The way things are happening, fears are getting deeper!
In 1980 as a young student pursuing my graduation at Muzaffarnagar I have seen shameful Moradabad riots, but most of these riots were spontaneous with failure of the administration working as catalyst and providing best opportunity to criminals and antisocial elements from all sides to settle their personal scores. Later on the Hashimpura massacre in Meerut division that occurred in 1987 was a blot, but that too was an administrative fault where people of the country were not party to it. However, after a long silence on communal front a new trend of communal trouble overpowered the secular structure of India were people of one community ruthlessly killed and plundered their co-Indians whose elders choose India as their homeland against all odds. Mumbai, Gujarat and several other incidents remind the gory scene of sectarian killings and pillage. In a heterogeneous country like India with multi-lingual, multi-ethnic social setup such incidents can be set aside as bad dreams. But the religious intolerance and the subsequent incidents of selective killing, arson and mob lynching can neither be termed as flawed administration nor attributed to social heterogeneity of the country. This is either outright hatred against a particular community and religious group or an attempt to change the shape of the constitution gradually by coercion and active support of fringe elements within the establishment.
People and the political masters of this country should remember that personalities matter least before the nation and national interest. Myopic religious radicalism; ethnic and linguistic extremism propounded by some zealots should get no attention, because Nation is always ‘first’. India as a great nation with its glorious past, particularly its religious tolerance, and the principle of ‘unity in diversity’ should not compromise with fundamentals of its constitution. All Indians are not to be blamed for present scenario of defacing secular façade of the nation. But, yes many forces with considerable amount of authority are overtly or covertly involved in ruining the Indian ethos of “Jiyo Aur Jine Do” on which the foundation of constitution of this country was made to rest.