Merwah Qureshi |
In 21st century most of the states around the world are engaged in welcoming global and national peace, which opens the door for prosperity, by shunning the violent and extremist approach. However, India is among those states which are adopting the militant nationalist approach to suppress their minorities and are nurturing xenophobia.
The once secular India no more enjoys Nehruvian Secularism. The self-proclaimed superpower of South Asian region -India- has miserably failed at empowering and securing its own minorities but is involved in adding fuel to the fire of communal violence.
The once secular India no more enjoys Nehruvian Secularism.
Not only Muslims, Sikhs, Dalits but even Christians are not safe from the wrath of the fanatic factions of extremist India. The anti-Christian movement against the 3% population of India is a threat to religious harmony and cultural pluralism in India. The letters by the Archbishops of Delhi and Goa further testify the sensitivity of this threat.
In these letters they expressed their concerns regarding the political atmosphere of the country and about the security of the rights of minorities. In May 2018 Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi wrote a letter to all parish priests and religious institutions in which he highlighted the country’s turbulent political atmosphere and the fallout effects of such an atmosphere over the religious minorities.
Moreover, the reason for such a letter by Archbishop of Delhi was given by Father Savarimuthu Sankar, the spokesman for the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese, he said that this was the first letter of its type and it was written in the backdrop of ruthless violence against Christian community in India and the rise of forced conversion of Christians to Hinduism by the goons of Hindutva outfits since last four years.
The wave of Hindu Nazism under the militant regime of BJP (BharatiyaJanata Party) has critically hampered the social fabric of the country and has exacerbated the flames of communal violence.
In addition to this, Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa has also written a letter (in June 2018) about the concerns regarding Christian security. As per his letter, the constitution is under a looming threat of fanaticism which has made the minorities insecure and is leading towards the emergence of mono-culturalism in the Indian society.
However, both the Archbishops of Delhi and Goa have not mentioned the names of political parties responsible for creating this mess but their letters are sufficient enough to unveil the nationalist ideas of an extremist Indian government. Furthermore, these letters are proofs of the gruesome fact that Christian minority is ruthlessly suffering at the hands of militant nationalistic groups.
The story of hooliganism doesn’t end here in fact; it has gained new heights after the release of the video of a Hindu leader Om Swami Maharaj in response to the letter by Archbishop of Delhi. In the video the Hindu leader demanded all the Christians to leave India. He even threatened to use force against them if they don’t leave India.
Furthermore, anti-Christian pamphlets were published and distributed in the public i.e. at train stations, bus stations and markets. It is quite evident that this kind of suppressing tactics against minorities pave the way for more intensified communal riots.
As per the ranking of Open Doors’ World Watch, India has jumped from 25th position to 11th position-over the time of three years- in the list of most dangerous countries for Christians.
The wave of Hindu Nazism under the militant regime of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has critically hampered the social fabric of the country and has exacerbated the flames of communal violence. The fact that India has become one of the dangerous countries for minorities has raised a question on the secular ideology of India.
Recently, as per the ranking of Open Doors’ World Watch, India has jumped from 25th position to 11th position-over the time of three years- in the list of most dangerous countries for Christians.All these aforementioned fact have revealed India’s loathed posture towards the Christian as well as other religious minorities.
International organizations and statutory institutes should stop feigning ignorance towards the already risen tide rather a bubbling magma of Hindu Fascism or else, the spill-over effects of this volcanic eruption will burn the whole region.
It is now the responsibility of international media to take a strict notice of these letters by Archbishops for they -the letters- have exposed the real face of India. Indian government should be held accountable for its radical approach towards minorities.
It’s the time, the cries of Muslims being burnt alive, pains of brutally murdered Dalits, agonies of Sikhs while witnessing their religious sites being destroyed and the unheard voices of Christian girls being raped should be an eye-opener for the international world that appreciates secular and democratic nature of India. International organizations and statutory institutions should stop feigning ignorance towards the already risen tide rather a bubbling magma of Hindu Fascism or else, the spill-over effects of this volcanic eruption will burn the whole region.
Miss Merwah Hamid Qureshi holds an M. Phil Degree in Biochemistry from QAU, Islamabad and is also a visiting lecturer for International Relations at National Officers Academy (NOA), Rawalpindi. She is a freelance content writer for online portals like Amazon. The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.