Say ‘No’ to Religious Intolerance

9th Jan, 2015

| by writesolutions

The joke is on us – that our religions are so ludicrously weak they cannot withstand the heat of a little criticism

WS Team

Pray what was the fault of those cartoonists at Paris’s non-descript rag, Charlie Hebdo, that a bunch of trigger-happy Islamist jehadis emptied their bullets into them on Jan 7? Their seemingly inane pot shots at the Prophet made them sitting ducks for fatal shots from the jehadis – causing the loss of 12 innocent lives.

This is not an isolated case and is not specific to a particular country or religion. World over we are muzzling the independent voice of the media, while the rest of us stand as mute spectators, afraid of the repercussions of registering dissent against the perpetuators. Here’s a short list of such incidents:

1. Height of double-speak: While there were violent protests and demands for banning Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’, which questions people’s blind faith in Godmen, it surfaced that parts of the film were shot at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s ashram premises. When the filmmaker was questioned why he has thanked the spiritual leader in his film’s credits, he says he’s ‘only against fake gurus.’

2. In February 2006, renowned artist M F Husain was charged with hurting the sentiments of people with his nude portraits of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. A series of cases were brought against Husain, resulting in the issuance of a non-bailable warrant against him after he failed to respond to the summons. There were also numerous death threats. Appalled at the people’s apathy, he later chose to settle in Doha and London.

3. On November 20, 2012, Mumbai police arrested 21-year-old Shaheen Dhada for her Facebook post questioning the shutting down of Mumbai city and 20-year-old Renu Srinivasan for liking it after a Shiv Sena leader filed an FIR against them for the comment.

The list is in exhaustive. Intolerance appears to have got institutionalised, under the garb of religious fervour. If you want more information on such violations, logon to the Free Speech Hub (FSH) of media watch, The HOOT (http://www.thehoot.org/web/freetracker/index.php). The site maintains a detailed list of all media censorship issues by their timeline.

Now the question is – what can we do to stop this madness?

For starters, let’s start a campaign – “Say No to Religious Intolerance.”

Whenever, wherever you come across such incidence of madness, reflecting grave breaches of personal liberty in the name of religion, bring it to our notice. Take pictures, draw posters, write slogans and mail those to us. Write Solutions would like to splash it across on its blog, LinkedIn, Facebook and other digital properties.

So hurry up and begin to send us your entries NOW with your full name and contact details.

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Radhika Sachdev

Content Strategist

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