Tuesday, 7 July 2015


“Muslims won Kargil for India” said SP leader Azam Khan. “Muslims not voting for SP need DNA test, they could be RSS men”, said another SP leader Abu Azmi. “Mother Teresa’s service would have been good but it used to have one objective, to convert the person being served into a Christian” said RSS chief Mohan Bhagvat.

Birds of a feather flock together, they say. This idiom best suits the aforementioned individuals. These are a few amongst several such examples of our ‘secular democracy’. Religion is defined as a set of beliefs to pursue one’s life, and for a fact different ways to live life exist.
Then why is coexistence elusive? Religious chauvinism superposes one particular religion over another; the forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir is an example of it. On 19th January 1990, mosques in Kashmir issued declarations that the Kashmiri Pandits were ‘Kafirs’ and that the males had to leave Kashmir, convert to Islam or be killed. Those who chose first option were hatefully told to leave their women behind so they could be used as sex slaves. ‘Ghar Vapsi', another addition to the list, is a series of religious conversion activities organized by Indian Hindu organizations like VHP and RSS. Before questioning Mother Teresa, Mr. Bhagvat better introspect what their Ghar Vapsi is aimed at. If you really want to help the poor why do you need to change their religion?

The people of this country must understand that all of us are united by one single bond: our nationality, and this should never be broken. The brotherhood should never get lost. Terrorist groups commit heinous acts in the name of religion; whose mandate can be destruction of lives of those not following your faith? As the most recent development, young students in India of the minority community are recruited after being brain-washed by the principles of religious fundamentalism. Terrifyingly, the builders of our future are used as pawns to carry on the message of hate.

Attacks in Mumbai and serial blasts,
        terrorism has no religion and no caste.
       Who misguides our youth for sinful willing,
        hatred, communism and innocent killing?
The day should never come again when all of us become lethal, when our mask of sanity slips, when we play with each other’s blood like we have in the past, be it Gujrat, Kashmir, Mumbai or Anti-Sikh riots. Communal riots are nothing but consequences of religious chauvinism and we need to strike the problem at its source.
Humanity has to collectively understand that instead of losing our heads over conficts like Babri Masjid/Ram Mandir, we have to establish the belief of ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhava’ (which means equal respect for all religions) in each and every human being.

Mudit Bahukhandi

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