Today, the 26th of November is significant because it is the day we Indians gave ourselves our Constitution. Hindustan adopted what was considered to be the most forward looking, futuristic, modern Constitution in the whole world.
It’s a Constitution that embraces equality, social justice, freedom of speech, freedom of religious practice, freedom of belief, freedom of worship, and dignity to all citizens of India. There is no ‘second class citizen’ under the constitution. The constitution protects the freedoms of the minorities: religious, linguistic, as well as racial.
It is because of the beauty of the Indian Constitution, that a thousand sub-cultures and languages, ways of life and expressions of faith have flowered in our vast country.
An Anglo-Indian from Calcutta has every right to be elected to Parliament as does a Namboodri Brahmin from Kerala. A Sufi Musalman should be treated with the same respect as an Ahmediya Musalman, and neither the Shias nor the Sunnis have the right under our constitution to run a hate campaign against them. The constitution protects the rights of the Indian Zoroastrians, the Indian Jews, the Indian Atheists, and the Indian Nepalese in exactly the same manner that it guarantees the fundamental rights of Brahmins, Rajputs, Vaishyas, and Shudras: without any distinction. Under the Indian constitution, both men and women have equal rights to life, and livelihood.
Today, this unity and beauty is being threatened by pseudo-nationalists, pseudo-patriots, false and dangerous ideologies that are threatening to tear apart the vary fabric of this nation.
Today, there are quite a few hoarse voices that are spreading misinformation and outright lies, and what is worse, they are joined by a host of pseudo-journalists as well. These voices want to defame the progress that this country has made over the past 70 years.
They are busy subverting the constitution, and trying to split Hindus apart, Tribals apart, Northerners and Southerners apart. They want to divide us: Muslim against Hindu, Hindu against Christian, Dalit against Tribal, Hindi against other languages. They have also been trying to start other divisions: Tribal against tribal, Hindu against Hindu, Bengali against Bengali and so on and so forth.
These reactionary forces want to gain control of our freedom, of our very idea of what it is to be a vibrant colourful, diverse, brotherhood and sisterhood of people.
It is time for all positive thinking people, to stand up and say: this will not do!
If you are really a Proud Patriotic Indian, you will stand up for the Indian Constitution.
Just standing for The National Anthem in a cinema hall is clearly not enough!