The real reason behind the Republic Day violence in Delhi

Shishir Vinay Bhate
·Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo India
·4 min read

Violence. Betrayal. Deceit. Lies. Cowardice...

The puppeteers, controlling the strings from afar, and the actions of their marionettes ensured that India was shamed on our venerated Republic Day.

Vile individuals, masquerading as farmer leaders, are singularly responsible for the cowardly and violent scenes in Delhi that insulted the nation. It would be a travesty of justice were they to escape the long arm of the law.

Some of these leaders, who are as much farmers as you and I are Martians, displayed pure cowardice as they ‘distanced themselves’ from the shameful acts of desecration, devastation and debasement, conveniently hiding behind platitudes such as 'antisocial elements had infiltrated our peaceful movement’ or ‘political parties are sabotaging the rally’: these rabble-rousers cannot be allowed to get away with such deceit and treachery.

They must answer for the betrayal, the insult, the destruction and vandalism, the defilement of a sacred occasion, the deceit and the lies through which they obtained permission to hold a rally, and the pre-planned violence and chaos they subjected Delhi to by going back on every single undertaking they gave.

Long after the vandals had put the country to shame and the violence had abated somewhat, politicians of various hues crawled out of the woodwork paying lip-service and distributing gyaan like, ‘violence is not the answer’.

Others made a weak effort at condemning the violence, but simultaneously justified it, too, blaming the government for it which, as it was clear to everyone glued to television sets, had been perpetrated by vandals disguised as farmers.

Hypocrisy ruled the roost when politicians, who had themselves pledged to bring in farm reforms, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for implementing those very reformist laws.

Pure opportunism was on display, too, as political parties, that have been summarily defeated electorally, are now using the innocent and misguided farmer to destabilise a popular government and to meet their political ends.

While protests are every aggrieved party’s fundamental right, resorting to violence is nothing but a criminal activity which takes away from the very rationale of a legitimate protest and weakens it. It is evident that the Republic Day violence had nothing to do with farmers' protests: this was only an attempt to throw the country into political turmoil.

What happened in Delhi on the fateful day of January 26 could be the start of a dangerous trend, on the lines of the Capitol Hill siege. Such a ‘protest’ could be used as a template by any group that dislikes something and has no respect for the Supreme Court, the Parliament, the law and order machinery or the nation itself. It is also an attack on the very foundation of democracy.

The violent rally also offers an opportunity to anti-India forces from across the border who now know how to get in close proximity to the nation’s leaders and installations. Such chaotic protests provide the perfect diversion and cover to such forces to sneak into India, lay low for a few months and then unleash attacks in the country.

Would the puppeteers be seeking that? One wonders.

It is, nevertheless, quite evident that they want to create nationwide chaos and anarchy, and to push innocent people -- in this instance, the farmers -- as cannon fodder before security forces to further their political agenda.

It seems that nothing short of a civil war will satisfy the bloodlust of these individuals who seek to grab power by hook or crook.

No amount of praise for the Delhi Police would be enough for showing the restraint that they did in the face of extreme provocation and threat to life and limb while handling the rampaging goons with kid gloves as they ran amok in the national capital.

They also ensured there was no bloodshed, much to the chagrin and dismay of anti-India forces, who had possibly hoped that the confrontation would lead to a bloodbath and thus help destabilise India.

The provocation was indeed extreme: the desecration at the Red Fort, the raising of religious flags, the insult to the Indian Tricolour, the brandishing of naked swords, the use of speeding tractors to run over policemen and media persons on the occasion of the country’s 72nd Republic Day.

The restraint shown by the authorities, however, was even more admirable.

Will this further embolden the protestors? We will soon find out, as ‘farmers’ have threatened to march to Parliament on February 1 in even larger numbers.

God save the Republic!


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