Violence broke out at the JNU campus in New Delhi, India on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and metal rods brutally attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, stimulating the administration to call in police, who conducted a flag march.
Not long ago, on Friday, Pakistan also witnessed a Muslim mob’s attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib. The fairly large mob threatened to vandalise the holy Sikh shrine, vowing ‘not to spare a single Sikh’.
The initial questions to pop up in the mind of lay-men after happening of such disheartening events is “What will the government do about this?” and “Will the government punish the culprits?”
As these two events took place in the two countries which never fall short of labeling each other “intolerant”, we decided to jot down a comparison between the legal and administrative actions conducted by the governments of both countries regarding the two unpleasant events.
Indian Government’s Reaction to JNU Attack:
Quite surprisingly, the executive bodies of the Indian Government put no reaction at all on the record. Rather, the opposition parties and the victimized students of JNU blamed Sunday night’s violence on a student organisation connected to the prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which has increasingly targeted the institution.
This has further stirred the already prolonged tensions in the country because of the newly passed citizenship bill targeting Muslims in India. People of India are starting to show rebellious attitude to the Modi government because of its racist and fascist views towards Muslims. This is not the first time when the Modi government is being highlighted responsible for the atrocities that are being recorded against a certain sect in India.
Indian celebrities were seen to be more sensitive and reactive towards the event and showed their remorse and dejection.
What happened in #JNU last night was horrifying and frightening. This is brutality at its worst! Those attackers behind this violence against students and teachers must be punished. It’s time we stand united against hate and violence. #StandWithJNU #JNUViolence
— Nivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) January 6, 2020
Pakistan Government’s Reaction to Gurdwara Attack
After the mob’s attack on Gurdwara, PM Imran Khan and his government immediately took the matter into their own hands. PM Imran showed remorse and said that events like these are against his vision. He also addressed the JNU attack and pointed out the difference in their nature.
The major difference between the condemnable Nankana incident & the ongoing attacks across India on Muslims & other minorities is this: the former is against my vision & will find zero tolerance & protection from the govt incl police & judiciary;
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 5, 2020
The main accused in the recent incident of vandalism and hate at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province has been arrested and charged with a non-bailable section of the stringent anti-terrorism act.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Friday rejected the media reports that the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib was damaged in a mob attack, saying the birthplace of founder of Sikhism remains “untouched and undamaged” and the “claims of destruction” of one of the holiest Sikh shrines are not true in any sense of the word.
India on one hand enjoys terming Pakistan as intolerant and hateful to minorities, yet, Pakistan is the one leading the diplomatic front while Indian government tries to win back the public empathy.