Opinion: Videos Of Violence Show That India is Not What Modi Whitewashed For Trump

The violence that started in Maujpur, Delhi, on 23rd February still continues, and 20 people, including a police constable, have allegedly been killed.

The clashes first broke out on 23rd February, Sunday, particularly between protesters in favour of and against CAA, in Muslim-majority areas, in North East Delhi.

Modi ‘Whitewashes’ India For Trump As Delhi Burns

As India’s PM and the American President attend functions and events together, Delhi burns.

These areas are about 18kms from where Donald Trump has been meeting political leaders and diplomats. In anticipation of the US President’s arrival, the government built a ‘wall’ in Gujarat, to allegedly ‘hide’ slum dwellings.

A slum colony of over 1,000 huts, including narrow lanes and a lack of proper sewage lines, has been hidden from view.

“We have been living here for the last 60 years, when there was nothing here except jungle and even as our colony grew, so many dignitaries have gone by, but this is the first time that we are being hidden like this. Is Modi ashamed of us? Instead of hiding us, why doesn’t he make our living conditions better? Are we not a part of Gujarat too?” asked Bhikku Kaka, an elder of the Vanjara community.

While India’s PM and the American President attend functions and events together, Delhi burns. Seemingly, the recent events in North East Delhi have not impacted the visit in any way.

Amidst chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram,’ mosques were allegedly set on fire. According to Delhi Police, curfew has been imposed in four areas of North East Delhi. 

The situation worsened on Monday as extreme violence, rioting and arson were reported from Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh, Dayalpur, Bhajanpura, and nearby areas of Delhi.

Schools will remain closed on Wednesday, 26th February, in areas where violence had been most severe, said Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. He further added that internal examinations were postponed.

Kapil Mishra had come to Maujpur and said in front of senior police officers; ‘We will be peaceful till US President Donald Trump is here, but after that, we will not even listen to the police to open the roads.”

Even three reporters and one cameraperson of NDTV were assaulted by the mobs who were armed in northeast Delhi.

While the violence engulfed the city, Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, who is responsible for maintaining law and order in the Union Territory of Delhi and whose ministry controls the Delhi Police was nowhere to be seen.

Videos Of What’s Happening On The Ground

Here are some videos from the sight of clashes to have an insight into what’s happened and currently happening.

Anti-CAA protestors and Pro-CAA protestors can be seen in the epicentre of Delhi violence between Jaffrabad and Maujpur area, respectively, north-east Delhi. 

“Jai Shri Ram kehna hoga” (They’ll have to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’) Vandana Sharma, a resident of Babarpur, told The Quint. 

This video quickly went viral on social media. The gunman can be seen running towards the cop and shouting “maar dunga tumhein” (will kill you) while he points the gun at him.

Pro-CAA protestors can be seen setting a shop on fire at Maujpur Chowk. 

The mob was seen carrying sticks, stones, and arson. “We were being stopped from filming,” said Yogita Limaye. 

Mohammad Nawab ferries goods from the Bawana industrial area. He, along with his partner, was stopped, identified by their religion and allegedly beaten up by a mob, and robbed of their documents and keys. Their vehicle was stopped near the Gokulpuri market. 

Not only vehicles, buses, and shops are burning. The nation is burning. 

Modi A “Temporary Symbol Of Hate”: John Oliver

In a recent episode of HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ which aired in the US on Sunday night, the comedian discussed PM Modi, Amit Shah, and Yogi Adityanath and how they are executing their politics of hate to drive the Muslim population out of the country. He referred to Modi as a “temporary symbol of hate.”

“Modi and his party may be about to strip millions of Muslims of citizenship, and they did it in a diabolically clever two-step way,” he said.

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