Secular India: An obituary
With a broken and shattered heart, I have to bring to your notice that the secular India we all loved and admired is no more. It was 67-years-old.
Just like secular India’s birth in 1947, its demise was also a tragic one. Verily, it came under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s car and got crushed on May 16, 2014.
As expected, Modi felt bad about the incident and expressed his regret by saying,
“I feel bad even when a puppy comes under the car. After all, I am also a human being.”
Even as I listened to Prime Minister Modi’s magnanimous and heartrending expression of regret, a large tear trickled down my cheek, for I loved our secular India from the bottom of my heart. I was proud to be an Indian because of our country’s secular and liberal character, for in it minorities felt safe and protected.
I am still reeling under the shock of its tragic loss; it will take some time for it to sink in that my secular India is no more, that it’s gone forever. Alas, I am at a loss of words to express my grief.
Nonetheless, even as secular India breathed its last after Modi administered it a coup de grâce, a new Hindu India was born. In Hindu India, minorities will be treated as second class citizens, dissent will be squelched, press will be muzzled and liberals will be hounded.
The funeral will take place on May 21, 2014 as Modi takes oath as the prime minister of Hindu India.
As for my love, my India, fare thee well. I have always loved you.
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