A couple of years ago , someone in our locality (a village) got a lucrative offer. A telecom service provider had surveyed the locality and found this man’s house standing where it wanted to set up a Mobile tower. Since this guy had vacant space adjacent to his house, he happily accepted the offer. When the tower got running, the neighbours found something to complain about — A big inverter . Since the tower needed 24 hour power supply, hence every time there’s a power outage , the inverter started buzzing. Although, similar towers stand on roof tops and premises of houses in the metros, the tower became intolerable to the neighbours. Of course, the jealousy or fears for one’s health might be fueling that intolerance, but very soon the situation went out of hand, and the police had to be called. Since the man belonged to the majority caste , the police managed to calm down the protesters , and the tower is still standing there. There is also a likelihood that the police might have resolved the matter to the satisfaction of the mobile company.
Imagine a situation where the person in the above dispute was of a minority caste, religion or status; the matter would have snowballed to a difficult situation. Had been the guy of another religion, selfish people and groups would have reached the locality on the name of religion.
This is exactly how Communal riots are created in India.
People are both good and bad. Good people outnumber the bad ones. But still people have grievances and issues with one another. Human traits like competition, jealousy, desire to grow are some of the reasons behind these grievances and issues. But since, human problems are aplenty, so are the reasons for disputes between people. In short, 999 out of 1000 times they are not religious or caste based. Unfortunately they are made to look like one.
And if truckloads of people from outside don’t enter into a dispute, communal violence will never take place. Why? As people know what their dispute is.
There are few recent examples of creation or the attempt to create communal riots, or distract the attention from the main issue,
Srinagar Hydropower Project in Srinagar, Garhwal is supported by Locals. They see it as their ticket to a good life. A political party keeps trying to stall the project , on the name of a Temple which will get submerged. These so called temple supporters keep transporting people from outside to frustrate the Dam’s work. The influx of outsiders increase every time there’s some upcoming election.
Take recent example of Kanth, Moradabad. The issue was a trivial dispute between the villagers. But when Sangeet Som, Suresh Rana (of Muzaffar Nagar riots fame)and Sadhvi Prachi started reaching the indiscreet village temple, the entire issue started becoming communal. If there had been no political interest in Kanth, no one would have travelled from Muzaffarnagar or some other pace to do the jalabhishek of Lord Shiva (water oblation to Lord Shiva) in Kanth. Fortunately, the villagers of Kanth became aware in time of such selfish intentions , and there is no loss of lives and property.
The day after violence and rioting in UP’s Saharanpur, a key seat bearer of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJUM) (the Youth political Wing of BJP) , posted a communal post on Facebook. He was arrested and later released on the pressure of the supporters. Don’t know, what good any violence can do to the people. But some people are always ready to start one.
Riots and communal riots in India have time and again shown that it’s the outsiders who destroy the harmony of a place. Ayodhya, has stopped developing since The Mosque demolition, as the business links between Hindus and Muslims was broken for ever. Before and even still, Muslims in Ayodhya are the makers of fine handicrafts and hindus are those who retail them. The absence of any one, affects the entire arrangement.
Any kind of riots destroy valuable human lives, property . They also destroy local cultures, traditions, business ties and harmony. One brilliant example of the destruction of local cultures and traditions is: Every time some Hindu Akhara or temple committee adopts a village temple , the temple loses the age old local traditions. First our indiscrete simple temples in Uttarakhand lose their local deities, then they lost every right they could have on their temple. The ban on Animal sacrifice may be hailed by many among us, but I see it as the destruction of our (Uttarakhand’s) age old traditions and an unnecessary interference on our local traditions. Think over it.