First they came for the Jews And I did not speak out Because I was not a jew Then they came for the communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a communist Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for me And there was no one left To speak out for me - Partor Niomaller
The history of independent India is replete with Bhiwandi, Bhagalpur, Godhra, Aligarh, Meerut, Mau, Varanasi and the list goes on to an unending numbers. Many books and articles have been published over the years to read the human behaviour and psychology at the time of such communal riots.
What happens with the people living together in a friendly atmosphere over the years become foes in a fraction of time, just in the name of religion? How many of us, Hindus or Muslims have read their scriptures and sacred books with its true meaning?
Quran is in Arabic and Bhagvad Geeta is in Sanskrit and if we try to find out the people who really understand the meaning of the verses and shloks written in these books, we will get merely 1% percent who really understand the true essence of their religious books and meaning which Islam and Hinduism preached to its followers or believers.
If we don't understand the preaching in these books then why and for what religion we are fighting for? If we have read then which of these books preaches about killing one another?
May be some of us will argue and blame politicians that they for their benefits incite communal frenzy between people. If the answer is this then why we become a victim to such a ploy, if we know it is deliberately done then why we come out to take the lives of each other whom we think has nothing to do with it. Just because our sentiments are attached to one religion, though we don't know what the religions have taught us. If we don't know about the religion we follow then why we call it a communal riot?
It should be given some other name; something should be done which may not bring contradiction to the teachings of religions. A bad name to any religion which has nothing to do with the acts of its followers, who have never opened their eyes to absorb the meanings of one's religion.
India once a place of monks, saints, and sufis, etc about which we are proud of and imparted the teachings to the other parts of the globe will cease with the inhuman acts of ours in coming decades. We should always keep in mind that a communal riot not only poses threat to the secular, democratic ethos but also to the economic well being of society.
Islam holds the human life in such high-esteem. The Quran says that if a human being is killed, that is like the assassination of the whole of mankind. And the protection of a human life is equivalent to the protection of the whole of mankind. (Holy Quran 5:27-32)
by Khalid Musanna -- Courtesy: Milli Gazette
In India, for whose fashioning I have worked all my life, every man enjoys equality of status, whatever his religion is. The state is bound to be wholly Secular and religion is not the test of nationality but is a personal matter between man and God. -Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation)
Freedom implies not only emancipation from political bondage but also equal distribution of wealth, abolition of caste barriers and social inequities and destruction of communalism and religious intolerence. - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (Indian National Army)
Indian unity was based on a tradition of tolerance, which is at once a pragmatic concept for living together and a philosophical concept of finding truth and goodness in every religion. -Shri K.R. Narayanan (Ex-President of India)
We have to build a country...where there is communal harmony, where we live as brothers and sisters, where we can hold our heads high. -Shri Rajiv Gandhi (Ex-Prime Minister of India)
Be proud to be born in this excellent Nation which to me has given tremendous opportunity to evolve. Iam indeed proud of my country and pray from the core of my heart that the Lord shower His unlimited blessings on we Indians so we can stand up with greater pride and truly say Jai Hind! -Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali
India belongs to all faiths, we are all sons of the soil. If we wish to keep Country United, We need to have Tolerance. We shall have to live together or else in the Nuclear age will perish together. - Unknown
O my son, establish prayer, enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of the matters [requiring] determination. Holy Quran - 31.17