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Violence in Mewat-Tauru

A Report from the Ground

Communal elements have managed to polarise the Meos and the Hindus over a road accident, leading to yet another riot-like situation. This divisive politics needs to be nipped in the bud as political parties will milk this to their electoral benefit just like the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh. 

A road accident in Tauru town of Mewat district on 8 June, 2014, so common all over India, leading to one casualty, triggered communal violence - disturbing the communal harmony Mewat is known for. Even during the Partition and also during the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Mewat remained an island of harmony. To understand this paradox a team from Haryana Insaaf Society comprising D R Chaudhry, S P Singh, Mukesh Yadav and Nisha visited Tauru, met a cross section of people from both the communities, Meos as well as Hindus, visited the spots affected by violence and prepared a report.

The report has three parts. The first part deals with the background of the Meo community, its social ethos, its role in history and its predicament in the present situation. The second part deals with the actual incident and its ramifications. The last part deals with the long term implications of the episode and means to defuse the situation.

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