The religious intolerance is increasing in the world with every passing day. World is becoming a dangerous place to live with every passing day. People hardly care about the sentiments of people from other communities and indulge in hate Campaigns all hours of the day.
This hatred is spawned by the jingoistic media which airs hate content day in and day out. The religious right is gaining currency day by day and we are putting our faces in our cupped hands and wondering what is going on. The religious extremism is being fuelled by some vested parties with ulterior motives. The motives are mainly political in nature-to sway people with false beliefs, tell them that a particular community is against our interests and so on and so forth.
Many a times past is hauled out to give legitimacy to the present jingoistic wave. It happens in all countries, across all the continents. The vested interests work on the quotient that people are attracted to you in a faster way if you appeal to the biases. The far right has been successful in getting people under one umbrella of mass hatred.
The general public gets swayed away by the shrill voice of news debate anchors who at a full throttle blow the trumpet of jingoism from their news studios. The result is that there have been numerous riots all across. Look at the Delhi riots, where at least 48 people lost their lives. Religious fanaticism has become the fashion and it seems that you do not hate the other community enough you are considered less patriotic.
The scene in mainland India is somewhat similar. The current parties in power almost everywhere have toed the fanatic line aggressively to remain in power.
Democracies must ensure that fanaticism is brushed under the carpet wherever it springs its head. Democracy means a space where everyone has equal rights, everyone has the liberty to speak what he wants to speak and everyone has the right to follow their own religion. This is sacrosanct in a democracy and must be respected by one and all.