Editorial

Love over hate

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/21/2018 12:28:23 PM IST

 Even as the massive floods in Kerala have killed nearly 400 people and 6,61,887 people reported to be in relief camps (the total number is yet to be ascertained) and even as the state government has been pleading for urgent fund assistance to the tune of Rs.2500 crore of which the centre had sanctioned Rs.600 crore the flood waters have begun to recede but Kerala is still reeling under the impact of the severest calamity ever faces in a century. Innumerable houses have collapsed in landslides or been washed away by floodwaters over the past month, when Kerala has been devastated by one of the worst floods in a century. Officials say the number of houses fully damaged may cross 75,000. While all these painful events of the past few weeks faced by the people of Kerala are also felt across the world, the shameful episode of rubbing salt to injury by divisive and political opportunists in their comments was most condemnable. Acting with compassion, respect and empathy for the suffering are the hallmarks of humanity. Yet, every now and then, people of vile and bigoted mindsets rear their heads like ugly little pimples, laying bare their inherent apathy. Along with the rise of social media, such hate has become easy to channel and easier to get away with. At times the comments from various sides has only led to inflammation of communal sentiments. The comments were seen either seen in various social media including tweeter. Amid all the destruction, loss and the mad rush to rescue people stuck on rooftops and even inside their flooded homes, some people claimed that the calamity was spurred on by ‘Malayalis who ate beef’. According to them, ‘God’s Own Country’ spurned the gods by eating beef. Another tweeted “Don’t donate to Kerala. More than half the state is Muslims and Christians. Let them suffer for what they are doing to Sabarimalai.” Recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India by the Centre, Gurumurthy faced flak for writing on Twitter that the Supreme Court’s decision to allow women entry into the Sabarimala temple had caused the floods because Lord Ayyappa might have been angered by the judgement.Another person , identified as Sandeep Singh who asked donations be given to Sewa Bharati (an NGO founded by late Balasaheb Deoras of RSS) tweeted that by “contributing to Kerala chief minister’s fund for Kerala Flood Relief, chances r that most of it will be used for Muslims, Christians and to convert Hindus. Donate to Sewa Bharati.” Such hate-filled, bigoted and shocking comments came from those who align their minds with the communal organisations and their agenda. However, India is not made up of those who spew venom and hatred against others. Despite of the nation-wide call by Sangh Parivar allies to refrain from making donations to the Kerala flood disaster relief fund, a temple trust in the state decides to donate its entire treasury collections to the rehabilitation project. Keezhillam Kaniyasseri Vishnu temple of Eranakulam made a socially opposite move by signifying that it doesn’t identify itself with the sectarian sangh parivar politics. The head priest Anil Divakaran Namboothiri officially handed over the entire fund to the relief move, says a report. This is what has kept India united and hopefully more such bravehearts will overcome hatred with love.

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