Buses being burnt! Trains set on fire! Police beating protesting masses!
India is not watching this for the first time. The people of India have seen all this before, not once or twice, but several times. From the time of partition till today. India’s history is flooded with communal riots, as well as those in the name of a Guru like Ram Rahim, who associate in all kinds of criminal activities in the name of God.
Yes! This is the same old story of a religious guru being tried for a rape case, and his followers setting fire to the whole country in the name of a person who is not liable to being called a human (ironically the so-called Guru is marked by the surname ‘insaan’- Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan).
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan- more popularly called Gurmeet Singh, is completely under the limelight this time- more because of the violence the country (particularly Delhi) is facing on his account.
This time as in, this not being the first time he is facing the law!
As we already know, Singh is convicted by the CBI for the molestation of his own follower, who had in 2002 written a letter to the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, demanding justice to her dignity.
Singh has been in the due spotlight for the murder of his own manager as well as that of a journalist writing against him. As if this was not enough, he allegedly forced the castrations of 400 followers in the name of associating with God.
He was also much debated for challenging the religious beliefs of the Sikh community by wearing, in an advertisement, attire resembling the tenth and last living Sikh Guru. The Sikhs had, at that time, rallied pretty much against the veteran singer, actor, politician Gurmeet Singh. Although he apologized, he maintained his innocence.
As Singh was being flown to Panchkula, his followers blocked all roads connecting Delhi to other towns in the NCR, causing massive traffic jams in the region. What’s more, as the special CBI court in Panchkula today convicted Singh for molesting one of his followers, more people set fire to buses and trains, causing total chaos in Punjab and Haryana. Approximately 74 trains to Haryana were canceled, and few derailed.
As the quantum of his punishment is yet to be decided by the court on 28th of August, we hope that not only the woman he in dignified, but all those who lost their lives to the riots be justified.
The people must wonder as till when this age-old tradition of bringing destruction in the name of God would continue, as it is, the answer totally depends on the people themselves.
Bringing this article to an end, I would only say BE SAFE, BE AWARE!