Lynching as state terror? Complete dearth of ‘political will’ to deal with mob violence – By Fr Cedric Prakash sj
…The Central government has to make it clear, as per the directives of the Supreme Court, that lynching and mobocracy will not be tolerated; the only way it can demonstrate their commitment to this ‘zero tolerance’ is to first effectively punish the ‘Godses’ and other murderers within its own ranks!
Lynching is today India’s greatest shame! If the Prime Minister and the government is serious about controlling the lynching, they should first book their own ministers, their leaders and others of their ilk who through hate speeches target the minorities, the poor and the marginalized of the country. These have to be dismissed from the party immediately and appropriate police action should be taken against them.
So far, this has not happened; there is a complete dearth of political will to deal with mob violence. As the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the leaders of today, need to stop indulging in empty rhetoric and to mainstream Gandhi’s doctrine of ‘ahimsa.'(non-violence).
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