Religious intolerance fatal for secular India

Religious intolerance fatal for secular India

No other country in this whole world presents such a vivid picture of unity in diversity as our mother India. Sharing a vast and diverse landscape from the lofty Himalayas to the southern ocean, people believing in six different faiths — Hinduism, Islam , Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism — speaking 1652 different languages, divided into 3000 jatis, 7 racial types and six main ethnic groups, India presents an unmatchable picture of secularism and unity in diversity. Love, compassion, brotherhood and respect for other communities’ feelings, culture and religion has been a life line for our India since long.
But I am very sorry to say that some notorious elements just to gain cheap popularity come on national television to defame emotions of another community by targeting their religion and religious feelings. The most recent incident of religious intolerance was when one Hindu baba, Narsinghanand Saraswati, used the most objectionable and abusive words for Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), just to develop hate between two communities. The Constitution of India considers religion as a personal matter and Articles 25-28 guarantee every Indian freedom of religion. Every Indian is free to practise, profess and propagate one’s religion and has no right to target another’s religious feelings, religious practices and religious books.
Dear friends, our mother India has paid a big cost for the hate produced by some wrong elements of our society and has shed innumerable tears of blood at the loss of a large number of her sons during numberless riots that erupted under communal tension. The most heart bleeding examples of communal violence in India are the (1) Kolkata riots, 1964, which had taken 438 lives (2) Nellie massacre 1983, when 1800 died (3) Gujarat riots, when 630 died (4) Hashimpora 1987 (42 died) (5) Bhagalpur riots 1989, (1000 died) (6) Bombay riots 1992, 900 killed (7) Muzaffarnagar violence 2013, 62 died, and (8) Delhi riots 2020 in which 53 precious lives were lost.
These episodes of communal violence have not only deprived us of precious lives but have also pushed us 100 years back in terms of development and prosperity. Internal conflicts and hate for our own national brothers is one of the reasons why India is still in the ranks of developing countries.
Dear friends, instead of fighting with our own countrymen, let us fight with starvation. Instead of targeting one another’s religious feelings, let us find ways to curb unemployment. Instead of producing hate speeches, let us assemble our strength against growing terrorism in our country. Instead of defaming others religious preachers and messengers, let us fight against crime, corruption, injustice, robbery, looting, kidnapping, cheating, overpopulation and pollution. Let us eradicate the wrong customs of polygamy, flesh trade, child marriages, dowry killing, bridal burning and other superstitious practices from our society. Instead of separating one religion from other, let us join our heads and hearts to finds ways which can lead India on the path of progress, prosperity and development of medical facilities so that no indian would die of Covid.
In the end, I want to emphasise that nature itself has created India as a rainbow where different colours represent different cultures, which are blended in such a way that no force can separate them.
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