The brazen shamelessness of dispensing power to the Center is not only apparent in the serial statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Secretary Amit Shah and several other Cabinet ministers contradicting each other on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the evil NPR-NRC Process.
While there are waves of protest across the country against the first serious attempt to turn India into a Hindu majority state, Modi, Shah and, most notably, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath are still talking the language of violence when it comes to dealing with protesters.
When there are daily demonstrations by students and ordinary citizens in many towns and villages, the maximum violence by police against protesters has been observed in UP. Nineteen of the total 26 deaths in the country during anti-CAA protests took place in UP alone. The state also recorded the maximum number of arrests at 1,113.
There were 5,558 preventive detentions. Police reportedly broke into homes, smashed doors, smashed property, looted money and jewelry, and severely beaten old people, minors and even people with disabilities. The scale of police barbarism is unprecedented.
But you don’t have to look too far to see the real reason behind it. When the anti-CAA protests began, the UP chief minister vowed revenge on the protesters. While it is bizarre for a statesman governing a state to use such language for the governed, however, the UP police did not miss the dog whistle. This is why the Bijnor SP could openly call on the cops to smash the limbs of the protesters to make an example.