Is Intolerance taking over India….? A thought to ponder over
Intolerance… a term insignificant for many which includes the one writing this but carrying huge significance for some living in this democratic country of ours. Now the mind questions…is that really so that after thousands of years of existence India has become an intolerant country to handful of people in just 15 months?
Intolerance… an issue or a myth?
Can one Dadri make a country with diverse cultures and communities intolerant to an extent that one finds it as a threat to retain his/her identity here? Beef ban, Disruption of Valentine’s Day celebrations, Privacy violations in public areas, Banning of the works of Taslima Nasreen and Salman Rushdie are few regrettable incidents for which country stands ashamed. But a Nation stands as intolerant when its Constitution is intolerant. The constitution of India declares the same as a secular country. A country where head is held high and there is no fear …lines truly describing the beauty of existence here. Our Baapu or Gandhiji gave a beautiful term for our nation- “Sarva Dharma Sambhava” meaning equal respect for all religions.
Some Interesting Facts…A road to Real India
Muslims constitute 13.4% of the India’s total population whereas in several states, Christians constitute a large proportion of total population. Article 25 of the Constitution of India confers the right on all persons to freely follow, practice and propagate their religion. At the same time, Constitution also provides any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture, a right to conserve the same. Similarly, all minorities have been conferred the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their own. Now the real question arises… Can the same be preached for countries like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia? Do we really stand any near to such countries where the existence and the way to live is on the mercy of the rulers? Adnan Sami, a well known singer, musician, actor and composer , a Pakistani national who now has been conferred Indian citizenship by naturalization says that his citizenship is a testimony of the fact that India is a tolerant country and he had experienced no intolerance in any form.
To conclude, there is no denying the fact that communal violence and similar incidents have been reported in the past and are being continuously brought into light but the very fact remains intact that a strong law is in place to deal with the same. Few judgments and perception of our bollywood stars cannot be regarded as the voice of a nation who has stood with dignity and valor against all odds and forces which have worked against the nation and its people. A nation like India is an example as to how you respect and embrace every opinion and develop. The difference lies in perception…But the nation still smiles with hopes and pride including the one writing this.