Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022
Outlook.com
Faith

Shards Of A Broken Dream

Once repression and injustice drove ­Muslims ­towards the State. This couldn’t last, of course, with the ruling system, in every avatar, ­punishing ­Muslims for being Muslim.

Shards Of A Broken Dream
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Shards Of A Broken Dream
outlookindia.com
2019-12-28T11:48:47+05:30

Many years ago a friend—Savarna, Hindu, male—­exclaimed, “Man, you suffer from Stockholm syndrome, a hostage in love with your captors.” When I asked him what he meant, he said, “In all my life, I have never met anybody who believes in India like you do.” I have heard this comment often in conversation with Kashmiri Muslims, where the kindest variant is that Indian Muslims are more loyal than the king; from where it descends to “cowards” and sinks swiftly downwards. Some of this is undoubtedly true. Too many Muslims (including some Kashmiris) do the monkey dance of obsequious loyalty: ritual castigation of Pakistan and Jinnah, ­treacherous silence over the unwinding of democracy in Kashmir since 1953, and unnecessary fawning over ­“secular” leaders who consistently fail to pursue justice. If the celebration of the State that consistently elevates to power those accused of murder and violence of Muslims is not Stockholm syndrome, then what is?

And yet this is neither the full picture, nor the full ­explanation. The State is not the land, and one can hate the ruling regime without hating your neighbour. More ­importantly, though, the violence and injustice faced by Muslims—other than in Kashmir—was not a problem with the written law, but its caretakers. Nor was it Muslims alone who experienced malign neglect combined with the violation of rights. An Adivasi, Dalit, Sikh or a woman can as easily claim the title of true victim of the State’s ­ugliness. Even a privileged Savarna Hindu male, so long as he is suitably ­“inconvenient”, may find himself the target of the State’s attention while out on his morning walk.

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.