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Jayant Sinha

Union Minister and Criminals: A Love Story

You know about the mob lynchings right? People killing other people over baseless rumors and suspicions? Ring a bell? Yeah, so these days everyone is ‘outraged’ about these incidents. There is a nationwide panic because of these gruesome acts, most of which are even recorded on videos. Now, as ministers, as elected representatives of the people, what do you think should be the appropriate reaction for these mob lynchings and murders? Increasing security? Setting up fast-track courts to punish the guilty as soon as possible? Making stronger laws against these lynchings? Or at the very least, condemning the act?

Now, I want you to meet this guy –

Jayant Sinha

 

For those of you who don’t know him, he is Jayant Sinha, current Member of the Parliament and Civil Aviation Minister. So, who are all these men? Oh, these are just 8 men who are convicted of murdering a cattle trader. What is he doing with them? Why garlanding them of course!

Wait, did you think that he, being an MP, will be against these lynchings or at least, will not shower f********ing  garlands on these men who are out on a bail after murdering someone? Then, my friend, you are as naive as I was a few days ago.

Seriously, I thought that this couldn’t happen. I mean, I know most of them are not nice people (dodged a defamation case there), I am not that naive. But I always thought that politicians would keep their distance from criminals in a public setting. But this legend opened my eyes. Not only did he garland the murderers (who, I don’t know why, went to his house after getting bail), he also had the audacity to say this –


You would think that Jayant Sinha, a union minister, who represents Hazaribagh (the place where the lynching took place), will not celebrate the convicted murderers who are out on bail. You would also think that being from IIT AND Harvard, he wouldn’t associate with criminals. You would also think that being in Finance ministry, he wouldn’t have his name in Paradise Papers. Yet, here we are.

Well, if it’s any consolation, he has expressed his regret for his actions.

Ab ye regret tum bhar lo.

 

Image Sources: Times Of India

Mob lynching in Hapur

This is new India, one that I don’t recognize

“Mera desh badal raha hai, logon ko maar raha hai.”

I am not that old but I don’t remember our country being like this. And yes, before you historians come with your statistics about other riots, please fuck off. Things were bad before, yes. But they were not at this level. This is a whole new level of hatred. This is new India – one that I don’t recognize.

I don’t even fully understand what is happening. This is worse than being an animal, this is hate in its purest form. These people, these monsters, they scare me…and I am a Hindu.

Has it always been like this? Maybe. And I know many people are going to use this excuse to justify this heinous act. To be fair to them, they are not entirely wrong. Mob lynchings have happened before. But that this does not mean that they are right. Instead, they are proving my point further.

We voted for change (at least I did), for a new India, in the hope that things will be better. If your best defense against the obvious rise in violence since 2014 is “These things happened before also, where were you then?” Then you are a bigger idiot than I am. Never in my wildest dreams, I could have thought that my vote would help in bringing this hate.

Acche Din

 

For people who still don’t agree that there is an increase in the number of mob violence since past 4 years, here are some statistics –

53 people killed by mobs since 2015 (I think this article is from 2017).

Here’s a more in-depth article by Indiaspend.

Here’s another source with more cases.

If you’re looking for some recent ones, here are some cases that happened in the past 3 months-

Satna

Jharkhand

A man almost lynched by a mob in Uttarakhand, saved by cop.

Here’s a compilation of the lynchings that have happened in 2018 so far.

 

You know there are plenty more.

But I am not going to talk about statistics. I am no news agency nor a media house. I am just a guy who is really scared. I am scared because no one is going to help me if an angry mob decides to kill me.

Scared because this can be done in broad daylight, in the presence of the fucking cops.

Scared because if I get killed, my killers could get their bills paid by the government itself.

Scared because after the mob kills me, a case would be registered against my family.

But I am a Hindu Brahmin, why should I be scared? I belong to one of the safest sects of the society, right?

No. I am scared because this normalization of killings is setting a precedent. People are getting numb, used to it even. Nobody cares anymore if a man is killed in broad daylight, in front of police officers. Hell, some of your regular people will even blame the victim just because he is a Muslim. The maximum they’ll do is run a hashtag.

Nobody is going to guarantee my safety. Not these people who are blaming the Muslims, not these people who are defending the government, not the people running hashtags, and certainly not the government.

Mob-lynching

 

And what am I doing? Helplessly writing this article as some sort of a revolt. In reality, it has no meaning.

I am scared of this new India. I am scared of the hate that people, like you and me, have inside us. Talk to any of your colleague or family member who believe in this. They would be defending this murder. Education doesn’t do shit against this deep-rooted hatred. Murderers, pedophiles, rapists – people are willing to defend anyone, justify anything if it means ‘saving their religion.’

A quotation by Martin Niemöller:

 

First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

This is new India, one that I don’t recognize.

Image Sources: Twitter, Medium

All it takes is one lousy Whatsapp message to get you killed

Forwarded as receivedThe golden words that will absolve you of any responsibility for your actions; even if your actions resulted in someone’s death.

Who knew that such a small messaging app can be the reason for someone’s death. Whatsapp killings is now a term, thanks to our utter gullibility.

And it’s not even propaganda, we did this all by yourself. No political party, no BJP, no Congress, no AAP, no one. Just our stupidity, fellow Indian.

We know what we’ve done. It’s in the news, it’s everywhere.

WE DID THIS

 

 

Two men died. Why? Because people ‘mistook’ them for child traffickers. Now, how can someone make a mistake like this? Because it came from the most unbiased, most authentic source in the history of news sources – Whatsapp.

These people got killed because of a text message. A TEXT MESSAGE. This is what it takes now to kill a person. We Indians have stooped to a new low.

Oh hi there nationalist fella! Do you have a problem with me using the term ‘Indian’ because of one incident that happened in Assam?

What are these then:

 

 

 

We did this. All of us.

A few days ago I wrote this article in which I talked about how ‘they’ were feeding us hate. But I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Because we’re already so consumed by hate that even a Whatsapp text can provoke us to kill. We don’t need anyone else to spread hate, we are capable of doing that ourselves. If you don’t want to believe that then you are in denial.

I don’t know how did we start believing everything we read on Whatsapp. Maybe it started during elections when spreading propaganda was in full swing. Since then, we never, for a moment, stopped and thought “Oh, this is the app I use to share low-quality porn and good morning texts, maybe this is not the best source of news.”

But we didn’t. We’re ignorant. How can it be false? After all, it has ‘forwarded as received’ written at the end.

It’s because of this ignorance and carelessness that people are getting killed. It is because of this ignorance that people don’t have a problem beating a guy who was literally begging for his life. It is because of this ignorance that a 65-year-old woman was lynched in broad daylight.

Hate has blinded us. Even animals are better than this.

I am begging you. As an Indian, as a human, stop. Please stop. Stop this hatred, stop this violence. This is not even something propagated. It’s not ‘Hindutva or Islamic’ terrorism. This is pure hatred. There is no one else to blame but us. Stop spreading fake Whatsapp messages. Stop spreading lies.

And please, stop spreading hate. If we continue on this path, there will be nothing left.

Please, my fellow countrymen, save our humanity from dying.