Sunday, November 29, 2015
The tolerant folks of the country, are telling us that we are intolerant. To prove their tolerance, they have been using, hold your breath, not tolerance, but intolerance.
Vikram Sampath - who was organizing the Bangalore Literature Fest - who held views that were not acceptable to the tolerant had to step down to prove his intolerance and their tolerance - whereas in reality it should have been vice versa.
A TV anchor who shouts much about tolerance asked a renowned and reputed historian to take back a word that he had learnt through his scholarship and he refused. Now if the anchor was tolerant, would she have done that? Who is tolerant and who is intolerant?
People returned their awards protesting against intolerance. A larger section has not returned. Is it a question of numbers - this intolerance?
Or it it based on what superstars who make billions feel? Or what?
These are just a couple of examples on how this manufactured dissent has snowballed into a faux agitation...
And the intolerant who are claiming intolerance want our country to be a place...
Where the mind fears them and wants some heads to be bowed low,
where knowledge is owned and distributed by them,
where the world has been broken up into fragments defined by them
where they build those narrow walls
where words come out from the depths of falsehood,
where tireless publicity results in stretching its arms towards donations,
where the only stream of reason should be their murky stream
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,
where the mind is led forward by only those who are certified
into ever narrowing thought and action,
in that heaven of despondency, they want our country to awake...
(apologies to Rabindranath Tagore)