No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Ever. That's just how
most of us have been engineered and count yourself in this lot because no matter
how much you deny, you must have starred in atleast one of the mentioned motion
pictures. People discussing trivia at the crossroads and armchair intellectuals
slapping facts ratified by the cursery readings of the elite newspapers on the
faces of their nonchalant family members, alike. All it takes to create a good
movie or start a war is an us and a them . Let's put the facts first and then
view them through the prisms of truth or chicanery.
Last week , two state governments came out with their population policies for
the ensuing decade- Assam and Uttar Pradesh. We have had a National Population
Policy for over half a century and it has paid great dividends with 24 out of 29
states having achieved total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.1 which is considered the
replacement level (no further population growth). The remaining states,
popularly called BIMARU states, though lagging, are also on the right course .
Why then the need for a two-child norm? Why then the need for fixating on one
particular minority community the sole onus for population control? In UP ,why
an year before the elections? Who has been predicting population explosion?
Without adding more to this, let's see the next fact.
Last week , a few terrorists who allegedly have some links with Al-Qaeda were
taken in custody from the Kakori area of Lucknow. Allegedly. The official
statement says that they had plans for independence day . Accepted but what
about the innocent families that are being churned in this now terrorist cum
political ploy? Are all those people who just happen to live in the vicinity and
be born in a particular community, to be blamed? It's not a hidden fact that a
person wrongly accused of a crime becomes tempted to do it later . Not only the
person but his entire family. Imagine being eyed with suspicion everywhere you
We take pride in our accommodative culture but ask yourself if that adjective
applies to the person in the mirror.As you read, I'm sure many of you will still
not accept how subtly we allow and approve of the atrocities our fellow
neighbours are being subjected to.
This subtlety can take many forms:
Indifference being the bestseller here.We take nanoseconds to start suspecting
the minority community the moment something unusual happens .As a child do you
remember being accused of something you didn't do but then went on to do it the
next time as a symbol of revolt and for that gratifying taste of victory? Fellow
intellectuals who claim to be promoting fraternity need to revise their facts
and clean the glasses perhaps.
In Assam, in particular, the TFR has, in fact, dropped from 2.2 in 2015 to 1.9
in 2020-21. Thus, the population “explosion” explanation is a sham . The use
of modern contraceptive methods by women is highest amongst Assam's Muslim
women, at 49 per cent. Unmet need for contraception is also the highest among
them, at 12.2 per cent. The problem, clearly, is not uncontrolled population
increase amongst the community. Last year, around April some members from the
Jamaat were found violating covid norms and the whole nation was foaming at the
I'll not mention the number of cases when people were lifted from their
residences for "committing" love jihad after all love is a dangerous
disadvantage (in UP).There's been Kumbh and now we have Kanwar Yatra coming up
but there's absolutely no cause of worry because the community is prone to
neither infections nor infectious statements.If there's anybody who's prone to
these , it's them.
Let us become them for a while and feel what runs in their nerves .Let us for
once see things through the prism of humanity and justice irrespective of the
glasses we already have on.Lastly ,let us start acting now instead of waiting
for power to knock at our doors first.
I may have missed on a lot of facts and stories but it becomes absolutely
justified when you see the whole gamut of cases under the Sun .
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