The prosperity of India can be compared to a bus journey. If the driver ensures the air pressure is even in all its tires, the journey would become safe for its passengers. Similarly, if all the communities in a nation are on a level playing field, the prosperity of the nation becomes secure and sustainable.
It would be dumb to tell one of the six tires of the bus, " hey look, we the five tires (prosperous communities) have worked hard to be effective and have the right amount of air in us, we have prospered, and you are low in the gutters, and you need to work hard and rise up and be on par with us, we are not going to give you a hand, no one gave us."
Would it make sense to give a hand to the ones in ditches and bring them up on a level playing field - then the bus journey is safe and sure, we all can ride safely. It is in our shameless selfish interest to bring every one on par, and let them compete from there, when all of us have the ability to stand on our own, on a base, then all of us can prosper.
Unfortunately, the majoritarian attitudes of "a few" harm India's harmony and adversely affect her prosperity. They harass, threaten and use violence to teach the minorities, women and the weak how to behave, and put them in their place. It is like letting the air out of one of the tires, hurting all of us in the end.
The 1984 Sikh Genocide, the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, burning of Hindu Passengers in Godhra and Massacre of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, the rapes of Nuns, mistreatment and injustice to Dalits and destruction of Churches are among the ugly cruelties we have witnessed since independence. It is a shameful blot on the civility of our Mother; India.
Then the blood bath of Partition, cruelties of Aurangzeb, raids on Samnath. and we can prepare a long list of incomplete transactions that needs to be courageously acknowledged, forgiven and brought to a closure, so we can move on!
The anguish, suffering, apprehension and non-restoration of justice to the victims will continue to hurt the cohesiveness of India. As Indians, we need to set aside our pettiness and pull every Indian onto a level playing field, the more people we pull up, the greater the prosperity for all.
Deep down, all humans seek justice and a balance in life, and without it, they are lost in sectarian warfare. As a member of the civilized nations, we need to collectively work towards building a cohesive India, where no Indian has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other -- an India where everyone is free to eat, drink, wear and believe whatever suits him/her.
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Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and a book with the same title is coming up. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes all his work through many links.