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We are living in a country that appears to have gone mad. All sane voices are being silenced. All insanity is being given free reign. Since fascists don’t read history it has no lessons for them. For it is too easy to see what happened every single time to those who went down this road of self-annihilation…they were very successful. This road looks very gung-ho to begin with and that is why it draws so many enthusiastic band wagon riders.

To give you an idea, someone sent me a question on Quora: When will India be Muslim free?

What should I answer? I haven’t answered him yet. But I could say, sticking purely to the math: If you kill 100,000 Muslims every year, it will take 2000 years to finish the present population.

Or should I attempt a moral answer? Seems futile for someone who asked such a question.

Believe me, I am not running scared. Not by a long shot. Just very sad about my country whose soul seems to have been hijacked. What is very painful also is that there is nobody among my Hindu friends who I can share my pain with. I say this from experience because when I did share some things with them, I got one of two reactions; Stoic silence or ‘Why are you blaming me?’ Pointless to tell them that I was not blaming them. If our years of friendship are not enough for them to understand that, then I must question the value of that friendship. So, what do I do? I decided not to share. After all, in the end we stand alone.

The fact is that murder for entertainment started the day this government got elected. A Muslim boy was lynched in Pune for no reason other than that he appeared to be Muslim. You may have forgotten that incident but believe me, it happened. Then these lynchings followed one after another, inevitably because success breeds success. To the extent that someone sent me a joke:

Gau Rakshakji ghar par hain?
Nahin, lynch par gay hue hain.

Of course, I laughed very hard.

I am not saying that the government is responsible for the lynching. But it certainly is for what happens thereafter. That is what a government is for, to act against law breakers such that future aspirants are discouraged. So, I ask one simple question.“What happened to the IPC and CrPC?” Does this country still have a CCD (Common Criminal Code) and police and judiciary? If so, then what happened to the people who murdered that boy in Pune? And then to all those who murdered all those thereafter? If murder is allowed, it will happen. From the look of it, it appears that as long it is a Muslim who is killed, nobody cares – not the media, nor the judiciary, nor the police, nor the executive or politician. So, where do we go from here?

This is where we are today. And we are moving fast ahead.

Some good articles are in the English press. However, I remind myself that all these are circulated among a small section of the elite. The vast majority of the non-elites as well as a considerable portion of the elite, subscribe actively or tacitly to the philosophy of making India Muslim free – either directly or indirectly (through disenfranchisement in one way or another). What this will do to the country is not something that they appear to be interested in considering. Soon, it will be too late and all considerations will be moot.

I am among those who bear witness. For he also serves, who only bears witness.

Mirza Yawar Baig is based in Hyderabad, India and is the founder and President of Yawar Baig & Associates; an international leadership consulting organization. He can be reached at yawar@yawarbaig.com

 

2 Comments

  1. lelle suresh says:

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you very much for your response to the “letter from heaven’. It is heart touching.
    Kill yourself or prepare yourself to be killed – this is the philosophy of the present ruling system. It is consciously and consistently targeting Muslims and Dalits for its purpose and practice. As you mentioned nobody cares if the victim is a Muslim or Dalit. It was proved in many occasions. People witnessed this in “Gujarat 2002”. The message in very clear. It is all about our preparation. The only difference is whether we continue to prepare to face many “Gujarat 2002” across India or make necessary preparations to change the “Gujarat 2002 leadership” in India

  2. K SHESHU BABU says:

    Question should be when Muslims in India be ‘ free ‘ ? Simple respond would be when Hindutva fanatics are driven away and secular minds occupy the nation. That day may be not far off… Already there is a good response for ‘ Not in My Name ‘ campaign. If everybody tries to drive away the fascist hindutva forces, the kishor Kumar number will reverberate in the nation :
    ” Pyar baath thei Chalo .. Kya Hindu Kya musalman hum Saab hai Bhai bhai …”
    ( Come along sharing love …whether Hindu or Muslim we are all brothers …)
    Free translation