By Rajiv Punj
NEW DELHI: I am so pained to see so many innocent people, more so children, being murdered by these in-humans who in our era are known as terrorists who have no religion or faith.
Only God knows when India will stop being a soft target for these terrorists. One wonders when HE will give wisdom to our respected parliamentarians to care for the common man.
The Hyderabad blasts accentuate the fact that the politics of communalism has made India vulnerable to terrorism which is being imported from Pakistan and executed by Indian extremists.
Cashing in on the weakness of our political parties of losing their loyal minority votebank, Pakistan has sponsored terrorism since 1989. Nothing much has been done by Muslim politicians to negate this. Their symbolic efforts have made little impact despite that India has had three Muslim presidents – Dr. Zakir Hussain, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam – out of the twelve presidents since independence.
It is true that young Muslims in India want to be – or rather are – an integral part of India’s economic growth story. They don’t want to be treated as naïve voters to be wooed every five years. But since their elders have been misled into a perpetual cycle of backwardness and insecurity by politicians of consecutive governments, there are growing rumbles of dissent.
We, as a community, need to cohesively work to eradicate these in-humans; we need to have a radical change in our approach to achieving this.
Without being contemptuous or sounding demeaning to the Muslims of India, we should create an atmosphere where Muslims of the country feel needed and feel part and parcel of India. It would surely be debated and suppressed that it is easier said than done. However, in the interest of everyone, we will have to be genuinely an integrated society. We must first be patriotic; we must be first Indians and only then should we be Hindus or Muslims. Our behaviour towards each other and our closer bond will change not only the mindset of the politicians but also the game-plans of terrorists who will not dare to think of spreading terror in our country and divide us.
Though the age-old animosity between the two communities is not going to go away so easily, it will need a very strong will and determined effort by the Hindus. It is all the more important that Muslims must start taking Hindus at face value and co-operate in creating a positive, congenial atmosphere.
In such an environment ,the Owaisis and the Togadias of India will have NO place.
I very strongly believe that India is a magnanimous, large-hearted society where the relationship between the majority – minority should be reversed and the divide & rule communal politics must give way to a patriotic, united secular community in our beloved India. It is very well said that “A community divided is nation divided …. a community united is a nation enlightened.”
(Rajiv Punj is a senior corporate executive with a multinational and based in New Delhi. These are his personal views)