- May 10, 2009
Our thoughts are so similar. If you think I am saying that Gandhiji and Bhagat Singh were terrorists or traitors then that's not what I am saying. I am saying that they were treated as such by the then government, because they were against such a regime.Gandhi stopped Non Cooperation movement because of violence & went to fast opposing it , his dedication to non violence was iconic. Neither Gandhiji or Bhagat singh did not harm those unmotivated fellow citizens. it is not comparable anyway.
Islamic terrorism cannot be justified by anyway, so is killing of Gandhiji, Burning of train with Karsevaks, Riots that followed it, Parliament attack or Dadri Lynching, Violence cannot be justified period. There is nothing called as Good Violence by civilians, Similarly anti national sloganeering or supporting a terror convict cannot be justified , So is Patiala HC violence !
If you justify one act of violence , the other will be automatically justified , I Just denounce all acts of violence, whether it is committed by Jaish or Gau Suraksha Dal.
I personally don't have any issues with anybody consuming anything , neither anybody consuming beef at their homes. The act of hosting a beef party (though you have a constitutional right to do so) is like trying to irritate a feelings of majority community. Similarly hosting a Pork party in front of a Masjid (again you have the right to do so) will be condemned, because they are acts to irritate a particular community in a communally sensitive country like India. It is not freedom of expression, but it is freedom to irritate the feelings of certain community to suit your political inclinations that's all. Which is what VHP & Bajarang Dal do all time , so no much difference.
We are not a Secular country ( Secularism without a Universal Civil code is a Joke !) nor a mature democracy ( The democracies we compare routinely with our own are at least 200 yrs older than us). The ruling party just supports the popular view at the time , so what saves the Minority from wrath of a Majority in case of a fallout ? it is the percentage of moderates & the Just thinkers in the Majority community ( Some places in India Hindus are in Majority, in Certain places Muslims are ). Because law enforcement agencies & evidence can be manipulated in a such a way that nobody could be punished. Take any Riot or acts of Mob violence in recent past, are the real culprits ever punished ? So prevention of such issues are better than trying to arguing on the basis of constitutional rights and freedom of expression etc.
The problem with our country is the believers of Communal harmony are not aggressive enough, it is time that practitioners of communal harmony be vocal and aggressive about its implementation nationwide and Denounce any forces that try to divide us . Until we mature our democracy to that level of tolerance some sensitive handling of such issues is mandatory.
Role of media is very important in a mature democracy, but unfortunately our media is very Manipulative, it destroys the news and tries to deduce conclusions in favor of the political party they support. Relying too much on media has been our biggest drawback in recent years.
Similarly there are people today who might protest peacefully for independence from the current Indian regime. You can't say that our regime is so perfect that there aren't people who are sick of it. So if there are a majority of people in an area in India who feel that way and want freedom from current Indian regime, you just can't say that because this would break the nation, they can't feel that way or fight for it.
You might say that they are being anti-national, but it won't be the first time a big country is splitting up due to gross incompetence in governance.
Having said all this, I don't think it is ever gonna happen that we will see an Independent Kashmir/North East and that's because as soon as India leaves them, they will be usurped by Pakistan and China. And this is something that the people over there need to contemplate on. Also the Indian govt should try and normalize life in those areas at the earliest. We should employ latest technologies to safeguard our borders so that cross border infiltration can be reduced to zero. All military should then be slowly moved to the borders so that the people can move about freely in their own cities. And this needs to be done ASAP and with lots of promotion so that the misguided people can see that change is in the air.