Not even in my worst nightmares did I ever dream that I had to qualify myself as a tolerant Indian belonging to the majoritarian section. The country is going to the dogs and the rising intolerance at display will never let our PM Modi fulfill his pet project – ‘Make in India’. When the government’s members and allies are segmenting India on religion and faith and deciding what one can eat, wear, see and speak, who the hell will come to India, forget the ambition of getting them set up business here and ‘Make-in-India’???
“Kaala Akshar Bhains Barabar”, a Hindi saying befits Sena hooligans who have discovered that ink is best used not for penning opinions and thoughts but to smear the faces who dare to write or speak anything contrary to their belief. What does the state and the government do? Absolutely nothing. I thought PM Narendra Modi was a strict taskmaster and a disciplinarian who kept his men in line. But I don’t see that Modi now when the country is under siege of intolerant self-proclaimed nationalists.
India always had an image of a country whose people are warm, welcoming and tolerant. International media is taking note of men killed for eating a particular meat, tourists threatened to be skinned for a tattoo and foreign artists/writers (who come with Visa) threatened if they are from a particular country. Why not ban issuing Visa to any and every Pakistani?. Stop them at the source itself but if you don’t do that then ensure that they are not harmed by your cadre and ally. I have been hearing from my expat friends that the image of that India is under question. Intolerant India will not help PM Modi and his government in attracting foreign investment, inbound tourism and ‘Make in India’ a reality. Swach Bharat won’t attract tourists when they are scared of being lynched for eating something or having any tattoo. Swach Soch (Pure Thoughts) is needed more than Swach Bharat now.
The people in power are too arrogant. Their spokesperson are worse. They need to come down from their high horses of major political victory and see the reality on the ground. Please don’t let intolerance define the country’s character. Please let us be free…in expressing our thoughts, actions and words. Please!!!