The following is an opinion piece by one of our writers, and Icy Tales does not necessarily subscribe to the article’s views.
India boasts of a constitution that calls it a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic, and republic state where the citizens are free to practice any religion and have various basic rights. However, if certain laws favor particular religions that cause the continuous disunity between people based on religion, the question arises. Do such laws exist? Are Indians truly free to express their values and hold onto their religion without being judged and discriminated against for their religious beliefs?
In India, the beef ban on religious grounds flouts every profound idea that the politicians have vouched for during the election campaigns. With the current central government, the dream of a secular nation seems to be vanishing. The RSS openly promotes “Hindutva,” and some Muslim leaders openly threaten various Hindu organizations and kill on religious grounds. The Hindu-Muslim riots have been a pitiful but integral part of the nation. However, the government has successively proven its inefficiency in controlling the masses or adopting measures to satisfy different faiths.
Parties that claim to have leftist views are also inclined towards the majority or the minority for their votes. The Delhi elections saw the masses’ repulsion against India’s long-standing parties, The Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Aam Aadmi Party won by a majority of votes only to not work on their promises.
Over the past year, there have been attacks on the minorities in India, particularly Christians. These activities have hurt the religious sentiments of many. Ignoring the inter-religious differences, one is forced to look for unity in one religion which is also a farce. Caste differences jump out in fluorescent green, highlighting every discourse on religious unity. India is one of the world’s largest but flawed democracies. Should we be proud or ashamed? Guess we will never know!!
One factor impeding the country’s growth is the class distinction, where the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. Illiteracy presides in most parts of the nation, resulting in unequal job opportunities and unequal wages—inequality throbs in every vein of this democratic country.
Differences based on color and gender are also quite extensive. Women form the base of society and are unrewarded for their work, whereas men are the breadwinner of the family and are praised for everything they do and do not do. Many work areas are absolutely prohibited to women because they are considered the weaker sex and thus seen as incapable of handling the stressful environment.
Several cases of rape, theft, and abduction cases are reported every day, but our police lack the efficiency to control such matters, and the court cases are a drag. The political and judicial systems of India are deeply injured.
The commoner is waiting for a revolution, whereas all he receives is a mirage of reforms. Such conditions force a clarion call for anarchy. We are tired of injustice, disorganization, stagnancy, and inequality. Tired of voting NOTA. Does India need a Marxist party? Can equality be brought about only by left-wing politics, and if yes, then what are the chances of India surviving as a Marxist state. Does the Left stand a chance against the Right?
Can secularism be restored? Ponder over these questions because one of these days, one of us will eventually come up with a solution that might as well fix all the problems of this country. Until then, stay safe.