You must have heard about Dhulagarh riots but you need not worry about it. Dhulagarh is not in India. No wonder everyone is quiet about this issue. You should not even call it as “riots” afterall it is none of your business.The victims say the mob was chanting “Pakistan Zindabad”. Then certainly we can not expect this in India right?? And in India who has the atrocity to shut the mouths of our journalist. Instead this time celebrity journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai, themselves are shushing people talking about riots instead of questioning the state government over the law and order situation.
There is nothing new about it when a news involving a majority community being a victim (without the tags of Muslim or Dalit) is considered “not-so-important” news by the media. The riots started around after Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi celebrations. India Today correspondent found an entire colony that was deserted after the residents were forced to leave their rioters. The families have not returned; some of them have taken shelters at a local temple, while others came back to pick whatever they could find undamaged.
A report says 65 people have been arrested, and the state administration has asked the DGP Surajit Kar Purakayastha to take prompt action against the culprits and to ensure peace. The same report has the statement of a victim about the incident “That day was normal, just like any other day. Some of my neighbours were running. I was thinking whether something was happening. Nobody was ready to talk about it. Then a hoard of people arrived, and started hurling bombs. They looted us and set our houses on fire,”
The action from central government was confined to questioning the state government and sending three members of Bhartiya Janta Party namely atyapal Singh, a Lok Sabha member and former Mumbai Police Commissioner; Jagdambika Pal, also a Lok Sabha member, and Roopa Ganguly, a Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal. The action from state government is not supposed to be talked about.
The saddset part here is that in the state of panic and fear the locals trusted the media and frantically called, messaged and whatsapped the journalist whoever they has in their contact. But definitely the expected help from the wrong people as nothing came out. They were saving themselves and nothing else as Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary, West Bengal correspondent Pooja Mehta and cameraperson Tanmay Mukherjee were booked with non-bailable charges under Section 153Afor covering this news.
I personally believe that in India we always have to pay for being a majority either it be about being a Hindu by religion or being general by caste. I don’t know why we are not considered a vote bank and no one bothers to please us by doing something special for us. Forget something special we even don’t get the basic thing like security. The wounds of Kashmiri pundits are still afresh, they are still waiting to get their homeland back and their story is repeated once again in West Bengal.
I am not blaming anyone for this, but it scares me to think that the same story is written in every state of India. Where will we go? How long do we expect ourselves to be safe in our states when almost every state by now has tasted communal violence? When terrorists kill, we blame our neighbor nation, but when our own people go for killing us who is to be blamed?
We hope god (not the government) gives the victims courage to stand up once again. RIP those who were burnt in the fire of communalism. We hope someday India becomes a place what Ravindranath Togore said:
“Where the mind is without fear,
And the head is held high”.