Since the BJP came to power, I have noticed the opposition parties— filled with a sense of entitlement and dynastic politics— tries not only to take our country backwards but are also trying to derail democracy in India.
Take the latest conflagration over the Citizen Amendment Act, (CAA), passed by both houses of parliament, as being seen as against Muslims in India.
The very same political parties that are now against it and trying to make it sound unconstitutional were for it, just a few short years ago. No less than PM Manmohan Singh of the Congress party had said it was necessary to bring about an act for the minorities in neighbouring countries that were facing religious discrimination and persecution. Today, the very same political parties are saying this act is against Muslims. How very insidious is this? It seems they are totally bereft of all moral and political-institutional values and are happy to just play around with the citizens of India, as and when it suits them—mostly for voters.
For whatever my opinion counts, I want to tell every citizen of India that the oldest civilization in the world will never and can never be a nation for only Hindus—even as in the ancient history of India, Indian thought and philosophy, was welcoming to every religion, thought and philosophy.
It is still one of the few countries in the world with one of the largest Muslim populations as well as the where different Muslims sects can live without any fear of religious persecution. I say this with pride as many sects of Muslims in Pakistan are not only discriminated against but are killed and ostracized and their places of worship bombed and blasted.
The amount of scaremongering and incitement that the Congress/Communists/ and other opposition parties have done to rile up our peaceful Muslim population is not only despicable but scary. It means the Breaking India forces will go to any lengths to divide and rule for just naked power—even if it means there will be riots and destruction of millions of rupees worth of civilian and government property.
I don’t blame any religious minority or majority for this but I do put the onus on the blatant use of political clout by the opposition to ignite students of Muslim universities, institutions and some in the media who work with such forces to inflame the youth.
This can never be condoned or accepted. It seems like the only thing the opposition parties in India want to do is bring down India and rile up peaceful citizens to go along with them.
As an Indian whose father served in the Armed Forces in India, I can say without a single moment of doubt that Muslim, Sikhs, Jews, Hindus, Christians and Jains amongst others have fought and died for our country and I respect each and every one of them.
I urge every citizen of my beloved land to do the same in your walk of life—and I am convinced that those who value India will do just this.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.