In every country, society revolves on the axis of culture and religion and no religion teaches hatred and genocide. But in Indian politics, there has been an increase in misunderstandings about Hinduism and misunderstanding about Muslims. Taking advantage of this, opportunistic forces and political groups are taking advantage of it for power politics. Whereas it is faulty to consider any terrorist as a good Hindu or Muslim.
The greatest need is for love and peaceful progress to come to the fore and contribute to civic unity and all-religion dialogue. The coming to the fore of anti-social forces on the pretext of protecting religion is a very worrying reality and effective activism of those who believe in the ideals of justice and humanity is the need of the hour.
Growing communal distance in village-city
The communal distance in villages is increasing over the decades. Adopting Gandhi-like practices of humanistic spirituality is needed to save Hindu and Muslim men and women from the conspiracies of fake religious leaders. Peaceful movement by the farmers on Delhi borders has shown the decreasing effect of communalism to an extent. It is essential to make the new generation aware of Kabir, Ravidas, Nanak to Bulleshah, Nizamuddin Auliya, and Vivekananda philosophies. The thoughts and deeds of Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and Dr. Ambedkar must be taught and spread far and wide.
The concern among the students about their uncertain future and its use for communalism by anti-social forces is a challenge for the whole country.
So what is the solution. Well, trying to communicate and sympathise yields very favourable results. In the last few years, the influence of forces promoting religious discrimination has increased on every part of the government machinery. The silence on this in a large section of the society has also increased the frustration and resentment among the minorities.
Follow the constitution and the law
Those creating a wave of Hindu communalism and spreading hatred about Indian Muslims as enemies of the unity and progress of the country. It is essential to follow the path shown by the constitution and law and the so-called religion-parliament (dharm sansands) is an open challenge to the country’s parliament. It is a testing time for the people and parties running the government of Uttarakhand, Delhi and the country. The common man of the country will not forgive this silence because inciting violence is alarming for every citizen.
Those who dare to organize ‘Dharma Sansad’ to spread hatred in the name of ‘Hindu Rashtra’ are a threat to national unity, Hindu religion and the country’s Parliament. Spreading terror of Islam in India by imitating America and Europe (‘Islamophobia’) is a suicidal attempt in the name of winning elections. The growing ignorance about the entire history of the freedom movement and nation building is concerning. To overcome this, the solidarity and activism of the supporters of Sarvadharma Sambhav has been described as the right treatment for the dealers of hatred.
What we need to understand
Apart from Gandhiji, there are people who do not believe in God, yet treat all religions equally. Such people are also secular. If he/she treats religions equally, he/she is secular. Examples of this are Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Kalam Azad and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. This means that such persons (Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist or atheist) are secular, who treat all other religions equally and do not discriminate against anyone because of their religion. We need to bind the social fabric of our country together and not let it get destroyed for personal, communal or political gains.