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Ah, Guarding Gods!
Omkar Dattatray2/19/2018 11:11:18 PM
It may sound funny, ridiculous and paradoxical but is not so. It looks hypothetical but is very much true and approximates real and not reel situation as far as Indian socio-political scenario is concerned. There is not an iota of exaggeration about the seemingly untrue statement of guarding Gods. We observe and experience it around us. The omnipotent and ubiquitous one is also seeing it but seems not willing and interested to stop the menace of terror. God is the protector, creator and sustainer of all human beings and affects all living and nonliving things in the universe but how queer and incredible it is that the immortal beings are now supposed to guard the Gods and places of faith and worship. It looks that the omnipresent and omniscient God is in deep slumber and is unmoved, unnerved and unconcerned on the killings of the innocent, weak and unarmed men, women, children and infirm and aged. It seems that all powerful one has given a free hand to the wicked and savage terrorists to indulge in the destruction of properties, killing of men and women. It is in fact the Kaliyuga (the dark period) to put it in hindu terminology and whatever is happening in such period is full of sin and vice and is justifiable in the period. And it is the tip of the iceberg of kaliyuga. This is the perplexity worth pondering. A strange situation has arisen and the mortal is constrained to guard the immortal and when a human being is unable to guard himself and how can he guard the abode of Gods and Goddesses. History is witness to the fact the state has come into being for guarding civilized human society. State is for protecting life, limb, honors and property of its subjects.
It has to maintain law and order and in modern connotation state has to maintain sovereignty, unity and integrity of the nation. It is true for such a diverse, federal and plural country of India. The phenomenon of religious fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism has posed a great threat to the very concept and aim of state. The naked dance of death and destruction unleashed by the fanatic zealots has undermined the powers of the modern state as well. The soft democratic and liberal states have failed to protect the right of life, right to freedom of speech and faith to the people. The marauders of the death and mayhem are not only killings the innocents but they are also defiling places of worship without any distinction of religion and caste because a terrorist as such has no religion, though he takes shield and refuge in the religious tenets and injections although falsely as no religion teaches violence. It is distortion and false interpretation of the religion. These savages also use places of worship for their nefarious designs and takes shelter in them before and after committing heinous crimes against humanity and God. Thus the state is forced to protect and guard the places of worship and faith belonging to different communities. Terrorists attack places of worship for creating communal hatred and trouble in plural societies as they are more prone and volatile to trouble. Though more often than not they fail as the people of this land are well aware about the nefarious machinations of terrorists and their mentors abroad. The terrorist attack on Akshardham, Raghunath temple in Jammu and many other places is a game plan to create fear psychosis and division on communal lines. It is also done for discouraging tourist traffic to these places. Using Temples, Mosques, Gurudawars, Church's etc for terrorist activities is highly condemnable. It at the same time is the old strategy of the terrorists of various hues. The misuse of the places of worship amounts to assault on their sacredness and profanity which no sane human being can tolerate. Using sacred places of worship for terrorist activities is painful and disgusting. But what is more disturbing is that the un-necessary hue and cry is created when the state steps in to safe guard the places of worship which is uncalled for and should be discouraged by proper propaganda and information campaign. Due to fear psychosis people have to compromise to live with it and seldom protest against such misuse of the places of worship by terrorists. All this is sought to be justified under the grab of so called freedom movement. The innocent and unarmed people under terrorist threat and intimidation have forfeited their right to differ on any matter whatsoever though in their heart of hearts they disapprove of wrong and inhuman acts and the misuse of religious places by fundamentalists and terrorists. But they are unable to express their disapproval for the fear of mad merchants of death who can silence them forever.
In such a grim scenario state is forced to protect the places of worship and to allow pilgrims and devotees to offer their obeisance. We have to uphold the sanctity and sacredness of the places of worship. Unfortunately guarding the places of worship sometimes is construed by the vested interests as the attack on the freedom of worship and faith, which it is not. Let the saner elements prevail upon the terrorists so that they desist from using places of worship as their safe heaven. May they also abstain from terrorist strikes and killings as no one has any inborn right to use places of worship for their nefarious designs. Use of religious places for terrorist acts and attacking the abodes of Gods cannot be justified on any account. Until such misuse is stopped, the state has to step in to guard the places of worship and hence the statement, guarding the Gods!
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