The uproar over the Dadri mob lynching has been escalating with support from an earlier movement against the non-secular inclinations of the incumbent government. Since September this year, Indian writers have been returning their national awards and honors in a form of criticism against its policies and ideologies. The movement began after the National Academy of Writers failed to address demand investigation into the murder of renowned Kannada writer Malleshappa Kalbaurgi. The outspoken critic of Hindu idol worship had been murdered in his own home. Feeling that the NAW was hesitating to speak out in fear of losing its grants from the government, his colleagues began their own protest against the rising culture of religious intolerance by returning their highest awards. They have since been joined by prominent award winners in other fields like the film industry.
Many have spoken against these protests and have deemed them as political stunts meant to debase the national government. Today, actor Anupam Kher led a march in New Delhi with a string of other artistes who feel that it is intolerable to call India intolerant.
“Nobody has the right to call our country intolerant. We are secular people and don’t believe in selective outrage,” he said. He blasted the award wapsi movement on Twitter by saying,” This #AwardWapsiGang has not insulted the government, but the jury, the chairman of the jury and the audience who watched their films.”
The debate about intolerance has become a contentious issue in the country. People have rightfully argued that their nation is gaining a wrong and hurtful reputation of being riotous and backward. A few random incidents have been overstressed to create antipathy towards the ruling government.
While there is certain logic to this opinion, others feel that these random incidents are just a glimpse into the kind of future we may look forward to if the alleged radical hindutva agenda of Prime Minister Modi is allowed to continue.