Udaipur killing “them” and “us” changed Udaipur!

The weather was monsoon. the dark clouds thundered, The city was empty The blinds were down and there was not a single person on the road. There was a strong police presence and for a moment I heard he was not in Udaipur, Rather I am entering Srinagar. It was very sad to see Udaipur so empty, gloomy and full of police corps. Even Pawan was in the shade and as we walked through the empty city, Pawan said:If the curfew had not been imposed that day, you would have burned this city.,

Udaipur has changed. In those tense moments of June 28, as the mood of the city changed to ‘We vs. They’, it was seen as the division of people, the separation between them occurs in the blink of an eye. ! For the first time in my stay in my home state, I felt that rare feeling of alienation from which people’s hearts and minds could hardly escape in the near future. It could never happen in Udaipur or Rajasthan, it was unimaginable. Cities and territories usually quiet, lively and solemn have reached a point where the mood is serious, but deep inside and unreliable. Within hours, people’s feelings changed, and not just in Udaipur, but also around the city. Totally hostile attitude towards “them”.

For me, Udaipur has always been an integral part of my journey back home to Rajasthan. A city that I have known and that I have always believed to be very quiet and safe. But on the evening of June 30, on my way from the airport to the city, I found myself in a completely strange environment. That’s when I asked Pawan, a local journalist, to come with me for the first time. The weather was monsoon. Dark clouds thundered. The city was empty, the shutters down and there was not a single person on the road. There was a strong police presence and for a moment I heard him entering Srinagar, not Udaipur. It was very sad to see Udaipur so empty, gloomy and full of police corps. Even Pawan was in a state of shock and as we passed through the empty city, Pawan said, “If the curfew had not been imposed that day, you would have found this city burned.”

I sighed. There was a loud sound of wind. The driver was also driving worried. There was a sense of extreme state of violence, fear and hatred in the calm air of the city. There was a turbulent uneasiness the city had never felt before in history, a tremendous disbelief it had never felt before! Lots of outbursts of emotion in the troubled city.

The vitality of Udaipur, which used to delight its tourists and the informal and calm mood of the locals, has been bleak today. From the balcony of my hotel on Lake Pichola, I saw in front of me a new Udaipur. I looked at the running waters of Lake Pichola and heard a strange voice in the vibrant city, the sound of silence! There was no human presence in Gangaur Ghat. The dogs had also been hiding somewhere. On normal days, women meet and gossip in the ghat in the evening. For men, it is a sanctuary of idleness where tired tourists take endless selfies. But today the ghat was empty, the lake was empty, the hotels around me were empty, there was also emptiness in the air.

The brutal assassination of Kanhaiya Lal has created a national discourse, a commotion. But the murder in Udaipur has done something that has destroyed the city’s aura of generally calm lakes. Very sad, the hotelier said, “I don’t know who is lag gayi our city.” After Kovid’s hardships that lasted two years, now the business had started to work, so it was done. There is fear that the business will stop again. My hotel, which is always expensive and full of tourists, is empty. In less than 24 hours, all bookings for the next two weekends have been canceled, leaving employees with uncertainty and low expectations.

If there is fear among the people of the village, there is also anger. Everyone in the city has fear and problems. But Ranjit Singh is confident that soon everything will return to normal in Udaipur. The business will increase its pace. The people of the city will move on, but the harmony that existed between the communities, for which Udaipur lived in calm and general harmony, has been left in the background. Even in Ranjit Singh’s voice, during the discussion of “us against them,” there were signs of anger and rage.

There is anger against ‘them’. There is great hatred against him among many locals, Pawan reiterated that if the curfew was not imposed in time, the city of Udaipur would have burned. An eyewitness said that on the day of the murder, anger was boiling among the people. “Suddenly a lot of people came into this street (the street where Kanhaiya Lal’s shop was) and started yelling at the police, ‘Leave us, we’ll take revenge.’ They were shouting slogans, and ‘they’ were furious. .They were getting worse.Remembering that time, a 17-year-old boy began to tremble at the sight of his eyes.

After the assassination, Hindus staged protests and marches all over Udaipur, but everything remained peaceful. The big exam was to be held on July 1st. That day was not only the day of Friday prayers, but also the auspicious day of Jagannath Yatra. As the police presence intensified, an atmosphere of unprecedented tension and uncertainty was created. What if, they could, maybe they would? concerns such as Udaipur were uneasy. Mobile internet was broken across the state. There were strict restrictions, restrictions like curfew in many cities. Young children on bicycles sang ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, waved saffron flags and advanced towards Jagdish temple. Enthusiastic and disinterested housewives with their best colored pieces waited impatiently to participate in the yatra. “You know how many Hindus have come out today, Hindus have joined, this is a right answer for them,” a 25-year-old boy who was on the street told me.

Surely Udaipur has fallen into the deep pit of “us” against “them”. Good people are at peace with the peaceful completion of Jagannath Yatra and the return to normal life in the city. Tourists are also getting the message of normalcy in Udaipur. But for the Hindus of the city, the day of Jagannath Yatra was also going to give the message of ‘unity of the Hindus’, so there is also a new belief among the people that the conversations have reached every nook and cranny of the country from Udaipur. about what happened in Udaipur and the city, it is now the epicenter of “Hindu Unity.”

When the desire for self-determination becomes partisan and divided, the result is undoubtedly dirty, bloody relationships and behavior. When an old city like Udaipur witnesses community and brutal violence, a new character is born in the outcome. All this is happening in the new mood, new shadow of the city, which makes the city not only a paradoxical place, but also a city like Udaipur, which is adorned with its lakes and history, delves into in the spirit of change and violence.

Udaipur has fallen into the hook of “us” and “them” and revenge. A relative of one of the eyewitnesses to the massacre said sadly, Udaipur has become Srinagar. Two beautiful cities that live and survive from tourism have been burned by violence in the name of religion. ‘Before it was Kashmir, now we are,’ he sighs. When his sister said about it, “We have already seen in Kashmir how cruel ‘they’ are, now we see it in Udaipur.”

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