MEND WAYS OR PERISH

It is really an irony that despite the secular ethos of India having shown the path of non-violence and peace to the whole world a section of the people across the globe has got derailed and such people have denigrated the religious sanctity by resorting to violence in the name of religion. Today humanity is passing through a critical phase with terrorism being the greatest threat and it is really unfortunate that there are unabated attempts by certain sections to link terrorism to religion to protect their vested interests at the cost of Humanity. In furthering their personal agenda such elements are hell bent upon creating the communal divides especially on the basis of religion thus spreading hatred to keep the pots boiling. It is quite surprising that despite being at the receiving end the common people get befooled by the so called leaders very easily least realizing the game plan behind such hatred that ultimately leads to violence and bloodshed. The merchants of death and destruction will continue to succeed in their ulterior plans till the common people understand the ground realities. The height of the things is that even the religious heads have been coerced by such elements so that there remains no scope for correct interpretation of religion. As of today, it is for the people to realize the gravity of their miseries that have befallen on them due to their own follies. This most aptly applies to the people of the world’s largest democracy especially to its state of Jammu and Kashmir which is still passing through turbulent times. People today need to understand that every religion preaches peace, tolerance and brotherhood. Each religion has made great contributions for the people of this state, the nation and the whole world at large. While we find derailed minds in communities following different faiths and religions, these elements can be brought back easily to the peaceful mainstream, provided they are made aware about the essence and realities about their religions. It is the duty of the religious heads and preachers, religious as well as the politicians of different communities especially in the valley which is as good as paradise lost today, to come out of the clutches of the denigrated elements in the society who are goading them to suit their agenda thus keeping the them under the sporadic cover of terrorism. Despite having been a timeless fountain of peace and an ancient source of traditions and faiths besides the communal harmony being time tested, even India is facing grave threat on account of religious hatred and intolerance. How the people are being befooled by politicians is an open secret now, be it the temple or Babri Masjid issue, the Uniform Civil Code or gender equality on account of religious misinterpretation. All the people in India, the Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of this nation and have shown their strength of living harmoniously despite some instances of people falling into the lure or trap and getting derailed and today once again it is a testing time for them to rise to the occasion. Sane elements of all religions need to shoulder the responsibility in this regard by adopting proactive strategies so that none indulges in any sort of hatred and intolerance especially in terms of religion. Today’s dire need is to make the politicians realize that there is not even the least room to befool the people of this state and the nation as they are fully aware of the exploitation they have been subject to decades now. After all there is no room for hatred in a civilized society and the politicians need to mend their ways today and need to ensure that they promote religious tolerance to secure their vote banks failing which they are bound to perish from the political spectrum of this state as well as the nation.