Monday, 22 September 2008
Attacks on churches
I was having a drink with a Christian pal, and he rebuked us journos and the general public for not speaking out against the recent attacks on churches, and adding that we were biased against Christians in India.
And I didn’t agree with him. Because I don’t think we don’t care (history has taught us if we don’t reign in divisive forces in time, the consequences can and will be lethal).
It’s just that we all have been so badly screwed by the regular bomb blasts carried out by the fringe Islamic agents, apart from other routine problems of survival, that we just don’t have any mind-space left to deal with this sad development. We know the last thing we need is for another community to get pissed with the nation, and throw up a brand new set of militants on its fringes, yet we do nothing because how many problems can a human mind cope with?
It’s obvious that if the Bajrang Dal and its like-minded units are against the so-called conversions, then there are civilised means available to protest. A demo at the Jantar Mantar will be a good start. Or even better, creating communications and doing real deeds on the ground to discourage conversions. However, that is a long route, and violent elements of any group have no patience for it.
In short, this nation has become captive to extremists from every religious group (and if attacks against churches continue, we will have a brand new set), and the ruling government’s failure (or reluctance) to control them is costing our secularism and safety big-time. I think the premise on which this nation was born (pluralism, tolerance, co-existence) is under attack, and there’s nothing we can do but sit back and watch its imminent demolition.
Not because we don’t care or are not aware, but because how much shit can we deal with? After a point, you just give up and leave things to the Almighty.
I hope my Christian buddy understands this defeatist attitude.