If the Indian Express of 29th Feb 2016 is anything to go by,the Muslims of India have been called traitors, demons and descendants of Ravana by BJP MLAs and MPs at Sangh Parivar meet in Agra. In the meet Hindus have also been incited to fire bullets,pick up guns,wield knives and show strength before 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Now Muslims being a traitor is a time weathered allegation still awaiting verification. It hurts but does not incite defensive reactions anymore. As for Muslim being demons, thank you. Thank you for alleviating the community from ‘haramzade’ and ‘puppy’ analogy. Being a demon (and there are good demons too) is any day better than being a ‘kutte ka pilla’, which reminds one unfailingly of someone and his yet to be fulfilled promise of certain ‘acche-din’. However with Sangh Parivar’s optimism and excitement seems that their acche-din are around the corner. Better for some than for none. So congratulations!
But guess what? There is a proverb that wise people learn from others’ mistakes. That is for wise people of course but lets give someone the benefit of doubt. The speakers at Agra event could have learnt something from Ms Smriti Irani’s Mahishasura fiasco. Just a couple of days ago she had managed to upset the entire community of Mahishasura worshipers. And even then the speaker in Agra forgot that there is a section of Indian Hindus that worships ‘Ravana’ and calling ‘traitors’ and ‘demons’ the ‘descendants’ of Ravana would not go too well with a class of ‘Hindus’- the people you are trying to invoke for success in 2017 assembly election.
India’s identity lays in her diversity and its not easy to mess with that.
Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code says:
Whoever (a) by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, or (b) commits any act which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, and which disturbs or is likely to disturb the public tranquility, . . . shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
Going by the above law an entire bunch of BJP MP and MLA have now become worthy of legal action. Not that we expect so much from the executioners of our legal system but still no harm in quoting since this provision of IPC still exists. And trusting the fact that Indians are by and large still secular and peace loving it will continue to exist.