Delhi Is Just The Beginning, These Flames Will Spread Throughout India

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Justice Markandey Katju

Markandey Katju is a former judge of the
Supreme Court of India.

He was also the Chairman of the Press
Council of India.

Many people are blaming Kapil Mishra, former
minister of Delhi in the AAP government, and presently in the BJP, for all the
violence happening in north east and some other parts of Delhi. It is true that
Mishra gave a provocative speech calling on the Delhi police to remove the anti
CAA protesters blocking the Jafrabad and Chandbagh roads within 3 days “or else
we won’t listen to you”. But it would be inane to put the whole blame on him

The truth is something much deeper.

I have explained in my articles ‘Dark days
are ahead for India’ published in, and in ‘Bad days are ahead
for Indian Muslims’ published in that though the Indian
Constitution describes India as a secular country, the ground reality is very

Secularism is a feature of industrial
society, but India is still semi feudal (as is evident from the rampant
casteism and communalism prevalent here). Most Hindus in India are communal,
and so are most Muslims. This communalism was present in India even before 2014
when the BJP came to power, but it was then largely latent, and only erupted
and surfaced occasionally (in the form of communal riots etc).

After 2014 it has become open, virulent, and
continuous, increasing exponentially and penetrating even the hitherto bastions
of secularism like West Bengal. I have even seen this polarisation among the
NRIS in the Bay Area of California, where I am presently located.

Some people thought the Delhi election
result had put paid to the BJP aspirations, but what they overlooked was that
distributing freebies in a small state can win an election there, but it does
not change the basic underlying social realities. The recent violent events in
parts of Delhi reveal the tremendous polarization of Indian society.

The violence began in Jafrabad, but soon spread
to Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Shiv Vihar, Gokulpuri, Brahmapuri, Chand
Bagh and Ghonda. Muslim shops were destroyed, houses vandalized, and vehicles
burnt (as can be seen on the internet). Till now it is estimated 13 people,
including a police head constable, have been killed, and 170 injured, by lathi
injuries, stone pelting, etc.

The wall of the Gokulpuri qabristan was
broken down. Men with covered faces wielding sticks and rods roamed around,
with police remaining mute indifferent bystanders.

I have explained that the unwritten policy
in most states in India is to recruit very few Muslims in the police force.
Hence, since policemen are predominantly Hindus, and since most Hindus (like
most Muslims) are communal, it follows that the police in India is largely

The police therefore regards Muslims to be
fanatics, terrorists and anti national (with sympathies for Pakistan).
Consequently their danda often falls on Muslims. If ‘Hindutva’ goons attack
Muslims, as happened in Delhi, one can understand on whose side the sympathies
of the police will overtly or covertly be on.

The spark which became a conflagration in
Delhi began with the anti CAA protest in Shaheen Bagh (near Jamia Milia). The
great mistake by the protesters was to have condemned the entire Citizenship
Amendment Act. Surely the oppressed minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and
Bangladesh ( Hindus, Sikhs and Christians ) deserved citizenship, but this was
rarely emphasized by the Shaheen Bagh protesters, and instead there was wholesale
condemnation of CAA because it did not include Muslims. The sight on the TV
screens of a large number of burqa and hijab clad women ( as even commented on
by Modi ) gave rise to an impression that this was largely a Muslim show.

Also, a protest for a few days is
acceptable, but surely not an endless protest, blocking roads, and causing
other nuisance to the general public. Demagogues like Kapil Mishra capitalized
on all these mistakes by protestors, and enabled them to give incendiary
speeches, setting fire to the accumulated fuel.

No doubt the communal violence in Delhi will
for the time being be quelled by the police, but it is bound to erupt again and
again, and all over India, not just Delhi.

India is a huge powder keg of communal
explosive, which is bound to explode violently and repeatedly, on a bigger and
bigger scale. This is particularly inevitable since the Indian economy is
sinking with record unemployment, and our beleaguered Government has no inkling
how to get out of the morass.

Therefore, to divert attention from the real
issues, which are socio-economic, and which it does not know how to resolve, it
must have a scapegoat, as the Nazis made of the Jews, and in India these are
those ‘villains’the Muslims.

It is only when the fuel is spent, that is
after some kind of French Revolution which destroys feudalism in India, that
this malady will end, but that seems a far way off. Till then India will burn.

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