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Bhadrak riot & the misinformation being spread by antillectuals
A recent Facebook post said that 'Muzaffarnagar riots made Yogi CM of UP. Now who would be Yogi of Odisha in 2019 post Bhadrak riot 2017?' Clearly, the person who posted this, although resides in Bhubaneswar, but is probably unaware of the ground situation in Odisha's riot-hit Bhadrak.

Not only him, but many others also started commenting on the riot soon, alleging it to be a conspiracy by RSS, VHP and BJP for pushing their Hindutwa agenda. The self-proclaimed secular industry and antillectuals issued sarcastic comments against the BJP, linking the communal violence to the National Convention of the party scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from April 15.

Couple of national media channels started reporting the riot but immediately stopped after knowing that there's nothing in the riot which could be linked to the BJP. This also goes on to show how the our national mainstream media channels practice dualism.

But what exactly happened in Bhadrak? It all started after a post appeared on Facebook showing Hindu Gods like Ram, Sita etc along with offensive and defamatory remarks during Ram Navmi. As a result, some Hindu organisations started protesting against this post which trivialised Hindu Gods and demanded arrest of the person who had posted it. The police didn't take immediate action. Thus, Hindu organisations did a gherao of the police station.

In the meantime, these protesters were attacked by miscreants from the minority community. Even during nights, shops of the majority community were burnt down. The point to be noted is that Bhadrak is a minority dominated town. Curfew was imposed. Later again, there was an incident of arson where shops of a couple of Hindu businessmen were burned.

Whenever there is a riot in the country, generally two communities are involved. In this case, the miscreants only from one community were involved. I am not holding the minority community as a whole responsible for this arson and running riot. But facts must be known by people before passing any comments. These are miscreants and I hope that the government will take proper action against them. In Odisha, there is no vote bank politics, thus, I don't think Odisha government will give any kind of relaxation to these miscreants because of their religion.

In this article, I have only one point to make that people shouldn't be jumping guns and blame BJP for anything and everything under the Sun. The heinous crime committed by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan is neither endorsed by BJP or RSS, but yet, they are being blamed just because some people want to do politics. Those who indulge in such violent acts should be given stern punishments, but then, politicising such incidents which also involve other co-related ultra-sensitive issues like illegal cow smuggling shouldn't also be allowed. Mob violence is wrong, but at the same time, so is illegal cow smuggling.

Various posts by people blaming the majority community for the riot only just expose their duality. One should first understand the ground facts and then comment. But you know, antillectuals are hardly ever interested in knowing the ground facts, all they are interested in is blaming PM Modi.

It's also pertinent to ask some serious questions to those antillectuals, that, why they remained silent when atrocities were committed during riots in Bengal where Hindus were the victims?Such ambivalence always puts the majority community in discomfort. One of my friends said that being a Hindu in this country is equivalent to being a second class citizen. I don't agree with his view, but I can understand that the double standards of such antillectuals, media and people claiming to be secular are in fact infusing such frustration into the fold of the majority community.

By character, the Hindu community is very tolerant. But if such dualism continues and this atmosphere of discomfort extends further, then tussle between the two communities would reach a flashpoint, after all limits of tolerance have been breached. This, sadly, shall be very damaging to the idea of India. I hope good sense will prevail upon these irresponsible people who only act according to their vested political interests.

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