Dear Jaykay ji,
The situation is different in Iran and Hong Kong..there the people are protesting for valid reasons...but in India it just seems senseless and uncalled for.
There seems to be a total failure of communication partly cos of the "Hindutva" chest thumping approach.
Many Hinduwebsites on FB do carry very very harsh anti Muslim sentiment..even when they speak about the glory of ancient India they go all out blaming invaders for it.
On Christmas day one Sanskrit page had a pic of Bhisma on a bed of arrows and Jesus on the cross and it stated that it only took 3 nails to kill Jesus but Bhisma was on a bed of arrows yet he didnt die and chose when to die..so say with pride that Sanathana Dharma is the stronger religion!
Can you imagine?
This is how pages are on Sanskrit websites that I got sick and tired and left it.
All these sort of reaction induces fear in others too.
I am not supporting minorities but I feel mutual respect is important.
In my country if anyone wrote anti any religion they would be nabbed by the police.
Even the infamous Zakir Naik is not allowed to make speeches anymore in Msia cos the country doesnt want anyone destabilizing the citizens even though there might be individual differences and opinions.
And the political parties in India seem to be only self centered and not thinking of the welfare of the nation.
Its really hard to believe that Ancient India was great once..may be when it was individual kingdoms it was never really one big nation so it was well controlled.
Sometimes may be monarchy might do a better job.
Agree with most. The one point I want to clarify is the protests are valid except the unfortunate violence.
This govt has openly, tacitly, indulged in minority hatred on all forums including social media through its army of paid agents & volunteers, encouraged violence by its various outfits, vindictive politics against opposition, clamping down on al liberal secular foundations, etc..
And despite so many people (remember the celebs letter) telling this govt to stop, it is going on with its hate agenda.
So what is the option left for them ? Only street protests.
Hence this is a culmination of a series of blunders and self goals by this govt. they came on Sabha Sath, Sabka Vikas, if they had only stuck to it, and delivered on it...