When the cow vigilante goons who were convicted in a murder case came out on bail, they were welcomed with garlands at the residence of a union Minister.
Another union Minister met the Bajrang Dal workers who had been imprisoned for unleashing communal violence, to comfort them. The BJP has finally been directly taking over the patent of fiendish deeds carried out by its cohorts driven by communal hatred, who vigorously advocate the party ideology of loathing and hate. The Sangh Parivar had put the blame of the murders carried out by cow vigilantes on the mob and had justified them by portraying them as the shared conscience of the nation. The new tactic now is by rectifying all of that. The Sangh Parivar has been unleashing fanaticism among the supporters by fielding union Ministers saying that it was they themselves who claimed the lives of innocents in the name of cow and not the mob and that they would provide all kinds of assistance to those who are out to partially or fully eliminate the religious minorities - whom they see as internal enemies.
It took a year for the Prime Minister to break his silence on the series of murders that began with the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri in the name of cow by the Sangh cow vigilante mob. Although Modi warned the goons who were the party workers that killing people in the name of protecting cows would not be tolerated, the Sangh Parivar that knows the connotation of Prime Minister’s words, refused to stop. Before the ripples of his words stopped, on June 29, Alimuddin Ansari, a trader, was beaten to death by a cow vigilante mob in Ramgarh, near Hazaribagh in Jharkhand over suspicions of transporting beef. The incident was captured on a video and circulated on social media. Eleven people who were convicted of the murder sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast-track court last March.
The Jharkhand High Court stayed that sentence and granted bail to the convicts on June 29, this year. The culprits went straight from the prison to the residence of Union Minister Jayant Sinha who is also an MP from the Hazaribagh constituency. The Minister welcomed them with garlands and also posed for photos sharing the pictures on social media. When protests arose against this irresponsible deed, the Minister reacted by saying that he was ‘honouring the due process of law’. He had earlier made attempts to bring the law to his track. He had remarked that justice had been denied when the lower court pronounced the verdict and that the investigation should be handed over to the CBI. The local BJP leaders have been saying that the culprits were sent to the Minister when they came out of the prison in order to thank him for all the help that was needed to free the convicts.
It was amidst this raging controversy that union Minister Giriraj Singh expressed solidarity with those serving imprisonment for igniting communal riots in Nawada, Bihar by paying a visit to them. He also criticized the Nitish Kumar government for framing the innocents who had always ‘helped maintain peace’. The opposition sharply criticized the Ministers’ actions. Prominent former civil service officials wrote to the Prime Minister demanding the resignation or ouster of the Minister who carried out such an act against the Constitution.
However, it is certain that none of these is going to shake the Sangh Parivar government. The Sangh pattern now is that the Prime Minister and party president maintain a silence and the Ministers ranging from senior leaders to local leaders nurtur the heinous politics of hatred. This pattern began with the lynching of Akhlaq in Dadri. When one of the convicts in the case died in prison, the party leaders rushed to offer respect to his mortal remains by draping it in the national tricolor. The Centre and the BJP followed an approach of encouraging all those actions. Jayant, fully aware of all that, and standing firm in his stance and those who follow his path, have clear calculations.
Sanjeev Baliyan, who led the communal riot in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, just before the last parliament election, got rewarded with a central minister's post. Anantkumar Hegde from Karnataka, who called secularists "..don’t have an identify of their parental blood", also got the post of minister in Delhi. And Jayant may be sailing before the wind, when he plays the card of religious communalism - the quintessence of Sangh Parivar politics - , knowing well that when his father Yashwant Sinha is at loggerheads with the party, this would be best course to ensure a berth. And what course the BJP will take in the next election has been made clear the other day by its leader Subramanian Swamy at the Virat Hindustan Sangam in Mumbai.
“Economic development is not going to bring in votes. Vajpayeeji used ‘India Shining’ as his government’s campaign motto but failed.” According to him, ‘Hindutva’ and corruption-free India are going to get votes for the BJP as did in 2014. His conclusion is that "Hindutva would help the ruling party to win the Lok Sabha polls scheduled next year." The BJP is trying to stick to that conviction, and harden it too. What scaring hazard signals of the two central Ministers point to is the disasters the country will have to face in the move to sow undiluted communalism and reap its harvest.