NEED TO INTROSPECT

It is really an Irony that despite being a model nation depicting unity in diversity, India has witnessed unfortunate incidents be it the Babri Mosque demolition on 6th December 1992, the mass destruction of temples in the Kashmir valley after the mass exodus of the minority community from there in 1989-90 or the Sikh riots in Delhi. Today there is a dire need for introspection at individual as well as community level because the dangerous consequence of such incidents is that these result in the emergence of new faults in the Indian society. Unfortunately the canny politicians ensure that faults continue to exist especially whenever the elections be it the national or state wise draw near. Though these post incident faults are often imaginary and intangible, yet the experienced fear of insecurity of life and property is intense. The worst tragedy accompanying such incidents that even those remotely linked to the incident talk in terms of hatred based solely upon religious faith and affiliations. India has people belonging to different religions, besides having varied social and cultural backgrounds living harmoniously since centuries. However, the subcontinent has been marred by communal violence rather religious violence on many occasions and the worst being the violence at the time of partition in 1947. Despite being proud of our performance as the largest democracy of the world we feel disappointed with isolated instances of religious violence even after independence. Communal polarization is umpteen times perpetrated as part of the antinational agenda by certain disgruntled politicians to fulfil their vested interests, least bothering about the human values that have been an inseparable part of the Indian civilization since times immemorial. The cataclysmic nature of such incidents needs to be realized by one and all irrespective of the religious affiliations. We are all aware that in such situations hatred becomes the language of politics and violence a legitimate, even righteous, expression of inexplicable indignation. Irrespective of identity, whether political or apolitical, passionate or apathetic, this challenging credulity hardly leaves anybody untouched. There is already full religious freedom enshrined to all the citizens of India by virtue of the provisions in the Constitution. Freedom of religion should never be construed to mean liberty to be at war with other religions and philosophies and this needs to be realized by every individual in the Indian society and only then the politicians and the religious heads will fail to create contradicting issues to serve their personal and political interests especially to maintain their respective vote banks and followings. Yet again there are threats to communal harmony today which the nation cannot afford under any circumstances. There is a dire need for serious introspection of the issue  followed  by active role to be played by autonomous bodies like National Human Rights Commission of India, the National Commission for Minorities, and even the Non-governmental organisations at the ground level. The role of NGOs in this regard is most significant as sporadic and sometimes serious acts of religious violence tend to occur at the grass root level. Besides, the efforts in this direction at individual level by every Indian can go a long way in achieving the desired results. On this day let’s initiate sincere efforts to show to the whole world that Indians regardless of their religious or other affiliations are mature enough to leave no scope for communal or religious violence in future.