SENSITISATION OF INDIA’S MUSLIMS BEING INDIAN FIRST.EX-JUDGE ROHINTON FALI NARIMAN’S SPEECHOn April 2, 2023 by Shireen Akram Khan
Judge Rohinton Fali Nariman, is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was also
appointed as the Solicitor General of India in 2011. Choice, the Inner Fire: Faith are some of his
He’s a follower of Zoroastrianism and has written a book named Modern-Day living in Zoroastrianism. This religion is considered perhaps the first monotheistic religion on Earth. This itself very much shows why RF Nariman talks about the protection of religion be it anyone present in our secular country.
According to Greek Philosopher Plato, as you sow so shall you reap morally, you must go up the
moral ladder and not down the moral ladder.
Judge Nariman addresses the problem of sensitization of the police force to understand the topic that
Muslims in India should be regarded as Indians. According to him, it is an important priority to
The topic was brought by him in a foreword to a report named ‘Routes of Wrath’ written by Citizens
and Lawyers Initiative. when communal violence broke out in April 2022 when processions for
Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti were taken out.
Nariman said, ‘Given the Preamble and Fundamental duties in the Constitution of India, he believes
that it is of primary importance to sensitize the police force of all the states to the fundamental duties
of the citizen and constitutional values.’
He further said that this can be done by first informing them that the Muslims who are situated in
India is Indian. Nariman ended his speech by adding the emphasis that Indian Muslims are not
a homogenous group but are divided into any number of subgroups having cultural identities to other
India consists of different religious groups.
POLITICAL INTERVENTION BEING IT’S ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSE
The main reason for the interference of the police force in religious activities is largely and wholly based
on political involvement. Once this is sorted out and there is no involvement or intervention of the political parties in the functioning of the police towards its citizens the problem can be resolved much faster.
The ex-judge also mentioned that solving this issue would help in the long run to promote fraternity
among the individuals of our country. Nariman also accentuated Article 51 of the Constitution which
mentions the duties of its citizens to abide by the law and constitution which includes promoting
harmony and maintaining the common spirit of brotherhood among all the people transcending
religious, religious call linguistic diversities. It also states that every citizen should value and preserve
the rich heritage of the composite culture we own and abnegate violence of all forms.
Nariman also wrote that nine Indian state’s names came forward for the acts to desensitize the Indian
Muslims. In the three states- Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat hundreds of Muslims were injured
and two were killed due to the police force being brutal towards the Muslims. He pays grave attention
to the topic and says that it is very important to sensitize the police towards Indian Muslims.
The ex-judge also vocalized that India chose to be free from the Divide and Rule policy of the British
rule and not to see these conditions of exploiting any caste, sex or religion. Rather it chose to be a democratic and most importantly Secular country.
The topic needs no further clearance and is not a very hard thing to sensitize as well. As far as the duties of the citizens towards the state exists, so does the duties of the government servants and bureaucrats toward the citizens exists and so does the rights of citizen exist.
If the police force is not humble enough to see all the citizens as equal irrespective of their religion and faith, they choose to profess and acts by the corrupted party political and Diplomatist influence, there would be nothing wrong in excluding the police force from being biased.
Because when a single police force is a team it is expected to render services to all its citizens with equality and if the police do not have enough sensibility in their minds to deal with a religious conflict, how are the bigger issues going to be resolved?
How can we trust them with terrorist attacks and much larger scale problems? After almost 75 years of independence are we still in the spherule of religious conflicts? Or do we have more fundamental topics to deal with? Where do all the jealousy and hate come from?
Why can’t people celebrate the happy life gifted to them and respect each other’s religious boundaries? What if someone is to disrespect the hard jobs of the police force, though it’s not their religion, their sentiments would be hurt badly because they value their job.
The same applies to the religions, culture, and heritage of each sect. These things are not mocked and taken granted for.
Indian Muslims and considered to be the largest minority in India and they, without any doubt, should
be considered Indians first rather than judged by the faith they follow.
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