United we stand Divided we fall !!


"First they came for the Communists,
    but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,
    but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews,
    but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.,"
(attributed to Martin Niemoller, a German, speaking about the Nazis.)

This is exactly what is happening to the Indian people at the moment.  The government is using religion, region, sectarian, language, class and caste divisions to divide and subdivide the society so much, that no one is willing to stand up for others.  All of need to unite - Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.  Divided, we will fall. 

By using the title "majority community" the government continues to discriminate against us.  India is probably the only democratic country where the "majority" is actively discriminated against by the government and the laws it enacts. 

As Hindus, as a "majority community" we are legally debarred sitting on various committees, have reduced stake in education, financial help, job market etc.  All this with the active help of laws enacted by a government voted in by the "majority community" !!

Read this fascinating article that details some of this discrimination - http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=275&page=12

The divide and rule policy of Congress and UPA government has resulted in a fragmented society that has continually allowed this government to erode our rights and has pushed meritocracy out of the way and replaced it with quota-raj.  Quality is sacrificed over quota and at every turn, what the government terms as "majority community" is disadvantaged.

Unless and until we realise how this impacts us, our children and grand children, we will never realise the momentous mistake we are making by supporting the current government. 

Those who live outside India are not immune to this either.  Our friends and family are impacted by this, so this does matter to us too.  Also, when we donate or invest in India, our time, effort, energy and money are impacted by this.  There is no room or reason for complacency.  All of us, NRIs and those who live in India, need to be aware of what the government is doing to undermine us and use the democratic process to bring in change that will not benefit India in the long term.

In the world outside India, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains are under pressure to "assimilate" and dissolve their identity in the host community.  Our children are fast loosing their grip on their ancestral language, culture, religion, values of vegetarianism etc.  Though we are the fourth most popular religion in the world, we are still seen as "pagan", "idolatrous" and generally backward !  Internationally, governments, companies and corporates insult our religion and culture on regular basis and yet we do not unite !  Hindus, Sikhs and Jains have to unite to survive in the world.



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