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

Mob lynching in Hapur

“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.

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