By Sudhir Kumar Via e-mail
This has reference to the front-page news item — Dispute over religious flags: Curfew continues in riot-hit Hyderabad published in India Tribune dated April 10.
The crippling state of affairs in Hyderabad city’s public life, following clashes between two communities over a trivial issue leading to the imposition of a curfew in the city is not only condemnable but also makes one wonder if there is effective governance in Andhra Pradesh. It is a shame that such dastardly acts are continuing despite tall claims by the government that the conspirators will be caught soon.
There is a feeling that the disturbance was engineered by vested interests within the ruling party to destabilize the government. The spread of violence beyond the communally-sensitive areas vindicates this.
It is unfortunate that the long arm of the law rarely extends to the political brains behind communal violence. It is indeed time the law was amended to facilitate the prosecution of leaders who preside over lawlessness. But it is unlikely to happen as the law-makers themselves are among the biggest law-breakers.
A victim is never a Hindu, Muslim or Sikh but a human being. The Constitution promises equality and equal protection of law. But, unfortunately, when the law encounters powerful men it fails to do justice. The blame game by politicians sailing in the same boat is, therefore, ridiculous.
The Congress and the BJP are two sides of the same coin, which is why the perpetrators of the Babri Masjid demolition, the 1984 riots and the 2002 riots are still roaming free. The leaders of the two parties do not feel they are associated with the people whom they purportedly represent. What India needs today is a revolution.
The vacillation of the Congress Party over dealing with the challenge of communalism cost the nation dear from 1984, when the anti-Sikh riots took place, to 1992, when the Babri Masjid was demolished leading to bloodshed across the country. The BJP has always made its leaders speak in different voices so that it can be made to own up nothing. Till date, the party has no regrets over its pro-active communal mobilization and provocative campaign. It’s time those in the citadels of power were made answerable for their acts of omission and commission.