Why the Lakhimpur Kheri incident is an eye-opener for Indian media?
Major violence erupted in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday as eight people were killed during the farmer’s protest. The footage of the incident has been heavily distributed on social media with people from both left and right wings putting forward their voices. The violence erupted ahead of UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to the district. While the Farmer’s leaders claimed that the minister’s son, Ashish Mishra, was the one to ignite the violence when his car knocked down some farmers who were opposing the deputy CM’s visit.
Several Opposition leaders have tried visiting the site and stated their opinions on the violence. Political leaders like Priyanka Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav were detained by the police as they tried to visit the district. Meanwhile, an FIR has also been registered against Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son and several other persons included in the Violence. Four BJP workers and four farmers were killed in the incident including the ninth death of a journalist who succumbed to his injuries the day after the incident.
Lakhimpur Kheri sparks outrage on social media including people from all backgrounds to express their shock and condolences.
The tweets show people of diverse opinions where some were favoring the BJP leaders while others grieving farmers’ death. Among this debate of who is right and who is at fault, many of us forget to remember the people who died in the unfaithful incident. Because the people killed by the BJP workers and those killed by the farmers were afterall KILLED. The debate is no longer about humanity going ferocious, in fact, it’s about who should be held responsible.
Witnessing these opinions, tweets, and articulations, the people who were killed have lost their individuality in the debate. The incident makes us wonder how easy it is for people to be killed in the name of retaliation. And how people of one faith find others not just as their opposition but a rival in the race of leadership. The desire to be on the top of the chain has made people unapologetically brutal and inconsiderate of anybody else’s lives. The same happened with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident when people killed one another on the pretext of recrimination. A sort of hatred that wasn’t driven by anger but together with a hunger for leadership.
A few days earlier, a similar instance happened where a photographer, Bijoy Baniya, was seen brutally thrashing a person in Assam who was present in an eviction drive to remove allegedly illegal settlers. The motive behind his action includes nothing but just a rush of the moment. It is proof of humans most wildest side being openly auctioned in the public.
It is time for us to realize that killing a person is NOT OKAY, being violent in public or personal is NOT OKAY and justifying a murder with retaliation is too NOT OKAY.
The UP government announced that a retired High Court judge will probe the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and will give Rs 45 lakh compensation to the families of the four farmers killed in the incident. The government will also give Rs 10 lakh to those injured in the violence, said Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi.