Hindus have· learnt to live· with massacres , mayhem· , abuse· , humiliation· and calmly-issued fake· statements of condolences .
Unfortunately , the extremist elements use· Kashmiriyat word· , otherwise a beautiful expression· of our togetherness , as a burqa to hide· their glee· while sprinkling salt· on Hindu wounds . Have you ever seen a Muslim sufi going to the Valley and appealing· to Jihadis to shun· violence ? They remain· safe in the all-Hindu concerts in golf clubs . Where was there Kashmiriyat when Amarnath Yatra was disrupted in 2008 ? Every year , Muslim leaders and Islamists issue· threats to Amarnath Yatra and it has not been a smooth· , safe Hindu yatra for long· . Kashmiriyat has no meaning if it is separated from Hindustaniyat .
At a time· when Hindus are the victims , we try· not to mention· words· like “Muslim” and “Islam” and ” Jihad ” to preserve· our secular fabric· and to disallow· any such ghastly incident· to take· away our resolve to make· peace· with everyone . If Muslims are the victims , it is upfronted , the lead· point· , the headline – with front· page interviews of their sons , mothers and grandpas . If Hindus are victims , please· don’t even mention· the word· “H” and don’t ever say· that the attackers and killers were all Muslims .
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Family members mourn the victims of the Amarnath Yatra terror· attack· . (PTI)
I was sitting in my office· when the Godhra massacre· happened . I have· kept all the newspapers from those days . There was just a line· – some passengers in Sabarmati Express died due to a fire· .
For the next· three· days , till Gujarat erupted , there was no mention· in any media that the victims of Sabarmati Express were Hindus and the attackers were Muslims .
And then , every day , we saw pictures of “savage” Hindus with saffron headbands brandishing trishuls . In each case· , it was prominently mentioned – Hindu fanatics , Hindu terrorists . The one face· of that tailor begging for his life· became an instant· hit worldwide· – an iconic image· depicting brutal· Hindus and Muslims at their mercy· . No mercy-seeking pictures of Hindus travelling in the Sabarmati Express or driven out of their home· and hearth from the Valley ? Five lakh of them . Some people· from Mars drove them out .
I have· yet to see· a single picture· of a Mullah or a bearded Maulana in media caricatures equivalent· to that of the tailor or anywhere close· to it .
abvp activists protest amarnath attack pti Protesters carry· a huge tricolour at a vigil· for the Amarnath Yatra terror· attack· victims in Delhi . (PTI)
Remember the Amarnath movement· began in Jammu . I have· never seen such a peaceful· , mass· movement· against the secular Muslim leaders of the Valley who declared that not a single inch of land· will be· given to construct· shelters for Amarnath yatris . They can’t tolerate· Hindu yatris , but love· their money· .
The law· of the secular holy scripture for media is that even though we know· the attackers were Muslims , that they were killing the Hindus in the name· of Allah to prove· that their dedication· and devotion· to Islam is complete· , we must refrain· from saying so and instead say· “All Kashmiri Muslims love· us , they are peaceful· people· , believe· in democratic values and they uphold· the lofty· ideals of Kashmiriyat .”
Wherever I have· been in the Valley , I have· found most Kashmiri Muslims like to lead· a peaceful· life· under the tricolour . But they feel· that patriotic Muslims are not safe because they can be· attacked by terrorists at any time· and Delhi’s secular media never highlights the atrocities these Jihadis perpetrate on Kashmiri Muslims. Kashmir’s media also plays up all the statements of the traitors, while not giving an inch to those who are patriotic.
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Bodies of the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims killed in terror· attack· were brought to Gujarat on Tuesday . (PTI)
The lack· of outrage· in Srinagar’s and Delhi’s media over the lynching of senior police officer· Mohammad Ayub is one example· . It’s better to be· a traitor· – at least liberal· left media will focus on your views – than be· a Tricolour Muslim who gets no coverage . Muslim voices , otherwise very vocal· on incidents like Pahlu Khan , keep· a studied silence on Amarnath massacres . Neither do· they use· their extraordinary communicative abilities to defend· Ayub and offer· sympathy· for his family .
So kindly keep· your Sufism and other great· ideas of togetherness with you till all Indians feel· safe in valley· .
I am only concerned about my Hindustaniyat . And the Hindustaniyat of every Kashmiri.
I want· all Indians safe in every region· of my nation· . I am speaking for Hindus because in a Hindu majority· nation· , it has increasingly become· unsafe to be· a Hindu . From Kashmir to Karnataka to Kerala and the jungles of Chhattisgarh to the Northeast , it’s only Hindus who are being killed , converted , humiliated – and their religion· has become· a matter· of mockery· . You see· any principal· mainstreamed newspaper· – edited by foreign· passport holder· journalists who know· more about Mexican problems than their neighbourhood· – columns are given to those who have· been notorious· for their hatred for Hindus . The Hindu pain· , sorrow· , frustration and anguish is never allowed to reflect· in their media , though their owners are very patriotic , religious and temple-building legends . Who get· cosy with masters of political games and do· daily puja (minimum one hour) , wear· the right-sized stones in their rings to ward off evil· effects , and give· huge , sometimes very astonishing donations to famous· temples . But their Hindu-ness is limited to pleasing· the Gods to get· more contracts and more profits· .
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Students in Surat pay· tribute to the victims of the Amarnath Yatra terror· attack· . (PTI)
Condemnation of incidents like the Amarnath carnage· mean· less than ever before . The same sentiments were expressed when Tikalal Taploo , Lassa Kaul , PN Handoo , were killed and also when HL Khera , (General Manager , HMT , Srinagar) was abducted and later tortured to death· by Muslims .
There used to be· a towering· Delhi leader· , Madan Lal Khurana , who would call· for a Delhi bandh every time· such killings occurred . Delhi would comply spontaneously· , willingly . I have· seen even a paan-wala would not open· shop and movie· halls were closed when the bandh call· was given in protest· of Hindus killed in Kashmir by Islamist Jihadis . With the passage· of time· , Hindus understood , their lives will not be· saved while netas continue· living safely and hence , there is no use· in heeding such bandh calls . We got used to seeing the daily killings of Hindus in Kashmir and continued working on our daily routine· .
We have· photocopies of harsh· , very harsh· , sometimes semi-harsh (as the situation· may demand) expressions of condemnation· for such actions as we saw in Amarnath . From our comfort· zones , we issue· huge sheets of our deep-felt sympathies laced with very prudently selected words· like “dastardly” , “cowardly” , “despicable” , and , finally , “unacceptable” .
The condemnation· letters are always ready , only the dates have· to be· changed .
The Amarnath pilgrims’ massacre· proves once again that the Hindus of India are still paying heavy· price· for just being a Hindu .
Friends have· mentioned that there have· been strong· Muslim voices against the Amarnath carnage; I agree· . My column· above mentions how Kashmiri Muslims love· to live· in peace· under the tricolour . That sums up my feelings for them . But ignoring that , another line· has been picked up , which is a deliberate· attempt· to create· a controversy· while Hindus are grieving .
Muslims have· always condemned such incidents . Wasn’t Tika Lal Taploo’s tragic killing condemned by all ? When I said Muslim voices , I meant voices who bear· influence· on extremist Muslims – voices who cry· for Azadi and support· separatists .
I have· always stood for Hindu Muslim-solidarity and a need to stand· together as Indians .
(Tarun Vijay is a BJP leader· and former MP from Uttarakhand . )
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article· are the personal opinions of the author· . The facts and opinions appearing in the article· do· not reflect· the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume· any responsibility· or liability· for the same .