Violence over beef, cow slaughter not new

Ahmedabad witnessed riots following cow slaughter way back in 1713 AD

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Rahul Dass | June 24, 2017 | New Delhi


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The Narendra Modi government has been repeatedly attacked over a string of violent incidents triggered over beef and cow slaughter, but the intolerance does not seem to be a new phenomenon that has spawned following the 2015 killing of Akhlaq in Dadri. Over 300 years back, communal violence broke out in Ahmedabad following cow slaughter.
 
Though communal violence between members of two religions is not equivalent to one-sided lynching in which a larger group pounces upon the victims, yet it is important to note that there has been considerable tension in the past over 100 years over cow slaughter. Lynching over beef, however, has been frequently happening ever since Akhlaq was killed.
 
Even beef rumours were enough to trigger violence. Just two years after India gained independence, violence broke out in Secunderabad and Hyderabad on a suspicion that beef was being carted on a tonga.
 
A 2007 ministry of home affairs report notes that invariably, a communal disturbance is sparked off by some trivial incidents, which often go unnoticed and generally ignored by the authorities. “Alleged killing of a cow or an animal held sacred by Hindus, by a member of other community, or vice versa.”
 
The report of working group of National Integration Council to study reports of commissions of inquiry on communal riots, quotes the group’s convenor Asghar Ali Engineer as saying that “parties believe in secularism but they do not speak out perhaps because the matters are delicate”.
 
“In Gujarat the number of villages have indicated on blackboards that the village is part of Hindu Rashtra and such indications have been found since Congress was in power in the state…West Bengal was a tinder box until Left came to power. In 1993, at Sitamarhi, Lalu Prasad Yadav ensured that communal clashes did not take place. Thus it requires only political will,” said Engineer.
 
The report, which carried an extract from the book Politics of Communalism by Zenab Banu, gave a list of incidents which triggered communal violence.
 
It mentioned about communal riots in 1713 AD in Ahmedabad following “opposition to solemnize the Holi festival on the one side and the cow slaughter on the other side between the neighbours of the two opposite communities”.
 
In 1890 in Aligarh, “Obstruction of places of worship - A pot of flesh was thrown at night in a mosque then beef was hung into two Hindu wells”.
 
Communal riots broke out in 1893 in Ballia due to a “reaction to the cow protection movement”.
 
In 1912, there was violence in Ayodhya, Faizabad “over the sacrifice of cows by the Muslims on the occasion of Bakri Id”
 
And in 1949, communal riots took place in Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Saharanpur after “started round tonga which was suspected to be carrying beef through a Hindu locality”.
That same year, Akola witnessed violence after slaughter of a cow in a Muslim household.
 
In 1953 Gauhati, an “angry crowd tried to prevent a Muslim family from sacrificing cow”.
 
A year later, there were communal riots in Ghaziabad following “slaughter of a stolen cow”.
 
There was violence in Sitamarhi in 1959 over “spreading of a rumour that a cow was slaughtered”.
 

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