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India: Aftermath of Muzaffarnagar Communal Violence - Reports by Sadbhav Mission and NAPM

4 November 2013

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COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN MUZAFFARNAGAR AND AFTER: MEMO AND FLYERS IN HINDI AND ENGLISH BY SADBHAV MISSION AND BY Prof Vipin Tripathi (New Delhi)

Build Compassion and Fight Oppression: An Appeal from Prof. Tripathi

Friends, Most of our mothers were not educated. Villagers like Akbar and Khiloon were also not educated. Yet in honesty, commitment to hard work and compassion they had no match. Seventy percent countrymen are deprived of education like them but they have the wealth of truth and wisdom. They earn their bread through hard labor and give 60% of their earnings to build the nation.

The classes living on their exploitation, viz., the corporates, traders and officers are a different kind of people- a majority of them having show off, religious hatred, caste prejudice and crookedness. Their political idols are also arrogant and narrow minded like them. For this reason the political likings of masses and the elite have been opposite of each other. People love Mahatma Gandhi by heart while the elite worship his killers. People voted overwhelmingly for Nehru and Indira Gandhi while the elite spit venom against them.

This time the danger is bigger. Corporates (and middle classes) have acquired strong control over resources and markets and media has come as a powerful weapon in their hands. It suppresses the real issues by raising the superficial and fake ones and forces the government to bend on knees. Two years ago, in the garb of corruption, black money and Lokpal Bill, it lifted unknown people from ground to sky. However, not a finger was pointed towards the real source of corruption, the trading and corporate classes, who legally make huge profits and also indulge in hoarding, black marketing, and bribing (to reap Rs. 100 crore benefits by paying 1 crore bribe) . No one raised the issue how the income of affluent classes in last 20 years grew 100 fold while that of the farmers and workers only marginally.

Now these classes, through incessant propaganda, are projecting the Chief Minister of Gujarat. There are two reasons. One, he let 2000 helpless countrymen burn alive and did not even blink, i.e., he is brave. Two, he provided lands to Tatas, Reliance and other industrialists for peanuts.

If such people win elections, then corporates, middle classes and RSS will rule over every center of power, from village Panchayats and shrines to colleges, administration and legislatures in cities. Already the criminals and aggressive elements of the country are gravitating towards them. Let us not strike axe on our own feet by giving vote to them.

Gandhi has taught us one lesson – Do not fight amongst yourselves, fight the oppression. Let us resist the rising storm of evil. Tell the peoples’ representatives to bring down ill impact of market on farmers and workers, make technical education accessible to all the children and take every one along.

Dard Mandi Paida Karo Aur Zulm Se Lado
Flier in Hindi by Sadbhav Mission Delhi
Build Compassion, Fight Oppression
English Flier by Sadbhav Mission Delhi - October 2013
Memorandum by Sadbhav Mission to SDM re Relief Camps in Kairana (Shamli)
Relief Camps in Kairana (Shamli) Area Children’s Education Needs to be Restored Immediately

Professor Tripathi’s report from Muzzafarnagar [September 2013]

V.K. Tripathi, Sadbhav Mission, 5, C-Street, IIT, New Delhi 110016

E-mail: tripathivipin at yahoo.co.in

Friends,

Yesterday (September 12, 2013) I made my second visit to Muzaffarnagar area. My objectives were i) to ascertain facts about Jauly firing incident of September 7, ii) to initiate efforts to cool down passions, iii) to meet administrative/ police officers and have assessment of the situation.

In my earlier visit that I undertook with Aarish on September 8, I had visited Mansurpur and Bopara and was alarmed by the level of passions aroused. Hence, I prepared a note and made 2000 copies for distribution.

With half of these copies I boarded Haridwar Mail at 5:30 PM at Delhi station on September 12. During the journey I distributed 600 fliers, of these 100 were given to policemen. A majority of the people read them with interest. At 8:40 AM I got down at Muzaffarnagar. I talked to local people and learned that Jouly was 17 km away and there was no tempo or bus running. However, they gave me the directions and I started walking. After 4 km, a kind young man gave me motor bike ride for 2 km. As I began walking again I saw a group of 100 young girls and boys returning from a makeshift Madarsa. Behind them was a Muslim farmer who taught these children. He was balanced in his conversation. After 3 km, a Sikh farmer gave me ride for 2 km. He was also nice and spoke without exaggeration and bias.

After walking 3 km further, an elderly Sikh, owning a mangoes garden, gave me ride for 2 km. He told that Mahapanchayat on September 7 and firing near Jauly same evening greatly added to the problems. His assessment was that 7 Hindus were killed in Jauly Ganga Canal firing and 3 tractors were drowned A Muslim was also killed. I gave him Sadbhav Mission Patrika and flier and moved on.

A km prior to Jauly, I met a group of ten people (Hindus) sitting in front of a house at the farm. They talked nicely but said that the number of dead in the canal far exceeds the two bodies recovered. Then I left, crossed the Ganga nahar, met the CRPF constables and went to site where violence had taken place on September 7. There were 15 people including the police sub-inspector. The crane had just lifted a drowned tractor from the canal. One tractor was taken out a day earlier.

At 12: 15 I entered Jouly. It is a village with a population of 5000; 4000 Muslims (including half Shias, (Saiyid)) and 1000 Hindus (including very significant % of Jats). Jouly Village Panchayat comprises two villages, Jouly and Mirza tola. The latter has primarily Banjara (Hindu OBC) population of 2000. Jouly pradhan (chief of Gramsabha) is a Banjara. Before independence, this village had a Shia (Sayid) Zamindar. Since then Saiyids and Jats have been having very good relations.

Just few meters inside the village I met Kamber, an young lawyer. He took me to his home. His brother Humayun, uncle Qamar Abbas and other members greeted me with warmth. They expressed deep sorrow for the canal incident of Sept. 7 and said police had recovered bodies of 3 Hindus. From there I went to the gher (house front) of Chaudhury Rajpal. He was equally truthful and warm. He said 4 Muslims and 3 Hindus died. 7 more Hindus are still missing. One tractor is also missing. It was most heartening to meet these two most decent and dedicated secularists, Qamar Abbas and Chaudhury Rajpal.

At 1:30 I left for Muzaffarnagar. I got a tempo with young driver Ifran. I was pleasantly surprised that this boy and his friend had the courage to come 17 km away from Muzaffarnagar in such a tense atmosphere. They dropped me at DM’s residence. But he was not there. I left a message for him. SP was also on tour of the area. At 4 PM I took the train to Delhi.

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Dard Mandi Paida Karo Aur Zulm Se Lado
Flier in Hindi by Sadbhav Mission Delhi
Dard Mandi Paida Karo Aur Zulm Se Lado
Flier in Hindi by Sadbhav Mission Delhi