Adil Rashid Bhatt
The truism that two wrongs never make a right stands true to this day. No matter how much an individual, a group, or any country tries to rectify wrong with wrong (that is much worse) things can’t be put in right order, and inter alia perspective. Prudence lies in identifying that monstrous devil who is spreading chaos on this land, and endeavoring to disarray nations cum countries, and has disassembled many, that he thinks don’t emulate his dictatorial whims. It is actually this megalomaniac devil whose unabashed fetish for controlling hearts and minds of people has unleashed sordid evil on this land through many of his obsequious generals and foot-soldiers ,and in the course of its devilish march it had rendered many minds toxic and turned them into maniacs of highest order. The Christchurch massacre and Sri Lanka bombings are direct outcome of the devil’s propagandist mayhem unleashed in the length and breadth of many victim nations. Devil seeks to destroy humans; at Christchurch and in srilanka humans were destroyed. Mission successful. For how long shall world bear the brunt of this stubborn devil? Sometimes I think world shall conspire against this devil and destroy it, but destructions are accompanied by overwhelming human suffering.
Humans who have suffered at the hands of devil don’t want to, and should not, pay the devil in the same coin. Unfortunately many among us resort to such soul cringing activities throughout the world which bows down our heads with shame.
But as I proclaimed in the beginning that evil can’t be fought with evil. It can only be deflected off by optimism of rationale, embracing victims of devil inter alia terrorism , building bulwark of peace and reconciliation, and not by choking religious freedom. The horrendous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka devouring mainly Christian worshippers have ostensibly ripped apart the social security, mutual trust, and peace of Sri Lankan society as a whole ,by casting tranquil atmosphere of Sri Lanka with the dye of hate and malice, and added fuel to the already enraging Islamophobia.
The latest decree of banning of the veil by the country’s government should be read in this context. Nonetheless there is difference of opinion among scholars of different schools of thought about obligatory or voluntary status of the veil; this notwithstanding the fact that majority of Muslim women don’t prefer sporting it, but an inalienable religious right, voluntary or obligatory, can’t be taken away by a democratic state under the grab of combating violence of whatever sort. This unprecedented intransigence is tantamount to unapologetic infringement of religion by a mourning state under the alibi of victimization. Is the crassest of decisions? Nay, this is just a gross violation of religious freedom against the disregard for international law.
Decision makers might have had taken the irrational parable from the New Zealand gun ban post Christchurch terror attacks. CCTV evidence suggests that the suspect guy who blew himself up apparently wearing a Jean’s pent and a t,-shirt. Where does role of veil come? This puerile and irrational idea to ban the veil is to punish Muslim women. Until yesterday Sri Lankan security forces were clueless about secret terrorist activities occurring within their tiny country,and could not avert a devastating tragedy that devoured more than two hundred lives, but in a matter of two days it not only identified the alleged ring leaders but killed a father and two brothers, in a Rambo style operation that left 15 including 6 children and 3 three women dead. This makes neither head nor tail.
At this critical juncture Sri Lanka ought to manifest fair and square policies vis a vis serving justice to victims of recent bombings, and not flounder on human rights, and beat around the bush. It can’t punish an entire population for the follies of alleged few. Only a nation at its wits end can’t stoop to such a level to intimidate minorities in guise of defeating an ideology. Terrorism is an evil ideology, and the ban on the veil by Sri Lanka is equally scurrilous one, which reeks of a states evil design and prejudiced policies. The incongruous solutions to the world peace are being exacted through gun barrels, missiles, and bombs which give birth to combative violence, and the unending cycle of counter violence. The world needs to think about prospects of a world, sans all vagaries of violence.
—The author from Laram, Islamabad (Anantnag) can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org