A day after thousands of people took to streets to condemn public lynchings, mostly in the name of cow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence condemning the attack by right-wing terrorists masquerading as cow protectors.
He said, “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable… No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave… This (violence) is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.”
Modi made these remarks while visiting Gujarat, his home state, which goes to poll later this year.
On Wednesday thousands of ordinary citizens had taken to streets across India and the world to protest the rampant killings of innocent individuals by the right-wing terrorists posing themselves as cow protectors.
The campaign ‘Not In My Name’ had dominated the public discourse and news agenda all throughout the day. The protests were held in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Bihar and Kolkata among others. England, Canada and Pakistan too had witnessed similar protests.
Among the protesters in Delhi were ordinary citizens, as well as leaders from the Congress, JD(U), AAP and the CPI.
Students and artistes voiced their resistance against what the organisers called a “climate of fear” in the country through poetry, plays, songs and posters which carried messages such as “Not In My Name, Not In Anyone’s name” and “Muslim Lives matter, All lives matter”.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, JD(U)’s K C Tyagi and CPI’s D Raja were among the politicians present there.
Singer Rabbi Shergill was also there, and was among the performers.