime Minister. They say it seems that Modi’s only aim and objective of life is to crush Muslims and all other minorities living in India. Inwardly and outwardly he is an extremist and he always seems proud of being the representative of the extremist Hindus. Extremism in any form and in any shape is a curse and a menace.