Mumbai police recently made an appeal for a ‘peaceful’ Ganpati celebration and raked up the issue of noise pollution during the 11-day long festival which is celebrated across Bharat, but most vibrantly in the state of Maharashtra.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 16, 2018
While this appeal to curb noise pollution might seem like a laudable initiative, it reinforces a pattern of the Bharatiya state mostly casting a negative eye on major Hindu festivals, as events which first & foremost need to be regulated. And what is most galling is the meekness that the same police & state exhibit when dealing with blatant violations of norms and regulations throughout the year by fundamentalists of the so-called minority community.
People on twitter were quick to point out these double standards to Mumbai Police-
Sonu Nigam is still calling you please pick up his phone first.— Akshay | ಅಕ್ಷಯ | अक्षय (@AkshayKatariyaa) September 16, 2018
Loudspeakers of Azaan @ Andheri, Saki Naka (near metro station) area hav been multiplied ever since Sonu Nigam controversy came up. 2 diff Masjids play loudest Azaan simultaneous dat ppl residing around cant talk. Will do help us in this also or as usual get frightened by Muslims— ☇Amrit अमृत 🇮🇳 (@varshasinghs) March 26, 2018
Peacefuls keep their loudspeakers so loud that I can hear them five times 365 days even on the 20th floor with no masjid in vicinity . Why have you’ll not acted on the High court order yet. Will be good if you’ll tell us how many loudspeakers you’ll have removed to date— Punita Toraskar🇮🇳⛳️ (@impuni) September 16, 2018
If any pandal or Ganpati celebration committee in Mumbai were to violate laws such as playing music above a certain volume or beyond the permitted hours, the common Hindu of Mumbai will be the first to laud police action against the offenders. But why has our law & order machinery (including police, government, courts) got so conditioned to hiding behind the ‘sensitive area’ or ‘law & order situation’ card when asked to implement the law in Muslim dominated areas aka no-go zones?
Despite all the world-wide scaremongering regarding ‘Hindutva fascism’, the ground reality is that Hindus are just demanding parity in the only country which they can truly call home –
Strangest country in the world. All that 'majority' asking is treatment with parity before the state. They are unsuccessfully doing it for 7 decades, yet are branded as communal fascists https://t.co/bW1iQEanYK— iMac_too (@iMac_too) September 17, 2018
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