Curfew clamped in Mau, three killed in communal violence
The news contained the following report mentioned briefly here:
Mau (UP), Oct 14 (PTI) Curfew was clamped in some parts of this communally-sensitive town today following clashes between two communities during Dussehra celebrations in which three persons were killed and 12 others injured. Trouble arose yesterday when members of a particular community raised objections over celebrations of 'Bharat Milap', a part of Dussehra festivities, in Shahi Katra Grounds here much to the annoyance of the other community who assembled there after which both sides indulged in heavy stone pelting.
Though shocked, I checked more and found the following report:
12 injured in clash in Mau
Mau (UP), Oct. 14 (PTI): Curfew was clamped in parts of this communally sensitive town this morning following clashes between members of two communities during Dussehra celebrations that left at least 12 people including some policemen injured. The trouble was sparked off last evening when members of one community asked those celebrating 'Bharat Milap', a part of the festivities, to leave the Shahi Katra grounds, police here said today.
Now my mind was already on a tailspin after reading the following:
Communal violence in UP, shoot order issuedThe Asian age (10/15/2005 11:46:38 PM)
Lucknow, Oct. 15: Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in Mau district where a communal flare up has claimed five lives since Friday and more than a dozen houses and shops have been set on fire. The trouble began in Mau on Friday when a dispute over the use of a microphone during a "Bharat Milap" programme took a communal turn and led to large-scale violence. Two communities clashed at several places, setting vehicles on fire and leaving nearly two dozen persons seriously injured.
Enough! I said to myself and sat to pen down the reactions going on in my, by now greatly perturbed but logically awakened and aroused mind.
The rational mind has at this instant reached an ultimate point where it is compelled to ask itself some highly valid questions, which need urgent attention and serious contemplation. The zenith of civilized tolerance and patience has been reached. Let us first of all clear our minds of all prejudices and put these fundamental questions as to:
What is truly and naturally the essence and composition of Bharats age old civilization, ethos, traditions and heritage?
What is the philosophical bondage among the billion of people spread over the whole country from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh?
What is the mother culture which is followed by the majority, although with some regional modifications in their practices?
Why Bharat and majority of her people have been able to protect and preserve their culture and beliefs despite one thousand years of rule by foreigners, firstly Islamic and then British imperialists?
What is that indomitable spirit which has nourished Bharat for millennia?
Isnt the only possible answer supposed to be essentially and in fact Hindutva or the Hindu cultural and traditional way of life? One may even call it Bhartiyata or the heart beat, gene, flesh and blood, spirit and soul of Bharat. Who could ever deny this absolute truth?
Now ponder over some eye opening facts below:
Is calling up loudly over loudspeakers five times daily without any concern for discomfort of others Bharatiya in culture? NO! But tolerated and accepted in Bharat.
Is regularly blocking roads and public places for holding namaaz, causing great inconvenience to others Bharatiya in traditions? NO! But endured and permitted in Bharat.
.Is taking out violently provocative and satirical Muharram processions a Bharatiya practice? NO! But allowed and even given security cover in Bharat.
Is the setting up of innumerable madrassas training young minds to be strictly anti-Bharatiya in the best interests of the safety and security of Bharat? NO! But supported, protected and encouraged in Bharat.
Is the system of allowing an exclusive Muslim Personal Law to prevail along with the countrys well structured civil laws beneficial for the integrity of Bharat? NO! But granted constitutional rights and freedom in Bharat.
Is the celebration of a morally redundant and culturally degrading Valentines Day belonging to Bharatiya folklore? NO! But celebrated with great hype and fanfare in Bharat.
Before getting the plausible answers to the above, contrast them with the following bitter ground realities:
Is Vandemataram a profoundly patriotic Bharatiya song praising the motherland? Yes! But is it ever sung even in official and national programs in Bharat? NO! Is it mandatory for every citizen of Bharat to know and sing Vandemataram once in his or her lifetime? NO! But why? Arent we living in Bharat?
Is Maryada Puroshottam Shri Ram the first and foremost name, which comes to the Bharatiya mind if asked about the primary exalted personalities of our national ethos? Yes! Yes and Yes! But is it permissible to build a grand temple in Bharat honoring this exemplary and towering personality of piety, valor, love, friendship, devotion, sacrifice and wisdom? NO! But why? Where else to build the temple? Arent we living in Bharat?
Is Dussehra, a festival celebrating the ultimate victory of good over evil while commemorating Shri Rams triumph over the evil force of Ravan genetically Bharatiya? Yes! But is it possible to peacefully celebrate Bharat Milap, a cultural program and a part of the Dussehra festivities? NO! But why? So where else can it be celebrated serenely and joyfully? Arent we living in Bharat?
Is patronizing and protecting troublemakers like MLA Mukhtar Ansari (who fuelled the Mau violence) by Mulayam Singhs government greatly harmful for internal peace in Bharat? Yes! Arent we supposed to protect Bharats peace and tranquility? Yes! But is he brought to book by the local administration? No! But why? Arent we living in Bharat?
Do we sincerely have the logically and rationally right answers to the above mentioned queries and thoughts? What has happened to the Bharat of our ancestors and forefathers? What kind of future do we envisage for our motherland and her centuries old Hindutva or Bharatiya culture and heritage? Isnt it ironic that in the present period of time, under the dangerous garb of secularism, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Hindus living in Bharat, to follow and impose anything which is Bharatiya in its origin and descent? So If not in Bharat then where else could they practice and implement the codes of Hindutva or the Hindu way of life. If Bharat Milap program is not allowed to be hosted in Bharat, then where else could it be done?
A lot of questions without any satisfying answer! Once Swami Vivekananda remarked, I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe all religions to be true. I am proud to tell you that I belong to a religion in whose sacred language, Sanskrit, the word exclusion is untranslatable. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth.
We are still proud of it. But what about the followers of those alien religions and cultures? Have they ever sincerely reciprocated this immensely tolerant, munificent and bighearted gesture, even while living in Bharat side by side with their benefactors and fellow beings sharing the same ancestry??
Think about this seriously!!!
Yours in Dharma