Not in My Name: Is Modi Responsible?

Thousands of civilians planning and organizing massive protests not only in major cities of India but also abroad against mob lynching culture in India shows the growing dissatisfaction amongst common civilians. While mob lynching portray barbarism and Dark Age brutality, is the Government responsible for this? Will Modi’s words of condolence translate into action?

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‘Not in My Name’ is a protest rally held in Jantar Mantar, Delhi, against lynching of 16 year old Muslim boy, Junaid Khan in Delhi, NCR. The trouble started regarding a train seat, which soon escalated with the furious mob calling him a beef eater and mocking his skull cap and ultimately stabbing him to death. The incident took place in Ballabhgarh, Haryana, where along with Junaid, two of his brothers were also injured.

This spate of barbarism and the acts of hatred is on rise in India with several incidents of lynching of Muslims and the Dalits paving the way to Dark Age brutality. There is no doubt that the covert government support and encouragement are the prime causes for such incidents. Just like after the advent of President Trump, hate crimes against the people of color has been on increase in United States, the crimes against Muslims in India follow a similar pattern. The dark clouds are gathering over the socio-political landscape of our nation, with no opposition of consequence against it.

‘Not In My Name’ protest has been organized by Saba Dewan, a Gurgaon-based documentary filmmaker that turned out to be a success not only in Delhi, but several other cities across the country.  Some of these protest points are Dakhinapan premises in Kolkata, Civil Lines in Allahabad, Sector 17 in Chandigarh, Gandhi Nagar in Jaipur, Kargil Chowk in Patna, Tank Bund in Hyderabad, Bangalore Town Hall in Bengaluru, Promenade on the Carter Road in Mumbai, Gandhi Park in GPO in Lucknow, High Court Junction in Kochi and near the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. The protests are scheduled to be held in London, Toronto, and Boston on June 29.

The protests could be amassed in several cities simultaneously, as the news of the incident and the consequent protests spread like a wild fire on social media. However, what is most surprising is the feeble reaction from the incumbent government. The BJP spokesperson denied that the incident took place because the victim was a Muslim. It itself will encourage more of such incidences.

The rally held in Jantar Mantar has been the spontaneous pouring of people from all walks of life. It was not a representation of the minority community alone; neither was it comprised of only affected people. The intellectuals came out spontaneously and have been gathering of masses from all faiths, culture and languages. It shows that while opposition parties are lackluster, the common men are on the streets to express their disgust against the current government.