Are the Kashi-Mathura next?

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India, the homeland of all Indians

After sending the British parcels from India, we the people chose to make the country the home of every Indian. It was taken for granted after independence that the well-intentioned decision will keep the Indians together forever. Those who dreamed of India as the homeland of a single religious community were not taken seriously, and even considered mad, for decades. The idea of ​​India as the homeland of Hindus alone was seen as a joke in a country where minorities make up almost 20% of the population, and never enough has been done to challenge or fight the school of dangerously divisive thought.

The traumatic partition incident in 1947 therefore led to periodic riots that could not be contained. The centuries-old Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was torn down in 1992 with their bare hands by right-wing devotees to the sound of blood-curdling chants of “Ayodhya is just a pretense, Kashi-Mathura are next” .

Ayodhya toh sirf jhanki hai, Kashi Mathura baaki hai

The Gujarat riots followed in 2002. Today, the Gyanvapi Mosque in Benares is threatened with demolition. This is happening against the wishes of the majority of the city’s citizens and those who have lived around the temple-mosque complex for centuries. Tensions are mounting and citizens are nervous about the anger spilling over into public places.

Sudhir Singh, a filmmaker from Banarasi, recounted The citizen that he is not in favor of people taking the law into their own hands. “We have a judicial system. The raging crowds in the streets cannot decide what is best for us. Let the courts do that,” Singh said. The question is, does anyone even want to listen to this sensible citizen?

love shows the way

It has taken far too long for civil society to become aware of all the hate speech regularly heard around us. But the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA), which had played such a powerful role in the early 20th century against the British, is now in place.

IPTA has launched a cultural journey across the country to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence on April 9, the birth anniversary of Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan. It is also the day the Progressive Writers Association was founded when writers and poets banded together to inspire a robust mass movement against colonial rulers.

Journalist and author of A Shadow of the Past: A Short Biography of Lucknow, born Kedarnath Pandey in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Sankrityayan, the Hindi writer was both a monk and a Marxist. But he was above all a patriot who was arrested and imprisoned for his anti-British writings and speeches.

Title Dhai Akhar Prem, or “love is a two-syllable word” from the verses written by the holy poet Kabir who said that wisdom is not acquired by reading many books, for he who has studied the two letters and half of love is the wisest human being of all. The purpose of the cultural trip is to meet as many people in the state as possible and highlight the benefit of creating love and harmony in all of our lives. The trip took off from Raipur. He traveled to Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand to linger in Tarouni village, Darbhanga, the birthplace of Baba Nagarjuna. IPTA National General Secretary Rakesh Veda said he heard Baba Nagarjuna living in Lucknow and recalled the Hindi poet who also wrote in Maithili fearlessly questioning all those in power.

Nagarjuna died in 1998 and he wrote in a poem how the five sons of the motherland face a fierce adversary one of whom has been shot while four continue to march:

“paanch pooth bharatmata ke, dushman thaa khoonkhar, goli khakar ek mar gaya baaki reh gai chaar.”

Bihar is a state where people fought with great courage against the exploitative feudal landlords. Veda said that cultural travel is meant as a form of resistance to the hatred that is spreading in the current times, as he believes that art is a powerful way to spread love. Along the way, many artists, poets and writers speak to people about the value of freedom, freedom, equality, justice and brotherhood in the lives of individuals and how these values ​​are today submerged in an ocean of hate.

Pilgrims of love

The secretary of the Bihar Indian People’s Theater Association, General Tanveer Akhtar, stressed the importance of practicing more unity, brotherhood and love. Throughout the trip, the Caravan of Love performs folk songs and performs theater with the local population. Firoz Alam read books by Safdar Hashmi for the children around him on the way.

The cultural journey reached Benares on May 8 where progressive writers like Kabir, Bhartendu Harishchandra, Munshi Premchand, Rahi Masoom Raza, Kaifi Azmi and shehnai master Bismillah Khan were recalled. On May 12, the trip will pause in Lucknow. Members of the Dalit Writers Association will organize cultural events with other local NGOs.

The Love Pilgrims also visited the village of the country’s first president, Rajendra Prasad, in Bihar, and the house of Maulana Azad. Travelers took bananas and bread for their meals. The only concern in the minds of peace-loving people is to save their homeland from being destroyed by hatred.

During the trip, it was discovered that Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement of the 1920s was only a follow-up to the playwright Bharatendu Harishchandra’s call in 1884 at the Dadri Mela in Ballia to boycott foreign goods and clothing. .

Along the journey are remembered social activists of the past, including people from the Bhakti movement, as well as Sufis whose only love in life was other human beings. It is important for travelers to talk to the young people of the country, most of whom are unemployed and used to engaging in anti-social and hateful activities in exchange for a few rupees.

The artists’ trip will end in Madhya Pradesh on May 22. It may be the first time in decades that concerned citizens of the city have traveled to the countryside to meet other Indians to find out what they think and how they imagine the future of their children.

Back to politics

Meanwhile, politics in Uttar Pradesh remains petty. The police continue to terrorize the citizens like the police officers involved in the Chandauli and Lalitpur crimes committed against women. When not raped, robbed or murdered, citizens also face an electricity crisis due to a coal crisis. Coal is said to be imported and consumers will be asked to pay an extra rupee per unit of electricity in the future, leading the ordinary citizen to wonder if he will ever see the end of at least some of his misfortunes?

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