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Shaadaab S. Bakht: Minorities a worried lot
June 05, 2015
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ON INDIA

Any tear in human relationship gets only worse with time. One can never ever darn it. The Partition of India on religious lines in 1947 led to one such bleeding tear.

He was exactly a week into the New Year. Even the balloons were still there in the hall. Some of the unused lanterns were still lying on one of his shelves. But then came January 8th. And horror struck. The balloons burst and the lanterns remained unlit forever for he had entered the dark world of hate.

On that day in 1964 just before the Maghrib prayers his house was set on fire. The blaze continued for days but the pain till eternity. In the following weeks his land was forcibly occupied.

The marauders didn’t share his faith and, therefore, weren’t expected to like the name-plate on his sprawling bungalow in Calcutta, India. Incidentally, the road on which his house once stood was called Mahatma Gandhi Road.

Mian Nuru lost his land, his granaries, his orchards, and before all, his self-respect. In days he was made to feel that the soil where lie his father, mother and brother, didn’t want him around because some people thought he didn’t represent the right faith. He became unwanted at home.

What is surprising is that years of hard work by the Leftists to darn the tear have failed. Religion still continues to generate hatred
Agreed, it was politics and it still remains so, but it hurts. When the lights were off in his daughter’s place, where he took shelter, he could often be seen crying at the thought that he wouldn’t be able to go back to where he was born.

He filed a suit against the occupiers of his land before his death. The suit goes on as the occupiers continue to enjoy the loot.

What is surprising is that years of hard work by the Leftists to darn the tear have failed. Religion still continues to generate hatred. Not many months ago the well-known Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi had a huge problem in getting a flat in Mumbai.

Again, a woman professional, Misbah Quadri, was recently refused a flat by a Mumbai builder because she is a minority.

Some years ago my friend rented a flat in the name of his non-Muslim friend in New Delhi. He was forced to share his flat with his friend till he moved out of New Delhi. It wouldn’t be out of place to mention that his professional colleague, a Brahmin, had warned him about the consequences of trying to hire a flat in New Delhi. She is upper caste, ordinary, but thoroughly secular, extraordinary.

Some days ago, a young MBA graduate, Zeshan Ali Khan, was declined employment in a diamond export company reportedly on the grounds that he is a minority.

Khan applied for an opening in the company on May 19. However, the company replied to him saying that they hire only non-Muslim candidates.

Well, why is it the way it is? My friends tell me that there are two reasons for that. First, the Partition of India did create a homeland for the minorities and they all should have gone there.

Secondly, minorities are by definition vulnerable to prejudice.

But dear friends human beings are not kitchenware that can be relocated hook, line and sinker. Some found it practically difficult to cross over to the new country, some emotionally. The Motherland could actually mean the mother for millions.

Again, the Indian constitution is generous enough to underline that no one living in the country shall be persecuted on grounds of religion. A huge number of minorities took that seriously without willing to believe that the character of a nation could change. It did so after the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and death of first Indian Premier Jawaharlal Nehru. Gandhiji was shot dead in full public view. But so filthy is politics that even his murder was described as a patriotic act by a power-hungry, if not certifiable, monster of an ideologue.

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