Tolerating each other will make us better people
Today, India enjoys a secular character. The country has attained this character through generations and people in India exhibit tolerance towards the religious faith of other groups and communities. This phenomenon is a symbol of co-existence and secular integration. Factually, India is widely acclaimed and applauded for this beautiful tradition. Unfortunately, over the last couple of years, the degree of religious tolerances in India has significantly faded away and as a result, India is seriously slipping in hands of some hard core Hindu fanatic forces. Factually, these groups attempt to influence and cement their religious ideology across the country with an objective to make India a “Hindu Rashtra.” Undoubtedly, declaring India a Hindu Rashtra is not something to be prejudiced by the other sects, provided it equally safeguards, protects the freedom of faith, practice and opportunity of growth and development of people from all religious backgrounds, especially minorities. Unfortunately, here the agenda appears somewhat more doubtful and biased.
In this context, one religious body views Hindu Rashtra or Hindustan, a country in which people treat Hindustan as their Godfather and believe that only Hindus (people with Hindu religious faith) have right to live in India and enjoy the state privileges. They opine that Muslims and Christians have come from Arab and Rome and as such have no right to live in India, until they do not convert their religious faith and adopt Hinduism as their religion. Moreover, this body intends to push minorities to the wall. They plan to withdraw their voting right, religious freedom and consequently reduce them simply to second class citizens. Surely, they turn blind about the contribution of Muslims in the freedom movement of India. These groups must turn the pages of History of India’s freedom movement to understand how much sacrifice Muslims have given for the cause of free India. Despite the fact, the minorities are continuously targeted in India by the overwhelming Hindus majority.
According to one news agency since the BJP has taken over, about 600 hundred communal attacks have taken place upon minorities of which more than three fourth have made upon Muslim minorities. The recent ban on beef consumption and subsequently gruesome killing of Ikhlaq Ahmad by Hindu goons in UP, bombing of truck driver at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, killing of Beef Merchant in Himachal Pradesh are a few eye opening events that explain the whole story of intolerance. These events have shaken civilized and conscious intellectual class irrespective of their religious affiliation in India and they appear quiet worried about the future of India. They no longer like to hear that humanity is attacked, freedom of religin is restrained and expression is suppressed. They desire to see digital India to emerge as a leader of global scientific and economic advancement and champion of secularism. Therefore, supporting the move to take India closer to Hindu Rashtra ideology is a matter of serious concern. Surely, it will evoke huge criticism from secular class 21 century particularly, from minorities. They would see it a gross attack on their existence, religious faith and patriotism. Moreover, it would be a huge disrespect to those minorities who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom of secular India.
Under these circumstances, if a particular religious group fail to respect the sentiments of other group, it would polarise India into fragments . Therefore, the present government has to be more sensitive to such situation. They will have to save India from falling apart.