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Lockdown relaxation for Ramzan: Peeved Hindus vent frustration on social media

Statistical comparisons like Hindus desisting from playing Holi when a mere 44 cases had emerged, not celebrating Navratra when just 100 cases had surfaced, the nation declaring a lockdown on reaching 494 cases, but the government relaxing lockdown restrictions for Ramzan shopping when cases in the country number nearly 25,000 are doing the rounds of WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter

The relaxation announced by the Narendra Modi government on 25 April apparently to restart the economy is being seen widely among the Hindu people of India as a special concession to Muslims ― at a time when the latter have not only behaved collectively as renegades but also accounted for the bulk of coronavirus-positive cases. Statistical comparisons like Hindus desisting from playing Holi when a mere 44 cases had emerged, not celebrating Navratra when just 100 cases had surfaced, the nation declaring a lockdown on reaching 494 cases, but the government relaxing lockdown restrictions for Ramadan (Ramzan in India) shopping when cases in the country number nearly 25,000 are doing the rounds of WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Beyond memes and short messages are the longer, explanatory notes, highlighting the irony. Sirf News received yesterday a message in Hindi that read:

आज तो साहेब के तीतर में जान आ गई,

101 पूर्व नौकरशाहों की चिट्ठी काम कर गयी या पहले से ही रमजान के महीने में राजनेताओं की छाती में दूध उतरने का विधान इस लोकतंत्र में है?

9 मार्च 2020 को
कोरोना के पोजिटिव मरीज मात्र 44 थे। मृत्यु एक भी नहीं हुई थी। फिर भी राष्ट्रपति जी से लेकर साहब के छोटे से छोटे कार्यकर्ता तक ने होली मिलन का विरोध किया।

2 अप्रैल 2020 को
श्रीरामनवमी पर देश में कुल कोरोना पोजिटिव केस थे 1965, और मृत्यु हुई थीं 50। फिर भी 25 मार्च से 2 अप्रैल तक नवरात्रि में ना कहीं डांडिया हुया, ना किसी मंदिर में पूजा-आरती हुई। किसी एक भी घर में फलाहार, व्रताहार नहीं पंहुचाया गया। हिंदू अपने घरों में 9 कन्याओं को भोजन तक ना करा सके — लॉकडाउन था ना भाई।

आज 25 अप्रैल 2020 है।
कुल 23,452 कोरोना पोजिटिव मरीज हैं। अभी तक कुल 723 मौत हो चुकी हैं कोरोना से पूरे देश में। पर रमज़ान के लिए
•• बाज़ार सुबह 3 बजे से खोल दिये गये हैं
•• घर घर तक गोश्त, खजूर, फल पहुँचाये जा रहे हैं
•• दर्जी भी कपड़े के नाप के लिए घर पंहुचेगा
•• अस्पतालों और क्वरेंटीन सेंटर में सेहरी और इफ्तार के बन्दोबस्त किये जा रहे हैं।

जबकी सब जानते हैं कि
▪कोरोना फैलाने में सबसे ज्यादा योगदान किसका है?
▪डॉक्टर्स पर जानलेवा हमले कौन कर रहा है?
▪लॉकडाउन का उल्लंघन कौन कर रहा है?

पर, क्योंकि “देश के संसाधनों पर सबसे पहला हक़ ……… का है”
और
“विश्वास भी तो जीतना है भाई” 😊

तुम केवल वोट दो
थाली बजाओ!
दिया जलाओ!
और लाठियां खा-खा के तड़प-तड़प के मर जाओ

मैं तो “उनका” चौकीदार हूँ
🙏🏼
साभार

Translation: Has the letter of 101 former bureaucrats worked or is the weaning of chest of politicians during the month of Ramzan ordained in this democracy?

On 9 March 2020, Corona had only 44 positive patients. There was not a single death. Nevertheless, from the President to the smallest worker of the Sahaba, he opposed the Holi meeting.

There were total corona positive cases in the country on 1965, on Ramnavami on 2 April 2020, and there were 50 deaths. However, from 25 March to 2 April, there was no Dandiya in Navratri or worship in any temple. In any one house, no fruit, no decorations were delivered. Hindus could not even provide food to 9 girls in their homes; there was no lockdown.

Today is 25 April 2020. There are total 23,452 corona positive patients. So far, a total of 723 deaths have taken place across the country from coronavirus.

But for Ramzan, the markets have been opened from 3 AM. Meat, dates, fruits are being delivered to every household. The tailor will reach home to measure clothes. Sehri and Iftar are being arranged in hospitals and quarantine centres.

While everyone knows who has contributed the most in spreading the coronavirus. Who is carrying out murderous attacks on doctors? Who is violating lockdown?

But because “the first right on the resources of the country belongs to the Muslims”

And “faith” also has to be won, brother!

The message dealing with the lockdown relaxation sarcastically is replete with symbols Prime Minister Modi uses in speeches and election campaigns. For example, it mocks at the third part of the slogan “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas (taking everybody along, development for all while enjoying everyone’s trust)”.

The message makes fun also of the self-anointed epithet “chowkidar” the prime minister was using at the time of the Lok Sabha election campaign last year.

A few members of the ruling BJP and its ideological source have been contacting us, requesting us to convey to the government they are not happy with the timing of the lockdown relaxation.

One of them told Sirf News under the condition of anonymity that it was sad it did not occur to a supposed Hindu government that the economic relief, offered in the form of relaxed rules restricting the market, should be extended to goldsmiths on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiyā, “but Modi ji‘s heart bled for those on roza”.

But this is hardly the first time the BJP has bent over backwards to break out of the mould of a “Hindu nationalist” party that the West views it as.

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