Saturday, March 7, 2020

Why Should We Have To Prove Our Patriotism?

It is an old article which I found relevant in current context and that's why I am re-posting it.

Date: 11th August 2018

It was 22nd August 1907, 40 years ago the independence, the world was not a victim of India’s struggle for freedom and A young lady wave the Indian Flag in International Socialist Conference in Germany and proved her Patriotism, she was Madam Bhikaiji Cama.

Why am I repeating this incident? Once I was taking a regular lecture in ‘Happy Home‘ and I was teaching Simple Past Tense and my students wants me to tell them a story, usually I told them the stories of our past but on that day they are doing mischief so I was not in a mood to tell. But, at the same time, one of the students commented that ‘First learn past might be possible it will be useful in future.’ This line touched my heart.

Today, the situation is being like this. Just Yesterday, After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Yogi Adityanath; Chief Minister of Madhyapradesh Mr. Shivaraj SIngh Chauhan sent a notice to Madrasa that, ‘On this independence, Muslims have to prove their nationalism by organizing a Flag Hosting and Cultural Program in every madrasa.’ Here the question is not about organizing a program but the question is why only Muslims have to do this?

On 15th August 1947, all Muslims already proved their Patriotism by staying in India. If BJP claiming that more Muslims are involved in terrorist activity and that’s why they have to prove their nationalism then I want to comment that, it’s not a question of Muslims, here we have to understand that our neighbor country who gives shelter to terrorist is Muslim Country and that’s why more terrorist are coming from that background.

Now I would like to quote the definition of terrorism which is given in the constitution, defining acts of terrorism veritably as ‘peacetime equivalents of war crimes.’ The now lapsed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act specified the following definition of terrorism:
Whoever with intent to overawe the Government as by law established or to strike terror in the people or any section of the people or to alienate any section of the people or to adversely affect the harmony among different sections of the people does any act or thing by using bombs, dynamite or other explosive substances or inflammable substances or lethal weapons or poisons or noxious gases or other chemicals or by any other substances (whether biological or otherwise) of a hazardous nature in such a manner as to cause, or as is likely to cause, death of, or injuries to, any person or persons or loss of, or damage to, or destruction of, property or disruption of any supplies or services essential to the life of the community, or detains any person and threatens to kill or injure such person in order to compel the Government or any other person to do or abstain from doing any act, commits a terrorist act.

According to this definition, terrorism is not bond to any cast or religion. so, after spending 70 years in a country and paying taxes, casting our votes, sending our children in the army and civil services, giving the best scientist to a country we are asking a question to this BJP Government and RSS that, “Why Should We Have To Prove Our Patriotism?”

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 - Abhijeet Mehta


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