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On 18 January 2015, in a village Ajitpur-Bahilwara, near Saraiya, in the
District of Muzaffarpur in north Bihar, violence broke out. It killed nearly
five people and almost all the 56 Muslim (Pasmanda) households, were
looted and burnt. The immediate provocation was inter-faith love affair:
To the Hindutva zealots, was it a case of Love-Jihad in reverse, or a case
of Honour Killing?
A Hindu (caste of Mallah, fishermen) boy named Bhartendu Sahni, 20,
(reportedly in love with a girl from Pasmanda Muslim community, both
belonging to the same village, and both studying in the same L. S. College
of Muzaffarpur), was missing since 9th January 2015 and a report against
a Muslim, nicknamed Vicky, of the village was lodged with the Saraiya Recent Posts
police about his kidnapping. The local police is alleged to have remained
rather lethargic on this report despite the fact that this issue did carry a Uttarakhand RTI activist
very high degree of communal volatility and sensitivity, given the fact that murder- Govet gets last
the accused of kidnapping were the Muslim girls brother, and that opportunity to file response
marriage of the two was being resisted at least from the side of the girls
family, whereas step mother of the girl happens to be from a low caste
Marital rape is a serious issue:
Hindu, Kahaar (palanquin-bearers).
Delhi HC #Vaw
Just few months ago, ahead of the Chhath puja, in another village,
Turkauliya, of the same Saraiya-Paroo thana areas, there was acute
communal tension between Hindu Mallahs and [Pasmanda] Muslims, and Report Sexual Harassment
the violence could be avoided with prompt administrative interventions, Complaints Online, Maneka Gandhi
prolonged persuasions, as also with the initiatives of the local people for Asks Women Employees #Vaw
inter-community dialogues. Here, a Muslim was alleged to have thrown a
huge heap of human shits, taken out of the overflowing and congested India #LetsTalkAbout Racism
tank of his septic tank into the canal in which the Chhath puja is Dont call us chinky, momo,
performed every year since ages. It is said that a Muslim lumpen asked chowmein, says a Northeastern
him to do so otherwise usually people make use of such human shits as woman
highly fertile manure for their crops in the fields. This illiterate lumpen
has got some political aspirations and keeps throwing tantrums to More than 200 days after JNU
mobilize his co-religionists behind himself. student Najeeb Ahmed went
On 18 January 2015, a farmer of Ajitpur-Bahilwara, having gone to put
missing, Delhi High Court transfers
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fertilizer in his wheat-fields suddenly found out that dogs were digging to probe to CBI
remove soil and suddenly a human hand came in sight. A heartrending,
incendiary brutality! It was a dead-body which could be identified and it
turned out to be of the same boy, Bhartendu Sahni, whose kidnapping Sterilisation Failure- Woman
was reported to the Saraiya police, and thus sparked off the violence. delivers two children- Koriya,
Ironically, the BJP MLA of Paroo-saraiya, Mr Ashok Singhs native village Chhattisgarh
and his base of political operation and of everyday political transaction is
almost adjacent to this unfortunate village of Ajitpur-Bahilwara. There are Time to speak up against sexual
reports alleging that the BJP MLA created some obstruction in letting the harassment at workplace #Vaw
police reach the spot of violence. There are also reports that the girls
brother Vicky is close to the BJP MLA Ashok Singh. Almost every village is Indian train network makes history
having its own lumpens and criminals but, at least since June 2013, by employing transgender workers
Muslim lumpens and criminals are acting in tandem with local BJP
functionaries with an argument for Muslim consumption that these
lumpens are working towards Chief Ministership of Syed Shahnawaz When even judges cant
Husain. understand judgments
A history of the politics and economy of the region may help us
understand the simmering and recurring tensions. Ransomware: Banks & corporates
It could possibly be an irony that this village is very near to the historic warn staff, remain on high alert
village of Vaishali, the birth place of Lord Mahavir, and associated deeply
with Lord Budha too, both the saints of 6th century B.C. are known for Ruskin Bond on the novels he
spreading the message of peace and non violence. Besides a popular loved most as a young boy
shrine of 15th century sufi saint Shaikh Qazin Shuttari (d. 1495). Another
irony: this unfortunate alumnus of the L S College has been killed brutally
with communal prejudices whereas the college, established in 1899, is an Prashant Bhushan questions
outcome of strong Hindu-Muslim cooperation in the movement for approval for GM mustard in letter
modern education, launched in 1868 by Syed Imdad Ali (died 8 August to Anil Dave
1886, buried in Bhagalpur), the then Subordinate Judge of Muzaffarpur
(Tirhut), and a friend of his counterpart in Aligarh, Sir Syed Ahmad (1817- Rohtak Horror- Drugged, Gang-
98). Significantly, at least in post-independence period, Muzaffarpur has Raped, Head Smashed With Bricks.
remained almost absolutely free from communal violence. Only those Then They Ran Over Her
parts of Muzaffarpur, which now constitute the districts of Sitamarhi and
Sheohar, had seen few major communal violence in post-independence You Say Nationalism Is A Must for
period. Even in late-colonial period, only major communal violence of Journalism Mr Goswami? I Beg to
Muzaffarpur is the one in the village of Benibad (September 1946), and Disagree
here too the immediate cause was inter-faith marriage. A Muslim of the
village Benibad, Ali Hasan, working in Calcutta had married a Hindu girl of
Calcutta named Kalyani Dey (renamed as Nur Jahan). This provoked the Triple divorce is neither
fundamental to Islam, nor is it
local people and with the initiatives of the Arya Samaj a major violence
broke out. The police could not control it as quickly because of the sacramental
mechanical breakdown of the truck carrying a troupe of police. (I have
given these details in my book on Muzaffarpur, 1857-2012, Contesting
Colonialism and Separatism: Muslims of Muzaffarpur since 1857.
Primus, Delhi, 2014).
However, in recent years, more particularly, ever since the breakdown of Top Posts & Pages
coalition between the BJP and the JDU in Bihar in June 2013, things have
started changing for worse very rapidly. India witnessed major communal
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started changing for worse very rapidly. India witnessed major communal
tension and violence during the 1920s, 1940s, 1980s, and ever since then
communal tension has been a sad reality of our lives besides the caste
based oppressive discriminations which has been existing since ancient
times in our civilization. Incidentally, these were the decades when
growing affluence among the Muslims created middle classes, and
thereby ensued competitions and rivalries in all walks of lifeeducation,
politics, share in power, trade and manufacturing, etc.
The Pasmanda Muslims of Ajitpur-Bahilwara village have also acquired
perceptible prosperity only recently. They may not be acquiring much of
education but their trade in tyre-tube repair and sales, and in motor-parts,
quite a few in Asansol, and few others in blue collar jobs in the Middle
East, was also fuelling aspirations of shares in the structures and
processes of power, particularly in the Panchayat elections. This was
already becoming an eye-sore among a section. Another cause of
economic conflict is: in the local haats and markets, the poultry chicken
sellers are usually Muslims, but of late, some Hindu Mullahs have also
jumped into this business. This should also be brought to fore that in the
Bihar villages of today, migrations for livelihood have made male
presence very minimal, and some of the few unemployed youth who stay
here in villages, also degenerate to become lumpen-criminal cum broker
of nationalised Banks, of police thanas, and in the Community
Development Blocks from where the Panchayat development funds and
the funds for social welfare schemes flow.
There are reports in the whispers and gossips of the villagers that such
lumpens-criminals also indulge in flesh-trade and this is said to be one of
the ways of bribing the sections of local officials, police and politicians.
There are reports that the Guest House of the Tourism Department of the
Bihar government in Vaishali is often misused illegally for such ugly and
heinous activities. These local functionaries, in order to protect such
criminals, often mislead the higher echelons of the administration and
this is how containing the criminals is increasingly becoming difficult. It is
said that one can find an injection Fortwyn almost so easily in the local
medicine shops, which is meant for making the person (to be kidnapped)
instantly unconscious. In my abovementioned book on the Muslims of
Muzaffarpur, I have given a long chapter on a Muslim inhabited village,
Turkauliya, profiling a criminal of the village who grew strength by
strength through active support of his community as well as the local
officials of the state. Such outlaws eventually turn into politicians very
soon. Thus, crime, violence, and such ugly phenomena are increasingly
getting deeply embedded in our social fabric.
Thus far, in most cases of the communal riots, the rioters have gone scot
free. In fact, one of the biggest failures of the Indian democracy has been
the utter failure of the criminal justice system in punishing the rioters and
In todays Muzaffarpur comprising of the Muzaffarpur and Vaishali Lok
Sabha (Parliamentary) seats, the Hindu Ati Pichhrha caste of Mallahs
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Sabha (Parliamentary) seats, the Hindu Ati Pichhrha caste of Mallahs
(carrying surnames of Nishad, Sahni, and sometimes Manjhi also) have
become the Dominant Caste, replacing the Rajputs and the Bhumihar-
Brahmans, and Yadavas, Koeris, Kurmis too. Many times, Muzaffarpur has
elected its Parliamentarian from the community of Mallah, including the
incumbent one from the BJP. In the Vaishali Lok Sabha (Ajitpur-Bahilwara
of Saraiya-Paroo is in the Vaishali Lok Sabha, which has elected a
muscleman of notoriety, Rama Singh of LJP in alliance with the BJP,
defeating RJDs Prof. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh), the JDU candidate in
2014 was a Mallah and unlike most of Bihars parliamentary seats, the JDU
candidate from Vaishali had secured a very significant number of votes in
May 2014. This region is also infested with the Maoists and quite often
press statements from local politicians would complaint that most of
Maoists are Mallahs. Cutting across religious and caste-barriers, the local
population would express certain degree of scare about the Mallahs, their
community solidarity and their proneness to violence. This is a kind of
stereotype about the Mallahs that exists among the local population. In
this way, the Ajitpur-Bahilwara violence may not be said to be a religious
violence in a way we have been understanding it conventionally, as non-
Mallah Hindus not only remained away from the violence, they are also
extending all possible help in protecting the people and in relief
measures. In fact, today, the local people-Hindus and Muslims- Archives
vehemently react against the media for portraying it as a conventional
religious strife. Select Month
Therefore, if at all there is any attempt by any communal organization to
create Hindu-Muslim polarization or an attempt to create a communal
wedge between the Ati Picchrha communities of Hindus & Muslims for
the purposes of the forthcoming Assembly elections in Bihar in October-
November 2015, then it could possibly be seen as a gratifying silverline as Categories
both Hindus and Muslims stand united to get the culprits of Ajitpur-
Bahilwara booked. Categories
The Saraiya police was allegedly lethargic in arresting the killers of the Select Category
boy in love which degenerated and spiralled into a more sinister group-
violence, but the state response to this violence has since then been very
prompt. Reports are there that quite a large number of the accused have
been arrested including the alleged killers of the loving boy. High placed
enquiries are underway, payment of compensation, and relief measures
from the state are also said to be satisfactory in an unprecedented way. Tag cloud
Public opinion in the locality is displaying a genuine outrage against the
whole incident. This horrific episode of 18 January 2015 in Bihars Delhi India Dalit Uttar Pradesh Gujarat
Muzaffarpur is quite different from what happened in UPs Muzaffarnagar United States New Delhi Supreme Court Vedanta
in September 2013. We probably dont have competitive efforts of Maoist Rape Bangalore Mumbai BJP Hindu
politicians to polarize the two communities. Akhilesh Yadav led Koodankulam Human Rights feminism Sexual
administration as well as the riot-mongers among our political formations Assault Pakistan Haryana Kolkata Tamil Nadu torture
need to learn a few lessons from this response of state and society into Health UID Women Rights Government of India Modi
this violence of Bihars Muzaffarpur.
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My books: Narendra Modi Maharashtra gender equality Unique
1. Muslim Politics in Bihar: Changing Contours. Routledge (Taylor & Identification Authority of India discrimination
Francis), London/Delhi, 2014 Maoism Madhya Pradesh Karnataka Chhattisgarh
2. Contesting Colonialism and Separatism: Muslims of Muzaffarpur since Tribal rights Odisha
1857. Primus (Ratnasagar), Delhi
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