How fake news about ‘intolerance’ inspires attacks on essential workers

With the raging Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic, our society needs its essential workers more than ever. Our police, our doctors, nurses, sanitation workers and the like. Without them, the nation would stand no chance. While we stay at home, they go out on the roads every day, possibly risking their lives in the process.

Not surprisingly, we have seen heartening videos on social media of common citizens expressing their gratitude. Going up to them, handing them something nice and cold to drink. Trying to keep them in high spirits. Don’t forget that the brutal Indian summer has already begun.

But not everyone is like that.

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In Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, some workers were out sanitizing the area when they were attacked by a group “armed with sticks, rods and axes – surrounded them. Before the sanitation workers could comprehend anything, the gang attacked them. While most of the workers managed to escape unhurt, one of them sustained critical injury in hand after being hit by an axe.”

Imagine that. A sanitation worker hit on the hand with an axe! Now, who would do something like that?

Allegedly, a mob led by a man called Adil.

And what great purpose was Adil hoping to accomplish with his dastardly act? This report from India Today gives us a hint.

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“Locals.” Hmmm… From the article.

Aadil, his father Habib and cleric Gop Khan, who allegedly instigated the attack, were arrested on Friday, while Aadil’s brother Arif was nabbed on Saturday, Chourasia said.

During interrogation, Aadil claimed that he indulged in violence as Gop Khan had told them that since the lockdown, namaazees and followers of the Tablighi Jamaat were hounded by government workers, the ASP said.”

In other words, this is the bitter harvest of the hatred that Indian liberals have been diligently sowing among India’s Muslim minority for the last six months now. They had been simmering it on a low flame for five years with the wildly exaggerated “lynchistan” narrative. It was set to boiling point when widespread hysteria was engineered over the CAA and the yet to exist NRC! And now we are living in this alternate reality where the Tablighi Jamaat are being touted as victims of some great atrocity by the government.

It’s a fact that approximately 30% of all confirmed cases of Wuhan Coronavirus in India so far can be traced to a gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat. And even if some people make the excuse that they were too poorly educated to know better (despite 60 years of supposedly ‘secular’ rule by their alleged well wishers), nothing can excuse the subsequent behavior : spitting, pelting stones on doctors and cops, misbehaving with nurses and so on.

But in the upside down world of Indian liberalism, myth rules over reality. Eminent liberals have gone to comical lengths to give clean chits to the Jamaat. Some even cited their claims of religious piety and said they couldn’t possibly molest a woman or commit any other kind of crime. Yes, when has it ever happened that members of a conservative religious group have engaged in any kind of criminal behavior?

These conspiracy theories were invented to defame India. I understand that they sell like hot cakes on the global media scene. But at home, these conspiracy theories are wreaking havoc on the psyche of India’s minorities. As if the paranoia over CAA and NRC and ‘lynchistan’ were not enough.

It is beginning to some people like Adil over the edge. Making them so crazy that they are now out with axes to hit sanitation workers. Because everything seems like a conspiracy now; the virus, the quarantine, everything.

There’s no ‘lynchistan.’ Neither is there a draft of NRC. But many folks like Adil have been tutored to fear it. Now, they don’t even know what is real any more. And many have stopped caring. They are living in a state of mortal fear. And irrational fear.

The incident in Dewas in Madhya Pradesh is not isolated. Few weeks ago, doctors trying to enter possible hotspots of the virus in Indore were pelted with stones. Reports of a similar nature have poured in from across the country : Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, everywhere. In each of these cases, the culprit is the same : irrational fear, provoked by a fake intolerance narrative.

We are at a fateful moment in our nation’s history. We require the cooperation of every single individual to make the fight against the Wuhan Coronavirus a success. But at every step, essential workers like doctors, cops, nurses, etc have found themselves stonewalled by groups of people acting out of irrational fear. Who sowed this fear? Who has been earning big bucks by marketing the intolerance narrative all around the world? This time their personal fortunes are literally coming at the cost of the nation and perhaps even all of humanity. For the love of humanity, STOP!

Okay, that appeal definitely won’t work with them. How about I put this differently? India has 1.3 billion people. If India fails to stop the virus, the rest of the world is toast along with us. You can then forget about those big bucks from abroad. For the future of your own bank account, STOP!

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “How fake news about ‘intolerance’ inspires attacks on essential workers

  1. I think this article gets it wrong. The Islamists have been attacking Hindus for more than thousand years now. The liberals only recently entered the picture. What the liberals provide is not the motivation for the attacks but the imaginary reasons and window dressing.

    The motivation for these attacks is all intrinsic. The liberals supply intolerance as the reason for the grisly attacks to provide excuses to the Islamists. The liberal articles are not the cause but the covering fire and support. Even if the liberals stopped writing their articles today, the attacks will continue. The liberals get their paychecks by inventing excuses for the murders of the Islamists, thats all

    Sunanda Vashisht had recently posted a solution to this problem of attacks on doctors and health workers. Announce that any area attacking doctors, health workers and sanitation workers will be blockaded for a period of 3 months. A total blockade except for food and water to pass through. The residents would have to manage even cleaning their own garbage. They will be on their fours begging to lift the blockade.

    There are ways for governments to drill sense but secularism comes in the way. Whatever the faults of the Chinese, they know how to drill sense into the Islamists. Even Yogi Adityanath knows how to drill sense. Shivraj may be a good administrator but that is not enough. He has to be a good Kshatriya also and put fear in the hearts of those who attack public workers. Or put MP police under Yogi.

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  2. The fact of the matter is, India is doing much better than the rest of the world in controlling CVD problems and that is what bugging our and the world’s Liberals. I have a feeling that the Muzzies commit all kinds of atrocities and hide behind the Liberal’s propaganda. It is surprising how our Liberals are hell-bent on suicidal behavior. Don’t they know that Pakistan/ Bangladesh/ Afghanistan/Saudi Arabia etc has some Hindu/Christian/Sikh population, but you will have to get a searchlight to find a Liberal there. So what will happen to the Liberal if they succeed in replacing Hindus with Muzzies in power in India?

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    1. The job of the liberals is to forestall any counter action on the Islamists by creating a narrative against the Hindus. They dont have to do anything to motivate the Islamists or Communists because that motivation is intrinsic.

      In other words, liberals want Hindus to be Gandhian and accept all attacks on Hindus by Islamists and Communists silently. Any counter response to attacks is painted as intolerance. Any non-response to attacks is painted as secularism, gandhian etc

      In effect, liberals want a free pass to allow Islamists and communists to commit any and every violence on the majority in India

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  3. Wonder when Uddhav Thakre and other secular state CM’s will tweet like this. Full marks and more to BS Yediyurappa here for delivering the right message straight and quickly.

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  4. You are talking as if they are innocent. They know very well that the govt will not do anything that is why so brassiness. we are totally fed up with this. The inaction of the govt is forcing us to move away from this democrazyness. Due to no proper action by the govt we have decided not to vote from next elections, anyway they have their illegal bd’s and dont care for hindu votes anymore. sorry .ndia…

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  5. Read somewhere that the Western countries have wiped out all the economic gains of buying cheap stuff from China in one go because of China virus.

    https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/1000-foreign-firms-mull-production-in-india-300-actively-pursue-plan-as-exit-china-mantra-grows/story/401462.html

    The West backed the wrong dictatorial horse instead of backing India. And it is paying a terrible price. There are no free lunches. And there are no free goods from a dictatorial regime

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