Is there any way to stop power misuse?

Divisive tactics together with marked targeted-killings have been on the rise for the last few years yet not much is being done to halt it. Signs of another round of partitioning out are visible, yet no one seems unduly perturbed

When Yogi Adityanath government took over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, he sent a direct or indirect message to the Muslims that they will have to do with much less! In every sense of the term — right from employment, to public space… to much less to eat and survive on, and of course, very little to celebrate!

I am a Muslim from Uttar Pradesh and I know how very tough it is getting for the Muslims to survive in that State of India. Of course, tough it is getting in other States as well, but in Uttar Pradesh it’s reaching the intolerable limits.

Tell me who can fight the police machinery? One can watch on hopelessly as innocents are rounded up from Muslim mohallas. And if lawyers are arranged to move bail applications they too are arrested and thrown in those hell holes called prisons! One such lawyer is Mohamed Faisal who is a practicing lawyer at Kota Bar Association and who went to Shamli (Uttar Pradesh) on the call/request of the local people to provide legal aid to the victims affected by the police in the anti – CAA protests.

But on December 23, 2019, when he reached Shamli and tried to reach out to the victims in his capacity as a trained practicing lawyer he was detained by the Uttar Pradesh police and kept in the Crime Branch! Perhaps, his only crime that he tried to reach out to the Muslims of the area- who are anyway sitting shattered and battered, if not imprisoned.

Muslims have realized that if they have to survive under the Hindutva rulers they will have to keep all shut — that is, survive as second or third class citizens. But even here there is no relief as I know for a fact that police men can barge into any Muslim home and beat up boys, misbehave with the women, extract and loot and ransack! To top it all there is no one out there to even hear their cries for the rulers and hand in glove with the police machinery!

In fact, the absolutely fascist-sadistic streak to it all is — the rulers want the dying community to pay for the firearms used in those barbaric unleashes! ‘Seizure of properties’ is the ultimate threat that this government is unleashing on a hapless population. As though making sure that the Muslims are overnight ripped off their ancestral homes and lands and their very identity.

In fact, soon after he came to power Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh had also scrapped two significant public holidays: Jamat-ul-Alvida (last Friday of the month of Ramazan) and also that of Eid Milad-ul-Nabi (birthday of Prophet Mohammad).In fact, as one goes through the list of public holidays scrapped by this UP government it comes across as shocking that they have decided to show their communal bias against the Muslims once again. And once you read the details of the scrapped holidays, you’d realize the political establishment has been unduly harsh on the Muslim community by banning holidays of great significance to the community.

Public holidays that have been scrapped by the UP government include Jan Nayak Karpori Thakur birth anniversary (January 24), Maharshi Kashyap and Maharaj Guha birth anniversary (April 5), Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Ajmeri Gareeb Nawaz Urs on (April 14), Chandrashekhar birth anniversary (April 17), Parashu Ram Jayanti (April 28), Maharana Pratap Jayanti (May 9), Jamat Ul Vida on June 23 (last Friday of Ramzan), Chhat Puja (October 26), Eid Milad Un Nabi (December 2), Chaudhary Charan Singh Jayanti (December 23).

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Let me add that there’s no ‘happy new year’ for me! In fact, for the last few years I had stopped celebrating new year or taking part in any other festivities for I could more than sense and see the eerie build ups.

Divisive tactics together with marked targeted-killings have been on the rise for the last few years yet all quiet we been sitting! Signs of another round of Partitioning out there yet we don’t seem unduly perturbed. Why! It’s time to get out all the possible literature and works on the Partition, to try focus on the havoc it had heaped in this subcontinent.

This time I am sitting in mourning. Deeply worried and more than apprehensive for my country, my countrymen and my community. I cannot overlook the fact that these rulers are fascists who can go to any extent in their killing and imprisoning spree to unsettle the ‘other’- the Indian Muslim.