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And This Hindu Nation

AND THIS IS A HINDU NATION

And this is a Hindu nation
First they came after the Muslims.

I did not say much because I am not Muslim. I enjoy the music of the dargah but there is always YouTube, one doesn’t need a confident, thriving, culturally engaged Muslim community around one to be able to enjoy it. I feel uncomfortable by the violence. But haven’t these things been always happening in India? And this is a Hindu nation.

Then they came after the Christians.

I did not say much because I am not Christian. My use for their institutions, where I was schooled, is long over. I visit churches as a tourist. They have legal freedom to preach and to proselytise. I feel uncomfortable when such a good community is slandered. But haven’t these things been always happening in India? And this is a Hindu nation.

Then they came after the Dalits.

I did not say much because I am not Dalit. I feel sympathy for their lot. Barely represented in the modern economic structure and despised and humiliated daily in the India of the villages. I feel uncomfortable when people already at the receiving end are molested for the family name they carry. But, as I said, haven’t these things been always happening in India? And this is a Hindu nation.

Then they came after the students.

I did not say much because I am not a student. And it seemed everyone was very angry about the disrespect to the motherland by anti-nationals. Our passport and Aadhar Card and driving license and electricity bill and ration card are insufficient proof of our Indianness.

It is a slogan that all of us must repeat, loudly and in public, to demonstrate that we are Indian. Our food, language, clothes, faces, bodies, all the inheritance of millennia that the world identifies as Indian is also incidental.

I am sad that freethinking, the hallmark of intellectual academic life, is being supressed. But haven’t such things always been happening in India? And this is a Hindu nation.

Then they came after the Kashmiris.

I did not say anything because I am not Kashmiri. I used to wonder why someone in Srinagar did not want to be Indian, because we have such a good Constitution. But that is a set of laws. A nation is also its people and their behaviour. Look at the text above this. Why would a Kashmiri want to be part of India? I am disturbed by the knowledge that my taxes are paying for the salaries of soldiers and the bullets they shoot which maim and murder children. But haven’t such things always happened in India? And this is a Hindu nation.

Then they came after the women.

I did not say anything because I am not a woman. The leader of a Dalit party is not judged for her achievements but her appearance. Her political actions are likened to soliciting. But then, which Indian woman is free from this attitude? Such things have always happened in India and this is a Hindu nation.

They will continue to come at these people and they will also after the others. Such things have always happened in India. The one niggling thought that troubles me now is: do they happen because we are a Hindu nation?http://www.mumbaimirror.com/columns/columnists/aakar-patel/And-this-is-a-Hindu-nation/articleshow/53328440.cms

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  1. Sheetal lakhia

    And I m not an Escapist.i do not turn away my face from communities.i try to live among them.i write my cast as ‘indian’ I do not follow any religion but human religion.i m a citizen of India.born when freedom was very fresh.and I see,feel and sometimes anguished.
    I live in India,where elders taught me the values of tolerance freedom,to think to write,to study.
    But I m here.
    This is my nation.its a nation for human beings,animals birds.
    And I feel my nation is going in direction.
    My nation is not a Hindu nation.its a nation
    Nation for all humans and lives.

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