Two incidents in quick succession in Uttar Pradesh should be reason enough to worry
Rahul Dass | March 20, 2017 | New Delhi
Anxiety and headache are just two of the side effects of saffron. Some people are also allergic to it. Pray what were you thinking – That this is about BJP’s victory and Yogi Adityanath being anointed the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. No, no. I was just sharing some details about the Kashmiri variety of saffron.
Anyway, Yogi Adityanath deserves a chance to govern before any judgement is passed on his abilities to run one of the most populous states of this country.
It is an excellent choice as far as the selection of Yogi Adityanath is concerned. Don’t forget the learning from school. Always choose the bully to be the class monitor.
Invariably, the bully gets tamed when foisted with the responsibility and as far as experience goes, the bully always makes a first class monitor.
Here’s hoping that Yogi Adityanath ensures peace in the state, which is home to 38.4 million Muslims – 19.2% of its 200 million people.
But, the fears of liberal minded people seem to be coming true with two back-to-back incidents taking place.
On March 11, the votes were counted and the BJP zoomed past the half-way mark, leaving the Congress-SP alliance as well as the BSP far behind.
Four days later, posters came up in a Bareilly village asking Muslims to leave. The posters were pasted in Jianagla village. The message said that "with BJP in power in Uttar Pradesh Hindus of the village would do what US president Trump was doing to Muslims in that country".
"What Trump is doing in America, we will do in this village because the BJP is now in power," the posters said. The Muslims were given time till the end of the year to leave.
Even before the minority community could have got over that shock, on March 17, tension erupted in a Bulandshahr village when a group of men beating dhols and celebrating the BJP victory allegedly tried to install a party flag on the roof of a local mosque.
It is just been a week and atmosphere seems to have become vitiated. If Yogi Adityanath wants to ensure peace, then his work is clearly cut out. He needs to reign in those who believe that the BJP victory has given them the authority to terrorise the minority.
Law and order must not breakdown in the state, at any cost. And if that happens, then it is a time to worry since it would be clear that polarization has taken place, trampling the ideals of India.
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