Modi Expresses Shame on Manipur Rape Incident, But What A Hypocrisy!

Narendra Modi Manipur

As Pradhanmantri ji ‘expressed’ his ‘pain’ and ‘anguish’ on the horrific incident in Manipur suggesting all the state governments such as Rajasthan, Chhattishgarh, Bengal or Manipur, must do everything to protect ‘women’s right and honor’. Can you imagine the level of contempt for the common people’s issues. One speak after 78 days of the incident and that too for less than a minutes monologue while refuse to have a debate in Parliament on the same. Can there be a bigger hypocrisy than this.

After the supreme leader had spoken, #Bhakt were relieved. For the whole day the story about PMs concern was picked up by every one. Actually, NDTV started the ‘desh seva’ from the morning giving us news how Ms Smriti Irani, Women and Child Development Minister, who has rarely spoken about violence on Women and Child unless that happen in opposition ruled state or any matter that has concern with Rahul Gandhi ( She is actually a Minister for trolling Rahul Gandhi), she told NDTV that state chief minister has promised action on the incident. She was ‘concerned’ on the crime against women in the state.

By the day, every one was happy that Prime Minister has spoken. Then usual loud speakers came into action. Ravi Shankar Prasad, desperate to be in the Ministry said how come a crime that happened on May 4th is now appearing in the media on the first day of the Monsoon Session. Another minister said that ‘twitter’ has to follow law of the nation. Now, things were clear twitter must delete the ‘video’ of the incident or face action. Alas, our information and broadcasting minister ask for deletion of all the the despicable videos made by the bhakts about Nehru – Gandhi family. Will he ?

By the evening two great things had happened which make us ‘proud’ of our system. First, Delhi police had no objection for the bail of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, whose chargesheet suggest everything that could have made the arrest imminent. The Court happily granted him bail. It is the Delhi police which has arrested so many young students and opposed their bail on the ground of being ‘anti national’ without any chargesheet or proof for the same. The police version goes like the Sanghis who are in disagreement with them is an anti national. Then by the evening another great news came from Haryana that a court in the state has granted parole to Gurmeet Ram Rahim, facing murder and rape charges. A perfect example of impunity that the prime minister and his minister enjoy today and the role of the media is just to relay and broadcast their statement and accusations without any question. Have we seen such filthy hypocrisy anywhere else ? I am saying filthy because ‘hypocrisy kee bhee koi seema hoti hai’.. there is a limit of hypocrisy.

Clearly, the government and BJP has gone on a damage control mode and leaders go offensive which they are best in. First, bring stories from other states and say why we were silent on the issue. If that too does not work then bring a Hindu Muslim issue. By the evening, the favorite news supplier of government ANI reported from Manipur that somebody named as ‘Abdul’ has been arrested in the related case and BJP leaders started trending it. Later the tweet has been deleted by ANI. This is extremely dangerous.

There is no doubt that violence against women and marginalised have been happening in India for long and it is not new. Definitely, nobody can blame that these things have suddenly started happening after BJP assumed power. We know well that power elite remain the same whether any party come to power but the impunity that these caste forces are enjoying right now is unparalleled. The complete polarisiation of the administration has never happened in the past. Even in the past, Muslims in India never got enough space in our administration as well as political sphere but things had not arrived at a state where you were asking them to leave the country or bulldozing their houses. The filth that entered in our news room had never happened. Even when we might have differed with the media, the absolute shamelessness with which they have now started peddling the ruling party narrative has only emboldened these forces that they can do anything and can get away with it.

The point is why is BJP and the government deliberately resorting to such issues which are exposed now. The problem is on our response. In Manipur they have created a total polarisation where the majority Meitei is in a dominant position and Kuki tribal dominate the hill tracks. Politically, it will be a win win situation for BJP if outsiders make it an issue between Meitei and Kukis. Important is to create a common agenda to protect Manipur and respect each others. While nationally and internationally we may vilify Meitei but it wont help politically secular forces. Ultimately both communities have to live together. Important is to speak up the ulterior agenda of the ruling party to create division just to exploit the forest and mineral resources of north East. They have already started this in Tripura while Assam is already in their control. This is clearly a war to control people’s resources and hence they need a villain. For the rest of the country, they made Muslim as villain but where issue is not Muslims then Christian will be made villain otherwise dalits and adivasis too be used or blamed according to suitability.

Manipur crisis should not be allowed to escalate. All parties must ensure that peace is brought there. The modus operandai of the current regime is to drag an issue on and on as finally the more it linger the better it become for them as frankly minority rights can not bring political dividend. The politics of secularism will only succeed when it has social justice and inclusion its main plank. BJP is expert in exploiting the local contradiction and diverting the narrative.

All state government must ensure that they respond quickly to any such situation of violation of the rights of the people. I am sure, people of India know well that while things might happen in all the states as violence and prejudices against Dalits, minorities and marginalsied exists everywhere but nowhere have the governments encouraged these things politically. There may be delays of FIR and actions but the way BJP leaders, hate mongers have enjoyed complete impunity remain unparalleled in the history of independent India. It is this issue which need to be highlighted. Rather than feeling ashamed for their inaction or rather encouraging their cadres to polarise the society, they start giving sermons on the past. Stop this sermon on the past. Every government has to give account of work for the term it has been elected to govern us so we cant seek accountability from Nehru and Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi as their profit and loss account has already been ‘audited’. Right now, India will audit the five years of Narendra Modi government in 2024 and they need to give us hisab of their work and not take us back to 1947. The biggest question is why no action in Manipur till date ? Frankly speaking those who have heard and seen the story of Bilkis Bano will realise that what has happened in Manipur was already been done many years back in Gujarat. One need not to think too much as what will happen in the Manipur case. It will be delayed and after some time, the accuse can become a ‘star’ too and who knows what happen tomorrow, he may get a ticket too. The fact that Bilkis Bano is still fighting for her right and all those who were accused of assaulting her, defiling her are ‘free’ citizens of the country, is a perfect example of our political hypocrisy. What is in store for Manipur will depend on political parties and civil society organisation for not letting hate dominate their political discourse. Manipur in real sense will progress and prosper only when both the Meiteis and Kukis live and work together defeating the hatemongers sitting outside their state to exploit their resources.

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Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social and human rights activist. He blogs at twitter @freetohumanity Email: [email protected]

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