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AIMIM’s Waris Pathan comes under fire for controversial communal remark

Sabrangindia 21 Feb 2020

Waris Pathan has come under fire for his recent remarks at a rally in Karnataka. A BJP youth wing leader from Pune on Thursday submitted a complaint to the police at the Deccan Gymkhana station against the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader demanding action for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups and outraging religious feelings of a community, reported the New Indian Express.

 

 

Addressing an anti-CAA rally he had reportedly said, “The time has now come for us to unite and achieve freedom. Remember we are 15 crore but can dominate over 100 crores. They tell us that we have kept our women in the front – only the lionesses have come out and you are already sweating. You can understand what would happen if all of us come together.”

Parismal Deshpande, the person who lodged the complaint against Pathan said, “The statement by Pathan promotes violence and create a divide between two communities. Because of such statements, there are possibilities of atmosphere getting vitiated. Hence, he should be booked under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (outraging religious feelings), and 504 (provoking a breach of the peace).”

BJP too, tweeted from its official handle reprimanding Pathan for his statement saying, “Waris Pathan, who are you threatening to? Shiv Sena led government may tolerate your comments, but BJP and people of Maharashtra will teach you a lesson that your hate-mongering speeches will be shut.”

 

 

BJP’s Giriraj Singh too took to Twitter insinuating that AIMIM leaders wanted to turn India into Pakistan. Giriraj Singh himself had earlier made a controversial remark calling Deoband where a massive anti-CAA protest is underway, a “Gangotri of terrorism”.

 

 

However, Pathan issued a clarification in the matter saying that the media reports of his speech circulating through the country quoted him out of context. He said, “I wish to reiterate that I can never say anything intentionally or unintentionally that hurts the sentiments of any caste, community or gender. I am a proud Indian and respect the plurality of this country.”https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

He admitted that he personally, along with his party stood with the anti-CAA movement and his party had concerns that the Central government was neglecting the issues regarding the same saying, “Neither me nor my party supports anything that creates a divide between people on the basis of caste, creed and religion.”

Our take: The BJP questioning Waris Pathan over hate speech is downright amusing because the BJP in India is one party that has leaders in every corner of the state constantly making communal remarks, especially in the wake of anti-CAA protests. However, Pathan’s comment too shouldn’t be ignored. The people fighting against the CAA are mostly the minorities, a large part of which are Muslims, and Pathan’s statement will just undermine their fight for their rights to remain citizens of their own country. The leaders of minority parties must understand that the rest of the country has mobilised to fight for the cause of the minorities and making such controversial remarks will take away the credibility they have brought to the movement.


Related:

Deoband is a Gangotri of terrorism: BJP’s Giriraj Singh
T Raja Singh says India will be Hindu Rashtra by 2023
Serial hate offender Yati Maharaj spews venom at Muslims at pro-CAA rally
Shia Waqf Board’s Waseem Rizvi calls CAA women protesters “badkirdaar auratein”

 

AIMIM’s Waris Pathan comes under fire for controversial communal remark

A complaint has been lodged against him by a BJP youth worker for allegedly outraging religious feelings of a community

Waris Pathan has come under fire for his recent remarks at a rally in Karnataka. A BJP youth wing leader from Pune on Thursday submitted a complaint to the police at the Deccan Gymkhana station against the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader demanding action for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups and outraging religious feelings of a community, reported the New Indian Express.

 

 

Addressing an anti-CAA rally he had reportedly said, “The time has now come for us to unite and achieve freedom. Remember we are 15 crore but can dominate over 100 crores. They tell us that we have kept our women in the front – only the lionesses have come out and you are already sweating. You can understand what would happen if all of us come together.”

Parismal Deshpande, the person who lodged the complaint against Pathan said, “The statement by Pathan promotes violence and create a divide between two communities. Because of such statements, there are possibilities of atmosphere getting vitiated. Hence, he should be booked under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (outraging religious feelings), and 504 (provoking a breach of the peace).”

BJP too, tweeted from its official handle reprimanding Pathan for his statement saying, “Waris Pathan, who are you threatening to? Shiv Sena led government may tolerate your comments, but BJP and people of Maharashtra will teach you a lesson that your hate-mongering speeches will be shut.”

 

 

BJP’s Giriraj Singh too took to Twitter insinuating that AIMIM leaders wanted to turn India into Pakistan. Giriraj Singh himself had earlier made a controversial remark calling Deoband where a massive anti-CAA protest is underway, a “Gangotri of terrorism”.

 

 

However, Pathan issued a clarification in the matter saying that the media reports of his speech circulating through the country quoted him out of context. He said, “I wish to reiterate that I can never say anything intentionally or unintentionally that hurts the sentiments of any caste, community or gender. I am a proud Indian and respect the plurality of this country.”https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

He admitted that he personally, along with his party stood with the anti-CAA movement and his party had concerns that the Central government was neglecting the issues regarding the same saying, “Neither me nor my party supports anything that creates a divide between people on the basis of caste, creed and religion.”

Our take: The BJP questioning Waris Pathan over hate speech is downright amusing because the BJP in India is one party that has leaders in every corner of the state constantly making communal remarks, especially in the wake of anti-CAA protests. However, Pathan’s comment too shouldn’t be ignored. The people fighting against the CAA are mostly the minorities, a large part of which are Muslims, and Pathan’s statement will just undermine their fight for their rights to remain citizens of their own country. The leaders of minority parties must understand that the rest of the country has mobilised to fight for the cause of the minorities and making such controversial remarks will take away the credibility they have brought to the movement.


Related:

Deoband is a Gangotri of terrorism: BJP’s Giriraj Singh
T Raja Singh says India will be Hindu Rashtra by 2023
Serial hate offender Yati Maharaj spews venom at Muslims at pro-CAA rally
Shia Waqf Board’s Waseem Rizvi calls CAA women protesters “badkirdaar auratein”

 

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Jignesh Mevani defies Prohibitory Orders, meets family of slain Dalit youth in Khairthal

14 May 2018
Section 144 was imposed in Kishangarh Bas (Alwar district) and Neem Ka Thana (Sikar district) in Rajasthan on Sunday, purportedly to prevent Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani from moving freely and meeting the family of Pawan Kumar Jatav, a Dalit man who was killed in Police firing last month. However, Jignesh Mevani openly defied these orders and not only met with aggrieved Dalit families, but also garlanded a statue of Dr. B.R Ambedkar in the town square in full public view.

The April 2 shootout
On April 2, police allegedly opened fire on Dalit protesters who were holding an  agitation against the dilution of the SC/ST Act. The protest turned violent when protesters allegedly started vandalising Khairthal police station. Khairthal is a town and municipality in Kishangarh Bas Tahsil of Alwar district. 27 year old Pawan Kumar Jatav was a part of the group of agitating Dalits. He was killed in the firing and his friends and family blame the local Station House Officer (SHO). Jatav’s family had initially refused to take his body and only relented after they were promised a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a job for his widow by the district administration. His father had also alleged police harassment after Pawan’s death.

Mevani welcomed with Sec 144
Mevani arrived with a fact finding team comprising Nikhil Dey, Kailash Meena, Rashid Hussein, Navin Narayan, Sanjay Madhav, Gaurav, Kamal Tank, Rahul, Anwar Haque, Dharmendra and others to ascertain whether the police acted with impunity and brutality to crush a Dalit uprising. Early on Sunday morning Jagdish Prasad Gaud, the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Neem Ka Thana issued a circular ordering the imposition of Section 144 categorically stating that Jignesh Mevani’s presence in the state could prove to be problematic and lead to a law and order problem.

The circular says, “It has been learnt from special sources that MLA Jignesh Mevani and PUCL’s Kavita Shrivastav are planning to hold a meeting of people belonging to various SC and ST communities. Bearing this in mind along with the previous violence in the region on April 2, we fear a law and order problem.”

It goes on to impose Sec 144 that prevents assembly of people in groups from 6am to mid-night on Sunday May 13. The entire circular may be viewed here:

  

Mevani meets Dalit Families
However, this did not stop Mevani from either meeting Dalit families or finding out more about instances of police brutality. A widow Kailash Devi narrated how the police physically assaulted her. “They beat me with lathis. They were not female police personnel. All were men. One of them put a gun to my jaw and a boot to my chest and only let me go when I begged for my children’s life,” she told Mevani.  

  

Speaking to media persons, Mevani accused the police of lodging false cases against Dalits and incarcerating them. He also accused the state government of suppressing the Dalit community. "There were no extraordinary circumstances to warrant police firing. But their attitude is such that they view Dalit lives as less valuable and therefore expendable," said Mevani. 
Mevani also garlanded a statue of Dr B.R Ambedkar in full public view in defiance of the prohibitory orders. Here are a few pictures from Mevani’s visit.



Interestingly, on his last visit to the state Mevani had been turned away from the airport itself. This shows how the newly minted independent MLA is already a thorn in the side of the powerful ruling disposition.
 

Jignesh Mevani defies Prohibitory Orders, meets family of slain Dalit youth in Khairthal

Section 144 was imposed in Kishangarh Bas (Alwar district) and Neem Ka Thana (Sikar district) in Rajasthan on Sunday, purportedly to prevent Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani from moving freely and meeting the family of Pawan Kumar Jatav, a Dalit man who was killed in Police firing last month. However, Jignesh Mevani openly defied these orders and not only met with aggrieved Dalit families, but also garlanded a statue of Dr. B.R Ambedkar in the town square in full public view.

The April 2 shootout
On April 2, police allegedly opened fire on Dalit protesters who were holding an  agitation against the dilution of the SC/ST Act. The protest turned violent when protesters allegedly started vandalising Khairthal police station. Khairthal is a town and municipality in Kishangarh Bas Tahsil of Alwar district. 27 year old Pawan Kumar Jatav was a part of the group of agitating Dalits. He was killed in the firing and his friends and family blame the local Station House Officer (SHO). Jatav’s family had initially refused to take his body and only relented after they were promised a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a job for his widow by the district administration. His father had also alleged police harassment after Pawan’s death.

Mevani welcomed with Sec 144
Mevani arrived with a fact finding team comprising Nikhil Dey, Kailash Meena, Rashid Hussein, Navin Narayan, Sanjay Madhav, Gaurav, Kamal Tank, Rahul, Anwar Haque, Dharmendra and others to ascertain whether the police acted with impunity and brutality to crush a Dalit uprising. Early on Sunday morning Jagdish Prasad Gaud, the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Neem Ka Thana issued a circular ordering the imposition of Section 144 categorically stating that Jignesh Mevani’s presence in the state could prove to be problematic and lead to a law and order problem.

The circular says, “It has been learnt from special sources that MLA Jignesh Mevani and PUCL’s Kavita Shrivastav are planning to hold a meeting of people belonging to various SC and ST communities. Bearing this in mind along with the previous violence in the region on April 2, we fear a law and order problem.”

It goes on to impose Sec 144 that prevents assembly of people in groups from 6am to mid-night on Sunday May 13. The entire circular may be viewed here:

  

Mevani meets Dalit Families
However, this did not stop Mevani from either meeting Dalit families or finding out more about instances of police brutality. A widow Kailash Devi narrated how the police physically assaulted her. “They beat me with lathis. They were not female police personnel. All were men. One of them put a gun to my jaw and a boot to my chest and only let me go when I begged for my children’s life,” she told Mevani.  

  

Speaking to media persons, Mevani accused the police of lodging false cases against Dalits and incarcerating them. He also accused the state government of suppressing the Dalit community. "There were no extraordinary circumstances to warrant police firing. But their attitude is such that they view Dalit lives as less valuable and therefore expendable," said Mevani. 
Mevani also garlanded a statue of Dr B.R Ambedkar in full public view in defiance of the prohibitory orders. Here are a few pictures from Mevani’s visit.



Interestingly, on his last visit to the state Mevani had been turned away from the airport itself. This shows how the newly minted independent MLA is already a thorn in the side of the powerful ruling disposition.
 

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