When Mob mocks the System

Is the government defying or embracing it?

By- Samarth Mishra, INN/Gwalior, @Infodeaofficial

In the recent lynching incident that took place in Alwar district of Rajasthan, two men, Aslam & Rakbar, were attacked by the locals under the false suspicion of ‘cow smugglers’. While Aslam managed to escape, Rakbar was beaten to death by the enraged mob.

This isn’t the 1st time that such incident has happened. Since the Modi government came to power, lynching incidents have surged. The incidents show the inability and the failure of the administration to take preventive measures and refrain such incidents from happening.

The saffron brigade since the initial days of its governance have been reiterating itself as a party that believes in conserving the country’s culture.

This conservationist statement has misled many to have a misconception that by endeavouring such acts they’re preserving the culture.

The killings executed by vigilantes are justified in the name of ‘Hindutva’. Taking the law in one’s own hand in the name of justice has now become the new trend.

Post the mob lynching in Alwar, the police escorted the cows to Gaushala and an utter negligence to attend injured Rakbar and rush him to the hospital resulted in his death. The police took more than two hours to take Rakbar to the hospital, which was merely 4kms away from the lynching spot. The vigilantes who attacked, claimed to be backed up by an MLA.

This shows the inadequacy of the current administration in Rajasthan. Instilling hate and fear, and polarising groups seems to be the new electoral tactic. After the lynching incident in Rajasthan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath stated, “Human lives are important but cows are important too”, to which everyone agrees.

But is it absolute, when the cows are already safe and a victim is dying? Yogi further stated that such incidents are given unnecessary importance exemplifying a mob lynching back in 1984 under the Congress regime. While the blame game after such an incident is not new, the biggest question remains whether people voting for a change are actually seeing change for good or its getting worse as evident where criminal mobs go ahead as if there is no government at all, forget about democracy.   

The Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has not been able to do much as she promised. When those accused of lynching are praised by the Union Minister, it’s debatable if the state is going to hold on for too long. Witnessing the current state of the government, it would be wise here to quote Isaac Asimov, “anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

The saffron brigade until now has kept the public in the delusion that the government is protecting every individual, community and religion. But for how long in a scenario where innocents are being slaughtered by these vigilantes in the name of law?

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