India (as smart NYers are wont to say) is known as the land of wimps. IMO the wimpiness comes from the fragmentation of the population. When the major tribes (UCs, OBCs, Dalits) are at loggerheads with each other there will be always Jaichands who will sell out the Prithvirajs.
“Outraged by the suicide of a man who felt humiliated after his daughter married a dalit boy in secret, a mob of non-dalits went on the rampage in three villages of Dharmapuri district, looting and burning houses of dalits late on Wednesday, police said.”
The non-dalit is a nice touch. Further downstream the article explains that it was the handiwork of the Vanniyar tribe. They are off course OBC. These are the same “progressive” dravidas who kicked out the so-called north indian Brahmins and now are engaging in some discrimination of their own.
However as observed during the Bodo-Muslim “mass riots” the creeping Talibanization of the (sunni) muslims has the potential to bring all the warring communities together (sankritization for Praful Bidwai types).
The various avatars of Talibanization currently are as follows (as usual the first and most afflicted are the minorities within islam, women, shias etc).
1) The movement to declare Ahmadis and Shias as kafirs has gone into overdrive.
2) Blasphemy rules are being enforced by “irregular” forces. While hindus gained a trophy in MF Hussain (and lost the Ramayana battle), the muslims have a far more impressive collection (Taslima, Rushdie, TJ Joseph the teacher whose hand got cut off by the PFI thugs who then promptly decamped to Dubai).
3) Sufis are banning muslim women from entering Dargahs. The fear is that non-muslims will be next.
4) Fatwas stating that muslim women cannot work outside the home and should travel with a mahram (mixing with non-muslims forbidden).
As an example, the latest missive from Deoband about the “unislamic” character of the Saifeena marriage is an exercise in pure stupidity (they were living together in sin, how islamic is that?). All marriages must be registered, separately from any confessional exercise. It may have been OK during Iqbal’s days to propose indoctrination (and subordination) of women as the way forward, but abuses like triple talaq (via sms, email, voicemail etc) are simply barbaric and must stop.
Now this: “In a fresh vigilante group attack, a Muslim woman was assaulted at Karmar in Bajpe (near Mangalore)….. The mob waylaid our car, pushed us out and assaulted us. They asked me why I was traveling with a Hindu…Deeba Algani, 23, was attacked because she was travelling in a car with a person from another community. Her mother, Zubeida, is an independent member of the Padubidri gram panchayat.
The reason for the grievance is clear: Zubeida was elected to the gram panchayat with BJP’s support. In other words a class traitor (and an independent woman).
The fear of the muslim OTHER may eventually force the hindus from “burning and looting” each other (and vote wholesale for the BJP and its allies like Jayalalitha in TN). But in the long term such intense polarization will affect the health of the nation (and SA in general). Ambedkar was a big believer in the power of inter-caste marriages to break the caste system from within. Similarly more “unislamic” marriages might help SA to move forward in harmony. Otherwise the hard backlash from the soft state will devour muslims (and hindus in a smaller proportion) over time.