Victims of Xenophobia

    27-Apr-2020   
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 The theory, at any rate, seems to me utterly absurd, for communism is like a forest fire; it goes on burning and consuming anything and everything that comes in its way. It is quite possible that countries which are far distant from the centre of communism may feel safe that the forest fire may be extinguished before it reaches them or it may be that the fire may never reach them. But what about the countries which are living in the vicinity of this forest fire? Can you expect that human habitation and this forest fire can long live together?” ––Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Parliament Debates, Vol. 7A (Council of States), 26 August 1954, pp. 469-83
 
 
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Two Sadhus associated with the prestigious Juna Akhara were lynched at Palghar in Maharashtra. Hindus attacked by Islamists mob led by the local chairman in Satkania in Bangladesh. The Hindu-Sikh minorities in Pakistan continue to face discrimination and persecution in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Same Pakistan is trying to push a strong wave of Kafirophobia against the Bharatiya community in the West Asian countries. All these incidents are not directly correlated but still connected with the same ideological moorings. In all of them, Bharatiya sects are the victims while the ideologies rooted in the xenophobic culture are the perpetrators.
 
 
The abduction of a girl or denial of ration to minorities is perfectly in tune with the idea of Pakistan. The very principle of ‘exclusion’ where the followers of all worships are nothing more than Kafir makes this original Islamic State. They are either supposed to die or get converted to the path of Islam interpreted by the fundamentalists. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Taliban variant of Afghanistan follow the same ideology with different shades, but for all of them, Hindus and other sects are the ‘other’. The new wave of Kafirophobia that is generated in the West Asian countries in the name of Muslim Brotherhood. The concept that had created havoc in the region almost a decade ago is reignited now. All this is done to malign Bharat and to abdicate the Tablighi Jamaat, a global super-spreaders of the Chinese Corona Virus. In Bharat more than 1/3 of the cases are the result of Tughalaqi behaviour of the Tablighis and the financial cost of the same is more than 1 lakh crore. Any analysis of this phenomenon is branded as the Islamophobia’.
 
 
The brutal killing of saints is another classic case of a different kind of xenophobia. After unsuccessfully planting the idea of armed revolution, a new type of uprooting is produced among tribals. The anti-democratic and anti-Constitutional ideology of communism in collaboration with the Church is systematically nurturing the concept of ‘others’. The NGO network is routinely used to spread the erroneous interpretation of the forest act and Schedule V to overthrow the same Constitution that provides it. Demonising saffron and creating no-go zones for public officials are also part of these ideological strategies.
 
 
Whether class enemy, Kafir or Infidel, branding do not follow the 'we' are branded as 'others' by the xenophobic ideas. Unfortunately, from Bharat to West Asia – Hindus are the victims of this idea of ‘non-believers’ imposed by others. The Indic thought process that believes in the concept of celebrating diversity is branded as intolerant, regressive, fascist and exclusivist. Ironically, the ideologies that fundamentally believe in universalisation by force do this branding before the killing. The selective silence of the secularists is understandable as they also come from the same non-Bharatiya thinking of binaries. Any non-agreement with them is labelled as communal. How to nourish the inherent strength of our diversity and simultaneously, to counter these multiple onslaughts by the xenophobic ideological forces is the critical challenge for the Bharat and Bharatiyas.
 
 
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