In national executive meet on Sunday, 8th July 2018 at national capital, New Delhi, the Janata Dal (United) sent a stern message to the Bharatiya Janata Party from its national executive meet, making it clear that it would not compromise on the 3Cs of communalism, crime and corruption even if it comes at the cost of the government in Bihar. Addressing the meeting, Nitish said he would not spare anyone who tries to create communal disturbance in the state, without taking any names. “There is no question of any compromise with corruption, crime and communalism… our government doesn’t believe in shielding or framing anyone.”
FARCE NO. 1 CORRUPTION: Recently, a stadium scam has surfaced in Bihar. According to reports of The Telegraph, Under Mukhyamantri Khel Vikas Yojana in 2008-09, Government of Bihar conceptualized stadiums in sub-divisional and block level to promote sports and provide facilities to sportspersons. Districts of Nalanda, Buxar, Bhojpur, and Sasaram were places to have a stadium. Till 2013, the art, culture and youth department spent around Rs 70 crore on constructing 102 stadiums across the state. However, several of these stadiums exist only on paper. Toilet Scam of approx. Rs. 15 Crore in the city of Patna, Mahadalit Scam of approx. Rs. 5 Crore, Embankment scam of approx. Rs. 11,000 Crore and lastly Srijan Scam of Rs. 1000 Crore. Brother of Sushil Modi, Deputy CM of Bihar and business tycoon, R.K. Modi has been alleged in money laundering but there has been no action. How many leaders and arrests have been made in this league of corruption under Sushashan Babu?
FARCE NO. 2 CRIME: Crime rate in Bihar is on the peak with utmost disturbing incidents of Gang rape, molestation, theft, loot, murder, etc. Five incidents of gang rape and molestation in a span of one and a half month were circulated over social media. Even the National Highways in Bihar are among the most unsafe place as they were a regular spot of robbery and theft. In first four months of 2017, the state witnessed 360 incidents of road robbery and dacoity. Of these, state capital Patna recorded 40 incidents of road robbery, followed by Muzaffarpur (26), Rohtas and Saran (19 each), Gaya (15), Saharsa and Purnia (14 each).
National highways (NHs) passing through Patna, Rohtas, Gaya, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Sitamarhi have been identified as most crime prone.
A report by Hindustan Times clearly shows an increasing rate of crime in Bihar in the last one year.
FARCE NO. 3 COMMUNALISM: When it comes on to tackle communalism, no one can match soft hindutva stand of Nitish Kumar. Despite his love for socialist stalwarts like Jay Prakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia, he buckled under diktats of Nagpur. He appointed the former SP of Bhagalpur, Krishna Swaroop Dwivedi, as the state DGP. Dwivedi had previously been indicted for his partisan role in the infamous 1989 Bhagalpur riots, which saw more than 1,000 people (most of them Muslims) killed and numerous properties destroyed. In this context, it can be reasonably argued that Nitish acted on his bosses’ orders to appoint an allegedly religiously-biased, communal-minded officer. Moving ahead, its impact was seen in the coming days when Arijit Shashwat, son of Ashwini Choubey (Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and a senior leader of the BJP) was arrested, after being found guilty for communal clashes in Nathnagar, Bhagalpur district. He was not arrested despite a court warrant being issued against him. The ‘Dwivedi Effect’ was clearly visible in the reluctance and delay of the Bihar police in arresting Arijit. Secondly, “Do Not Act Tough” instructions became a priority of Nitish Kumar. A streak of communal violence was unleashed by Hindutva bigots but Nitish who claims to act against communalism, became a mute spectator. In last six months, Bihar recorded 85 incidents of communal violence.
The timeline of communal clashes which took place in Bihar in the month of March 2018 is this:
- March 17 – Bhagalpur
- March 24 – Siwan
- March 25 – Aurangabad
- March 27 – Samastipur and Munger
- March 28 – Silao (Nalanda) and Sheikhpura.
A 7-member fact-finding team of journalists and social activists – comprised of Nadeem Khan (social activist), Prashant Tandon (journalist), Hasnul Banna (journalist), Tarique Anwar (journalist), Sagrika Kissu (journalist), Mahtab Alam (social activist) and Farrah Shakeb (social activist) – have found that the violence had been planned on an ‘industrial’ scale. Around 2 lakh swords were reportedly purchased from an online portal. CDs and pen drives with abusive and highly objectionable songs were circulated also. It can be said- ‘Nagpur ordered, Nitish Ji obliged’.
Recalling few quotes of Nitish Kumar’s flip-flop politics in the quest to be seated in power with the help of BJP-
“Rajneeti mein kuchh cheezen satta aur sarkar se upar hoti hain… There are some things in politics that are above power and government;
Iss insaan ka naam sunkey desh ke kadodon alp sankhyakon mein bhay or sandeh ka mahaul ban jata hai. Iss aadmi ke saath samjhauta nahin ho sakta… This man’s name invokes fear and suspicion in the millions of minorities of this country. There can be no compromise with this man;
Mar jaunga par BJP ke saath nahi jaunga….I will die but won’t ally with BJP;
Kaath ki handi aag par baar baar nahi chadhti … A wooden pot can’t be put on the flame again and again.”
Just due to Nitish Kumar’s conscience call, Bihar is sensing the worst shift in its social discourse from communal harmony and religious unity to the emergence of caste-based violence and communal riots. It seems very soon Bihar’s political gallery may see another surprise of conscience call. Nitish Kumar’s intolerant audacious opposition to 3 C’s Corruption-Crime-Communalism is nothing but an old verbal tactic to maintain suspense in state’s political arena. His actions and words do not match went come to his logic of 3 C’s. Without social justice and peace and development cannot be fruitful for people of Bihar. As mentioned by veteran journalist, Sankarshan Thakur- conscience on call, is call of conscience for Nitish Kumar.
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