In India, killing Muslims is an electoral tool | By Sehrish Khan 

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In India, killing Muslims is an electoral tool

THE house of Abdul Manan, a businessman from Tripura, Hart, was attacked by an angry mob of Hindus just after midnight.

His widow and 4-year-old son had to flee from the back. The mob broke into their house and destroyed it.

Abdul Manan is a well-known businessman and close relative of a member of the State Assembly, but his house was nevertheless targeted. Earlier, Muslim MP Ehsan Jafari was tortured to death.

Just in September, the Delhi residence of Asaduddin Owaisi, a Hyderabad Deccan MP and Muslim leader, was attacked and vandalized by Hindus.

But what did the Indian government do? While Bangladesh immediately arrested the perpetrators of the temple vandalism, a temple in Bangladesh was vandalized this week because a Quran was placed on the knee of a Hindu deity during a Hindu festival.

After the video went viral, riots broke out in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi government immediately arrested the rioters, while in India the victims were targeted instead of the rioters.

The riots in Tripura escalated to the point that despite burning a dozen mosques and burning down Muslim shops and homes, the anger of Hindu extremist groups has not abated. The government has given them full exemption and the administration has been a spectator.

This attitude persists throughout the year in India, but increases as elections approaches. Nowadays, Hindu organizations are busy rioting everywhere, be it Assam, Tripura, Gujarat, Godhra or Delhi.

Surprisingly, when Modi is representing a secular country as the Prime Minister, no one interrupts him. Whether it is the United Nations or the FATF, everyone gives him an “all right” certificate.

Tripura is a state in eastern India, covering an area of 15,000 km. Its capital is Agartala, just 10 km from Bangladesh.

The population is 3.6 million, 10% of the population is Muslim. But Hindu organizations consider them Bengali. It is said that most of them migrated to India during the war of 1971.

This is not only the statement of Hindu organizations but also of the Indian government.

Therefore, the Indian government had passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill by a majority in Parliament in December 2019.

The bill proposes to grant Indian citizenship to people belonging to six minority communities (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, Christian and Sikh) in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

If a person coming from these countries is a Muslim, he will be called an illegal immigrant in any case and in no case will he have the right to apply for citizenship in India.

When the bill was introduced, protests took place not only in Assam and Tripura but also in other cities of India and curfew was imposed and internet was shut down.

Muslims in India in particular, in the wake of this discrimination, feel that the NRC is in fact a place to harass Muslims. The government is trying to deport millions of Muslims through it.

The former Chief Minister of Assam has said that the economic policy of the Modi government has failed miserably, unemployment and poverty have increased.

In this situation, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is actually an electoral ploy of the Modi government which he hopes will benefit the election they have been benefited in the past.

Despite the cover-up by the Indian media, news of the riots in Tripura a few days ago spread like wildfire. These scenes and angry slogans are very disturbing for Muslims in other states of India.

“There are government-backed hardline Hindu organizations involved in the riots in Tripura,” says Sonia, an Indian journalist.

Rewards are also given to their workers for their performance. Is there anyone in the world who calls them terrorists and raises the voice of interrogation about them? The two countries are neighbours.

See the difference in attitude. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wajid, who broke into the temple, immediately met the Hindu community.

The government made arrests and the ministers reassured them of meeting the affected Hindus.

On the other hand, Indian citizen Abdul Manan provides CCTV footage of the attack on his house to the police, but no action is taken by the government.

Are concerned for Shafiqul Rehman, President of the Tripura Students’ Organization, says the main reason for the violence against Muslims is the elections, the dates of which have been announced.

He also said that the entire Hindu community has been sidelined in such a way that even the opposition parties are not ready to speak out against the violence.

The question is, why would the Muslims of India stand aside? Why not try to form an alliance?

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