You know the background – Sri Sri the godman wanted to host a “World Cultural Festival” in the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi. Predictably all our liberal, progressive, pro-environment “activists” have come crawling out of their rocks and favourite bars, clubs and pubs in Delhi. They want to save India from pollution. While Sri Sri was the proxy target, real target of course was Narendra Modi and BJP. So Congress “leaders” were dispatched by dynasty to join the Stalinist lynch mobs with glee. Army’s involvement in building temporary bridges was questioned. No one dared asked Sonia why her CM in Karnataka threw open the entire Jakkur airfield when US evangelist Benny Hinn came calling, even joining him in evangelism! Of course, no one kept count of number of trees cut.
We wonder what if the entire event was not organised by Sri Sri but someone else? We let our imagination run riot!
The Hindu reports (through Special correspondent Nistula Hebbar):
Ahle Sunnat al Wahab al Mujahid al Hind, an organisation of progressive Muslims has applied to Union Government for permission to hold a cultural event on the banks of Yamuna. Our sources tell us the Modi dispensation is not in favor of granting permission to this peaceful gathering. In fact one BJP source who wishes to remain anonymous admitted “we may use the environment excuse to deny, so no one can object”
It is well known that Yamuna is basically a river of sewage and no one can even stand in its banks for a few minutes without suffocating from the stench. But it appears BJP is bent upon denying even this barren land to Muslims to hold a prayer meet. This is not surprising as it is entirely in line with its ideology but independent political observers are aghast. The Hindu spoke to A. Marx a social scientist who said “This clearly should worry anyone and is further proof India is being led to a fascist future”
We understand one Mr. Mishra has filed a complaint with the National Green Tribunal. He has been seen in the past attending Sangh gatherings although he claims to be an environmentalist.
Barka Dutt of NDTV interviews Maulana Masood Azhar Syed convenor of Yamuna Culture Fest
Barkha: Sir, Can you tell us a bit more about your organisation and the festival?
Syed: Barkha, thanks for giving me a chance. We are basically a very progressive group of ulemas who have been wanting to organise this prayer for a long time. South Asia is facing a crisis of faith. After Afzal’s martyrdom and Yakub’s cruel hanging, now even Mumtaz Qadri has been killed for his faith. So this problem is not just India’s, it is regional. And we are trying to express our opinion in a peaceful manner although we reserve our right to act against anyone that we consider kafir, munafiq or murtad.
Barkha: That’s very kind of you, sir! Why do you think Modi is doing this? Are you really cutting lots of trees, destroying the flood plains?
Syed: You see Barkha, all this is Sanghi propaganda. We understand one Sanghi has dared to file case at NGT. Well, he’ll regret his choice. Trees were there yes, but they were just standing there useless. The trees have simply been converted to much more useful firewood and logs. As you know, poor people suffer shortage of firewood while rich use gas. Modi as you all know is behind this. He wants to take India down the fascist path. We are ready for him.
Barkha: Wow! What a concern for poor! Sir, may I ask you, what are your options now?
This will go ahead. If Modi tries to stop it, there will be blood on the streets. We’ll have no choice but to declare jihad.
Barkha: What about the false concerns over ecology and Sangh parivar activist that brought a lawsuit? How do you plan to deal with that?
We will deal with that..peacefully of course. That guy doesn’t know peace. He’ll soon get eternal peace. My boys are working on that. (Moves his fingers across his neck with devilish smile). Ha ha ha..
Barkha: But sir, I know your intentions are honourable, but some bhakts may interpret this wrongly! Why do you make such gestures?
You see Barkha, I have freedom to move my fingers or hands anywhere. These fascists dont understand that. Look, do I have any sword in my hands? How can you question this?
Barkha: You are brilliant sir! Exactly same logic we used with Umar and Kanhaiya!. Thank you sir! Always a pleasure to talk to someone so peaceful and progressive.
On Page 3 of The Hindu a small news item
Mr. Mishra a Sangh parivar activist who was trying to stop the peaceful prayer fest in Delhi was found dead in his apartment. His throat was slit. Congress warned the Modi government against politicising his death. Congress spokesperson Tiwari cautioned Modi against stirring the communal pot. Independent scientists The Hindu spoke too were unequivocal that it could be a shaving related accident. Lenin Bose, a noted metallurgist who we spoke too said men should use ISI marked stainless steel blades for shaving as other cheap ones may end up cutting your throat.
Rajdeep promptly tweets
Sitaram Yechuri issued a strongly worded statement
Fascist Narendra Modi is exceeding even his obnoxious limits. Stopping the Yamuna Culture fest in the name of environment is a crime against secularism. We all know Yamuna is already polluted and nothing much can pollute it further. After all, it is a three day meet, not a daily ritual of throwing dead bodies into the river which Hindus do all the time.
All secular progressive forces should come forward to oppose this fascist regime. We are tying up with beloved Pappu Rahul Gandhi to fight this battle together!
Finally the NGT approves the festival with this short statement:
“NGT is pleased to approve the 3 day Yamuna festival. We also call upon the Modi government to pay the organisers Rs. 5 crore as compensation for wasting their time on this hearing. Ridiculous assertions in the name of environment were made, yet we gave it patient hearing (For about ten minutes). The protests are without merit. Trees can easily grow back.
We understand the original petitioner is no more so we want his heirs to pay a fine of Rs. 50 lakhs. Let this serve as a warning to anyone else daring to raise false charges”