Several markets downing shutters and thousands of mourners paying homage to a hanged criminal, convicted by court as per the law of the land and who was part of the conspiracy that killed 257 of their innocent countrymen in cold blood and injured 713 others in the first ever coordinated terror attack on 12 February 1993 in Mumbai; assistance and shelter provided by local people for two months to captured Pakistani jihadi and his accomplice who attacked a BSF vehicle in Udhampur and who said he was here to kill Hindus for fun; are but a few indicators that do not bode well for us.
As we celebrate 68 years of our Independence, we must pause and ponder whether we are treading along the path to further enriching our hard earned freedom or we are steadily heading towards our impending doom.
Fanaticism is being increasingly carried out across the world in the name of Islam. Our immediate neighbour Pakistan has been, unfortunately, engaged in recruiting and training manpower; arming and giving them logistic support; and pushing them into India for undertaking terror activities. That we have their sympathizers on our own soil who provide them all possible support in their endeavour is shameful and a cause of grave concern.
When the country was partitioned on religious lines in 1947, it was thought that India and Pakistan would be Hindu and Muslim majority secular nations respectively. While we opted for and continue to be secular till date; persecution and genocide of minorities started in Pakistan soon after with the result that Hindus and Sikhs who accounted for 24% of the population are now reduced to a mere 1.5%. Moreover, they do not enjoy even basic human rights and do not hold any important or position of power. Their women are raped and converted to Islam forcibly, while men are routinely tortured and executed for crimes they did not commit.
Bangladesh (earlier East Pakistan) has been no different. From 31% in 1947, the population of Hindus has dwindled to 8% even as their harassment continues unabated at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, government choosing to turn a blind eye. In fact, Bangladesh is expected to be the next country where there will be no Hindus left.