Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made yet another desperate plea to the right-wing gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) belonging to the affiliate groups of Sangh parivar.
Modi’s tone and use of words said it all as he made sure that Dalits knew about his ‘disapproval’ of violence being committed against them. At least until the next assembly elections.
“If you want to shoot, shoot me,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, as he called for stopping the attacks on Dalits and the politics over it.
Making an emotional appeal, he asked people to protect and respect Dalits who have for long been neglected by the society.
“I would like to tell these people that if you have any problem, if you have attack, attack me. Stop attacking my Dalit brethren. If you have to shoot, shoot me, but not my Dalit brothers. This game should stop,” he said addressing BJP workers here.
The Prime Minister said if the country has to progress it cannot ignore key mantras of peace, unity and harmony.
“Country’s unity is the main source of country’s development,” he said.
He was soon by the RSS, BJP’s ideological mentor, in condemnation of the so-called fake cow vigilantes.
However, fresh evidence on social media appears to establish a direct links with the cow vigilantes and the prime minister’s party, the BJP.
On Facebook, the owner of Subramanian Swamy’s parody account has published more than 20 images of alleged cow protector goons with senior BJP leaders including the Anurag Thakur, the party MP and the newly appointed BCCI president.
The Facebook post (See below) has Dharmendra Yadav, president of the Gurgaon Gau Rakshak Dal, click photos with, among others, Thakur and the BJP president Amit Shah. The dozens of photos have them with other leaders and BJP MPs.
Yadav’s group was responsible for the public humiliation of two Muslim youth, Rizwan and Mukhtar, who were made to eat cow dung by the Hindutva militants as punishment.
The latest revelation will bring Modi’s so-called anger against gau-rakshaks under immense scrutiny unless the prime minister issue clarification on the association of his party chief and MPs with gau rakshaks such as Yadav.
His silence, because Yadav’s victims were Muslims, may give credence to widely established suspicion that Modi’s alleged fake anger against gau rakshak goons is only to garner votes in the next year’s assembly elections.