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Calamity of Communal Conflict
How Long will India Suffer from It?


The new year 2013 opened its account with another communal madness in Dhule, Maharashtra, where a small altercation between two persons on a petty hotel bill snowballed into a big communal conflict between Hindu and Muslim mobs. The conflict resulted in arson, destruction of more than 40 houses and shops, bullet injuries to 42 persons, including women, and killing of six Muslim youths in the firing at point-blank range by vengeance-filled, atrocious, trigger-happy and communal-minded policemen.

As a fact, quarrels and disputes do take place every day in thousands, intercommunity and intra-community, in our large country which counts for one-fifth of humanity. But why should one such petty quarrel turn into a full-fledged communal conflict causing destruction and death, increasing suspicions and hatred, poisoning minds and hearts and dangerously widening the communal divide. It is a very serious problem which requires deep pondering and heart searching on both sides of the communal divide.

It this case, as usual, the Muslims are at the receiving end with loss of life and property, lack of sympathy and no hope of justice from administration, courts of law or the larger society.

Is it not wise on their part that they avoid all quarrels and conflicts? Granted that there may be countless provocations; but sanity demands that they counter hatred with love, belligerence with reconciliation, conflict with peace, and violence with non-violence. Why should they be victimised always by a policy of tit for tat? How long will they face the ignominy of death and destruction? And that too without any sympathy from the larger society.

On the other hand the sane elements of Hindus, and there is no dearth of them, must think of putting an end to the ever widening circle of anti-Muslim sentiments in the minds of common Hindus. Prejudices and poisoned relations will destroy mutual trust, brotherly relations and the whole fabric of civilized living.

Well thought-out and effective steps should be taken against all those elements who are poisoning minds and laying explosives in society ready to explode at every available provocation.

Bridges of understanding must be built, mines of misunderstandings must be thoroughly cleaned, minds should be detoxified and more and more avenues of cooperation for common causes should be opened to take the country out of this burning cauldron of hate, destruction and death. This can pave the way for a peaceful life, all inclusive development and bright future for all Indians, including us Muslims.

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