Nationalism versus Sedition
Breathes there a man,
With soul so dead?
Who hath never within himself said,
This is my own, my native land.
After being released from prison Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who was in the jail for possessing illegal arms during the terrorist attack on Bombay in 1993, fell on ground to kiss the soil of his country and saluted the national flag to show his patriotism and remove the stigma of terrorism levied upon him, so that he might not be harassed by pseudo nationalists of BJP or VHP. Thus, the veteran Munnabhai succeeded in getting the certificate of being a nationalist from the ruling party and making his life hassle free.
This event raised several questions and doubts in my mind. Well, Sanjay has got the ruling party’s favor by proving his nationalism, but what about others who are not so fortunate as he is? Are they not nationalists? Are they seditious? Should they be sent to jail? My mother might have seldom kissed or hugged me? Did she not love me? Had she fail in her motherly duty: I would have died in my childhood. Is attending a meeting of the sympathizers of a terrorist out of curiosity, sedition?
India has always been a land of variety and tolerance. From ancient time, she has been the home of different cultures, languages, and customs. Yet, the people of India, have always been united in their thoughts and attitude. They always had and still have the same set of values and traditions in spite of different religion, culture, language, food habit and dress code. This unity in diversity has always been the beauty of our country. Now, rightist and fundamentalist, who are ruling over the country, posing to be secularist are trying ruin this beauty of our culture. They indulge in hypocrisy. The leadership of the ruling party pose to be secular, but they have granted full freedom to the lower ring of their leadership to launch movements like ghar wapsi. They are making every effort to crush minorities. The people who oppose their oppressive policies are traitors or seditious in their eyes. Thus, they decide, who is a patriot or seditious. The top leadership neither condemn them nor do they restrain them. Consequently, polarization is taking place. Dissatisfaction is growing. The general atmosphere of our country is being poisoned. All this is very dangerous. The unity of our country and its democracy is under threat. The survival of India as a country is at stake.
We should beware of it. Let us not allow the present ruling leadership of the country to continue their divide and rule policies. Let us stand to oppose, otherwise catastrophe will take place and India will be ruined as a nation.