As Indians we all feel proud that we live in a nation of unity in diversity. However contemporary times have shown us a different trend. We find that intolerance has been flavoring everything from religion, movies, TV shows, art to even our personal choices. Someone once told me that we cannot question anyone’s article of faith be it a grand temple, a stone or even a particular pen. Well rightly so, and neither do we need to do so. However, intolerance grows from accepting what we believe in and not accommodating somebody else’s article of faith. Recently, a huge controversy regarding the TV show ‘Tandav’ has been doing the rounds. It allegedly hurt the sentiments of a particular community and a petition has been filed against it. This has also divided the social media one faction saying that the show actually did hurt religious sentiments while the other alleges that we are just increasingly growing intolerant. The point is there is no clearly demarcated boundary on this issue.  Several journalists have been arrested, jailed and even mysteriously murdered. Consequently India fell on the democracy index as well as the freedom index. India’s status on Freedom House’s report on political rights and civil liberties was lowered to “partly free” thus losing its “free status”. Particularly religious freedom has been deteriorating in India for quite some time. For instance in 2014, Open Doors USA ranked India #28 on their World Watch List for violence against Christians. Today, India is ranked #10. According to The Washington Post, “The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a government body that monitors conditions abroad and U.S. responses, moved India to its category of greatest concern in an annual report released in 2020”. India has had a history of peace and tranquility as the general trend since times immemorial. India is a conflation of distinct cultures. These are a result of a long history of interactions between different communities who have lived in mutual harmony. It is nothing new to hear about occasional rifts and squabbles, but using these as a pretext to create an environment of hostility is unprecedented as well horrific. Intolerance can have disastrous impacts which may culminate in brutal violence. Riots in several parts of Delhi last year were a consequence of such intolerance. Some scholars even say that “Intolerance” was the Word of the Year in 2015 because of several incidents that took place that year in the country. This word could be heard everywhere around from newspapers, television channels to a trend on social media and even a debate in the parliament! The impact and causes should be understood by all of us in order to find a solution. No one person or institution can find a solution.  A tinge of intolerance is added to most things which is a red alert for a democracy like us. According to a survey more than half of the respondents felt concerned about the rising intolerance in the country. Nevertheless, unity and harmony require accommodation, acceptance and even compromise. We need to help annihilate the stereotypes, prejudices, biases, misconceptions and adulterated notions we hold in our minds which pollute us to contribute to intolerance. To break such barriers the government, the civil society organizations, and the people all need to join hands and sincerely work to eliminate this evil. All the people who benefit from inciting such violence need to be dealt with in the strictest terms. Thus, we all need to come together, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, sex or race, and help create a serene, accepting and accountable environment for the betterment of more than a billion people of our nation, India. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”

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  21. Gautam Verma

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  22. Disha Singh

    Intolerance help us patience to see things from a different perspective and enable the willingness to understand things properly.

  23. Nishita Rana

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