For the past two days a wildfire of rioting and violence has been raging through north east Delhi unchecked, claiming 13 lives, including that of a courageous policeman.
Who is to blame for this? As always, conspiracy theories abound. According to some, the anti-CAA riots were instigated by agent’s provocateur who wanted to embarrass the Union government during US president Donald Trump’s visit to the Capital.
According to others, the riots were orchestrated by those who wanted to stigmatise all anti-CAA protests, including the peaceful sit-in being staged at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.
Whoever has been behind the rioting, and for whatever murderous motive, this latest spate of rampaging lawlessness will escalate the vicious spiral violence which is threatening to engulf our polity.
When our elected lawmakers condone or actually incite violence – like the BJP leader who prompted a crowd to chant `Goli maro’ in reference to CAA-protestors – mob violence becomes legitimised as a part of the political narrative.
Violence invariably and inevitably begets a backlash of more violence. The lynching of so-called `cattle smugglers’, the increasing assaults on Dalits, and those belonging to minority communities add fuel to the flames.
This is what hardliners and fanatics on both sides of any confrontation want, to spread the deadly man-made coronavirus of hatred and violence till everyone is infected with it.
Scientists are hopeful of finding a cure for the Chinese-origin viral epidemic that is spreading across the globe. But there is seemingly no cure for the epidemic of hate running rampant through our country.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.