How Are We Treating Minorities In Pakistan? Read This Hindu’s Tweet To Find Out
If you ask around, you’ll find out everyone has a little idea of what Pakistan is meant to be. The general consensus is that Pakistan is meant to be a religious state. But that raises the question of the rights of minorities and why aren’t we protecting them. A religious state does not mean a state that is scared of its minorities’ religion. But sadly that’s what we are becoming.
Recently, I came across a tweet by Kapil Dev (@kdsindhi), a Pakistani activist, which said, and I quote, “We are Pakistani’s by choice, not compulsion. But we are being compelled to leave our land by kidnapping and forcibly converting our daughters.”
We are Pakistanis by choice, not compulsion. But we are being compelled to leave our land by kidnapping & forcibly converting our daughters
— Kapil Dev (@kdsindhi) September 14, 2017
This makes me wonder, have we Pakistanis forgotten the troubles that our ancestors went through before partition? They were forced to be converted to Hinduism and Christianity, and this heinous act drove them towards the idea of a separate state. We called Hindus our oppressors when it was done to us in the subcontinent, but when it is done to Hindus who trusted Jinnah’s idea of a new state and migrated to Pakistan, we turn a blind eye towards them because them being a minority suddenly makes them less Pakistani?
Do Religious Minorities Deserve Fewer Rights than Muslims?
We often forget that what Quaid stood for was not a state where one religion is given more priority over the others. In his speech, the Quaid-e-Azam clearly stated:
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste, or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of my state.”
Then why do the minorities live in fear? Although our constitution has given them the right to participate in the legislative process, it’s not enough. Muslims still dominate the decision-making process.
In one of Kapil Dev’s articles, Rinkle Kumari Was Hindu Last Month, he mentions that local leaders support kidnappers who kidnap Hindu girls and convert them to Islam against their will. Around 300 such cases are happening every year, so where is the outrage against such a despicable act? This issue concerns the minority groups the most, and there is still no law to stop it.
Due to this reason, Hindus migrate to India in bulks. The embarrassment of getting their girls back but learning they have been forcibly converted to Islam is too much. Not to mention the backlash that they face from their community. This is pretty much what happened to Muslims in the sub-continent. But we are arrogant enough to let this happen to anyone else. We don’t care about the people who trusted and chose Pakistan for a better future.
Remembering the Quaid’s Words…
Jinnah’s ideal Pakistan was a country where everyone worked their way together to prosperity. He said, “Now if we want to make this great state of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor. If you change your past and work together in a spirit that every one of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this state with equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.”
Can We Bring a Change?
It’s not exactly as surprising to how the minority groups are being treated. We have plenty of people who support killers. And our low tolerance level for everything that doesn’t match our opinion is a scary thing. Because in our country, extremist movements are more popular rather than those which actually mean something. As citizens who are aware and compassionate towards this matter, it is our duty to do something about it. Me, writing this blog, is one way of shedding light over the oppression. Maybe you, who are reading this blog, can make a bigger difference in the situation. Maybe all of us, the privileged and sheltered ‘Muslims’ of this country, can come together and start a movement. A movement that won’t be about raising empty slogans, for a change.