Lynching of Tabrez Ansari:A Deliberate Executive Prejudice – By Shahnawaz Ahmad Ansari
Pogroms, communal strife and massacre have been cultural blots on our landscape since independence, ingrained in the bedrock of a divided India. But lately, the emergence of ‘spontaneous-mob-lynching’ with more than a tinge of pride, pouring out of men intoxicated with Hindutva has become the new took to subvert both the rule of law and the Constitution. The ‘new-lynching-normal’ of the lived India of the last five years might be a subtle attempt to assert the much sought-after-transition of India from a ‘Secular State’ to a ‘Theocratic State’.
What can we call this new dispensation? It’s armed with an ideology and a socio-political programme that diverge from those we have have been accustomed to for most of India’s independent career. It is important to realise that a silent proclamation that India is a ‘Hindu nation’ and ‘Hindutva’ is its identity – strikes a massive blow at the secular concept of Indian citizenship and at the Constitution itself.
Needless to say that it is the spraying of anti-Muslim venom into society, which has resulted in the formation of this lynch-culture, the over-enthusiastic fanatic crusaders are pretty confident to desert and decry secularism – tattooing it – ‘an outdated, formulaic and hack concept’ – presuming to replace it with the more trending Hindutva.…
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