Generations together, mankind witnessed the genocide of one race or the other. The reasons might be money, power or a fascinating woman.
As a slogan in Telugu mentions ” ae desa charitra chusina emunnadi garvakaranam, narajati charitra samastam para pidana parayanathwam”.
History is occupied with the tales of massacres, whether it is of foreign invasion or domestic turbulence.
Our ancestors might have an interpretation that we, Indians, have been free from foreign rule and our independence might put an end to the tussle between India and Britain. This might be an apprehension, as the Indian regime has faced many challenges in the form of internal civic disturbances. Almost every state in the Indian union has to face this unrest, owing to financial, regional, religious or attitude differences.
Ever since India started to take in the breath of freedom, Indians started to fight among themselves. To cite a few; the Razakar movement in Hyderabad, the Godhra incident, the Bombay blasts, the mass killing of Sikh people and among all the pathetic ones is the continuing strife of the Kashmir issue.
The society of India is plagued by communal disturbances between Hindus and Muslims, which is the aftermath of the partition. Owing to the genocides that followed, even after long decades, people of both religions have been on a quest for identifying their kith and kin.
Irrespective of time, the arena of Kashmir is preoccupied with brutal violence in the form of murders, kidnaps and riots. The rotten spirits and ideologies of a few with vested interests affected the plight of the land.
In the 1980s, nearly 4 lakh Kashmir pandits were sent out of the valley by their opponents; and many others have been forced to live the life of exile in their own land, outside their land, by undergoing a traumatic campaign of terror, murder, loot and arson.
Many innocent people, who don’t have any connection with the armed struggle are not exempt from the atrocities like assaults, rape, and killings.
To date, lakhs of Kashmir pandits are staying in refugee camps; and it is strange that this issue is not of Global concern and it is obfuscated by public attention so that a few only are aware of the deplorable status quo of Kashmir pandits.
Long ago, we fought with foreign invaders, later on with our kith and kin; reasons might be the same, results might be the same.
It may not be an apprehension that under the veil of global peace and harmony; each one of us are provoking differences, leading to disturbances.
Being originated from Adam and Eve, mankind segregated itself into religions, castes, communities and the like. After all, we are human beings, basically belonging to two genders, male and female. We all tend to have common emotions, goals and aspirations.
As the ultimate goal of a human being is happiness and peace, why can’t we empathize this tendency with our Fraternity and let all preach and promote universal tolerance?
“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”
John F Kennedy.
Dr. K. Sarojadevi