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.
What we are seeing in France is part of the continued criminalization of being Muslim. Particularly the criminalization of visibly Muslim people – particularly Muslim women. Women are coerced – with the threat of force – to take off their burins at the beach. ‘How would you feel if a nun was forced to take off her habit on a beach?’ Secular law doesn’t mean disrespecting religious sensibilities. It does mean tolerance for all by all, without favoritism. Briefly, EXTREMISM wins in irrational attitude of Secular France.
17th February symbolizes the sacrifice made by millions. People in general still carry high hopes of success amidst despair. They still look forward to the triumph of Unity Government and anticipate the Light of Revolution will prevail over the Darkness of Despair.
If Libya has to stand against the threat of mindless violence, the people have to rise above their petty differences. They have to remain calm and united even in a state of most agitated moments. Let tragedy be the strength rather than weaknesses to defeat all forces that wish to destroy the nation. Let those who have shed the blood and sacrificed their lives solidify the spirit to challenge all threats from both within and outside.
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?
When is it an act of terrorism?Violence committed by Muslims seems to be automatically labeled a terrorist incident, while those committed by others are not.Assailants killed innocent men, women and children in Paris. The world was outraged. Some of my friends changed their profile picture on facebook in solidarity with France. Great expression for humanity indeed! Isn’t that?Yesterday Assailants killed more than 15 people in California, America. Mass shootings in the United States are common phenomena. In fact, people killed in reckless and mindless shootings in America outnumber the casualties by ‘terrorism’ in the traditional sense of using the term for violence by Muslims.
An established nation like France declaring war against a stateless group of terrorists who use asymmetrical tactics is politically unwise. At what point is such a war over? Who do they make peace with? America got itself in a lot of trouble for similar posturing after 9/11. Trillions of dollars, and many human lives later, where are they at with our War on Terror?