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Mainstream, VOL LVI No 32 New Delhi July 28, 2018

What Jayant Sinha Should Do

Sunday 29 July 2018, by Humra Quraishi


If the union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, is genuinely repentant about garlanding the lynching-killing accused in Jharkhand, then he ought to take the first flight to the particular village in Haryana’s Mewat belt, where dairy-man Rakbar alias Akbar Khan lived with his wife and children, till he was lynched to death last week in the neighbouring Alwar district of Rajasthan. Jayant Sinha should meet the victim’s family and also provide a sarkari job for his widow and financial assistance for the upkeep of the couple’s seven minor children. Above all, he should see to it that the actual culprits are arrested and imprisoned for life. Daring task in today’s dark times, where the police works in nexus with the Right-wing goon brigades to hound and kill the hapless. Nah, not sure whether Jayant Sinha will be able to on the police-political nexus. After all, he has to protect his ministership! Still flying high ...even after garlanding murderers!

Isn’t it about time to ask for the resignation of the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje? One horrifying incident after another, where Muslim men have been killed, amidst an irony that looms large: the culprits allowed to roam about freely after the initial bail period expires, but the kith and kin of the victims find themselves booked!

In fact, the one and only way to try and halt these communally charged killings taking place in the different States of the country, is to ask for the immediate resignation of the Chief Ministers. They ought to resign, rather forced to resign. Little sense in having Ministers or chief ministers when innocents are lynched under the various alibis mouthed by the political mafia that rules.

Right-wing using Universities to Unleash its Agenda!

This week, the chairperson of the Delhi Minorities Commission, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, has brought into focus news reports relaying that the Delhi University is going to start an MA course in political science on “Islam and international relations” under which “Islam and transnational terrorism” will be taught. In fact, the Delhi Minorities Commission has issued a suo motu notice to the Registrar of Delhi University asking him: has the university, while starting a course on “Islamic terrorism”, deliberated that individuals and groups belonging to many religions have indulged in terrorism across the world in recent times? To quote DMC, “In such a situation, starting a course only on ‘Islamic terrorism’ will send a wrong message to society, increase communal tension and help hate politics. DMC has asked the Registrar to send all information about this course, a list of the books which will be used to teach this course and if persons and groups belonging to other religions also will be studied under this course...It may be mentioned here that earlier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had planned to start a similar course but thanks to the swift intervention of DMC, JNU backtracked and its Registrar wrote to the Commission that no such course has been approved.”

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