A lot of ruckuses was created in 2015 over the term ‘intolerance’. Anybody saying a word, in favor of the term and against of the scenario around it, was thrashed like anything. Be it a politician or film star, everyone suffered the same fate; leave alone the commoners: they do not have the right to express something the mob does not feel right. The news channels had only one topic, on which expert opinion were asked and the twitter feed was filled with trolls corning the situation, supporting or condemning the views of the influential.
Today I even don’t remember why was the hue and cry started, in the first time, but the aftermath of the word ‘intolerance’ and the debates and opinions and tensions that followed it, is surely inscribed in my head. I was thrown a 15 marks question in the semester exams on the word ‘intolerance ‘which I was flabbergasted to see( as I thought it was not so important, a thing to discuss) and eventually had to satisfied with the passing marks. I just remembered some actors were accused of being anti-national and the awards were returned like apparel in exchange sale. Nevertheless, the catch was the half of the country was still ignorant of the tumult created by the newly emerged word in the socio-political scenario. (Though while today I Google it, to write this piece, it points to the mob lynching that occurred in that year on the beef matter. )
What I want to say today, or rather want to ask is where this ‘intolerance’ is disappeared today. Where has the feeling of being intolerant against inhumane activities vanished, when it is most required? However, it brought out no result 2 years before also, except giving the media a new burning topic to act for. At least the topic was spoken about.
Today Teenagers are being brutally killed and lynched as per their personal mood, immense inhumane cruelty is being showered in the name of ‘ gau raksha’ in the wake of cow protectionism. innocent minorities are beaten to death, houses being burnt and traders hanged alive. The mob is violent like hell, lynching and beating teenagers in the name of petty issues.
Why are the awards not being returned? Why is the administration doing nothing to curb the widespread injustice? Why are the self-proclaimed ‘ Gau rakshaks’ being given such liberty to take lives of innocents on their insecure doubts and apprehensions? Is only trolling, commenting and hashtagging ‘xyz’ solve the injustice? It’s time the social media savvy who are sitting and imposing their views on different scenarios , do something that really has any effect( by this I mean people who are powerful enough to control or influence the mob) and the politician who is using their campaign stage to show their displeasure regarding mob’s activities perform their duties to stop them, in the real world.
If the country is really going in the wake of intolerance again, something needs to be done.