This blog post comes from my experiences of being associated with or being born to a set of parents who differed in religions. Over the next few posts I will talk about how each minority or majority religion is responsible for spreading hate throughout India.
Although I do not believe that most of this hate spreads because of the middle class or the masses, but poverty, illiteracy and divisional politics has been the root of this conflict that plagues India even till date and that too post 67 odd years post independence.
India, a democracy that was proposed by the founding freedom fighters back in 1947 got its independence with a euphoric high. The whole country was celebrating the fruits of its struggle against the British Raj for freedom. While the whole country struggled towards being free India's leaders and her people were clueless on the list of problems that would continue to trouble her for the next 60 years. Technically speaking she was free but free from what? She continued to be under leaders that could never address her poverty, her illiteracy, blasting population, religious and caste systems and taboos.
A country that was a landmine of resources found herself unstable enough to carry on with her state of affairs once the dominating Britain gave her her rights back. Although the constitution was formed with a lot of forethought, enforcing the same over her people was the biggest challenge that persists. She is diverse and consists of multiple religions, all accepted as a part of her identity but surely does not address the lack of unity and harmony among her people even in this day and age.
Going back to my own past, my father's family served as the goldsmiths to the Nizam of Hyderabad, whose matriarch converted to Christianity in the midst of an era where the state was experiencing communal disharmony. The city of Nizam experienced turbulence over the new found state of Pakistan and divisional politics that played over it post India's independence. It took me five months of being here to understand what went wrong in this city. With my great grandfather no more and the Nizam not in power, my great grandmother was left with children to raise and no money to feed them.
She turned to the convent and converted to a christian protestant. At a time when we talk of one religion trying to convert people of another religion, the core issue remains ignored! The core issue that plagued the country then and till date is poverty, hunger and lack of shelter, illiteracy and unemployment. The country found herself trying to own its lost people, whatever they leaned to. And from there began this socio-religious differentiation in a country that was already drowning with issues like caste, untouchability, lack of respect and equality in status and rights for women and superstitions that ensured that she will progress slower than what the founding fathers had dreamed for her.
And in that state of confusion some policy changes affected the country's state and they do so even more today. The founding members were now battling an inner flux than an external government. The country frequently marred by countless wars in the pre-independence era with a growing number of minorities and religions now found itself in a state of conflict - It had no common values to adhere to, no unifying purpose to drive it and not a single leader who could bring her people to fight a unified battle for her progress. Independence was hers but her people wanted what it could get her out of that independence.
But when you do not know what to do with independence, you have what you have in today's India! Still warring, bitter, poor, trying to find a place in the modern world and still fighting to get its basic needs met. An over populated nation where the needs for shelter and hands to feed exceeds than what it can accommodate. A problem that has been ignored so long that it seems now impossible to resolve.
To be continued.....