Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill : The Anti-Hindu Bill
By : Himadrish Suwan
“I was born as a Hindu, but I will not die as a Hindu” -Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
More and more people in India are going away from Hinduism. The percentage of Hindus is decreasing rapidly. Today the percentage of Hindus in Indian Community are not more than 70 %, and when we see of the entire Indian subcontinent they are less than 45%. More and more people from this remaining portion have been attracted to other religions and overturning their religion. Religious leaders & Political Parties of Hindus, most of leader who are Brahmins, never tried to think why this happened and why this is happening.
The future of Hinduism is very block. But will hinduism survive? The answer is no because Hindus want to convert to other religions but no other individual want to adopt Hinduism as the religion.
After years of delay Indian National Congress has decided to bite the bullet on the bill against communal violence. It has been confirmed that the Centre has made up its mind to introduce the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament. After the violence in Muzaffarnagar the Minority Affairs Minister Mr.Rehman Khan had drafted a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh urging him to bring the Bill as soon as possible. The Bill seeks to impose the duty, both on the Centre and the state governments, to exercise power to prevent targeted violence, including mass violence against SCs, STs and linguistic and religious minorities. It also imposes penalty on public servants for dereliction of duty. Though various political leaders, organisations, NGO’s have been criticizing about this bill for a long time but now Congress has finally decided to push the Bill in order to increase their minority vote bank. But will this Bill really covert into minority votes for congress or its tainted face will sink congress to a larger extent??
This bill is strongly being opposed by various Hindu leaders and Organization as if this bill becomes a law then only Hindus will be tried convicted and sentenced for communal violence and incitement of communal hatred because the Constitution will refuse to accept that Muslims and Christians are capable of violence and hatred. If this Bill becomes law, any anonymous complainant can file a police case against a Hindu for inciting communal hatred and the police will have to register it as a non-bailable offence under the law. The accused who would be arrested would not even have the right to know who the complainant is and the accused Hindu will virtually be presumed to be guilty unless he or she can prove his her innocence. None the less, a Hindu activist who complains against fanatic Christian missionaries trust, there are many of them out there converting tribals through inducements and bribes will be sent behind bars; the Christian missionary who openly calls Hindus ‘heathens’ or ‘kafirs’ and tramples upon idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses will be forever found innocent by the Indian Constitution itself. Moreover it is very hurting to see that the members who drafted the bill are more all anti-hindu’s. Is this what the constitution guarantees “Right to Un equality ”
The question which comes is why was this Bill drafted? What is the urgency? There is no preamble to justify the need of this Bill.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Ashok Singhal warned of a massive movement in the country if the Centre did not withdraw the proposed Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill . “It is an unimaginable and unconstitutional Bill. The Centre has brought the Bill to annihilate the Hindu community” says Singhal. Alleging that the Bill was anti-Hindu and heavily tilted in favour of minorities, he said that if the Bill was passed, then the Hindus would become criminals. Moreover, the Hindus would also be blamed for all communal violences. “If the Bill comes, then Hindus alone would be the sinners and Muslims can never be the culprits,” he said and added that the Bill presumed that a case would be registered in the case of a rape or a murder by a Hindu, but no case would be registered if a crime is unleashed on a Hindu. Singhal said the Bill had divided society into groups of Christianity, Muslims and others. Thus, this bill rises a black mark on the old saying: ”Hindu-Muslim,Sikh –Isai apas mein sab Bhai Bhai”.
Leader of the Opposition (Rajya Sabha) Arun Jaitley said“I have no doubt that once this law is implemented with the intention with which it is being drafted, it will create disharmony in the inter-community relations in India. It is a law fraught with dangerous consequences. It is bound to be misused. Perhaps, that appears to be the real purpose behind its drafting. It will encourage minority communalism. The law defies the basic principles of equality and fairness. Social entrepreneurs in the National Advisory Council can be expected to draft such a dangerous and discriminatory law. One wonders how the political head of that body cleared this draft. When some persons carried on a campaign against TADA – an anti-terrorist law, the members of the UPA argued that even terrorists should be tried under the normal laws”
There are 9 articles and 139 sections and subsections in the Bill. The most important being Art 3(E). All others revolve round this. This is the single most mischievous and pernicious concept in the Bill. It straight away divides society into two blatantly: “the Group” and “the Others.” The Group consists of the religious and linguistic minorities and the Others are the majority Hindus.
What is impossible to understand is that even when the Hindus in a district become the minority in strength according to the Bill’s concept, the Group does not apply to it. Hence right from the very start the Bill is a communal Bill meant to garner votes and not meant to prevent communal violence. This is obvious and apparent when the Bill further clarifies that the Group is considered to be victims and the Others perpetrators. How is victim hood bestowed on the Group straight away? Can the Others not be victims—and what if they are? Can there be a more communalized perception. Yet according to I&B Minister Manish Tiwari this is a progressive bill, This Bill precludes the Hindus under the assumption, Says Hilda Raja.
BJP attacked Congress on Communal Violence Bill issue and said that the”Government is trying to bring back the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill. It is actually a Communal targeted vote Bill,” BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Describing the move as a “self-goal” by Congress, he said earlier the ruling party had tried to raise the bogey of reservations on the basis of religion during Uttar Pradesh poll. The party has alleged that with assembly polls round the corner in five states, it is now talking about the Communal Violence Bill. “The Bill can take the situation towards a civil war. You cannot say that all the people from a particular community are rioters”, “Congress has tried to tell the people that it is the biggest well-wisher of the minorities. But this move shows the negative and non-sensical mentality of Congress,” Naqvi charged. Political parties including the BJP, the Akali Dal, the Shiv Sena and the BSP that are opposing the bill see it as usurping the rights of the state.
This bill considers Hindus as a violent community who always does violence against Muslims and Christians and others. Hindus are always the accused. Muslims and Christians never do violence and are always the victims. Hence while Muslims burning Sabarmati Express, in Gujarat is not a crime but the spontaneous reaction from Hindus in form of Godhra riots is a crime.
Under the proposed Act, when a Danish cartoonist made a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed and Muslims rioted and killed Hindus in India, the killing of Swami Lakshmananand who opposed the conversions by Christian Missionaries is not a crime. But any reaction by and from Hindus is a crime.
If this bill is passed in the Parliament and becomes an Act and recommendation of the National Advisory Council (NAC) then Hindus will have to keep their mouth shut and always be at the mercy of Muslims and Christians so that they should never complain against any Hindu in any police station because then no proof is needed, no witness is required and they will be held guilty and sent to jail. Is this why we are born Hindu ??
It is a time when all Hindu Leaders, Hindu Organizations, Hindu NGO’s ,Political Leaders with view of united secularism , Hindu Individuals & Groups must unite and raise mass voice’s ,so that our politician hear it and learn the true meaning of secularism.
“If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health, communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or my religion. That is everybody’s personal concern!” ― Mahatma Gandhi