“SAVE YAZIDIS”

“SAVE GAZA” posters are a common sight in Malabar these days ,These posters usually contain horrifying images of victims of the Israeli airstrikes followed by a warning hinting at a possible retribution . They also  blame the western powers for turning away from the ground reality and usually end with an anti imperialistic slogan questioning this double standards followed by these powers. Though the Palestinian crisis is one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past century , the hue and cry made over here miles away from the conflict zone is questionable . Two main groups are responsible for the wide spread dissemination of these “messages” in this area with sizable Muslim population , one being the communist party of India (Marxist) and the other are the various Wahhabi organizations that have sprung up in the region . Taking political mileage out of an international crisis is nothing new to Indian politics , in fact it was The Father Of our Nation who started the trend by supporting the Khilafat Movement .From the umpteen number of communal clashes since 1930s , including the recent ones in Gujarat , we Indians are also familiar with the fact that Religion and politics is a highly explosive mixture . Still we abundantly mix the both whether it be Sangh Parivaar , the Wahhabi or as in the case above even the communists. The rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Malabar aided by the oil rich countries of the Persian gulf is a reality that we cannot shy from , the same is true with the visible tilt among the Hindu youth towards the Sangh . Posters like these whether well intended or not will only fuel the further polarization of the region . What is sad is the fact that the communists are using the desperate polarization tactic to break into the core vote bank of the Muslim League at the expense of its ideology . This article is not meant to delve into this situation but to the double standards we adopt with respect to a group of ” DEVIL WORSHIPERS ” in Iraq called the “yazidis” .

Independent India according to Pandit Nehru was to become the voice of the oppressed . But over the years , electoral compulsions have made us more selective of the causes we support . Though the mainstream political parties and the fringe groups may highlight the Palestinian cause , they never issue a poster condemning a non sectarian issue like the extermination of Yazidis by the ISIS .  Yazidis are a minority in northern Iraq , who are one of the few remaining tribes in the middle east who have  not yet been islamised . Like the Druze , a minority community in isreal , Yazidis are stuck in  the Jew-sunni-shia conflict unfolding in the middle east. The ISIS have already given the ultimatum for them to convert to Islam or die , which if happens , would be nothing short of the holocaust..

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we malayalees carry the pride of molding a perfectly secular society on our sleeves .But over the years we have become more compromising of the true ideals of secularism. The fear of being branded communal have made us hide our real feelings behind this mask named tolerance . To break out of this glass house let us lend our collective voice to the yazidis and start placing “SAVE YAZIDI ” hoardings .

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