Today BJP president Amit Shah summoned those leaders from his party who made inflammatory comments on the Dadri lynching incident. He conveyed to them the “anger” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the insensitivity and insensibility of their remarks.
But then there is the RSS.
According to a PTI report, an article published in the RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ said that the killing of Mohammad Iqlakh in Dadri over beef consumption rumours could not have been “without reason” and even the “Vedas mandate killing of those who slaughter cows”.
On September 29, Iqlakh was dragged out of his home and lynched to death on a village street after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had eaten beef.
The article read:
“Veda ka adesh hai ki gau hatya karne wale pataki ke pran le lo. Hum mein se bahuton ke liye to yah jivan-maran ka prashn hai. (The Vedas order killing of anyone who slaughters the cow. For many of us (Hindu community) it’s a question of life and death.)”
The article titled ‘Is Utpat ke Us Paar’ (The other side of this disturbance)’ has been written by Hindi writer Tufail Chaturvedi.
Tufail is the pen name of Vinay Krishna Chaturvedi, reports Indian Express. He edits the journal Lafz.
It further propounded that since Iqlakh’s village had never seen communal tension before, his killing must have had a very strong reason.
“One could have believed Iqlakh’s death to be without reason but then we have the Newton’s law of every action inviting an equal and opposite reaction. The incident (Iqlakh’s killing) in a village that has a history of peace could not have been without reason.”
It was not just Iqlakh that the article spoke on; it also pointed finger at the political objective of the writers returning their awards.
Asking for a probe into the credentials of writers, the article questioned why they did not return the awards during the anti-Sikh riots and exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the Valley as well as during 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
The piece also blamed the writers for being unable to “see the fact that none of the media reports on Dadri mentioned any personal enmity of anyone with Iqlakh”.
Reiterating their age-old stand that all Indian Muslims have Hindu ancestry, the article in the RSS publication asked as to who taught “converted Indians to spit on their own culture and values”.
It appears that the article squarely blamed Iqlakh for his own killing.
“What should one say about those people and their leaders who, while living among 80 percent Hindus, have no concerns for the majority sentiment?”
The article alleged that Islamic seminaries and Muslim leaders teach Indian Muslims to hate the country’s traditions.
But when asked to comment RSS said it has not supported Iqlakh’s lynching.
“The report that RSS supports the Dadri incident is blatantly false and baseless,” a statement by RSS spokesman Manmohan Vaidya said, “RSS never supported any incident of violence.”
Vaidya also claimed that both ‘Panchjanya’ and its English counterpart ‘Organiser’ were “not the mouthpiece of RSS.”
Panchjanya or Organiser not RSS mouthpiece, we had clarified on the same earlier: Manmohan Vaidya, RSS pic.twitter.com/mwanLgGmlV
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 18, 2015
‘Panchjanya’ editor Hitesh Shankar said that the views expressed in the article are personal.
“We don’t support any violent incident. The writer has expressed his independent views. These are not editorial views. I don’t recollect any write up justifying Iqlakh’s killing. The Dadri incident should be probed,” Shankar said.