New Delhi: PM Modi Says Dadri Mob Killing, Controversy over Ghulam Ali Concert ‘Really Sad’

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has for the first time spoken directly on the mob killing of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over beef rumours, calling it “really sad” but also underscoring that his government had no role in the case.

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“Incidents like Dadri and Ghulam Ali are really sad but what is the role of the Centre in them?” PM Modi has told the newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.

The prime minister also takes on opposition leaders who have for days accused him of a “deafening silence” on the Dadri killing.

“The same debate has happened in the past. The BJP has always opposed pseudo-secularism. Now they are using these sad incidents to revive the debate. The BJP does not support such incidents. The opposition is using these incidents to accuse the BJP of communalism but isn’t the opposition playing the politics of polarization?” he said.

On September 28 in Dadri, 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged out of his home by a mob and beaten to death after announcements were made at a local temple about a calf being killed.

Many of the men suspected to be in the mob are linked to a local BJP leader.

PM Modi had been criticised by rival parties for not speaking up even as his party men made incendiary remarks after the gruesome killing.

Last week while campaigning in Bihar, Mr Modi did not mention Dadri as he urged Hindus and Muslims to fight poverty, not each other. “Because of politics and for petty gains, people are making irresponsible statements. I appeal to citizens not to take them seriously. Even if Narendra Modi himself says something like that, don’t listen to him,” he said at a rally.

The Modi government is confronting strong condemnation over what critics call rising intolerance in India following the Dadri killing, the murder of three rationalists and the excesses of ally Shiv Sena, which has opposed events in Mumbai involving prominent Pakistanis like singer Ghulam Ali and politician Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri. In the past few days, over 20 writers have returned prestigious awards in protest.

7 Comments

  1. “New Delhi: PM Modi Says Dadri Mob Killing, Controversy over Ghulam Ali Concert Really Sad”

    Too little, too late!!!

    What does the RSS say?

  2. Finally! And to think that his party called a true secular – Dr. MM singh as ‘Maunmohan’.

    But then, to what extent does a sentence or two account for in this grave matter? India has been reduced to a land of snake charmers (hardly any – now), land of Kamasurta (insignificant in size and stamina and imagination) and beef (Numero uno in terms of export and on terms of being eaten on the sly)!

    Can he reach under the AMPLE space in the ……. and squeeze where it matters? OR, the larger Q – does the RSS have the squeeze on him? 😉

    Only time and Rampa will tell.

    • “Only time and Rampa will tell…” writes Joker Praveena Pinto

      But the bigger question is – Would Joker Praveena be able to understand ? LOL
      If past is any indication, joker Pinto would be running in circles!! LOL LOL

      • If past is any indication, joker Pinto would be running in circles!! LOL LOL – Rampa

        Rampa baba,

        In order to teach you and make you understand basics, I have to run behind you na? AND you are running around in circles. So obviously, I too am! 🙂

  3. Now after a long yoga meditation, Mr. Modi got the revelation ” it was said”. The Indian president will sign any legislation drafted in the BJP States without pondering whether it will deeply undermine the fundamental rights of the citizen but only to please the ruling Government.

    If those enacted laws will create bloodshed, then the Prime Minister has no moral obligation to say what is wrong and what is right; let the State handle. The beef-ban legislation signed by the Indian President in Maharastra and Haryana were laying solid foundation for the street goons to play the rowdesm using the beef issue in every State, if they can play the beating and killing game upon their political enemies.

    Mr. Modi, now you have no right to talk about the religion-linked terrorism in the Arab nations as you have seriously talked with the King of Jordan.

  4. Modi’s and Shah’s almost simultaneous statements on the barbaric Dadri killing can only mean BJP is not seeing the political dividends it was expecting in Bihar.

  5. Thanks Mr Modi. You are absolutely right about “The BJP does not support such incidents. The opposition is using these incidents to accuse the BJP of communalism but isn’t the opposition playing the politics of polarization?” In future please condemn such acts at your earliest.

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