Since the victory of Modi-led BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, political restlessness has been evident in every part of the country, except the parliament. BJP, having won by a clear majority, has incensed its competitors. The government has been criticized severely by other parties, as well as the media. However, some of this criticism has been driven by sensationalist motives.
The JNU Missing Student-Where is Najeeb?
The alarming nature of Najeeb Jung?s case has been unfairly politicised. Is it only about what political inclination one has or is it about Najeeb Ahmad, the lost boy who never returned home?
Najeeb, a first-year M.Sc student, studying at Jawaharlal Nehru University, has mysteriously disappeared after a feud with ABVP members. The cause of his disappearance is a mystery as there has been no evidence indicating his whereabouts.
While Najeeb?s parents just want their boy back, the media and his classmates are busy grabbing their two minutes of fame by developing conspiracies and unreasonable theories. Some students of JNU have also unlawfully confined the Vice Chancellor to prevent him from attending the Academic Council meeting, which proves to be counterproductive as it in no way helps anyone in finding Najeeb. The students could have instead assisted the police with the investigation in a productive manner.
Aurangabad Protests- A Pro-Maratha Measure?
There also seems to be some disruption in Aurangabad as Muslims march for their lost quota which was announced by the Congress government just before elections and later scrapped by the BJP government. The Maratha quota, instituted by the Congress, remains unchanged.
According to the census of India, there are 0.4% Jains, 0.8% Buddhists, 1.9 Sikhs, 2.3 Christians and 13.4 Muslims , in India. The majority of Hindus don?t have any quota, other minority religions haven?t been allowed any quota either.
The quota for Marathas is merely a Vote-bank politics tactic as the quota was announced by congress just before the elections. BJP has also managed to sink in the same hole by committing the error of catering to its voters? unreasonable demands by supporting vote-bank politics and engaging in divisive politics.
Dadri Lynching- A hate crime?
Another instance of rampant insensitive sensationalization of matters that, if misrepresented, could result in an internal crisis in the country would be the Dadri Mob Lynching incident ? Two men force a priest to deliver a hate speech, the public is blinded and attacks a family without any logical reason.
For an entire village to be blinded into a fit of rage, one wonders, does religious disharmony singlehandedly make people act the way they do? Or is the root of the problem with the mindset of people, which is a direct consequence of the lack of literacy and exposure? How could the reasoning ability of a whole village fail it in the face of a hate speech and what kept the people from making their decisions for themselves?
Dadri Lynching serves as a prime example of the consequences of not scrapping the current protection given to minorities in creamy layer and not providing sufficient protection to those in non-creamy layer.
The Case of Kanhaiya Kumar
Kanhaiya Kumar is a former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union. He is also a leader of the All India Student Federation (AISF), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI).
A protest was held in regards to the execution of Afzal Guru, a separatist who was given a death sentence for allegedly attacking the parliament; the facts of the case have oft been contested. Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during his protest. After further investigation, it was found that the protests were raised by outsiders and hence all charges of sedition on Kanhaiya Kumar were dropped off.
There have been various interpretations of the Sedition Act, under which Kanhaiya had been booked ?
?Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in India, shall be punished with , to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine.
Explanation 1-The expression “disaffection” includes disloyalty and all feelings of enmity.
Explanation 2-Comments expressing disapprobation of the measures of the attempting to excite hatred, contempt or disaffection, do not constitute an offence under this section.
Explanation 3-Comments expressing disapprobation of the administrative or other action of the Government without exciting or attempting to excite hatred, contempt or disaffection, do not constitute an offense under this section.?
The debate surrounding the topic has been robust. Many precedents suggest that sedition law can?t be imposed in the absence of inciting violence. There are also those who believe that sedition is applicable here
The Outer Sect- Is it the Urbane or the Rustic Dweller?
There exist many flaws in society to eliminate which India will have to get its constitution up to date. India?s minority protection policy is flawed as it seeks to protect specific groups instead of targeting high-risk, low-income groups as demonstrated in several instances. The law shouldn?t provide opportunities to those that have already developed, but to those parts of minorities and the majority which have been unable to progress with the times.
Benefits should reach the deepest corners of the country to make a real difference in the lives of people. In the interior regions of India, the situation is not rosy. It’s all down to social integration, education and economic upliftment to bring about the change that is desired by the country. We need to stop treating the symptoms and have to plunge into the very roots. Only then will India progress as it should.
-Contributed by Akanksha
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