Rotten Roots, Rotten Fruits

From the times when India was called “The Golden Bird”, till today, when it has been recognized as “The Silicon Valley of Asia”, the country has proved its excellence on many counts. Be it in the field of sports, literature or science, our countrymen have proved their worth. But, quite honestly, I feel this is no development until our government ceases treating the minorities as though they are ‘inferior creatures!’ This is one of the main reasons as to why India is still lingering behind in progress.
Rotten roots yield rotten fruits
Injustice has taken its worst form despite the fact that we’ve come a long way from being ‘subjects’ to being ‘citizens.’ This has reached a saturation point in India, where we boast of having a heterogeneous society with the so-called unity in diversity. Our nation stands on the very verge of despair like a castle built on sand. In this age, when unity is seen as the need of the hour, hatred against Muslims holds sway over millions of people, including the leaders. They seem to have forgotten the fact that they are their own brothers and compatriots. How can one forget the awful comment made by the Shiv Sena boss in 1993:”If you take Mein Kampf and if you remove the word ‘Jew’ and put in the word ‘Muslim’ that is what I believe.” Or Varun Gandhi who said during electioneering in 2009, “All the Hindus stay on one side and send them to the other side. This is the Lotus Hand. I will cut their throats after elections.” Is this what we call a secular state? Why then, do these people demand respect when they themselves cannot give respect? And for sure these remarks show a great deal of ‘character’ that these people have! Why is it that when bomb blasts or anything of that sort occurs, Muslims are always at the receiving end? They are made to feel, through bitter experience, that they are the ‘outcaste’ and that they alone are responsible for all the chaos in the nation. It is a fact that time and again they fail to find any evidence against Muslims yet they are the prime suspects.
  • After 2006 Malegaon blasts, 115 Muslims were arrested and all, except nine, were released after 5 years of torture and maltreatment. The remaining innocents remained behind bars until last month despite Swami Aseemanand’s confession last year.
  • 63 Muslims who had remained in jail for nine years for alleged involvement in the Godhra train incident of 2002 were released for they did not have any evidence against them and it is by now, crystal clear that it was nothing but an engineered conspiracy by the state government itself in which more people died than 9/11.
  • In July, last year 11 Muslim youth, who were accused of Haren Pandya murder, were set free after 5 years due to the lack of proof against them.
  • 21 Muslims, who had been implicated for the Mecca Masjid bomb blasts of 2008, were released because they were innocent.
  • How can one even think of development in India in such a pitiable state, when real culprits are left scot-free? How can we dream of India’s name in the list of developed nations when we still live with such predicaments? The ideal progress will be when every hand gets a chance to reach the fruits of development and we cannot achieve this until a concrete step is taken to wipe out the differences. Though books like ‘Who Killed Karkare?’, ‘To The Last Bullet’ and ‘Godse’s Children’ have done wonders to expose the reality to the common people yet our leaders need to realize that every finger is significant in its own place but the power of a fist is remarkable.
Nada Zaim Faruqi, AMU

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2012 on page no. 2

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