The news of Pakistani flag being
hoisted by some miscreants in Sindhagi town, some 60 kilometer from
Bijapur in Karnataka, was shocking. The flag was hoisted
during midnight celebration of the New Year 2012 on the flag post
of the government office premises.
The incident led to angry protests by Hindu organizations that
called for strikes in a number of towns around Bijapur. Hundreds of
youth gathered at the spot, set tyres on fire, blocked the road
and the stoned a Muslim prayer hall.
One hear Pakistani flag being hoisted in Kashmir and understands
the reason as the political undertones there, but such a thing
happening in a remote place in a south India is something
Why such a thing is happening nearly 64 years after the Partition
of India and the creation of Pakistanis something unimaginable.
Definitely, there was more to the story then just what was reported
in the media.
The mystery was unraveled when six members of a right-wing Hindu
group were arrested for such dastardly act. Those arrested belong
to the Sri Ram Sena, a fringe Hindu group that has a history of
creating disharmony in the society.
This was confirmed by the police that miscreants who hoisted the
Pakistani flag didso with the prime motive of breaching the
communal peace in an area where there was a sizable Muslim
Its not the first time the needle of suspicion has taken a 180
degree turn. The first was the Samjutha Express blast in 2007which
many Pakistani nationals was killed.
The act was blamed on Indian Muslim terrorist organization but
investigation later revealed that Hindu terrorist group were behind
the train blast. The poor Muslims of India were vilified for the
act of which they had no clue.
The Mecca Masjid blast in 2007 has similar story. After the initial
blame game and the arrests of Muslim suspects the investigation
turned around and it was Hindutva forces that were believed to be
behind the blast.
The2006 Malegoan blast at a Muslim graveyard is another episode in
the chain events that again blamed on Indian Muslim organization.
Later, it was found out that it was the handiwork of some Hindu
In this backdrop when the news report of the Pakistani flag is
being hoisted in Sindhagi town, it evoked suspicious response among
the Muslim circles. The news report could not stand to the test of
reasons. Why do south Indian Muslims would do such an act was a
Speedy probe into the case that led to the arrest of six college
students cleared the dust over this mystery. It also defused the
communal situation that had all the ingredients of developing into
a communal riot.
Investigations later revealed that the Pakistan flag was made at the
home of one of the accused in this case and it was done so by the
activists of Sri Ram Sene.
Sri Ram Sene, is a break away from the Bajrang Dal, an affiliate of
the long-standing Hindu nationalist organization, the Rashtriya
In2009, Sri Ram Sene had claimed responsibility for attacking
women outside a pub in the coastal town of Mangalore, saying that
allowing females in pubs was against Indian culture.
A few years ago, Police arrested members of Sri Ram Sene for the
desecration of a mosque in Mysore where a carcass of a pig was
thrown near the prayer hall. The act triggered a major riot between
Hindus and Muslims there.
The founder of the Sri Ram Sene Pramod Muttalik, who always likes
to remain in the center of the controversy, has claimed that the
arrested youths in the case of hoisting Pakistani flag were not
members of his outfit. He claims that Sene does not have any
students’ wing in the state points that the arrested person
belonged to the Sangh Parivar.
Irrespective of the fact, whether it’s Sri Ram Sene or Shiv Sena or
Bajrang Dal, that are behind such acts, the fact remains that these
outfits have been guilty of creating communal divide in the
The political protection given to such outfits has emboldened them
to commit such heinous crimes time and again.
The irony is the blame is put on the poor Muslims and when it comes
to profiling they most bear the burnt of being vilified. There are
stereotype that’s being dished out, such as: all Muslims are not
terrorists but all terrorist are Muslims!
The likes of Sri Ram Sena or Shiv Sena or Bajrang Dal have a
national immunity in such profiling because they have the benefit
of doubt and they get away under the garb of patriotism.
A Hindu can never be a terrorist is an often hared cliché in India.
The statement is rationalized by giving some hackneyed
explanations. Hindus are vegetarians, they worship several gods,
they are more god fearing etc, and other such theories that has
become banal now.
Those who call Muslims ‘Babar ki Aulad’ are in fact sham creatures.
They do so because they have deep rooted animosity against the
Muslim that has come through the systematic act of brain washing.
The anger, jealousy and hatred prompt them to do some mischievous
acts. They do so in order to create a communal wedge in the society
to keep Muslims on the back-foot all the time.
They have few aces up their sleeves and hoisting of the Pakistani
flag is one such act. The others being AMU minority character, Urdu
language, Kashmir, Pakistan, Haj subsidy, cow slaughter, etc are to
name a few. These issues are propped upto create acrimony in the
society especially when the forces of communal harmony gains
Apart from the deep rooted hatred against the Muslims, there is
always an element of politics into such incidents. Hatching such
conspiracy is duly driven with the greed to garner Hindu votes by
making them treat the Muslim community with suspicion.
The above incident proves beyond doubt that Hindutva characters are
prepared to do anything for cornering power. It’s apparent that such
fissures are being done to ignite frictions between Hindus and
Muslims to garner Hindu vote bank. The most ironical part is that
such characters are not even ashamed of stooping so low to deceive
How long Indians are going to be fooled by such bandicoots is
something that is hard to understand. These bunch of murder gangs
are out there on a mission to destroy this country. Its only of
they are dealt with the harshest punishment only then some sense
can be enthused in our democracy.
SyedAli Mujtaba is a
journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org