The recent Jat agitation for reservations left at least 30 dead and approximately 200 injured, besides who knows how many women raped, their lives shattered. It also resulted in a reported Rs 250 crore in damages to the Railways; Assocham estimates Rs 20,000 crore loss overall. In its wake, the state government has been reduced to saying it will issue gun licenses to traders who suffered at the hands of the rioters — just what we need, open anarchy with everyone shooting at everyone else. Law and order outsourced is an emerging business model, seemingly.
So now what do we have? Jat leaders saying cases of arson and rioting registered against the community should be withdrawn, or the riots will start again, and be worse. The community has actually set a deadline — 72 hours — for government compliance.
Why is this not sedition?
“Polarisation” is often talked of as a political ploy. This is what happens when you play the politics of division, of polarisation — you lose control. And it all goes up in flames.
In passing, reading Anumeha Yadav’s piece rebutting the spontaneous combustion theory of the Jat riots.
I like Raj Thackeray. Unlike the garden variety rabble-rousers who call for tongues to be cut off and heads to be chopped off and rape women because they think they should get reservations, the guy has a gentle, caring heart. Vide this exhortation to his followers:
Now I will tell you what you should do. When you see any new rickshaws with new number plates, stop them, take the passenger and driver out of the vehicle and burn the rickshaws,” he said.
In his concern for the lives of his fellow men, the MNS chief is an example to us all.
In passing — how the hell is it that in a country where sloganeering invites the full might of law and government, politicians of every stripe routinely call for violence without even the raising of an official eyebrow?
Bhim Bassi saw no violence, only some jostling.
The district magistrate of Bastar saw no attack, only stage-managed drama.
The Haryana police see no sign of rape. Neither does the government.
This is our world — one where the institutions designed for our protection are aiders and abettors of the crimes against us.
TMC goons in Burdwan University the other day. Congress goons in Kanpur yesterday, pelting stones and eggs at Subramanian Swamy’s car. As reprehensible, as worthy of condemnation, as the BJP’s various groupings of goons creating mayhem in various trouble spots.
This is why I believe — and keep repeating — that the students of JNU and of the other universities that have come out in support of Kanhaiya Kumar and Rohit Vemula should keep politicians of all stripes at a distance.
The army is increasingly coopted into a BJP-led bait and switch. The ploy is simple, and effective: tack on the army to any and all rants about JNU, nationalism and related tropes; contrast the “free-loading”, slogan-shouting students with the army that is fighting terrorism on a daily basis on our borders and demand that you take sides: students, or army? A recent Rajesh Sinha piece in The Wire examined this tactic in some depth.
The JNU sedition case has been transferred to the Special Cell because, says Bassi, the regular cops have too much to do.
A few days after registering the case in connection with the February 9 event in JNU campus, DCP (South) Prem Nath had written to the Commissioner, requesting him to transfer the case to Special Cell.
Mr Bassi had refused to do so then saying that the concerned police district has enough capacity to deal with the matter.
So on Monday, when Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail application is heard next, the cops can go: ‘We are in the process of transferring the case, it will take two days, the Special Cell needs time after that to study the case, we request extension of custody’. Meanwhile, everyone who actually indulged in violence are out on bail.