Originally Posted by newdelhinsa
Allow me to point out that the state has gradually, over 65 years, diluted its original clear and unambiguous stand. That is where the tragedy is. There was no taking the law into their own hands in those early years. However, there was a lot of compromise and appeasement of the Muslim community, specifically of its conservative section, and that led to a degree of resentment among others, without in any way benefitting the community.
All these 'realistic' factors have come bubbling up ever since the religious right came to power, in states and at the centre. It was then that emotions and feelings were carefully nursed, and the rule of law systematically debauched.
So for you to say that secularism is sought to be tested by first offending others is idiotic itself, because it happened in the reverse sequence. Secularism is not being introduced, it is being eroded.
And as far as allowing the opposite party to react is concerned, it is inevitable that the bully-boy tactics of the BJP will recoil upon itself, when the sections it has offended use their own weapons against them. The Hyderabad episode was just such an episode, when Dalits vented their resentment by defying upper-caste Hindu opinion and holding this festival, and by not backing off when they were attacked.
This will become, sadly, a more frequently repeated episode.
Originally Posted by DEV444
What he was trying to tell you in polite and simple terms was that 'it' was not a god.