INDIA: Goa police has started investigations into an anonymous letter signed by ISIS that says the terror outfit will kill PM Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar for banning beef in India.
Speaking to Times of India, IGP V Renganathan said that they have initiated an inquiry into the matter. He also said that in the letter it was stated that since you have banned cow killing, we will see you (Modi and Parrikar).
Renganathan confirmed the probe by the anti-terror squad and added that the postcard was posted locally.
Police also said that they have decided to step up Parrikar’s security in the state.
The letter regardless of its veracity could give traction to Hindutva campaign in a clutch of state polls due in a next few months.
A senior police official said that, the postcard threat letter was received at the state secretariat last week following which Goa police swung into action.
The building of misconceptions has also extended to the dietary habits of the ‘Muslim’ community. The profession of a section of Muslims, who are Kasais (butchers), those in the trade of beef selling, has been brought in to add to the ‘Hate other’, ‘social common sense’ aspect of the Indian culture in particular.
The result being that it is perceived, at the broader layers of the society, as beef eating being compulsory for Muslims.
Time and again one hears about some communal violence, the killing of Dalits and traders of cows, leading to communal polarization. Many a Dalits dealing with cow hides have been killed in places like Gohana in Hariyana and the VHP leaders have justified such acts each time.
Jainism called for total non violence, while Buddhism consistently talked of non violence, the prevention of wasteful animal sacrifice in particular.
It was much later that Brahmanism picked up the cow as its symbol in response, and as a reaction to the non violence of these religions. Since Brahmanism has asserted itself to be the Hinduism system, it projects the cow as holy for Hindus overall.
In India, three activists and scholars have been shot dead amid a Hindu supremacist campaign against Hindu baiters. In their homicidal quest for blasphemers and dissenters, fanatics balk at no ethical limits. In Pakistan last December, the Taliban shot schoolchildren in the face at close range.
But religious extremism, in South Asia and indeed elsewhere in Asia and Africa, is symptomatic of a larger and more complex phenomenon: the shattering of the postcolonial order under the stresses of a massive economic and demographic transition.