In his 45th episode of Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast on Sunday, PM Modi indeed talked about peace and social harmony amidst his remarks on Yoga Day, GST and Doctors’ Day, he didn’t come down heavily on the fresh spate in the mob lynching.
NEW DELHI: Addressing the nation in his 45th episode of radio broadcast “Mann Ki Baat” on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Kabir and Gurunanak to urge people to follow the path of “peace and non-violence, renunciation and sacrifice” as “violence and cruelty can never solve any problem”. However, he did not utter a word on the fresh spate in the mob lynching in the name of cow and beef.
Though he was speaking just days after three brutal incidents of lynching in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand in which four people were killed, PM Modi did not say a word on the mob lynching in the name of faith as he had done two years back after the Una incident. Both Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are ruled by BJP and the latter is going to Assembly polls next year.
Calling the Jallianwala Bagh massacre an “embarrassment to humanity”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to follow the path of “peace and non-violence, renunciation and sacrifice” as “violence and cruelty can never solve any problem”.
“2019 marks the 100 years of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, an incident that embarrassed entire humanity. Who can forget that April 13, 1919 — a Black Day when innocent people were shot dead misusing power and authority.
“It was an act that crossed the bounds of cruelty,” Modi said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
“How we remember the incident can be thought of later but we should remember its immortal message” that underlines that violence and cruelty can never be the solution, Modi said.
British Colonel Reginald Dyer had ordered troops to open fire on an Indian crowd gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, killing hundreds including women and children.
In his long radio broadcast, the PM took up various issues — sportsmanship shown by Indian cricket team to Afghan team in Bengaluru, Yoga Day, Doctors’ Day, Heritage, Kabir, Gurunanak, Prakash Parv, Jallianwala Bagh, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherje, beneficiaries of different schemes of government, ‘Samridhi trust’ created by corporate professionals and IT engineers in Bengaluru and GST.
But the recent brutal lynching in the name of cow or beef was not touched in his speech.
This Monday (18 June), two Muslims were brutally assaulted by a mob in Hapur of Uttar Pradesh, one of them Qasim died while anther, 65-year-old Samiuddin sustained serious injuries and is in hospital. In the one-minute video, elderly Samiuddin is being slapped by a mob. Members of the mob, mostly teenagers, are hurling filthy abuses at him and asking him to admit he and others were taking cows for slaughter. At times, some of the assaulters are pulling his beard. Blood is spilling out from several parts of his body.
Next day (19 June), one Tauhid Ansari died in mysterious circumstances when he was reportedly carrying beef on bike in Ramgarh of Jharkhand. His half-burnt body was later found near a railway track.
On 13 June, two Muslim men in early thirties were lynched by a mob on suspicion of stealing cattle in Godda district of Jharkhand.
Several times in his speech, Modi invoked Kabir.
“Sant Kabir Das ji, through his verses ‘Saakhis’ and ‘Dohas’ stressed upon the virtues of social equality, peace and brotherhood. These were his ideals. We can feel the essence of these ideals in his compositions. They are relevant & inspiring even in modern times,” he said.
Quoting a doha of Kabir PM Modi said: “The true saint is the one who recognizes & understands the sufferings of others. Those who do not feel the pain of others are insensitive, uncompassionate.”
— With inputs from IANS