A late-night crackdown at the Ramlila Maidan to sabotage the peaceful anti-graft protest would surely turn out to be nemesis for the Congress-led UPA government rule at the Centre. This barbaric gesture on the part of Central government needs to be condemned in most strong terms. The crackdown is confirmation of the fact that tormenting the Hindu forces on one pretext or another is one of the topmost priorities of Congress governments. If that’s not the case, one fails to understand how come innocent men and women engaged in peaceful protest all of a sudden turned into a law and order problem?
Kapil Sibbal’s statement that “apprehensions about law and order” was the reason behind midnight swoop on the Ramlila Ground makes him on par with another colleague, Digvijay Singh, who has emerged as undisputed champion in making absurd statements- the proof of his instability of mind. Now he can relax a bit as the task to make such stunning proclamations that Baba Ramdev is “cheat” and “thug” has been assigned to Sibbal. After all, one needs to be bit more shrewd and shameless in defending the “inhuman”, “undemocratic” and “condemnable” acts.
It’s not surprising that even parties not in tune with Rightist wing have expressed deep regret over the tragic incident. Maywati condemned the incident in “strongest terms” whereas the Left parties termed the Genral Dyer way of dealing with the peaceful protesters “deplorable, unwarranted and short sighted.” One also cannot ignore the reactions of Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar. Narendra Modi rightly stated that ” the incident reminded the people of the Emergency days of 1975. People did not spare the then Congress government for its repressive actions, likewise they would not allow the present “barbaric” Congress government to survive.” Nitish Kumar, too, minced no words when he called the crackdown ” a major blow to democracy and an attack on the democratic rights of the people besides being an attack on the fundamental rights of the citizens”. In fact, he sounds right that such unfortunate happenings might lead to “a total revolution, a kind of movement in the country”.
The government is now engaged in offering lame excuses to lessen the impact of the police action. It says there was violation of conditions mentioned in the undertaking and ,above all, Baba “backed out on his assurances”. The Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order)Dharmendra framed a cock and bull story that according to intelligence inputs there was “threat to the life of the Baba and one of his close associates”. Isn’t it sound so ridiculous that “threat to the life” became a cause to brutally beat the people gathered there at around midnight? How come such a revelation gained importance so late in form of such a brutal police action? Now if that’s not enough, it became imperative for the Congress to target the RSS and other Hindu organizations.
The communal Jinn was all ready to provide strength to half lies spread by the evil agents of Congress, who are saying that police didn’t beat the protesters even as pictures convey a different story. The congress leaders unashamedly came to justify the police action in a meeting presided over by Sonia Gandhi, wherein Congress members realized that ” Yoga guru’s entire campaign was orchestrated and stage-managed by the RSS”. In other words, the police got the license to sabotage the anti-graft protest via methods adopted in British Raj days only because the presence of RSS made the protest unfavourable for the public interest. One needs to know is RSS a banned organization, making it antithetical to public interests ?
Now let’s have a look at some of the incidents that happened in the past to realize that when it comes to Congress, the double standards and hypocritical stances act as saviour in situations, which are against its interests. When Danish cartoon was published, there were violent protest across India in Muslim dominated areas and one gentleman named Mr. Haji Yaqoob announced a bounty of Rs.51 crores for anyone killing the Danish cartoonist! Did the RAF brutally lathi-charge the protesters in wake of same apprehensions which the government felt last Saturday ? Remember the way protest rallies were organized just before the arrival of President Bush in India. Do you know where was that protest rally organized ? At the Ram Lila grounds near New Delhi’s main commercial area! Do you know what was the strength? “Police put the number of protesters at around 50,000 but organisers claimed some 300,000 people had turned up.”
So when a foreign dignitary arrives, it gives one community a license to say things like” we do not want Bush here as he is the world’s biggest terrorist”. However, the fear of law and order breakdown is not a possibility then but the same threat is obvious when simple men and woman are engaged in peaceful protests!!! The people bothered over atrocities committed on their community elsewhere can dare to insult a foreign visitor but Hindus even fighting against corruption on its own land are communal and a potential threat for law and order!
Some months back we had Arundhati Roy and Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s making provocative anti India speeches ? Were they arrested and subjected to third degree treatment for posing threat to law and order via the seditious speeches? “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this.” This government is highly conscious about the rights of minorities to an extent that even if they are convicted in serious crimes, it becomes the duty of the government to ensure their human rights at the taxpayers’ money! However, the fate of Hindus, Hindu parties and Hindu saints is somewhat different. They enjoy no dignity and no human rights and thus can be subjected to animal treatment every now and then on concocted grounds. The Left ,for the reason best known to it, has condemned the crackdown but in one of its publications it has hailed Baba Ramdev as “charltan”, which has led to angry response from the readers.
One reader stated: “If it was some Muslim ‘spiritual leader’ and his followers, or some Christian ‘spiritual leader’ and his followers, instead of Baba Ramdev and his followers, who were given such a high handed treatment by the state, you and all the other countless ‘secular’ activists and intellectuals would have been crying hoarse about genocide and ill treatment of minorities. Will you dare to put on your website such vulgar videos about a Christian or Muslim ‘spiritual leader’?I am not surprised by your support to the high-handed state brutality on an unarmed crowd protesting peacefully. Human right activists in India are now concerned only about the rights of Evangelists, Jehadis and Maoists who financially prop up the likes of you.Now, allegations a raised against Baba Ramdev that he is an RSS man. So what? Is RSS a banned organisation? Does RSS has no right to launch peaceful agitations. Remember Baba Ramdev was not raising a religious issue. He was raising a genuine, serious, national issue.”
In fact, I am in tune with the view of Strategic Thinker and Author Brahma Chellani who said that “if anyone expected insiders to reform a system that allows predatory corruption, the outwitting of two separate movements is a reality check”. In fact, the Nazi way of crushing the peaceful agitation should makes us realize that sophisticated ways are not enough to deal with rotten minds. How can one expect this government to deal with corruption in a honest way, when it reacts so violently to crush the spirit of the protesters? It just proves that assurances on part of this government are meant to fool the world at large. The assurances are just the means to unleash another set of hypocritical gestures. It’s credibility to deal with the corruption is now completely eroded. One cannot but agree with Arun Jaitely’s view that crackdown day is a ” shameful chapter in the history of Indian democracy”.
Anyway, the people of this nation have learnt a great lesson in a bitter way that you cannot expect a miraculous change unless you wipe out such arrogant rulers expert in repressive ways. Let’s develop a better alternative that takes care of not only interests of this nation in a honest way but also ensures the respect of Hindus ethos and pathos. It ensures that Hindu people, Hindu symbols and Hindu saints don’t get treated with disdain. At present right from terrorists to separatists everyone enjoy rights but Hindus don’t have any. They are communal and thugs in their own nation even as they get engaged in serving the cause of nation. What else can you expect in a nation gone to the dogs?