It’s Hypocrisy that Encourages Communalism in India

Media reports clearly suggest that 86 families belonging to Dalit community are threatening to accept Islam if it can save their houses. These reports on the very first instance seem that this threat is nothing but tactics to gain media attention so that they can raise their issue to broader public so that they can gain some public sympathy and may be immediate relief. These people have been living on unauthorized area for decades. This is now being treated as encroachment by authorities, so they trying to vacate the land so that can build road. It is clearly a case of illegal encroachment. But this needs humanitarian approach. Though, not right precedence.

However, the most surprising part of this story is that there is no outcry by anyone; newspapers, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and social media revolutionaries. Everyone is comfortable with announcement that these people will embrace Islam. It looks like to be the greatest example of Indian version of secularism. None is criticising such threats but keeping quite. Just suppose, if the new piece would have read that 86 Muslims families are embracing Hinduism, there would have been such an outcry that everyone would have declared a war against communalism. And this is hypocrisy why communalism exists in India. But who cares? It is not worth enough to even talk. Perhaps there is no gains in any form of TRP for everyone.

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