One of the unique elements of the present Union Government’s tenure is the surfacing and resurfacing (… and resurfacing … and resurfacing) of inconsequential issues.
Inconsequential in a sense that irrespective of the outcome of these issues, there will be no positive impact in the lives of an ordinary youth and commoner.
In fact, in a long term, there can be serious negative impact of particular outcomes.
Some of these issues are,
— criticism of Award Wapasi (Return of state awards by intellectuals, litterateurs, fine artists).
— Justification of violence in the name of Cow vigilantism or cow vigilantism.
— Demand for pan India Beef ban.
— Justifying or demanding the rechristening of historical monuments, roads, schemes, cities etc.
A large section of the media seems privy to rekindling such inconsequential issues every now and then. This is sad.
For example, one of the issues which came out of nowhere yesterday was ‘Award Wapasi’.
A section of print and electronic media has suddenly become active proving that the return of awards movement three years ago had to do more with politics than with the sadness at the “Rise in intolerance in the country”. To prove the point — they are taking support of the same views.
The views are so repetitive and rhetorical that it is impossible to even relate to them. Unfortunately in their enthusiasm to prove their point as correct, they are missing one single point. The point is — The lynching of even a single human being by a mob in an India of 2018 is sufficient to prove the rise of intolerance in the country.
It would have been better if “Return of State Awards (those given by Government) movement or protest or initiative” at any time is seen as the public expression of extreme sadness and empathy of the person who returns such a recognition. Such people are assets to any society. They must be listened to. After all, how many among us will have the heart to return such a recognition! … So anyone who does return an award or declines to accept any such award, has higher sensibilities than most of us.
To conclude, at the peak of their rule in Afghanistan, Taliban demolished the Bamiyan Buddha sculptures. Why? … Because they failed to see the beauty in the art created by the sculptors. It was no surprise though. They see everything from a narrow religious perspective. Forget Taliban, any person practicing any religion in its inflexible, rigid, orthodox, extreme and unquestionable way will act in the way Taliban did and does. And when I say any religion… I mean every religion!