India. Largest democracy in the world. According to the Census of India 2010, nearly 138 crore population which is almost 17.7% of total world population. 28 states and 9 Union Territories. India has 122 major languages from which 22 has been recognized as official languages as per Eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution and 1599 other languages. The Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of four world’s major religions; namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Islam arrived in North India in the 12th century with the Turkic Invasions and has since become a part of India’s rich religious and cultural heritage. Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Sanamahism and Judaism also have an ancient history in India and each has several thousands of Indian adherents.
Anywhere you go in India and you will be blessed with great unity in diversity. Each state is culturally unique and is a treasure trove of various art forms, languages, food and traditions. You will find diversity not only in manmade resources and property but also in geographical resources. It is said that in India at every 21 km everything changes, be it language, food habits, customs, weather, geography and much more.
And all this diversity is maintained with the help of Indian constitution. The Constitution of India describes India as Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic. It also has provision of 1) social, economic and political Justice, 2) Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship, 3) equality of status and opportunity, and 4) Fraternity assuring dignity of the individual and unity and integrity of the nation.
But it seems like all this is getting jinxed. The harmony, peace is being disturbed. Feels like things are slipping from our hands. And we are just mute spectators. Have all the rights in the world but can’t use them. Trapped. Restlessness, insecurity, insensitivity is increasing among people.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam sir’s vision was to transform India into a developed nation by 2020. Well, 2020 has come but where is India standing? Where is the youth in which he had shown his immense trust? If you see around, you will find the answer and you will be numb. Every corner is immersed in chaos. Youth is busy fighting for their rights. But they are being oppressed. They are being labeled as ‘Anti-national’, ‘terrorist’, just because they are standing for justice, for their rights. In the largest democracy in the world, in the year 2019-20, nobody has right to question the government. To protest against the government. Not even media. In fact media has become a mere puppet. They are not allowed to cross question. Whoever are taking a stand, they have been threatened of ban.
Isn’t this situation similar to the period when India was under the rule of British? What followed after the endless hard work of freedom fighters? Independence of India but with a lining of sorrow. The Partition. The partition of India is the biggest mass displacement in the world. Around 14 million people were displaced from both sides. Millions lost their lives. Millions went missing. It created violence on large scale which is unimaginable for them who didn’t go through it. It caused overwhelming refugee crises. Both nations are still suffering due to that partition.
But what’s the point in scraping all those wounds now? I am dreading for that sort of situation. The fight for independence was between British against Indians. All Indians knew where their well-being is. So all were united and fought selflessly against wrong. But now due to the greed of political advances, followers are knowingly ignoring the injustice. They are not accepting that the nation is in danger. On the contrary they are helping in the downfall. And if God forbid situations turn out to be like in the past, this time consequences will be more danger and sever.
After a lot of struggle and many hardships, it took India 70 years to emerge as a promising nation. In those 70 years, India was building its strong foundation along with its bright superstructure. I accept that there are still few things which require attention. But instead of focusing on those fields, attention is being diverted on other trivial things which will not give time to cross question the government. Which is disturbing the foundation, hampering the growth and peace of the country and it’s completely wrong and disheartening.
These acts are immoral, illogical, illegal, and ill-timed. There is economic distress, environmental distress, population crisis, poor are struggling due to food, health, education and abject poverty and we should focus on that. There are so many urgent problems. What opportunities, jobs young people have? Government is hostile towards employment. Minorities have been made insecure and vulnerable.
Democracy is more than elections. If there are followers, there are critics too and it must be taken into account with open mindset. Their views are also of same importance and they should be respected. Under the name of ‘Historical Decision’, government can’t be unethical and unjust towards few. India has slipped 10 places in the 2019 Democracy Index’s global ranking, the primary cause of the democratic regression was an erosion of civil liberties in the country.
It is heartening that non-minorities are joining the protests. Youth is aware of Constitutional rights and they are taking their stand. Instead of blindly following some violent orthodox thoughts, we need to do self-assessment, think with open and progressive minds. If we want India to reach the heights of developed nation, we need to maintain peace and stop spreading hatred towards them who are vulnerable.
“In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” – Buddha
Think about it!