A guide to S Thayaparan roadside politics:Sacred cows
S Thayaparan politics: found economist Lim Mah Hui’s reply in the Letters section to the posturing of Chris Lee timely and indicative of the abysmal state of oppositional discourse in this country. I would just like to publically state that I am supportive of Lim and indeed hold him and his colleagues, some who I count as close friends, in the highest regard.Chris Lee’s “Where are you when the real battles are being fought?” attack on Lim seems to be the only way some opposition folks can retaliate when unable to come up with convincing counter arguments. We know where Lim was and while I was not exactly playing into the hands of BN, I was serving the instruments of political power which I guess to people like Chris and most probably many oppositions supporters, made me a running dog.Of course, folks like Chris seem to forget that it was the majority of Malaysians who voted in Barisan National and sustained the Umno hegemon for decades and poured scorn on the opposition whose rhetoric was vastly different from the kool aid they are dispensing these days.also readthisTitiwangsa MP Datuk Johari says Racist Rant DAP’s Lim Guan Eng why UMNO? Straight Talk, Walk the Talk and win our trust?
“Hindus are cowards and Muslims bullies,” the Mahatma Gandhi once famously said. And this seems to be fairly true: today at the least sign of trouble, Hindus stay home, shy from confrontation, or outright run away. We indeed witnessed how the 4,00,000 Hindus of Kashmir, who had done no crime, except being Hindus, fled the Valley of Kashmir under terror, without firing a single shot in self-defence, losing all their ancestral homes and lands and becoming refugees in their own country.
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In yet another shocking case of cow vigilantism, two men were thrashed by a group of goons outside a madrassa in west Delhi’s Prem Nagar. The victims were transporting the remains of buffaloes slaughtered for Eid when they were dragged out of a tempo and hit with iron rods. While four of the accused were detained by the police, it’s clear that the fear of law no longer serves as an effective deterrent for these self-proclaimed cow protectors.
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The incident also makes clear the fact that an atmosphere has been created wherein the mere suspicion of cow slaughter is enough to trigger an attack by gau-rakshaks. In fact, the nature of the meat in question is actually irrelevant. The victims of the Delhi attack were transporting buffalo remains. Yet, because they were Muslims their attackers assumed that they were transporting beef.
It is also possible that beef was just a pretext and that personal enmity was the real reason behind the attack. But that’s precisely the point – an atmosphere that is conducive for beef rumours will inevitably be exploited by anti-social elements to settle personal scores. And if such a situation is allowed to continue, it could lead to dangerous consequences for the entire country.
For it’s clear that primarily Muslims and Dalits have been at the receiving end of this beef hysteria. While Dalits are bound to assess this in terms of a caste war, Muslims will perceive it in terms of religious persecution. This opens up the possibility of these two groups being poached by extremist outfits. Only today a report published in The Times of India revealed that India was the fourth worst-affected country by terrorism in 2015. Of 791 terror attacks in the country, 43% were carried out by Maoists.
Add to this Islamist terror groups such as Islamic State and Al Qaida In the Indian Subcontinent trying to expand their operations in India. And should these extremist groups find communities disgruntled with the Indian state and government, it would make it easier for them to achieve their dastardly objectives. In other words, the beef hysteria presents a serious security challenge for the country. It creates a narrative of oppression that can feed radicalism. We have already seen this in the Kashmir Valley. But the fire could spread far and wide across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra has already condemned gau-rakshaks for indulging in vigilantism in the garb of cow protection. However, his message doesn’t seem to have deterred these self-styled cow protectors from attacking people they accuse of dealing in beef or cow carcasses. And the Delhi incident shows that such vigilantism has now reached the national capital. These are warning signs that government would do well to heed and effect a course correction. The word must go out that such vigilantism will not be tolerated at any cost. Otherwise, the beef hysteria is a ticking time bomb that can lead to large-scale social turmoil, derailing growth and development.