Slavery did not end easily. It was an uphill fight and struggle by the abolitionists such as William Wilberforce, Thomas Buxton and others. In the United States of America, the majority white population did not readily agree to civil rights for its black population. President Kennedy paid the highest price for opening the doors of schools to black children.
The BJP must be congratulated for bringing to an end many social privileges and inequalities that have been affecting the Muslims of India. The outlawing of triple talak that allowed a Muslim husband to divorce his wife at will has now been implemented. All Indians in the Indian Republic are now under a common civil code.
Kashmir was a haven of privileges. “Kashmir for Kashmiris” is unconstitutional. Why should a state within India be under the exclusive control of Muslims in secular India? More so, why does Kashmir have to be preserved as a “Muslim majority state” when in the same breath citizenship is not defined by religion? Why must Kashmiri women be disinherited after marriage outside of Kashmir? Why the denial of Indians outside Kashmir the right to own properties, do business, work or study in Kashmir? Is this the equality that the Indian constitution set out to achieve for its citizens?
Hindus are murdered, raped, their homes looted and forced to flee Kashmir. Is this the India that Mahatma Gandhi fought for? Thousands of Hindus have fled POK and are living as refuges in Kashmir and are denied citizenship on the ground that POK is part of Kashmir. They have no identity cards and cannot access any benefits from state social programs. In other parts of India uprooted Hindus from Pakistan have been given citizenship but not in Kashmir.
The hurricane of protest against the CAA and the NRC is now at its tail’s end. The Congress Party has failed to rally the regional parties who know that they need the Hindu votes to survive. The Muslims and the Communists are still trying to keep alive their protests but even that is slowly dying. Nevertheless, the Hindus of India have opened their eyes and watching closely the enemies at the gate.
Regionally, the protest against the CAA and NRC came from West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab and Delhi. In West Bengal, the communists have fanned the fears and ignorance of Muslims to riot, loot and destroy properties. In Kerala, the communists and the Muslims have come together to disrupt civil society. Even Shashi Tharoor, a Congress MP from Kerala who has been riding the wave of anti-CAA protests is now at the receiving end of Muslim rage after he protested against the use of religious identity in anti-CAA protests. Today Muslims have targeted Tharoor whose back is now against the wall. Tharoor, an intellectual, has failed to comprehend that Islam is about privileges and expansion. It sole aim is to convert the entire world from dar-ul-harb (land of kaffirs) to dar-ul-Islam (land of believers). Certainly a bright individual but Shashi Tharoor needs to reread the history of partition and the role of the Muslim League. Islam is not about integration; it is only about conversion and conquest.
The Punjab, another theater of anti-CAA and NRC protests, has always been a hot bed of extremism. Home of the Gadar Party and the Hindustan Republic Socialist Party and the famed Bhagat Singh, the Punjab has always fraternized with an intolerant communist ideology. This region continues to project a love hate relationship with the Center. More than that, the Punjab has allowed itself to be courted by Pakistan, thus forgetting its bloody history and the sacrifices of its great gurus to protect the Sikh identity from the Islamic onslaught.
The Kalistan movement of the late 1970s/1980s was an ugly chapter in the history of the Punjab. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi brought it to a close after the storming of the Golden Temple by Indian troops and the flushing out of terrorists. Ms Gandhi paid the ultimate price and the violence was curbed after hundreds of innocent lives were snatched. Interestingly, the Punjab is signaling to Imran Khan its willingness to do business and the latter has given free access to Sikhs to visit holy sites in Pakistan whereas Hindus are taxed to visit their holy sites. But Islamic extremists in Pakistan will have none of it and have recently violently threaten Sikh pilgrims visiting the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Lahore, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
The enemies of India have failed in their last ditch effort. Baring their canines and sharp claws they pounced on the Bharat Mata with the intent to murder her. But they have failed. Now the Indian people know their enemies- Jammia University, JNU, the Communists, struggling artistes, journalists and media houses and the agents of Pakistan and the West.
Had black money not been taken off the street, the Modi government would have collapsed. With limited cash to pay hoodlums the protest has more or less died. It is now for the police to act now-to investigate, make arrests, lay charges and hand over miscreants to the judiciary to do its path.
Privileges have died in India and the Muslims must now come to accept that they are equal citizens under the Indian constitution and not a privileged minority.