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UNDER SIEGE AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
unity of religions that Hindus have been promoting has served to
divide and fragment the Hindus themselves. It has been a vehicle not
for bringing religions together but for separating Hindus from one
another. In muting any Hindu self-defense it has made Hindus more
open to attack. If Christians and Muslims are really tolerant then
let them recall their missionaries, which are nothing short of
Let them not only speak well of Hinduism but do something to
alone for their centuries of violence against Hindus. Otherwise such
statements of tolerance must be viewed as hypocritical.
tolerance is both good and necessary, it should not be naive. It
should not ignore the fact of intolerance, but should expose it for
what it is. It should not be a one way street in which one group
masochistically tolerates another group's aggression.
Tolerance must not be a form of
passivity, resignation or appeasement. It must have an active voice
to challenge and remove intolerance, not to provide a space in which
it can grow. This is a point that Hindus have yet to learn. We
do not live in an age of real religious tolerance and respect. Nor
have religions given up their political agendas. We live in a new
age of political and economic accommodation, which in turn is a mask
for multinational commercialism.