September 24th, 2010 i.e. tomorrow, is all set to mark a new chapter in Indian history. Unless the plea to defer the judgment becomes successful, the verdict to one of the longest running legal battles will finally be delivered. Whatever the verdict tomorrow, whoever wins the case, Lord Ram or Allah, India’s secular values will lose.
I was baffled yesterday when I read in the newspaper, about the sort of security arrangements that have been put in place to prevent a communal clash from erupting. I would like to take this opportunity to vent out my frustration against these self proclaimed custodians of the two great faiths.
Who the hell gave these guys the right to hold the nation to ransom like this? They claim to represent their respective communities but, who gave them this right? I want them to put their hands on their hearts and answer one question for me today, ‘ If Lord Ram or Allah were to come in front of them, would they be happy to find a temple or a mosque built for them that is stained with the blood of innocent people?’ I want them to ask a poor man on the street what he would want – a Temple or a mosque or a healthy meal to eat? I want them to go ask a farmer in Vidarbha if a temple or a mosque would end all his problems.
If they can – I would want them to build a temple for mother India, where we not as Hindus or Muslims or Sikhs or Christians, but as Indians can go and worship. If they can – I would want them to build a world class hospital, where patients can be treated irrespective of their religion. If they can – I would want them to build an orphanage. If they can – I would want them to go pick up a man from the street without asking him which faith he belongs to and embrace him.
If they can – make Ayodhya a symbol of Indian secularism.
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