Bhagat Singh, one of the first youth leaders of the country had written a book “Why I am an atheist” and now, one of his descendants has paid the price for echoing the same. The murder of H Farook, 31, from Bilal Estate in South Ukkadam, Coimbatore has again raised alarms. The member of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK) has been accused of rationalistic views against his religion through his Whatsapp group and facebook page. Just a few days ago, a fatwa against Indian Idol runner-up, 16-year-old Assamese singer, Nahid Afrin had grabbed headlines. Similarly, in 2011, one casual facebook post by 21-year-old, Shaheen Dhada opposing Mumbai shutdown on Bal Thackeray’s demise and a casual like by her friend 20-year-old Renu Srinivasan had brought both to prison and almost cost their lives. The bakrid counterview of Irrfan Khan and the case of Mohammad Shami, none got their words right according to Shariat law. Be it Kalburgi, Prasanth Poojary or the serial blogger killings in Bangladesh, the disguised laws are supreme. No crime is superior to the ones against traditional, customary practices. Fanatics would dictate our way of life. The right to life, liberty, and religious freedom is in the hands of theocratic bosses. The same persons who bat for female entry in Shani Singanapur, Sabarimala keeps mum for Haji Ali and Triple Talaq. But the persons supporting the latter cause may or may not be mum for the former. Why don’t the minority community massively criticize any carnage in the name of religion? Why don’t they openly condemn the religious misuse? Why being an atheist or agnostic a crime? Why there is no “Uniform Civil Code” for freedom of expression? Why can’t we interfere in all the sacred beliefs uniformly? Why this partial reporting by the so-called presstitutes? Why do we close our sense organs to ignore the stray incidents? Why don’t we crush the radical sentiments and the anti-nationalism at the very genesis? Why the history books haven’t been revised with some “Mohammad” included in the cadre of social reformers? Raja Rammohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Dayanand Saraswati are too old to be burdened with social credits.
To live in Rome and fight with the Pope….No, Never!! Literally true for the almost whole of the world. You can’t be an apostate until and unless you are in India. The questions have to be asked. The perceptions have to be changed and personal liberties have to be restored. No crime should be justified on any ground. Yes, there is intolerance and we have to protest it. Intolerance in the daily routine of a citizen. Intolerance in the laxmanrekha of the freedom of expression. Intolerance in the human rights. Intolerance in the religious rights. Meanwhile, reports say that about 10 lakh Muslims have petitioned against Triple Talaq. A silver lining in the cloud or the dawn of skepticism! But these stars can’t remove darkness, we need sun in the form of religious institutions and organizations. Yes! It can happen only in India. Those historical reformers are set to welcome their modern companion.
Tum kitne farook maaroge, har ghar se farook niklega !!