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On Treading the Paths of Life, or Violence

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    During the days of Christ too, there have been pushes & pulls between communities which is recorded in many sections within the four Gospels. And what was
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 22, 2013

      During the days of Christ too, there have been pushes & pulls between communities which is recorded in many sections within the four Gospels. And what was distinct then was Christ's response, as compared to that shown / suggested by His disciples and many others present there. Incidentally, it reflects upon the divinity of Christ that along-with His non-violent means, among the people present in His times, He remains the last man standing - and still stands advocating for sinful & repentant man before God.

      Anyway, the friction between the Samaritans & Jews have been well highlighted in the story of Christ's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. At all times during this encounter (and otherwise, of course), more than the visible mortal surroundings around Christ, His focus was always upon the Kingdom of Heaven. Likewise, mention is made in St. Luke 9:51-56, about how Christ protects a Samaritan village when His disciples James & John seek to destroy the village since they refused to receive Christ & His disciples. He states therein to His disciples: "“You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

      The contrast found in the above paragraphs, taken in context with the communal situation created in Muzzaffarnagar amidst its violence & death, speaks for itself. In the former, it resulted in Eternal Life to the Samaritan woman and her community; while in the latter, the involvement of many leaders within those communities has only added to the hostilities. Christ always taught His disciples to become leaders keeping in mind the larger interests involved - even while dealing with operational matters. While one finds in the case of Muzzaffarnagar that political parties / entities, despite their professed nationalism and unifying concepts, indulging in seeking to undermine the secular fabric of the nation in an apparent bid to grab power. Here is a relevant link.


      As such, while criminals indulging in arson and rioting may be considered to be anti-social elements, what should the common man consider those people, who based upon their social stature and associated power, seek to break the Unity in a Diverse and culturally rich nation like ours? And if the democratic institutions (including the judiciary & executive) were to be obstructed / discouraged from performing their duties promptly, what message will this send out to the international community at large? Also, what signal is the Gujarat State Govt. giving to the nation at large when it advocates before the SIT about the interests (quantum of punishment, etc.) of persons proven guilty of communal violence in Gujarat? After all, how could protecting (and / or instigating) those indulging in communal violence / illegal encounter killings, etc. for the sake of grabbing political power be part of good governance? Safety & Security of the Common Man is the Foundation even for poor governance - leave alone good governance!

      While a Christian is not in favour of causing harm to anyone; nor can he be in favour of creating situations that will cause harm to sizable sections of the population, and the nation at large. In fact, I am of the view that Civil Society's response in the Nirbhaya case is likely to be dwarfed by the kind of civil disturbances that could arise across the nation, should Communal Harmony not be promptly enforced by the Executive & Judiciary - wherever it is brought into question. It is easy to breakdown a society / nation, but very difficult to build. Also, violence comes around to those very people who indulge (or instigate) in it like a boomerang. It has not helped Pakistan nor Egypt, nor will it help America or Israel should they choose the wrong paths either. For, many such things begin very small and appear within one's control, but slowly get out of hand, and end up gobbling up even nations. "He who lives by the sword - dies by the sword", is a maxim that is well respected among the wise.

      As such in my view, as an indication towards adopting a noble approach to the resolution to the problem, the ruling parties in the state, etc. ought to first take action on their own members who might have indulged in such cheap methods to seeking power. This will also help them in ensuring that a clear message goes across to all that national interest is against promoting divisive forces - whichever the source. Without a doubt, the Muzzaffarnagar riots have also driven home the point very well that the Legislature needs to pass the Communal Violence Bill at the earliest.

      By the way, there is hardly any governance in Somalia; is there? And thus, yes the Common Man has a vested interest in ensuring Communal Harmony in the nation, as also elimination of encounter killings and / or convenient 'accidents' taking place. After all, the Right to Life is a Fundamental Right; right?

      Yours in Christ!

      John Jacob
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