Living in Uttar Pradesh is a misadventure. The State promises a daily dose of murder, rape, and unrestricted violence without the fear of any consequence or State backlash. From petty thievery to fatal gang wars, the most populous Indian State has made life a living hell for both the law enforcement, and the civilians, alike.
Ikhlaq’s adventure ended fatally a few days ago when he was mercilessly dragged out of his house, in front of his helpless family, and publicly lynched for supposedly eating beef. Commenting on the decayed mentality of such a society would be wasted effort; this is a disease that engulfs almost the entire State, and no one can do anything about it. Least of all, the Akhilesh Yadav Government!
When the son tried to intervene, he was brutally thrashed, and is critically ill right now. This is not an isolated incident. This is Uttar Pradesh behaving normally.
A society that values its cows more than humans runs the risk of mortal implosion. UP is undergoing a catastrophic failure, collapsing violently with each passing day.
A cornered Akhilesh Yadav, ruffled by the in-your-face media scrutiny and public demand for swift action against the killer mob, may have lost his balance while attempting to do the right thing. Easily hassled, he has ordered a clampdown on all social media activities in the State that, according to the chief minister, is inciting violence. This is the modus operandi of a weak chief minister, of someone who has apparently lost all manner of control.
He has also given the whole gruesome episode a communal colour. The BJP has accused Akhilesh Yadav of trying to appease the minority Muslim community, further alleging that the Samajwadi Party Government is trying to shield the guilty at the cost of innocent people. It’s the same, good old goddamn vote bank politics!
But the worst reflection of the UP Government’s coldness came in the form of its priority list. In that, sending the meat sample for forensic test, to verify whether it was cow meat or otherwise, featured way above the State’s duty to apprehend the culprits.
The CM has announced a 10-lac dole to the bereaved family, something that has become common practice with those in power as a first step towards victim appeasement.
Barely 48 hours ago, Uttar Pradesh raised its ugly tentacles, yet again. This time, a 90-year-old Dalit man succumbed to his injuries after he was attacked with an axe, and set on fire, for daring to enter a temple in Hamirpur, UP. Normal.
Besides being tarnished for crime, casteism, and fraud & sleaze of the most horrible kind, it has also grabbed the dishonour of being the most communally-volatile State. The Ministry of Home Affairs has officially revealed that over 100 communal riots took place in UP during the 2012 period.
When under such a terrible track record Akhilesh Yadav says he is committed to rooting crime out of his State, what value does it really carry?
With 80 members in the Lok Sabha, UP plays the role of kingmaker in every election of consequence, but it has done the littlest in ensuring peace and harmony in its own backyard, let alone the entire country.