The exodus of Hindus from Kairana has been belittled and dismissed as Hindutva scaremongering by left-liberals in media, intelligentsia and politics from the day BJP MP Hukum Singh made the explosive revelation that over 300 Hindu families have fled Kairana town in Shamli district, UP in recent times.
Nothing was good enough to convince the left-liberals: ground reports in regional Hindi media, sight of locked Hindu houses in Kairana, even Hindus from Kairana expressing their pain & anguish on live TV. It was all dismissed as a ‘hoax’.
Now, a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) probe on the issue shows that the exodus was no hoax, but a grim reality. The NHRC report, parts of which were released on Wednesday, all but validates what BJP MP Hukum Singh had initially said. The panel has also sought a report from UP chief secretary and DGP on the action they have taken on the findings and recommendations of its probe team – which were submitted to the state government on June 23.
Sexual targeting of Hindu women, demographic change & rising crime
It its report, conducted by a four-member team comprising deputy SP Ravi Singh and inspectors Suman Kumari, Saroj Tiwari and Arun Kumar, NHRC found that that over 250 Hindu families had indeed left the town due to fear of the members of a particular community (Muslims) which was in majority in the area.
“At least 24 witnesses stated that the youths of the specific majority community (Muslims in this case) in Kairana town pass lewd/taunting remarks against the females of the specific minority community in town. Due to this, females of the specific minority community (Hindus) in Kairana town avoid going outside frequently. However, they could not gather courage to report the matter to the police for the legal action,” the report said.
NHRC had done an exhaustive investigation into the exodus, examining several independent witnesses, victims, police and administrative officials concerned. The team contacted at least six randomly selected victims/displaced families for verification. They also had telephonic verification from at least four displaced families who had migrated to distant places like Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Surat (Gujarat).
The fact-finding team also confirmed the terror of Mukim Kala gang in the region. “The notorious gang leader Mukim Kala had committed at least 47 cases of robbery, murder, dacoity, extortion and violation of the Arms Act during a span of just 5 years between 2010 and 2015, in the states of UP, Haryana and Uttarakhand,” the report said.
The report said the resettlement of over 25,000 members of the minority community in the aftermath of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots had led to a major change in the demography of many towns in the region, including Kairana. “Most of the witnesses and victims feel that the rehabilitation in 2013 has permanently changed the social situation in Kairana town leading to further deterioration of law and order in the area,” the report said.
Samajwadi Party Dismisses findings
SP’s prodigal returnee Amar Singh (a dubious operator who is alleged to have fixed Lok Sabha votes to pass the 2008 Indo-US nuclear deal – a story that was suppressed by controversial news editor Rajdeep Sardesai) while questioning the ‘perspective’ of the NHRC report, made a brazen attempt to politicize & obfuscate the Kairana matter by asking why BJP is complaining about Kairana when they haven’t yet rehabilitated Kashmiri Pandits driven out of the valley in 1989/90.
No one in mainstream media will question Amar Singh if Hindus being driven out by a sustained campaign of terrorism in Kashmir, is the same as Hindus of Kairana being forced to leave by everyday harassment and crime. And should our inability to prevent the exodus from Kashmir mean that we now resign to similar exoduses in other parts?
Media deprioritizes NHRC report, continues to question Exodus
Times of India (TOI) broke the NHRC report story on 22 Sept – its another matter that a significant matter like this was relegated to the 17th page of the paper, behind other ‘important’ news like ‘PM’s new address: 7 Lok Kalyan Marg’ & ‘India’s 5 selectors played a total of 13 Tests, 31 ODIs’ which made it to the front page that day!
On the next day, the same TOI journalist Sandeep Rai has a report on the 13th page “BJP attacks SP govt over Kairana report; Amar retaliates” – so the Hindu exodus is now effectively reduced to a political squabble between two rival parties…with a suggestion to the reader that this is usual politics of polarization with UP elections coming up.
The TOI reporter uses scare quotes around words like “exodus”, “Muslim-dominated“, “harassment” – such quotes are commonly used by journalists to convey skepticism and are as good as preceding the word/phrase with the expression “so-called”.
The Kairana exodus is a good example of the standard operating procedure adopted by our English language media, secular politicians & establishment intellectuals while responding to any news related to persecution of Hindus – censor, dismiss, distort, politicize and belittle.