Opinion: People Like You And Me Are Responsible For The Violence In Delhi

NEW DELHI, INDIA – FEBRUARY 24: Protesters hurl stones at Police personnel during violent clashes between anti and pro CAA demonstrations, at Jaffarabad, near Maujpur on February 24, 2020 in New Delhi, India. A Delhi Police cop and three civilians have died, a DCP-rank officer injured, a petrol pump torched, a number of houses, cars and shops burnt after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters in Maujpur and Jafarabad areas of North East Delhi. There was tension in the area after hundreds of anti-CAA protesters, mostly women, blocked a road near the Jaffrabad metro station connecting Seelampur with Maujpur and Yamuna Vihar. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)

It’s me who is responsible, along with several crores of Indians, for the mayhem in the roads of Delhi today.

I still remember a close uncle, in a family gathering, sharing his views on the Shaheen bagh protests. He said “They all are terrorists, no one should be spared. Lock them all up.”, as he sipped from his glass of whiskey. I also remember a mutual friend in my workplace talking about how Hindus, in the past 72 years after independence, have repeatedly tried to kill each and the Muslims in this country.

In both the scenarios, I became a quiet observer, without objecting to their remarks; ignoring their comments as childish and immature.

Today, the same remarks have been amplified, and both of them kept on sharing their views with different people and somewhere, someday, someone believed their remarks and acted upon it.

Those people on the roads, with stones and guns in their hands, are just mediums to the end. The actual culprits are people like my uncle and my friend who motivated them to reach out to their guns. I really don’t know who is responsible for the ongoing violence in Delhi, all I know is that human lives are at risk.

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