[CPI M leader Brinda Karat meeting the family of Junaid. Junaid was stabbed to death and his brothers mercilessly beaten in a running train, just few days before Eid.]
Mumbai: Expressing concern over the targeted killing of Muslims becoming a routine in different parts of India, America’s top daily newspaper The Washington Post Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Modi for remaining silence, though he is very quick to respond to every big or small happening around the globe.
“The violence against Muslims and cow-vigilante groups have not elicited a single tweet of condemnation from India’s social media savvy prime minister, who is quick to condemn atrocities all over the world.
“Modi’s silence, in fact, is beginning to feel like a redux of the Gujarat riots in 2002 which killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.
“For years he stayed silent, and when he spoke finally, he had compared the riots to a puppy being run over”, The Washington Post said in the opinion piece titled “As India’s Muslims are lynched, Modi keeps silent”.
“On Sunday, before his first visit with President Trump, Modi addressed India through his radio program Mann Ki Baat (Heart-to-heart-talk). And while his monologue touched upon various topics, including yoga, toilets, sports, a meeting with the Queen, books as gifts and the … er … weather, Junaid Khan’s murder didn’t find a nano-second of air time.
“Modi did not mention the more than a dozen cases of lynching, mostly against Muslims, recorded in India since September last year, especially in states ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"Modi also did not address the violence of the cow-vigilante groups, who often owe allegiance to the BJP or its ideological parent the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)”, the daily newspaper said, listing by names the Muslims lynched in different parts of India since 2015 including the latest murder of Hafiz Junaid, few days before Eid.