Hindus & Their Security Dilemma..!
As minorities (Hindus, Christians, Ismailies and Ahmadis) are seen to have been feeling as an alien to this country…!
By Pirah Mangi
Since the couple of months, there has been great sway of news of Hindus and their security dilemma in Sindh and Balochistan, that took both countries’ (India & Pakistan) media interacted highlighting the growing sense of insecurity among Hindus, however, has any media sector ever tried to encapsulate the politics behind it?
It is also indeed historical truth that Hindus, in Sindh, are endowed with the fact of being genuine Sindhi and are considered among the heir of this Indus Valley Civilization. Now, does this sense of national solidarity and integrity to this land exist anymore among Hindu posterity? So far it is often assumed, the sense of oneness and peaceful coexistence is no longer impetus to the cause of Hindu survival, in Sindh and also in Balochistan. Nevertheless, the quest of Hindu survival does not lay the entire Hindu population in this country. Most of Hindu families still believe themselves to be “son of soil” and claim to remain in Sindh even in the entailing drastic situation; very few families have recently migrated to India due to the pervasive fear of insecurity in Pakistan but another account of fact reveals the several reasons of Hindu migration to India as ritual migration (Hindus frequently go to India on a pilgrimage) and seasonal migration (Hindus visit India to meet their families and friends who had migrated in 1947), families from both sides keep visiting each other in the seasons in a year.
These modes of migration cannot be categorized as permanent migration (from Sindh to India) and also cannot be called its occurrence is due to insecurity. Having sense of insecurity among Hindus is usually found and this beckons them to migrate, it occurs because state has utterly failed to protect the rights of minority groups.
Minority groups are under the terrifying economic, social, political and of course religious-radicalism threats. Though every single citizen of Pakistan is under the menace of daily life; as Hindus are recently seen more insecure than Muslims since they are not merely insecure but have been isolated and deprived to relish the national privilege of citizenship.
According to the Islamic studies, the guarantee of life of a minority is ensured as a prime responsibility of a Muslim. Despite being a Muslim majority state, in South Asia, does Pakistan protect the right of minorities? Or, has government formed any framework, in the span of sixty years, which could possibly make ever social ambiance in which minority groups at least feel themselves as part of this entity?
As minorities (Hindus, Christians, Ismailies and Ahmadis) are seen to have been feeling as an alien to this country.
Since couple of months, it has been another matter of astonishment when I find the continual series of incidents (in which Hindu girls were kidnapped and subsequent were forcibly converted to Islam) that marveled to ponder over the cause behind it.
The rudiments of Islam denounce the forcible conversion of Islam, despite knowing the principle of conversion of Islam no one religious scholar came out, at least, to proclaim the Islamic principles which justify the security of minorities within the realm of political and social system. Simultaneously, no government force or judiciary could shield those Hindu girls from being victims of such crime.
Pakistan’s political, judiciary and security institutions have proved to be failed to restrain the sense of security of minorities. Yet, no law and ordinance have been promulgated that can legitimately convict the criminals, such constitutional recklessness of judicial and government institutions does empower the extremists to do their own in the name of Islam against the minority groups.
The emergence of the sense of insecurity is blowing to another issue of peaceful coexistence of Hindus and Muslim in Sindh, and jeopardizes the philosophy of Sufism and Secularism in Sindh. Few days back, I had chance of watching a political debate on the same issue that program inferred in the growing conspiracy which ushers the Hindus in rural Sindh and Balochistan are insecure while in urban areas are secured and Karachi was brought as focal point, in that debate, claiming to be safe heave for Hindus. Though Karachi is considerably insecure urban city where no one can guarantee of his/her life as the incidents of kidnapping, extortion, target-killing, rape, physical-abusement and political violent rivalry. So, how do the Hindus assume themselves to be more secured in Karachi than the other areas of Sindh?
Such news provokes Sindhi national parties and Sindhi secular groups who vehemently voice for the justice and protection of Hindus in Sindh and Balochistan. There are number of conspiracies which are portrayed in the name of religion to undermine the enduring philosophy of Sufism in Sindh that ensures the mutual understanding of coexistence between Hindus and Muslims. This mutual affection of Hindus and Muslims, in Sindh and Balochistan, is not recent one but has had long history of centuries since their ascendency in the region and it has reinforced the secular prudence of Sindh.
In order to wan this secularism, some efforts are being made to build a conspiracy against it and simultaneously its blame is put on the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who is largest party in Sindh and also possesses the huge vote bank of Hindus and Muslims. Moreover, it can be said that this conspiracy has been made to topple the political stature of PPP. In this tenure, PPP has lost its soul of people mainly in Hindu Jiyalaas thus there is dire need of devising its policies in Sindh and will have to get rid of fanatic members in the party who cause to the party’s image and prestige.
Hindus who left Sindh due to the sense of insecurity, they are deprecated and disparaged as betrayer and traitor of Sindh because it is generally assumed that allegiance to the land makes its people proved to be Sindhi.
In Sindh, not only Hindus but even a common Sindhi is under an awful threats from local landlord and feudal and their economic condition is worse than that of Hindus. They find themselves economically, socially, politically and morally most insecure, however they do not leave Sindh and they do not seek any place anywhere for their betterment except Sindh, then why do Hindus feel like leaving Sindh when they are threatened?
There are several Hindus business classes who rush to India in an attempt to seek the economic chances and to avail the opportunities of making business in India as they regard Indian market viable to their business. Apart from it, it is necessary to acknowledge another phase of same issue that there are Hindu families still living in Sindh whose ancestors chose to stay in Sindh and had not left for India during the time of great migration, in 1947.
They are still allegiant to this soil and believing in the philosophy of Sufism and mutual affection of Sindhis; are reluctant to leave Sindh.
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