Lynching redux: on Jharkhand mob lynching – Editorial
The death of a 24-year-old man in Jharkhand days after he was brutally beaten by a mob is a sordid reminder that the disturbing phenomenon of lynching is not going away any time soon. The assault on Tabrez Ansari also followed a recognisable pattern. The victim was Muslim and came under the suspicion of a mob, which chose to mete out vigilante justice, and someone in the crowd recorded trophy footage.…
It is distressing that lynching, as a consequence of vigilantism, communal bigotry and the dissemination of hate messages and rumours on social media, has acquired the status of a preponderant social trend.…
The Ansari incident shows that the problem has transmogrified into a sinister form of enforcing the chanting of Hindu slogans by citizens professing other religions. It may well be that the unseemly political use of the religious chant of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Parliament by some ruling party members to heckle those in the Opposition ranks is finding its echo on the streets.
- Junaid, Akhlaq, Tabrez: Muslims aside, we are also lynching our laws and legal system each and every time – By Umar Khalid (Jun 28, 2019, Dailyo.in)
- The Idea of India Needs Constant War – By Amrita Datta (Jun 24, 2019, News Click)
- The Idea Of India in the times of Mob Lynchings – By Vidya Bhushan Rawat (Jun 25, 2019, Sabrang India)
- The Hole in Our Collective Psyche – By Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee (Jun 27, 2019, The Wire)