BHATTA PARSAUL TO BISADA

Or Bisheda..or Bishera..or Bisara..

These names, irrespective of their localized/dialectic forms, are symbolic of our politics of the day, and in a way, also convey how the society is responding to the political calls.

These two villages in Greater Noida, in Delhi’s neighbourhood, have been in the news for all wrong reasons.

Bhatta Parsaul first came in headlines in May 2011 after violent clashes between police and villagers leaving some police officials and villagers dead. Villagers were protesting against acquisition of their land by the state government.

Back then, as is the trend, the issue got heavily politicised soon – aggravated by the fact that the state assembly elections were due in the early months of next year, in 2012. Bhatta Parsaul became the rallying point for all political outfits including the Congress party – then ruling India with its Delhi government led by Manmohan Singh. Uttar Pradesh had then BSP’s government and Mayawati was the chief minister.

We are well over four years past that incident. And Bhatta Parsual still rings the bell for same reason.

The other major symbolism that goes to Bhatta Parsaul is as political as the ‘issue of forced land acquisition’ in India.

Rahul Gandhi tries to create symbolic entities during the course of his political journey and Bhatta Parsaul came to symbolize his ‘appeal’ for ‘pro farmer land policies’.

The world remembers the way Rahul Gandhi had dodged the state security apparatus to reach the village. But in spite of Rahul’s desperate efforts to reap political mileage, Congress was badly humiliated again, in the UP assembly polls – including Jewar – the assembly constituency seat Bhatta Parsaul comes under. Rahul’s experiment had given ticket to a person who had helped Rahul reach Bhatta Parsaul on his bike. But he could earn voters’ trust.

The important message from this outcome was – people had started reading signs – and needed more than political rhetoric and associated acts. Land acquisition is a socially burning issue no doubt but BSP’s win and Congress’ loss, even at Jewar seat, told us the issue could not sway the electorate.

Or people saw political designs of every political outfit and decided to go with the BSP MLA in spite of BSP being in the power.

Rahul Gandhi had tried to use ‘Bhatta Parsaul symbolism’ again in the last year’s parliamentary elections but the defeat this time was deafening – in India, in Uttar Pradesh, and in most states in India.

In that sense, we can say Bhatta Parsaul refused to become the political bogey around the sensitive issue of land acquisition in a country where agriculture still supports the major section of the population.

It is a different thing that voters were running short of options.

Bisada – a Greater Noida village – has begun the rallying point for vested political interests – with another round of important assembly polls beginning just in a week in Bihar and with Uttar Pradesh assembly elections just 18 months away.

On Monday night, a mob killed a Muslim Indian citizen for allegedly slaughtering a cow and consuming beef.

While land is sensitive issue affecting common Indians of every religion and people have started acting more informed on related policy matters, religion is still the opium of the masses.

The Western Uttar Pradesh Hindu-Muslim riots before the Lok Sabha elections last year were the worst India saw in its recent history – and the trigger was rumour mongering that, left unchecked, led to violent chest thumping and subsequently to full scale religious violence.

Humanity is still reeling in its aftermath. Bisada must not instigate another round. The culprits must be dealt with ruthlessly. And the state machinery, and humanity, must ensure that rumour mongers and ‘the people spewing hate venom’ must not be seen around. Just some routine ‘financial and job compensation’ stuff won’t do.

Bisada of Greater Noida must not be allowed to become Kawal of Muzaffarnagar. Kawal lynching had spread like wildfire resulting in the riots. #DadriLynching or lynching in Bisada must be addressed strictly to avoid any repeat.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

MUZAFFARNAGAR RIOTS: SACRIFICING HUMAN SUBJETCS, ONCE AGAIN

Those who are killed had Religions. Yes, they could have died for their Religions but they would have never thought to die for their Religion in this way.

Those who killed, claim to have Religion. Those who orchestrate such killings claim to have a Religion.

But they, who perpetrate, cannot have any Religion.

So what is Religion for them?

Over 30 are already killed in the religious riots in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. On the face of it, if we say ‘how it all happened’ gives rise to the valid points of suspicion, we would absolutely be on the point.

A young chief minister, who was claimed to be dynamic and efficient, has belied all the expectations by the first year of his term.

We don’t need to write on the unprecedented deterioration of law and order situation in UP for it. Even if we take into account on how the administration and the UP government moved on the fresh batch of over 100 communal riots during the Akhilesh Yadav’s regime, it bares all.

The young chief minister of UP acted so promptly to suspend a young and honest IAS officer justifying his act under the shield of ‘averting the communal flare-up’ when every development, every incident was saying to the contrary. The illicit interests of his partymen and his personal bias against an honest lady officer became paramount then.

The same chief minister was nowhere when the communal tension in Muzaffarnagar was brewing up and the communally sensitive district was simmering under religious tension.

The killing of over 30 in communal violence has not happened in one day. For many days, since August 27, when the first three of these killings were perpetrated, small but regular incidents and sporadic killings were taking place and fake videos were being circulated on social media platforms. The ground to react impulsively resulting in large scale violence was deliberately being set up.

But the young chief minister could not see it. Neither was he informed by his partymen, the party workers, who claim to get an honest IAS officer transferred within 40 minutes.

The Samajwadi Party government in UP has been an utter failure, on every front. It going this way so soon, in 18 odd months, clears once again that the party had no vision on how to continue, once into the government.

It had no development roadmap further but to appease its trademark votebanks – Yadavs and Muslims. Muslims in Muzaffarnagar make for over 38 per cent of the district’s population, a large consolidate votebank that can easily outdo the fractured majority Hindu votebank.

A polarisation of Muslim votebank here would help the Samajwadi Party in Muzaffarnagar as well as in UP where, according to an analysis, on 54 Lok Sabha seats, Muslims make for more than 11 per cent of the vote share, a significant proportion to swing the electoral results.

It is not the only reason to feel threatened. The pro-Muslim polarisation efforts would directly induce the anti-Muslim sentiments giving the pro-Hindu polarisation forces an open communal ground to exploit, to outdo the effect of a ‘polarised consolidated Muslim votebank’.

That must not be. Because, once it begins, it would be uncontrollable. That has been the case, always.

And where are we in this game votebank manipulations?

Who are they manipulating our sentiments on religious grounds?

What is their Religion?

No, they cannot have any Religion but ‘clinging to power anyhow’. That is their only ‘practicing Religion’, irrespective of which Religion they belong to.

It is barbaric – pushing one human being to kill another in the name of a God who traces his origin to the one common Source in the evolutionary history of civilization.

We are nothing but the subjects to be sacrificed in the course of political experiments to further the political agendas.

We are the idiots who seldom realise what Religion should be for us. Instead, we act for the Religion they told us our Religion is. Nothing else can be said of us if we kill the fellow human beings in the name of a Religion, in the name of a God.

We are the spineless creatures who become the ultimate tools of uncontrollable religious anger spewing in the streets that only sees the ‘red’ of the blood and not the ‘flesh’ that is axed to smear that ‘red’.

It will go on until we realise who the God is and what the Religion should be for us.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/