A 17 year old boy studying in Class 11th in Baduria, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal posts a highly objectionable picture of Prophet Muhammad on Facebook.
I have seen the pic. I have it.
To call it objectionable is an understatement.
It is not only perverse, in bad taste. it is designed to provoke. I can’t post it.
Which brings us to the point that how a 11th class student could create such a Photoshop image on his own?
Then, when the news spread and Muslims, mostly poor in this very backward area, came out on the streets, the administration acted quickly and arrested the boy.
As if on cue, BJP leaders and and those of Hindu Parishad (another RSS outfit) immediately reached the Governor’s house.
Kesari Nath Tripathi, the BJP Bengal Governor, hails from Allahabad. I know him personally. He is an old Sanghi mean horse, communal and shrewd, capable both of giving literary speeches and getting abusive.
Kesari calls the Bengal CM and ‘orders’ her to release the boy! He also ‘threatens’ Mamata Bannerjee to impose President Rule.
Such an extreme threat for a release that would have surely generated riots and killing?
Mamata rightly accuses Kesari of acting like a ‘BJP block President’.
After demonetisation and UP election results, power has gone to BJP’s head.
Yesterday (Monday), in Lucknow, the BJP Yogi Adityanath government, arrested SR Darapuri, a retired, Dalit IPS officer, just for organising a press conference. Several other Dalit activists were also arrested.
All this was never part of UP’s political culture. Students were never arrested and kept in jail for days without bail, for showing black flags to CMs.
(Amaresh Mishra is an award-winning author. Views expressed here are his own and Janta Ka Reporter doesn’t endorse them. The content above first appeared on the author’s Facebook page.)