I have been aware of this incident for the last several days now. I considered blogging about it several times. Honestly, it has become mentally exhausting. To open the big big file of “secular crimes that must be ignored” and add one more to the list.
Here is the gist. Or perhaps we should call them ‘bullet points.’ The place is the small town of Islampur in West Bengal. Students there at a High School were demanding teachers for various subjects. But the state government didn’t care. What they got instead was an Urdu teacher. The students kept protesting. The police fired.
As of now, the death toll has risen to two.
Who cares for these two kids? Nobody.
If you ask West Bengal police, they didn’t kill these kids. It is all a ‘conspiracy.’ Everything in Bengal is a conspiracy, or “saajano ghotona” (fake incident).
This famous expression “saajano ghotona” entered the Bengali political lexicon several years ago, when CM Mamata Banerjee famously said that the Park Street gangrape was a fake incident staged to defame her government. Hardly any candlelight vigils were organized and no feminist came forward to condemn her behavior. If a pro-Modi troll had said something of this nature on Twitter, there would have been global outrage.
I referred to mental exhaustion at the beginning of this post. How many times can I repeat the same exact thing over and over again? How many times can I point out that they cry for some suspicious “tribal rights activists” who are facing house arrest, but they look the other way when an actual tribal like Trilochan Mahato is murdered and hanged from a tree.
There are also reports that one of the key demands of the students was for a Bengali teacher. They got Urdu instead. Where are all the Bengali chauvinists who have sprung up all over the media recently with TMC support? All of them are hiding somewhere, eager to offer utter surrender of Bengali culture under the boot of Urdu language.
This is why I never have a jot of respect for any of these mushrooming linguistic movements in the country. They have nothing to do with giving space to India’s diverse identities, they are just Trojan horses sent to splinter India. Mention Urdu and they will surrender abjectly in no time.
Mental exhaustion aside, we have little choice but to keep highlighting these incidents. Is it possible at some level to finally wake up Hindus to the reality that a state of apartheid against them exists in this country? I have begun to doubt it. But we have no option but to keep trying. After all, everything is at stake.