Few days ago a battle almost gripped the whole nation. A country which has, such a huge population below poverty line and such huge unemployed masses, to argue that the country is tolerant or intolerant about the religious sentiment is, frankly speaking diversion in every context. It’s more annoying in a sense that India has always been represented as unity among diversity. Hence it’s an insult on the very representation of India.
There were some brutal murders of the minorities and the people who were vocal for the rights of the minorities. More eyebrows rose because of the audacity shown by the antisocial elements and lack of proper measures on the part of the government. Hence a voice was aroused throughout the nation, “are religious minorities safe in India”. In following months many other gruesome crimes also made the FrontPage news. Interestingly the victims were both the minorities and the majority. It seemed that all of a sudden all those crimes that were going unnoticed was given serious importance. It was not that people were suddenly awakened but a country divided among two groups is trying to victimize themselves and prove who is more oppressed. Many eminent personalities who were earlier mere spectators of the political scenario jumped in as connoisseurs. Moreover the whole media got divided and took sides whereas they should have just reported rather than accusing. Everyone performed the age old act called
“ Behti ganga me hath dhona”
I don’t want to go in the debate that India is tolerant or intolerant as way too much focus has already been drawn to this topic in a country which has other serious issues. But surely inequality prevails in India and not only on the basis of religion but on caste too. The idea is just simple that my life is my right and whatever the hell I do with it. I can live, eat, socialize and function within the legal parameters of this country and no government or some fanatic or fundamentalist group should dare to question my legal rights.
But let’s leave this topic as it has become a cliché. Let’s move further. For one moment let us fascinate the idea that what if we support and encourage these religious fundamentalist groups may they be of any religion. What if we as a country as a whole follow their ideas and give them absolute power which they still lack because of our “yes, no and pata nahi” point of views as electronic media will represent.
As we can already see that whatever power we as people has given to any particular fundamentalist group is backfiring on us. When we as people has given the power to a fundamentalist group we think is doing the right thing, they always try to dictate how our lives should be according to them or the version of holy scriptures they have seen with their blind eyes . They are trying to teach us morals no matter how much immoral they themselves are. They want to dictate what we eat, they want to dictate what we wear, they want to dictate how or where we live and they even urge us to unite on the basis of an ideology they themselves don’t understand.
So I think we should be concerned as a nation by looking at the scenario that even this patches of power is giving them such platforms to create havoc. WHAT IF we give them our total support? Of course we may presume that they will demolish our so called opponents that fundamentalists themselves have chosen and convinced us to believe. One side also may get absolute benefits whereas other side will be shunned.
But what after that, don’t these fanatic fundamentalist who are born and bred from a vicious idea of inevitable conflict still continue their warmongering. They will still need someone to excise there unethical will and corrupted power. They will still need to make themselves contemporary. Even if these fundamentalists think to call it a day and to enjoy their unrighteous triumph, they will not be allowed by the political parties who have their vested interest in each of these groups. These political parties have bred the fundamentalist for the sole purpose of creating a anarchy from which they can create a illusion.
On that day these groups will turn towards us and will try to control our lives in every aspect. Today they are trying to influence but on that day they will compel us and whoever fail to comply will be outcaste and may meet worse fate. On that day there will be no one to stand against them, as we have chosen the monster to lead us and killed the other that use to keep him busy and away from our personal lives.
So we might have our own religious views many of us might even support fundamentalism of one type or another but we surely should not let us be fooled by these fundamentalist political parties and their agendas, which we so foolishly accept correlating with our beliefs. Since, these agendas are solely created to ignite our biased views against other groups so that we can be brainwashed as a pack of wolves who will just attack on a go without realizing the reason of hatred. Afterwards when the fight ends we will bite each other claiming who is the purest.