Hatred between Hindu and Muslim’s is increasing in India, how can a we Indians reduce it?

Updated on August 26, 2016 in General Discussions
5 on November 25, 2015

It is quite noticeable by comments on social media and blogs. That the hatred between communities are increasing due to controversial statements made by our political leaders/intellectuals/ pseudo-intellectuals and actors. We must have also noticed that people blame Islam and Muslims for terror attacks and BJP or Hindu  for intolerance .

Some Viewer’s comments on articles of TOI which are related to terrorism or any political news are getting comments full of hate and abuse towards a community. This creates vicious cycle of hatred.  We cannot stop Politicians/ Actors/ pseudo-intellectuals commenting. We cannot stop media from hyping controversies. We should not stop raising our voices towards crime and evil. How can we the citizens of India reduce this hatred?

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0 on November 26, 2015

How do you know that anything is ‘increasing’? We live in a time where internet penetration is growing everyday, and social media is spreading. These faultlines always existed in our society…look at communal riot data from MHA over last 10-15 years…we average 50-60 riots every month. So in a way its good that the poison which was underground is now coming to the top. It is part of the cleansing needed to create a wholesome society

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0 on November 26, 2015

How do you know that anything is ‘increasing’? We live in a time where internet penetration is growing everyday, and social media is spreading. These faultlines always existed in our society…look at communal riot data from MHA over last 10-15 years…we average 50-60 riots every month. So in a way its good that the poison which was underground is now coming to the top. It is part of the cleansing needed to create a wholesome society

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1 on December 8, 2015

Its true that tensions between different communities, by caste or religion, always was there.  Also true that acts of hatred always happened, as the NCRB crime records show. Nothing  new as Intolerance brigade Sonia Rahul etc. are claiming

But I don’t agree its ‘natural cleansing’.  Just like between two individuals being in same house or office, difference or tension can burst out and escalate if not managed.  So also between two communities living in same country.  Everyone needs to watch against exaggeration language( like SRK), against showing hate by actions ( like AamirPK and Kalburgi), against unleashing actions which are perhaps not intended ( like Dadri or Tipu protest killing).

Social media is certainly a factor, not only in India, everywhere.  I wonder what those smart people like Arundhati Roy Anish Kapoor who always degrade India, are now saying about UK and US being intolerant.

We have a unique situation here, Hindus Muslims and other religions have 1000 years of experience living side by side. Independent  India was born out of recognition that for different cultures within a country to live in peace and security, there must be Mutual Respect.  Mahatma G always equated Secularism=MutualRespect.  We are more experienced in this, and in this time of great turmoil when the West is just  experiencing this, we can set example.  

Let us not hate, or even express hateful comments on media. Live, let live , Worship and let worship, in mutual respect and harmony. And most important,  secular ie SICKular  politics or biased media  will destroy this balance so it has to be exposed.

PM put it: Do we want to together strive for development, or fight ‘the other’ ?

An old song from Hindi movie sung by a teacher to school students:

‘Hum layen hein toofan se kishti nikaal ke, is desh ko rakhna mere bacchon samhaal ke’

We have brought this ship through the storm, my children , now safeguard it … as we steer forward.

on March 16, 2016

Can you list the number of times the captain of the ship has indulged in and even promoted hate-mongering ?

The day Modi walks the talk and practises what he preaches in his Mann Ki Baat , that is the day this country will start improving.

 

 

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0 on August 26, 2016

I think the rise (if there is any – there are no reports to suggest increase or decrease) is because it suits vote-bank politicians. I find very less Indians who choose friends based on religion. This is our strength. You asked how can we reduce religious tensions. I strongly believe that as Indians we can promote our unity. Two simple examples:

a) A burkha clad lady and an elderly man holding little krishna – pic was tweeted and retweeted many times

b) During an assignment in the city of Jamshedpur, an unfortunate eve-teasing issue turned violent. Youth from both communities were pitted against each other and a 2 day curfew was imposed. But my office being essential municipal services was open so I had to be out – crossing the market many times. I saw many kurta clad men of Dhatkidih area (which is primarily muslim populated) helping shopkeepers to open their shutters a little before curfew hours got over. Shops were of non-muslim people like Aggarwal store, Durga Store, etc. Yet there was no media reporting this positive gesture. They don’t report because promoting good feelings between all communities doesn’t help their cause – they want to sell hatred. But we as Indians have media houses in our smartphones now – in the form of twitter and fb. We must promote such harmonizing feelings as much as we can. India is a wonderful country and our pluralism is our strength. It will keep us intact provided we keep it intact.

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