Amit Shah’s claims about lynchings is the latest example of BJP’s post truth politics

July 2, 2017, 11:26 am
Amit Shah’s claims about lynchings is the latest example of BJP’s post truth politics
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Amit Shah’s claims about lynchings is the latest example of BJP’s post truth politics

Amit Shah’s claims about lynchings is the latest example of BJP’s post truth politics

BJP’s anathema for facts are well known. All the emotive issues they brought in to polarise the society are bereft of facts. Now when Amit Shah, the party president says that mob lynchings rose during the UPA regime is the latest one to add this.

Disapproving that the cases of lynching in the country rose in the three years under NDA regime, Amit Shah claimed that the atrocities took place comparatively higher in the previous Congress regime. He said In 2011, 2012 and 2013, lynching cases were much more than three years of BJP government, “but no one raised questions then.”

“I do not want to compare and undermine the current incidents of lynching…. I am also serious. (But) there have been more lynchings in 2011, 2012, and 2013. There have been more incidents of lynching in each of these years than in NDA’s three years,” the BJP chief stated.

However, data shows as many of 97 percent of these attacks over the last eight years were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014.

Muslims were the target of 51 percent of violence centred on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) and comprised 86 percent of 28 Indians killed in 63 incidents.

Of the 28 Indians who died over the seven-year period in the attack by self styled cow vigilantes, 24 were Muslim. As many as 124 people were also injured in these attacks. More than half (52 percent) of these attacks were based on rumours.

The BJP chief said there is no apprehension anywhere in the country.” Indicating that incidents of lynching, being law and order issues, are a state subject.

“There was an SP government in UP when Akhlaq died. The responsibility is the SP government’s. But protest marches are taken out in Delhi, in front of the Modi government. What is this fashion? ,” Shah asked, but ignoring the facts involved in mob lynchings

However, analysis of crime records reveals about half the cow-related violence–32 of 63 cases–were from states governed by the BJP when the attacks were reported.

Shah’s comment came hours after President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the recent string of brutal lynching incidents emerging from across the nation.

President urged the country to pause and reflect and asked the people to be proactive enough to save India's basic system of belief.

“With the change of history we can see colonialism now as dominance, exploitation by one power to another power. When we see on the TV and read the newspapers that an individual has been lynched, and when the mob frenzy becomes so high and uncontrollable then we have to pause and reflect,” Mukherjee said.

Meanwhile, a BJP leader and three others have been arrested for lynching of Alimuddin Anari in Jharkhand on Thursday.