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Communal virus in Rajasthan
Rajasthan, once known for amity, has now become communally sensitive.
Nobody knew that one day it would vie with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
Police, politicians, government and even the media disagree about the
causes of this change. Police lay the blame on the media, while opposition
politicians look at it as a sign of the failure of law and order in the
state. Whatever be the reason, they agree on one point: there are
definitely some people or organizations which are hell-bent on turning
trivial issues between the two communities into communal disorder. Recent
incidents have shown how fundamentalist elements have converted small
issues into big, insoluble problems.
On 16 August there was great hue and cry on a trivial matter in Mohangarh
which left 14 injured, three in critical condition. When situations went
beyond control, police had to impose Section 144. A similar case of
Kailash Mali’s murder cost 14 lives.
The list of such recent incidents appears to be growing: Nasirabad,
Phaulodi, Toda, Uniara, Ajmer, Tonk, Rajsamand and Jaipur have confronted
with bitter experiences. In all these incidents a considerable number of
innocent lives were sacrificed at the altar of communal violence.
Communal forces have now changed their strategy. Instead of killing or
attacking members of the other community, they now indulge in desecrations
and damages of religious places. In July they attacked a tomb of a sufi
which was equally revered by Hindus and Muslims. This faialed to satisfy
their appetite of communal hatred and they took one step forward and
repeating the story of the Babri Masjid, demolished a roofless mosque in
Asind. The series did not stop there. Another age-old mosque was attacked
and later demolished in Punder in Bhilwara.
It is rightly felt that these communal clashes are not casual cases. There
is a well-planned and organized plot to create chaos and disturbance. The
mischief mongers are trying to cause clashes between the two communities
by playing the communal card. There is news of idol-breaking also.
The miscreants want the communities to fight with each other, so that they
should not think of anything progressive and constructive.
It is high time for both the communities in general and their sensible and
responsible persons in particular to understand the games of the
fundamentalist elements and take right steps so that these conspiracies
are foiled and communal peace and harmony is restored. q