~ In India caste is in class. The Mandal commission for Backward Classes also found convergence between caste and class. According to Indiaspend, the victims of lynching are almost entirely from poor families.
Therefore, the 'Ansari' victims of mob lynching in Jharkhand are in all probability Pasmanda Muslims from the weaver community (poor and low caste). In a few instances the 'Ansari' surname is also used by upper caste Muslims.
Similarly, lynched victims Pehlu Khan, Junaid, Umar, Akbar from Rajasthan and Haryana are all Meo Muslims (called Meo in Haryana and Mev in Rajasthan). Meo/Mev Muslims are Pasmanda Muslims.10 They are a traditional pastoral community that rears milch cows.
"Can't Muslims keep cows? Or, have they passed a law that we can't keep cows? In Mewat, most keep cows, some even more than 100, says an angry wet-eyed patriarch to us
on Day-2 of our Mewat area journey through Haryana in the #KarwaneMohabbat," writes John Dayal, Journalist & Human Rights Activist, on his Facebook wall.. There is a need to understand the linkages of programs such as 'Make in India' and loss of livelihood and life of Bahujans.
While the cow vigilantes are directly attacking the Bahujans on a large scale through violence and disrupting their life, there are definite beneficiaries of this violence.
The large scale organized abattoirs, dairy, etc., highly subsidized and supported by the Government are the direct beneficiaries.
The silence of Muslim politicians is glaringly loud, as coming mostly from upper caste backgrounds they have always neglected the plights of Pasmanda Muslims.
There are direct political and financial benefits that they reap due to the targeted violence. This situation needs to be understood as a Bahujan issue and not an issue of Muslims or Dalits only. ~ Naaz Khair in: thesharedmirror.org/?product=guja-…

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