YES, WE ARE RESILIENTLY TOLERANT..

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YES, WE ARE RESILIENTLY TOLERANT..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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INDIA IS OF EVERY INDIAN. INDIA IS FOR EVERY INDIAN.

The basic tenet of ‘being humane and being civilized’ says – what is wrong will always be wrong – and can never be justified.

And like every other ‘basic tenet’ of humanity – such norms – a must for the humankind universally – must be followed in letter and spirit.

That is the ‘ideal’ situation.

And is a rarity in the prevailing political circumstances – not just in India – but in many countries across the world.

A direct corollary of that is the ongoing or the ‘raging’ political debate over ‘tolerance and intolerance’ in India.

Yes, we need to react on incidents of ‘intolerance’ if we are proud of our shared culture over the years. India is probably the only country in the world where major populations of two major religions live in relative harmony.

Yes, in harmony – because we have no other word to explain that – given the fact the country has stood together even after 68 years of independence – and is a robustly functional democracy – with a transparent electoral process.

Yes, there have been religious riots and other incidents of communal strife – but if we have stood together, as a coherent unit, even after that – it directly conveys where the priorities of the ordinary folks of these religions lie (or people of every religion in India).

And that squarely puts the political class and the opinion leaders in the dock – if there have been incidents that go against this spirit – like this atmosphere of intolerance and the debate over issues like beef politics and religious polarization.

We have lived in communal harmony for so long, for centuries – that – it is impossible to think India as a standalone nation for Hindus. Generations in India have experienced it and have assimilated it. India is of every Indian – India is for every Indian – irrespective of his or her religious affiliations.

That is the basic idea of India.

And every Indian must react to preserve this pillar on which the nations stands and grows. It is a social must. And we need to work to see until it becomes the cornerstone of our political prerogatives as well.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

YES, WE ARE STILL RESILIENTLY TOLERANT.

And for that reason, and that reason alone, we need to fight the increasing (fringe) voices of ‪‎intolerance – because it encompasses all – every sane and insane element in the ongoing ‘tolerance Vs intolerance’ debate that has seemed to envelope the nation’s consciousness.

Is there a radically surcharged atmosphere of negative connotations in the country?

Yes. It is.

Even if it is limited to some fringe elements!

Because they present face of an eminent danger lurching all around – that their increasing mainstreaming can vitiate the atmosphere to the extent that social harmony can again be taken for ride, can be tossed, by various anti-national elements, desperate to grab any such development.

We have seen it so many times – especially during rounds of massive riots that engulfed a large part of the country’s consciousness.

It is no hidden fact that Babri demolition and riots associated with it caused some ominous and fundamental changes in ‘manifestation of religious expressions’ – both by Hindus and by Muslims.

Opinion leaders and religious satraps of Hinduism threw more claims and threw vehement claims. Loudspeakers cropped up on many mosques. And the ensuing aftermath saw many more sporadic rounds of communal violence.

But, even after that, even after several such dark chapters in our post-independence history, the common refrain from an ordinary ‘common man’ Hindu or Muslim is still that living peacefully and surviving harmoniously always get precedence over the nitty-gritty of religious affairs; that an ordinary folk has his day to day survival in mind and not these ‘supercharged elements and the resultant surcharged atmosphere’.

The Indian society has survived and survived well these – keeping them at bay – and whenever these voices got some space, the social weaving came to heal the sentiments pushing such voices to the fringes of irrelevance.

We are so ‘common and routine’ about our life and its survival priorities but not about such religious preferences that work to divide us becomes once again clear when a sensitive portrayal of our togetherness in a movie, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, binds Indian and Pakistanis together in a mission – the two nations, the two sworn enemies, the two religious domains – with history of conflicts and hostilities.

And we need to fight fringe voice to preserve this ‘so common and routine’ way of our life – whenever they try to push their course into the mainstream of our conscious – we need to push them away, to beyond even fringes of irrelevance – today or tomorrow.

Religion is an important part of our being but it should always be – as it is in our day to day life – where we decide on our worship routine – where we shape how we need to follow our religion – where we feel a friendly reverence for our Almighty – where we ‘routinely’ fear about repercussions of doing something bad, something that will hurt and thus will anger our God.

We should decide on our religious preferences and practices. Religion should never decide on who we should become.

The conscience of the universal values of humanity should the conscious of every religion –open to changes with changing times – and not the other way round.

We have been and we are resiliently tolerant and we will successfully fight this momentary, peripheral surge of intolerance.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

MUZAFFARNAGAR RIOTS: POLITICIANS IMPLICATED BUT DOES IT BOTHER THEM ANYMORE?

WHY DEMOCRACY IN INDIA IS IN IMMINENT DANGER OF DISINTEGRATION?*

September 2013

Everyone knew it was administrative inaction backed by political manipulation that led to the escalation of acts of religious violence into a full blown communal riot in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district and nearby areas.

It took almost two weeks for the violence to escalate, from the initial switch to the final eruption, from the three killings on day-1 to the murder of over 50 lives, yet, the administration looked inept to handle the situation, an ineptness that was politically forced.

We all saw it. We all knew it. And it was reaffirmed again and again.

A fact finding team of some civil society activists implicated the ruling Samajwadi Party and the opposition Bhartiya Janta Party and Congress for the Muzaffarnagar riots. Okay, some valid questions can be raised about the intent of such fact finding teams.

But soon after it, a TV news channel came up with a sting operation that showed police officials talking on spy cameras how the higher-ups including Azam Khan, a senior minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s UP government, intervened and asked the police administration to remain lax and go slow, on riots and on rioters. It clearly nailed the lie.

It was in addition to the visual evidence readily available showing leaders of the SP, the BJP and the Congress party, from the two religious communities in question, delivering inflammatory speeches in public meetings and thus fueling the hostile religious sentiments.

As if it was not enough to threaten the social harmony of the area, the subsequent political reaction yesterday was a step ahead – highly condemnable, like it should always be.

Yes, it was an expected reaction, normal in the terminology of today’s political ideals, that Akhilesh Yadav’s government would rubbish the sting operation claims even if every frame was so crystal clear on the camera.

And this ‘normalization’ is a real threat to the democratic spirit of the country. Let’s see how the two senior most and important leaders and ministers of the SP government reacted on it:

Azam Khan, while flatly denying his role, took on the media**: “I want to tell the channel that this was the time to ease the situation, not aggravate it. If people like me will not be part of politics, it will be a blow to democracy. For the sake of TRPs, it is dangerous and damaging for the country that uninvestigated claims are made and taken as truths. …Since everything is being done by them (the media), I ask that the channel investigates into the claims they are making, and announce my punishment if found guilty. I give them full authority to do this immediately.”

Reports about what he said in the UP state assembly on media’s investigative roles in cases like Muzaffarnagar riots was even more acidic. And he was supported well by his chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, who dismissed the sting operation saying such things are ‘cut and paste’ and thus belittling an evidence the veracity of which was crystal clear.

Over 50 dead, more than 40,000 displaced, that is what the media reports say but talk to any well known figure of the badlands of western UP and you would come to realise the real scale of horror.

And what has been the political response to this horror – inaction, deliberate delays, ugly politics over dead bodies, interference in efforts to control the riots, insensitivity in reaching out to the victims, denying liability and responsibility and transferring police officers in haste after they put their political masters in the dock – yes, the political response has been more for inciting the religious hatred when the political class is supposed to work for the well-being of the electorate that votes it in the corridors of power.

Political response in highly sensitive issues like the Muzaffarnagar riots the flames of which could easily engulf the entire nation tells us the democracy in India and so its social weaving is in imminent danger of disintegration.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

*“Why democracy in India is in imminent danger of disintegration?’ is a regular column on my blogging platforms to take a periodic look (say a weekly or a fortnightly or a monthly round-up of events depending on the factors in play) on political developments that are dangerous to the democratic health of the country and contribute to the process of social disintegration of the nation..”
https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/why-democracy-in-india-is-in-imminent-danger-of-disintegration/

**http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/09/18/198-Azam-Khan-denies-sting-allegations-says-I-live-a-clean-and-truthful-life-.html

MUZAFFARNAGAR RIOTS: SACRIFICING HUMAN SUBJETCS, ONCE AGAIN

Those who are killed had Religions. Yes, they could have died for their Religions but they would have never thought to die for their Religion in this way.

Those who killed, claim to have Religion. Those who orchestrate such killings claim to have a Religion.

But they, who perpetrate, cannot have any Religion.

So what is Religion for them?

Over 30 are already killed in the religious riots in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. On the face of it, if we say ‘how it all happened’ gives rise to the valid points of suspicion, we would absolutely be on the point.

A young chief minister, who was claimed to be dynamic and efficient, has belied all the expectations by the first year of his term.

We don’t need to write on the unprecedented deterioration of law and order situation in UP for it. Even if we take into account on how the administration and the UP government moved on the fresh batch of over 100 communal riots during the Akhilesh Yadav’s regime, it bares all.

The young chief minister of UP acted so promptly to suspend a young and honest IAS officer justifying his act under the shield of ‘averting the communal flare-up’ when every development, every incident was saying to the contrary. The illicit interests of his partymen and his personal bias against an honest lady officer became paramount then.

The same chief minister was nowhere when the communal tension in Muzaffarnagar was brewing up and the communally sensitive district was simmering under religious tension.

The killing of over 30 in communal violence has not happened in one day. For many days, since August 27, when the first three of these killings were perpetrated, small but regular incidents and sporadic killings were taking place and fake videos were being circulated on social media platforms. The ground to react impulsively resulting in large scale violence was deliberately being set up.

But the young chief minister could not see it. Neither was he informed by his partymen, the party workers, who claim to get an honest IAS officer transferred within 40 minutes.

The Samajwadi Party government in UP has been an utter failure, on every front. It going this way so soon, in 18 odd months, clears once again that the party had no vision on how to continue, once into the government.

It had no development roadmap further but to appease its trademark votebanks – Yadavs and Muslims. Muslims in Muzaffarnagar make for over 38 per cent of the district’s population, a large consolidate votebank that can easily outdo the fractured majority Hindu votebank.

A polarisation of Muslim votebank here would help the Samajwadi Party in Muzaffarnagar as well as in UP where, according to an analysis, on 54 Lok Sabha seats, Muslims make for more than 11 per cent of the vote share, a significant proportion to swing the electoral results.

It is not the only reason to feel threatened. The pro-Muslim polarisation efforts would directly induce the anti-Muslim sentiments giving the pro-Hindu polarisation forces an open communal ground to exploit, to outdo the effect of a ‘polarised consolidated Muslim votebank’.

That must not be. Because, once it begins, it would be uncontrollable. That has been the case, always.

And where are we in this game votebank manipulations?

Who are they manipulating our sentiments on religious grounds?

What is their Religion?

No, they cannot have any Religion but ‘clinging to power anyhow’. That is their only ‘practicing Religion’, irrespective of which Religion they belong to.

It is barbaric – pushing one human being to kill another in the name of a God who traces his origin to the one common Source in the evolutionary history of civilization.

We are nothing but the subjects to be sacrificed in the course of political experiments to further the political agendas.

We are the idiots who seldom realise what Religion should be for us. Instead, we act for the Religion they told us our Religion is. Nothing else can be said of us if we kill the fellow human beings in the name of a Religion, in the name of a God.

We are the spineless creatures who become the ultimate tools of uncontrollable religious anger spewing in the streets that only sees the ‘red’ of the blood and not the ‘flesh’ that is axed to smear that ‘red’.

It will go on until we realise who the God is and what the Religion should be for us.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/