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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Emergency Like Situation? Not Even By a Long Shot

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2015-10-11 21:08:42

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Writers and other intellectuals have a conscience. It is pricked every time something bad happens in society. The current spate of killings of rationalists and other divisive violence perpetrated by the Hindutva brigade is being seen by many writers as a dangerous trend. These writers have decided that the current incidents have the tacit backing of the State as one of the parties in the ruling combine is the BJP, that is seen to be remote controlled by the RSS which in turn is seen as the big daddy of the Hindutva brigade. Now, writers can either write explosive pieces condemning these incidents or they can return the awards bestowed upon them by the State as they think that these awards are no longer an “honour” as the State has become biased.

It started with Nayantara Sahgal and then there was a procession with Ashok Vajpeyi, Sara Joseph, Shashi Deshpande, Rahman Abbas, K Satchidanandan, P K Parakkadavu and K S Ravi Kumar either leaving the Sahitya Akademy or choosing to return the cash award and citation given by it. There can be no quarrel with these intellectuals if they wish to protest certain incidents by adopting this method. But one has to differ when some of them say that an Emergency like situation is prevalent in the country now. By saying this, they are downplaying the elements of the dreaded Emergency on the one hand and taking an alarmist view of the present situation on the other.

The Emergency was imposed by the State, in fact by a misguided prime minister, to protect the interests of her family and the Congress party when it became clear that the Opposition would force her out. That her minions and hangers-on, especially her younger son, committed excesses against certain classes and communities in gross violation of the Constitution and the law was because the State backed them. The State had suspended all the rights of its citizens and prosecuted anyone who stood up or spoke out. There were no complaints against these persons as no one had the courage to register one and the police would dare not ink them in their FIR register. All those who opposed, including politicians and intellectuals, were either arrested or threatened into submission. The media was silenced through censorship.

Are these conditions really prevalent now? Those who are creating mischief belong to certain Hindu social organizations. Complaints are being lodged against them, the police are not refusing to register such complaints and these elements are being arrested too. That these cases for rioting, arson, murder and creating communal disturbances are not moving at the desired speed and prosecutors are sometimes being asked to go slow is deplorable. (Read my earlier article Murder Most Foul: Punish the Perpetrators). But no right thinking person would compare these incidents with what happened during the Emergency.

The very fact that these intellectuals can voice their concern and register their protest signifies that they are living in a country that respects the alternative point of view. The media is freely reporting these incidents and there is no censorship. What is needed now is for the civil society to stand up and tell these miscreants that such hate mongering and polarizing attitude will not be tolerated. It cannot be done through external force. These people are a minority. The silent Hindu majority has to stand up to them and prevent them from destroying the social fabric of our country. By remaining silent, Hindus who disapprove of these miscreants are committing a graver sin.