Incidentally, I am thumbing through ‘The Argumentative Indian’ by Amartya Sen which talks heavily about Secularism in India, when Christian churches are vandalised and Christians tormented in Karnataka.
India had been a secular state since Independence, hosting people from various religions and communities. Though Community clashes are nothing new, an unsung harmony existed between these communities. But in recent times, the scenario has turned tumultous. We often read about communal clashes, especially involving Hindus, Christians and Muslims.
Latest of one such tensions, is the religious conversion charges against the Christian missionaries, in Orissa and Karnataka. In the Northern Karnataka town of Davangere, many Churches were vandalised in the last few days. Christian minorities and missionaries face serious threats, on anti-conversion grounds.
Some news agencies claim that these tensions were extrapolated, with BJP ruling the state. What do these rioters really think? Are people dumb to follow a missionary and convert into Christianity? The entire concept sounds illogical.
In a secular state, no one not even the Government, has any rights to interfere into an individual’s religious beliefs. A citizen of India is free to practice and follow any religion, as long as he/she doesn’t interfere into another’s rights. With that being the case, it is a highly condemnable and punishble offence, to damage places of worship and burning religious scriptures.
The Police must take immediate measures to pacify the public. Those who try to disturb peace, whether Hindus or Christians, must be put behind the bars. It is the responsibility of the Government, to keep these communal forces under check and let innocent public lead a free life.