Has our society gone to a level where loss of a human life does not evoke too many emotions? Has society’s view of death as a sad thing faded over time with only family members having the time to mourn the loss of a person?Numerous reports of human causalities keep coming while many deaths have gone unnoticed from the gaze of media. Children, youths, women and the old have succumbed to the strain. Undeniably, there is a direct link between the abrupt announcement of demonetization policy by the Prime Minster of India, Narendra Modi and the reported deaths of some innocent citizens. The correlation is rational and valid. While deaths caused by negligence of public apathy, the government is quick to announce compensation to the victims of the families.
Chaos, confusion and uncertainty… as millions in India Crowd Banks to exchange currency while Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, smiles in Japan. A 7-year old child, Ibrahim, reacts: “It looks like a festival time in India…people gathering together at one place”.
Media discourse around Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is articulated in such a way that makes us believe that Muslims are more loyal to Islamic system of justice than the secular one.
This misplaced public perception is truly tragic and unfortunateFear and reform are antithetical to each other. Both cannot go together. To bring about social reforms, first it is necessary to create congenial atmosphere. Unfortunately, on this front, the Modi government in power has miserably failed. Instead rhetoric from leaders of the ruling party have only fueled to widen the gulf.
Instead of protesting against the release of a criminal by a court, they are protesting against the man who has taken Hindi cinema to a new glory. Instead of protesting against the ‘miscarriage of justice’, they are protesting against the ‘icon of love’ in the country. What has gone wrong with people in some sections of our society? Has our society become sick? Are we taking India forward by behaving in this manner? It is time for all to think.
At the moment when one of the highest civilian awards of India was given to him, he could barely lift his hand to receive it. He could hardly smile. He could hardly feel the spirit of award and could hardly acknowledge the purpose why was it presented to him. Why is the prestigious award like Padma Vibhushan not given to an icon during the prime time of his life? Why does the system in India not wake up to the prime time to honor an individual to enjoy the Award or Medal with?
‘The result of Bihar Assembly Election in favor of Grand Alliance led by Nitish Kumar is like oxygen being provided to Muslims’ expressed Mohammad Majeed, a Lecturer of Computer Science in Libya. He resumed: ‘We felt suffocated at the idea of BJP coming to power in Bihar’.
Truly Muslims abroad carry apprehensions about the way political narratives are being played in India by the vested interest to target a particular community for what it eats and how it dresses.
Such events truly demoralize us and belittle aspirations of millions of Muslims who work abroad in so many unfavorable situations with only one hope of going back to India with happy and secured future.
While there have always been episodic attacks on free speech in India, this time feels different. The harassment is front-page news, but the government refuses to acknowledge it. Indeed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence is being interpreted by many people as tacit approval, given that the attacks have gained momentum since he took office in 2014 and are linked to Hindutva groups whose far-right ideology he shares.