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.