ONE of the strongest pillars among other several fundamental elements in India’s secular existence has been its civil society. It has played a vital role in maintaining equilibrium in the face of India’s mammoth and so hugely diversified population.
In its second term the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has spawned a challenge to India’s sane elements which function rationally and above any religious divide.
The recent BJP actions not only are a threat to India’s unity, they also pose a bigger peril of the disintegration of the Indian nation.
Secularism is that resilient glue which has been the main element in keeping the nation together after the 1947 partition.
The need of the hour is for India’s educated class and civil society to come forward and induce some sense in the BJP’s powerful political leadership to hold their horses and rethink their strategy before playing further with fire.
Anas A. Khan
Published in Dawn, January 14th, 2020