Communal fights in ayodhya over Ram Janam Bhoomi, politically sponsored riots against the Sikhs in 1984, Christian missionaries attacked and killed, demolition of the Babri Masjid on dec6,1996.
Isn’t this a resounding blow on India’s secularism? Is this the secular country our freedom fighters dreamed of? Is this the nation founded on the principles of justice , liberty , equality and fraternity? Is this the nation that makes tall claims “ All religions are equal. No one will be persecuted in the name of religion. We will provide the youth with ample opportunities. ” Have we in the real sense of the word considered ourselves as Indians? No, we proudly call ourselves Hindu , Muslims, Sikhs and Christians but never Indians. Today the secular fabric resembles more a rag with gaping holes in it than an independent flag proudly fluttering in the pleasant liberal and liberating breeze. Then why do we take pride in calling ourselves Indians?
The time has come for some introspection, to delve in past and find out the hurdle , the obstacles and challenge that threaten India.
The first and the foremost reason that comes to my mind is communalism which like a conflagration has engulfed Indians. Each community is governed by its own backward irrational, personal law. Besides this poverty and illiteracy among the masses has led to economic disparity. Further the failure in the implementation of land reforms, social reforms has led to the fragmentation of society on the basis of caste creed and religion. Also the influence of westernization and the growing craze amongst youngsters of settling abroad is another reason. Indians are finding immigration to Canada or US, UK , Australia. The Indian government as well as the government of foreign nations, to keep a check on UK, Australia and Canada immigration must make the PR difficult to get. We have also seen lately that Canada PR is no more as simple as it was.
As responsible citizens we cannot allow such a situation to continue . We have to forgive and forget and repair the damage done to our secular super structure to regenerate mutual love, respect and trust. The need of the hour is to change our outlook towards religion because the real threat to India is from within.
We have to eradicate, poverty, illiteracy and feudal values. Parliamentary forces , law enforcing agencies will have to be reoriented. We have to awake, arise and stop not till we succeed in making the people understand the real meaning of prosperous living , religion, culture and secularism. Only then our country will progress by leaps and bounds. Lets strive and pledge to make India the strongest nation to live in .