Chandni Chowk has been in the heart and nerves of Old Delhi since time unknown. It has had the perfect harmony of all Indian religions. But who knew one day it could come so close to the brink of communal rites? Sunday night was an example of fumed jingoism.
An age-old Durga temple was vandalized at Hauz Qazi, Chandni Chowk. Heritage, somehow, was not so important as compared to the religious upper hand. Additionally, it also left the human lives injured. Delhi Police are on their toes trying to keep things calm and composed.
Ancient temple demolished at Chandni Chowk. Democracy hangs by a thin thread as secularism is put to test.
But could you imagine what started this ridge between religions? It was a mere brawl over bike parking! And to imagine how a man can let go of priceless history for parking shows us both, the growing intolerance among men, and the ever-increasing issue of parking in the Delhi streets. The two put together had to lead to something drastic.
The series of drastic measures-
A brawl began over parking space in front of the temple. But soon it turned into a physical fight. And more joined in which led to one group beating the other. Later, the latter group went ahead and demolished the Durga temple at 10:00 pm. Without question, locals were left angry and protested as they demanded strong action.
But the other group of people grouped together and started pelting stones at protestors. And an eye for an eye left the world blind. So, the fumed protestors too turned violent and the two communities clashed head-on. There were put at bay by the Delhi Police’s interference.
Twitter is still raging with the two sides in a war of words. But isn’t a religion for humans? Who are the animals that are fighting to save what (religion) in fact should save the human race?
Constant fear is settling in the minds of India. The minorities feel at a larger risk than ever before in the largest democracy of the world. This fear is pressed even farther with fake news that is targeted to widen communal ridge. And this fear, in turn, is fueling the threat on secularism itself. How can we, then, expect a different outcome than the Chandni Chowk incident? We are racing to sensitive times.
It is time we all stop and really look around us. It is high time we all take the glasses of religion off and recognize humans. And have patience, tolerance, and respect for all. For this world belongs to our children, and we need to have something left to, gracefully, hand over the legacy.