Politics in India


When the unity of a country is at stake, that country has to be alert and its national leaders and intellectuals, irrespective of their political background or social status should stand together and mobilize public opinion against those who sabotage the unity.

Of late, India has been witnessing several unpleasant incidents triggered by linguistic fanatics and parochial elements who are targeting those who don’t speak the local language or migrants from certain states. The other day, a bedlam was created by such ultra regionalists when an MLA took his oath in a language which was not the local tongue. The News Papers or TV News channels who criticize them are doing it at their own risk. Instances are not rare when these fanatics raid a Newspaper office or a TV Station to attack the staff or the materials used by them. The problem with these fanatics is that they foolishly believe that their language and culture are the best and naturally their loyalty does not go beyond their state.

Since this dangerous trend is seen in many states and it is one of the major causes for law and order problem, the Govt of India cannot afford to maintain a studied silence. It is high time the government acted quickly and decisively to put an end to such movements which undermine the unity of the county.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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