I’m in the comfort of my bed, as I miss my classes today. This doesn’t really feel comfortable though! Last night, I almost experienced a communal clash for the very first time in my life, and that was scary. Street, where I live in did not witness any violence, but tense was there for sure, and just the road next to my street saw police siren blaring all night, and even a few hours curfew was announced at midnight 2 O’Clock. And these all were fully audible to me.
Background: A religious procession on the occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, on Saturday December 2 in Phulwari Sharif, Patna, experienced gunfire by some unidentified gunmen, which was followed by torching of vehicles and ransacking of houses and shops on the same night. Police had to use tear gas to bring the situation under control. Yesterday, Sunday night too witnessed nothing but even a fuelled version of the community clash; with violence erupting in various parts of the Phulwari Sharif locality in Patna, even leading to few hours of curfew at some locations. Read the full story at TOI.
This morning, as I took a 2 minutes walk around my street, I observed the fear and also some growing rumours around the last night incident. People are scared for the chances of a full blown riot. Riots! Communal tensions, riots and cow vigilantism, have become the new identity to my country. Every year, India experiences hundreds of communal incidents, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds, needless to mention loss of property and livelihood. And the sad part is, these incidents have become even trendier than before.
*Till May 2017
Source: An Indiaspend.com article.
While the above GIF illustrates the growing communal incidents, violence otherwise lags no behind. Sexual assault cases have become everyday thing, while Murder of Gauri Lankesh represents the attack on Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom.
Where many futurists dream and predict India to be the super-economy, super-developed and miser-free country, for example the famous A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s India 2020, my version of India 2020 is rather a scary one.
Source: Google Search
With all these growing hate and insanity, I am sorry but I fail to imagine an India better than the image above.