In “Agni Speaks” column, we will share our thoughts and feelings on miscellaneous things that touch us. True to Agni aka Fire, it will have no specific form, structure or pattern except that it will be flaming up.
The Navaratras come with a sense of deep shame this year. An elderly nun was brutally raped by perverts in a state that is known for its worship of Durga. So entrenched is respect for women in Bengal that even the daughter is addressed as “Maa” or mother. On Navaratras we would feed young girls and show our respect as if they represent Durga Mata. Thus the event is most shocking.
A society that cannot respect the mother is bound for doom. It is time we announce brutal death sentence for every rapist irrespective of age and fast-track courts to resolve such cases within no time.
What was even more appalling than even the rape was the way this shameful incident was used as a tool for political and commercial victory by different stakeholders. The leaders of Church organization held protest rallies and many of them blamed Hindutva forces for this. The West Bengal government representatives also incriminated “Ghar Wapsi” for this. A few media houses went berserk in linking it to church attacks in Delhi, miscellaneous other attacks on minorities and finding an easy scapegoat in Hindutva and new government.
The same media condemns Khaps for being illegitimate judges but are the first ones to hold kangaroo courts to issue verdicts that increase their commercial gains.
How shameless is a society that makes business out of rapes of mother!
How conveniently everyone ignored that Ranaghat – where the tragedy happened – is not even a stronghold of any so-called Hindutva group including BJP! In the peak of Modi wave, BJP came a distant third in Lok Sabha elections. The constituency is represented by the ruling party TMC with more than 40% vote share.
The assembly constituency is again a TMC stronghold with almost 55% vote share. BJP does not have even 4% vote share.
On contrary, Mamata Banerjee has announced her commitment to legalizing illegal Bangladeshi immigrants several times. Vandalism against Hindu temples and idols have seen a huge upsurge in last 5 years. So why should this incident be not linked with pro-Bangladeshi stance of TMC? The entire world knows how much love fanatics of Bangladesh and Pakistan have towards Christians in general. Bangladeshi goons have already brought fame for themselves by killing, looting, raping minorities. Jihadi hatred against Christians is amply evident across the globe. ISIS beheadings is a recent example.
The pattern of gang-rape makes evident that it was not just a crime of passion or greed. It was driven by hatred and bestiality. It was in lines of the way ISIS glorifies its killings. No wonder what would emerge in future is that it was handiwork of Jihadis inspired by ISIS and Al Qaeda who were possibly helped by someone inside. And of course, the way government after government in Bengal are nurturing illegal Bangladeshis, they are putting entire country, and especially border districts in grave danger.
Ironically, while a lot of hype was made out of church attacks in Delhi, no communal angle nor any pattern could be brought out. They were either cases of burglaries, thefts, similar crimes and accidents like short-circuit. Statistically there have been many times more such “attacks” of similar nature on temples and gurudwaras of Delhi in same time period!
To give another example of communally-igniting in some sections of media, here is an example from a recent front-page news headline published in Times of India on 22 March, 2015: “For lack of evidence, all 16 Hashimpura accused walk. 42 Muslims had died by ’87 massacre” by Sana Shakil.
I wonder what would have been the headline if those who died were not Muslims? Do we have separate criminal laws for Hindus and Muslims in the country? Or have no Hindus been ever been killed in massacres? In fact if we indeed start showcasing communal angles, irony is that the Indian history of last 1000 years can be termed as bloodiest, longest running and most brutal genocide of Hindus that put even ISIS to shame.
If someone was killed, an Indian was killed. Hindu, Muslim, Christian does not matter. If a massacre happened, it is wrong, irrespective of who did it and to whom. Punishment must be severe. Period. Law does not differentiate on basis of religion. Why must media house do so? Merely for petty sensationalism? Or there is something deeper?
Solution to religious hatred
For some morons, it is difficult to digest that personal belief is indeed personal. You can talk as much as you want about why your belief-system is best, but eventually decision to choose a belief-system is personal. If you think someone is following a wrong belief-system, let God punish him. Why must you be an agent?
Ironically though, many religious shops of today thrive on hatred. Such shops must be destroyed to bring communal harmony.
To do it objectively, top 10 most popular publications of religious books of each religion must be brought. All publications taught in gurukuls, madarsas and convents must be also included. They will most probably include:
– Various translations of Gita, Ramcharitmanas, Hanuman Chalisa, Upanishads etc
– Various translations of Bible, stories of Bible etc
– Various translations of Quran, Hadiths etc
Now each of these must be reviewed for following:
– Does the publication claim that non-believers will go to Hell?
– Does the publication differentiate between believers and disbelievers?
If yes, all such books must be outrightly banned. Let the publishers bring out alternate translations that do not have these defects. No book – religious or non-religious – must be allowed in education that explicitly suggests punishment (divine or non-divine) and hatred against non-believers. These silly translations are making mess of our beautiful world.
We are one humanity, one family.