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The Dare-Devil Communalism
By Tanveer Jafri
Contributing Writer
Indian police carry off a victim of terrorism.

India which teaches the lesson of love, harmony, tolerance & co-existence, is passing through a phase of political infection these days. There is no doubt that there is an atmosphere of peace around the greatest democracy of the world. But in spite of it, some active extreme powers & organizations spread poison in the name of religion & many a time undertake violent & inhuman works, which worry the peace loving society of the country.

Orissa is a state in India where most of the people are passing through a phase of poverty. There is news of suicides by many farmers, due to financial problems, in this state of the country. It requires from the government of Orissa or voluntary organizations or non-government organizations or organizations based on religion or missionaries to work for the welfare of general public, if they want to do something for the betterment of the people. They should join their hands to do constructive work for the welfare of the poor in Orissa. There should be so welfare works for the society in Orissa that there should be no news of suicides by farmers in future. There should be programmes for setup of self employment, irrigation, farming, primary education, health, construction of link roads form villages to the cities & primary health centers works. But at such places, it is usually seen that not to speak of helping the poor, there is use of political ends & many private, political & religious organizations try to improve their vote bank for it.

In India, Mother Teresa, a great social worker is given a place of respect & she will be remembered as a person who gave shelter to those who had no shelter. But at the same time, there is a group that views her every step as a political step. As she gave support to the unsheltered & encourage the discarded people to live a respectful life but the extremist blamed that whatever Mother Teresa did for the welfare, her main objective was to attract the people towards the Christianity. But the persons, who accused her, couldn't tell if any of their organizations had started this type of nationwide programme where there is a setup of help to ignored, poor, diseased & discarded persons of every cast and community? The organizations that spend millions of rupees to spread hatred, in the name of communalism, have no nationwide constructive work to give shelter to the poor, ignored & discarded.

Undoubtedly the persons of the Christian Missionaries are working on a worldwide programme for the change or religion. But this programme of theirs is not based on Jihad, Trishool or Sword. That is not based on hatred. Their missionary gives a message of love from Christ. That shows a path of harmony to the discarded & helpless. In such circumstances, if a person who has been insulted & ignored by his own society, family or group gets new life, love & affection from the missionary & starts worshipping Jesus, and then at least who stands responsible for it? Mother Teresa was awarded Bharat Ratn award for her services & not for anything. If hundreds of persons may have adopted the change in religion under her influence, then it can't be denied that Mother Teresa gave shelter to them in her home & saved their lives. She gave them support. She became their Godmother where they were helpless & ignored by their society.

There shouldn't be a market of cunningness, deceit & greed for the change of religion. It is so then it must be considered a crime & it must be stopped at every cost. Such activity should be stopped non-violently. There should be no violence in it. If any organization or group objects any method of missionary, church or any other mission in violent way, it shouldn't be allowed. A dreadful action of burning Graham Staines & his two children while sleeping, by setting their carriage on fire, can't be called a teaching of any religion. At least the dead family was awarded Padamshri whereas the extremists who were found involved in the action, faced punishment. What does this incident teach us & what they make us to think? Is it not done that there should be polarization of votes in the name of religion & persons? Who involve in such type of politics want to enjoy and increase in their vote bank in the name of religion. They want to catch the power by doing this.

These persons who spread communalism aim at not only the churches, their priests or holy places of other communities but sometimes they may also adopt the policies of terrorists also. Just as the terrorist's blast a temple to enrage the Hindu society & cause communal riots. If these people fail in their planning because of the country's communal harmony then there remains the peace in the country. If these defeated or lost terrorists may belong to the Muslim community, they don't hesitate to bomb blast a mosque or a graveyard. Here too they desire that if the Hindus are not incited because of their attack on their worshipping places, then perhaps the Muslim community may be enraged by blasting their holy places. In fact, in both the circumstances, the terrorists want to divide the society.

Last days, such a policy was disclosed by police of Tamil Nadu state. Last year on January 24, there were bomb blasts in the office of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh in a town known as Tenkasi in the Trinlavely district. The pipe bombs were used in this blast. All the communities live together in the famous town Tenkasi that is well known for communal harmony. But the Hindutvavadi organizations, perhaps didn't like this harmony. After this blast in the Sangh office, there was an atmosphere of hatred. The Islami terrorism was supposed to be responsible for it. The demonstrations were started in this peaceful town of Tenkasi that is known as the Kashi of South, under the different banners by the so said Sangh activists. They accused the Muslim terrorists for it. But the police closed this chapter, a few days back. Tamil Nadu police arrested three activists of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh for this blast on the Sangh office. The arrested three activists were S. Kumar, S. Rave Pandayan & V. Narayan Sharma. These accused confessed their crimes. Fourteen pipe bombs of that type were recovered from the arrested persons. The type that was used in blast on the Sangh office.

What does the above incident teach us? If the country is to be strong & one, then beware of the powers that want to divide. There is need to understand their steps & motives. The professional terrorists as well as the white colour terrorists, both are to be deeply understood. The support to be done or not of their call & announcement should be minutely observed. There is doubt that under the cover of patriotism; there may be polarization of votes. As a result of these movements, the country has to be saved from the division that may follow.


TANVEER JAFRI



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Mr.Tanveer Jafri, who serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times, is a noted columnist in India. He writes on a variety of issues including world peace, anti-terrorism, and national & international politics for numerous news dailies and portals in India. As a devoted social activist he is a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy.

 

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