The editorials published by leading English newspapers on incidents of ‘sabotage’ in Punjab have focused on politicians not condemning the incident of mob lynching. They said that this silence is aimed at not angering a section of voters ahead of the elections.
New Delhi: Editorials in English-language newspapers mainly focus on not condemning mob lynchings by politicians after sabotage attempts in Punjab.
The Tribune, in an editorial titled ‘Lynchings indefensible’, said that any malicious act intended to hurt religious sentiments must be condemned in the strongest possible terms, but the brutal killing of two men shows a blatant violation of the law.
The newspaper blamed the SGPC for the Amritsar sacrilege incident, due to which the situation went out of control.
The paper also highlighted the role of upcoming elections in dealing with such cases, pointing to the lack of evidence in the incident in Kapurthala district.
The editorial said that sacrilege is a very emotional issue in Punjab, in 2015 also such incidents shook the state. Vested interests may exert all their might in disrupting communal harmony due to elections in the state due next year.
The Indian Express in its editorial condemned the attempt at sacrilege but also said that the subsequent crime at the holiest site of the Sikhs was horrific.
“From the SGPC chief to the Akal Takht jathedar, the state’s five-time chief minister to the new chief minister, the leaders criticized the sacrilege attempt but did not say a word about them or condemn them,” the editorial said. of those who took the law into their own hands by carrying out these incidents and thrashed the accused to death.
The editorial said that this silence serves the purpose of not angering the section of voters ahead of the elections.
Describing the lynching as worrying in the editorial of the Times of India, using similar words like the Indian Express, described mob lynching as terrible.
The newspaper’s editorial said, “The most condemnable was the public demand for the public execution of the sacrilege accused by the state unit president of Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu.”
The editorial also highlighted that the police and the CBI have somehow failed to solve the sacrilege incidents of 2015, which still remains a fresh wound for many Sikhs and it is this wound that led to such violent mob lynchings. Created favorable conditions for events.
“The collective feeling of not getting justice cannot be used as a reason or excuse for lynchings,” the editorial said.
The paper also highlighted the possibilities of exploiting such divisions at a politically crucial time.
The Hindustan Times editorial expressed concern over the law and order situation in Punjab and described it as a mixture of politics and religion in unstable Punjab.
The editorial, however, placed more emphasis on Punjab’s borders, the use of government unrest, elections and peasant demonstrations – regardless of whether any of these could have influenced such ruthless reactions to claims of sacrilege.
It finally sought an investigation into the sacrilege—including incidents of lynchings to name but a few—and potentially unearth a larger conspiracy.
The editorial said, “Given the current context, both these incidents of lynching should be properly investigated thoroughly so that the motive behind it can be ascertained and if there is a bigger conspiracy in these incidents, then the people responsible and behind it.” agencies should be identified. Punjab should not be allowed to burn like this as it would be bad for the whole of India. ,
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