We are going to pay the price for our apathy.
When Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984, more than three thousand Sikhs were butchered in the streets of
The ire of the affected community (Sikh) gave vent to a militant movement (Khalistan Liberation) that led to killings of thousands more in the next few years. It has affected the economy of a state (
A book detailing those 1984 killings was even banned.
The consequences of apathy on such moral crises are dire. You just cannot maintain neutrality in such situations. You have to take a stand and fight for the right cause. Otherwise you will witness Hell right here, in our midst, and the hottest seats in that Hell will be reserved for you.
In 2002, another such event took place. Thousands of Muslims in
They are once again silent, out of apathy.
The recent Tehelka expose was in the news for a day or two and then it became a footnote. [On the other hand, the wedding of
We just don’t want to talk about it. We just don’t want to take any actions. We are ready to ignore it and sweep it under the carpet.
But will the people of Muslim community react the same way? Not really. The way the Sikhs felt they were persecuted and targeted in this country and hence sought a new country for themselves and fought for it- a bloody fight indeed, the Muslims of India will not go down dying. They will fight and retaliate, in a way they think is their method. And there will be enough funds coming form outside this country to fuel that hatred and transform it into action- and that action won’t be pleasant. We will see more killings. We will see more blood on our streets. And we will be wondering why it happened, the way we wondered why so many Sikhs created a Hell in this place demanding a separate nation.
Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.
-- George Santayana
We will never learn. We will never bring to book the perpetrators of such heinous crimes. The elite, the educated, the media, the politicians of
The same thing will happen now. Whether we like it or not, the Muslims of India will see those tapes, will read those transcripts, the horrific details, where Hindus targeted Muslims just because they were Muslims and it will not go easy on them. They will know that this country didn’t do much to protect them. They will know that this country which was supposed to protect them actually helped the killers. They will know that the people who perpetrated this are still at large and they are still in power. Nobody gets booked, nobody gets convicted.
And that won’t go down easy on anyone. Would I not be angry if people of my region are targeted just because they belong to that region? Would I not be angry if people of my identity get massacred and this nation rubbishes the evidences as a political game? We have certain expectations from this nation and its people. We want them to do the right thing, especially when so many people have been killed. When the country doesn’t heed, when its people go about their own way nonchalantly as if nothing ever happened, it’s not a good picture.
We are doing an excellent job of marginalizing Muslims out of every sphere of our mainstream society. Barring few elite and privileged Muslims, and some exceptions, Muslims are being marginalized out of every opportunity in this country. Every study indicates that
When I went to college in early 1990s, there was one Muslim in a college community of 1300 students. In my previous job there was less than 1% Muslim representation in a company of more than 2500 employees. Muslims are getting rarer in the sphere of new opportunity. A study indicates that our biases are acting in corporate world too to result in discrimination against Muslims. The recent Sachar Committee Report has clearly put the Muslims of India below OBCs and a little above SC/STs. I guess it is the aim of certain Hindus in
This country is headed for doom. Its booming economy will not save it. Its rising Sensex will not save it. It’s crumbling within. You just cannot reap the rewards of this economy on sustainable level unless the opportunities and the resulting wealth get distributed in equitable proportions amongst various groups. If there is clear dema
There’s a price one has to pay for one’s apathy. And we are going to pay for it!