The same sense of calm before and after the storm… This probably explains the situation post the Ayodhya Verdict pronounced couple of days ago.
The verdict in itself has elicited different comments from various quarters of the society and world. A section terming it as a pragmatic verdict, another calling it more an emotional judgment than a legal one and some others wondering if the judges predetermined what the verdict should be and worked in reverse order to pronounce it in logical manner.
Some others saying the judgment could not have been pronounced in any other manner with religious sentiments running at high voltage among both the Hindus and the Muslims.
At this juncture, it is not necessary to dwell on who is right and who is wrong. What is important is that when all, be it the political system, media and the common man, anticipated the temper to run high post the verdict - the usual violence and mayhem to lord over the nation- it did not happen that way.
The calm and peace prevailing post the verdict is partly due to the judgment itself and largely due to the pragmatism of people of the country. This in some senses should be attributed to Globalization and the new face of India and Indians.
Since the Ayodhya incident took place in 1992 to the present, 2010, India has seen a three fold increase in its economy. From being a 'developing" country tag it has now moved up to sport the more fancy 'emerging" country or economy tag.
Companies from developed economies that are witnessing low single digit growth of their economy want to look at India as their next perfect place for growth and leadership. We are competing closely with China for attracting global companies to invest with new kids on the block Brazil and South Africa slowly inching closer to us. We, Indian citizens, who are saner than our politicians don"t want to throw all these to the wind in the name of religion.
Most media organizations focused on highlighting how the youth of the country have moved on and are a matured lot. Yes, to those, who were not born before 1992 this issue seems insignificant because they were not witness to the gory incident that took place that year at Ayodhya.
At the same time, Ayodhya issue seems irrelevant to the middle aged India as well. - Those in the 30 to 45 year group. In my view this age group is even more clear and convinced that this should be an issue that should be put behind them and move on.
In fact, this generation too does not want to be tied down by religious sentiments. This is the generation that has benefited from economic growth. They have tasted higher income compared to their parents at a significantly younger age. They are the generation that has blended well with global citizens on almost equal footing. They have earned the respect on world stage… They fear sporting their religious affiliation would bring down all that in one stroke.
Today it is not at all fashionable to wear one"s religion on their sleeve. The fear is it will be counter productive to globalization of the country and more importantly their individual growth. Consequently religion is a private matter for many in India and they would prefer to keep it that way. Keeping a clear distinction between what is public and what is private ushers in a sense of professionalism in one"s outlook and behaviour. This is what the new India and Indians have demonstrated post the verdict.
Wish the Indian politicians too learnt to keep a clear distinction between private and public affairs. Today there is no line at all differentiate the two… if anything everything is in public domain as that lets them be in the news all the time!
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