BJP aggressive, new pattern confirmed
Secular India, horrified and aghast over the brutal murder of Mohammad Akhlaq on trumped up charges of eating beef, has come out strongly against this violent expression of intolerance. An aggressive BJP however, remains steadfast in its support for the crime even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintains a calculated silence.
Akhlaq’s grieving family travelled to Lucknow to meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav–who had not bothered to visit them— worrying why the perpetrators of the crime had not been arrested as yet. Muzaffarnagar violence accused Sangeet Som visited Dadri to say,””Nobody’s religious sentiments should be hurt. BJP does not want riots. But those who cause this kind of tension should know that people will not remain quiet,” Dadri has confirmed a pattern set in Muzaffarnagar (see below).
Tweets and posts against the crime are flooding the social media, the international media has written extensively on the crime, and domestically while the media role needs to be examined there are individuals and political parties who have categorically challenged the campaign being run by the Hindutva forces using beef as a pretext.
The counter has taken the form of an assertion by prominent persons stating there is nothing wrong in eating beef. Retired Justice Markanday Katju agitated a section of students in Banaras Hindu University where he said that the cow was just another animal “which cannot be anyone’s mother”.
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