(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 06, 2013
BJP Seeks to Sharpen
FINALLY, after many years, the union home minister has responded to the demand made by many secular forces in the country to undo the wrong of detaining innocent Muslim youth in connection with terror cases thereby depriving them of their fundamental right, enshrined in our constitution, to life and liberty. Last Monday, the minister has in a letter to all chief ministers, asked them to ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in terror cases. He has favoured strict action against police officers indulging in such “mala fide” arrests.
“The central government has received several representations alleging harassment of innocent Muslim youth by law enforcement agencies…Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived (of) their rights. The government has to ensure that no innocent person is subjected to undue harassment,” Shinde said in his letter.
Shinde further said though ensuring zero tolerance against terrorism was a must; the law enforcement agencies should maintain communal and social harmony while dealing with terror cases.
Predictably, the BJP has strongly objected to Shinde’s letter, accusing him of acting against the constitution and trying to divide (sic) the nation on communal lines. More on this later.
Way back in the 2011
meeting of the
National Integration Council, the CPI(M) had raised the issue
detention and harassment of innocent Muslim youth particularly
in relation to
the terror attacks in Ajmer Sharif,
“While no quarter can be given to any individual or group which is responsible for dastardly terror attacks, the arrest of innocent Muslim youth has reached serious dimensions which requires immediate attention. It is a blot on the principles of secular democracy. At the same time, the arrest of innocent people means that the actual culprits go free.”
listed scores 22 cases
of proven wrong arrests and detention.
It has now been shown that wrong arrests of nine Muslim
youth for the
As stated repeatedly in these columns, terrorism has no religion nor can it be categorised as belonging to any particular section or region. It is simply unacceptable as it is anti-national. There can be no compromises in the fight against terrorism. However, in the name of fighting terrorism, innocent youth, irrespective of their religious affiliation, should not be victimised. This would be a travesty of liberty and justice. In this connection, it is of particular concern that repeated harassment of innocent Muslim youth has come to light. This is simply unacceptable and goes against the very grain of our secular democratic Republican order.
outbursts against the home
minister’s letter are understandable because they seek the
very negation of
this Republican order of modern
The country was shocked by the findings of Justice Sachar Committee on the socio-economic status of religious minorities in the country. This was followed by the report of the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission which favoured a form of reservations for the religious minorities particularly the Muslims. Notwithstanding this and while shedding crocodile tears, the BJP construes any measure to alleviate the miseries of these sections of our brethren as “appeasement”. This, in fact, forms the foundation for mounting their campaigns for sharpening communal polarisation.
The RSS/BJP’s much
hyped campaign of
the Gujarat chief minister as their future prime
ministerial candidate –
vikas purush – on
the basis of the
so-called “vibrant Gujarat” has been punctured with a slew of
facts that show
Given this, the RSS/BJP has, obviously, returned to its basics – communal polarisation as the mainstay of its campaign for the 2014 general elections. Not surprisingly, therefore, the BJP president has stated that the union home minister’s letter “goes against the spirit of the constitution (sic). The prime minister should direct the home minister that the letter he has written to the chief ministers be withdrawn”. Further he says, “Congress is the biggest communal party of this country. Earlier, the prime minister had said that Muslims had the first right on Indian resources. Now our home minister has written to chief ministers to ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror” and so on.
It is, therefore,
not surprising that
the communal tensions continuing in western UP after the
riots appear to be spreading menacingly in other parts of the
stated in this column earlier, `vikas purush’ may
well turn out to be
the `vinash purush’. Such
of communal tensions to serve the needs
of the BJP’s electoral support cannot be allowed in the
safeguarding and consolidating the secular democratic
foundations of modern
(October 2, 2013)