Narendra Modi

India’s Modi has not been silent on mob lynchings, as left-leaning activists and NGOs claim

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 July, 2018, 2:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 July, 2018, 2:32pm

With reference to your article of July 11 (“Why India’s great communicator Modi has fallen silent on mob lynching epidemic”), India is full of left-leaning activists and NGOs who are adept at quoting each other, without bothering to verify the facts for themselves.

Thus, on August 7, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a very strong statement in view of the crimes committed by cow vigilantes, saying: “I get so angry at those who are into the cow vigilantes business. A cow devotee is different, cow protection is different. I have seen that some people are into crimes all night and wear the garb of cow vigilantes by day.”

The following day, he spoke about Dalits (the former “untouchables” mentioned in your article): “There are a few incidents that are very shameful. It is our duty to protect and respect the poor and Dalit people of our country … shoot me if you want, not Dalits”, and asked people to beware of criminals who “only want to destroy society”.

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I believe that incidences of cow vigilantism have reduced since then and that tough action is being taken against the perpetrators.

Regarding Indian Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha’s visit to eight men convicted of lynching a Muslim cattle trader last year, in all democratic countries there are parliamentarians whose unilateral actions cause embarrassment. In this case, the minister was forced to clarify, “I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and reject any type of vigilantism.”

India is a great place for people of all religions, castes and creeds. Activists, however, simply focus on the crimes that are committed against the minorities, forgetting the other side of the story.

Palak Ahuja, Pok Fu Lam