BJP wants to stop marrying people of other religions

 Religious politics is always looking for new issues. South Asia is a good witness to this. Such discoveries only poison the historical interfaith relationship. It leads to division and conflict in religions. The range of civil liberties is also getting smaller.

 This separatism has caused new upheavals in different parts of India. This time the issue is inter-religious marriage. Religion must be kept pure. The number of followers of the religion in the census cannot be allowed to decrease. That is why such marriages are being sought to be stopped by law.

The BJP has taken such legislation as a political program in the states under its control.

There is no right to choose one's spouse freely

The 'politics' of marrying men of other religions to Hindu women is not new in India. These were the 'programs' of a few communal organizations for so long. Now the mainstream parties are showing interest in it. 

The Madhya Pradesh government has recently said it wants to make love marriage in a different religion the subject of a non-bailable lawsuit. There is also a bill in the assembly. The bill proposes five years in prison as punishment for "forced conversion in the name of marriage." 

The governments of Karnataka and Haryana have also announced similar laws. There are similar voices in Assam and Uttar Pradesh. The BJP is in power in these states. It is understood that the central BJP has the green signal in this event.

In almost all countries of South Asia, including India, adult men and women have the opportunity to get married. Opponents of interfaith marriage are seeking to change the legal framework, which is a denial of the right of adults to free choice of spouses.

Religious hatred to prevent the marriage
The extent to which separatism seeks to reduce harmony is not new. Interfaith marriage is usually the result of love and affection. 

As urbanization, higher education, and the joint participation of men and women in the workplace increase, so does the incidence of such marriages around the world. It is also a symbol of interfaith harmony in any society.

There have been instances of such marriages in South Asian society for hundreds of years. Many famous couples in Bollywood are of different religions. These were the natural social forces of the subcontinent. 

However, in such a society, it is difficult to apply to religion. From that point of view, the history of opposition to such marriages may be quite old.

Opponents call interfaith marriage a kind of jihadist activity in the name of love. It is called 'Love Jihad' with a religious cover. Such naming refers to a particular religion.

There are fears that the number will decrease in the census

Although there is no direct politics on inter-religious marriage, there are social tensions in all the countries of South Asia. For now, it has become one of the big politics of the RSS camp, but there is silent opposition to such marriages in other religions as well. 

To justify the opposition, such love marriages are also covered under anti-religious conspiracies. It is said that these marriages are an attempt to reduce the population of any one religion!

Usually, the main target of interfaith marriage opponents is women of their respective religions. Fear is spread that if women in any religion continue to marry in this way, the share of that religion in the census will decrease. Reduction in numbers means falling in the census. And the fear of losing the vote.

By spreading such fear, the opponents of inter-religious love and marriage pretend to be the guardians of the whole religion. Preventing such marriages is tantamount to trying to protect their 'respect for their sisters and daughters'. Self-proclaimed, they have shouldered the responsibility of protecting the dignity of women.

In reality, it is a purely communal politics with a new twist. There is also panic in India that if inter-religious marriages continue, the people will have to see a permanent Muslim prime minister. These fears are working well. 

Generation after generation, people who do not have the opportunity for human development often begin to be affected by such fears. Psychologically, no one wants to reduce the number of people of their religion.

The same fear was spread in the past by talking about 'conversion'. As a result, legislation has already been enacted in eight Indian states.

Although religious beliefs and the conversion of those beliefs are a matter of choice, they are being criminalized by state law. Similarly, the marriage of choice is subject to Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, but it is now subject to criminal law.

When women are the target

Women are the main victims of anti-inter-religious communal politics. It is commonly assumed that the ‘bride’ is forced to change or change her religious identity when love marriage is registered. 

So women will not be able to get married in a different religion to hold a position in the census documents and ensure the victory of some politicians in the ballot box. He must give up the right of choice. The consideration of the community is being placed above the choice of women here.

That is why this special 'politics' gained momentum during the epidemic

Objection to interfaith marriage or love between men and women of different religions is also a manifestation of a kind of political meanness. Many political forces in South Asia are no longer able to offer anything positive about social justice, employment, education, health, etc. 

They are now trying to make ethnic identity, religious identity, population share, regionalism, etc. a matter of politics. One of the major manifestations of the ideological crisis of mainstream politics is the opposition to love marriage.

In many places, it is not just in the form of opposition. There are many cases of beating the groom to death. Such killings are being openly called legitimate. Millions of 'likes' are being read on those provocative videos on social media. The number of such marriages is decreasing. 

Even then, the propaganda is carried out in such a way that thousands of young people of different religions are always getting married. Such propaganda is also acting as fuel for political riots.

 It is easy to use social media as a big platform for these hate campaigns. In the BJP-ruled Indian states, as the economy is in turmoil due to the epidemic, political noise is being raised on such social issues.

Human rights activists and anti-BJP activists are finding a kind of authoritarian meaning in it. What citizens will eat, what they will wear, who they will marry, etc. 

When they are sought to control politically and administratively, it can gradually lead the society to a kind of fascist desert. They fear that the list of interference in individual freedom will continue to grow.

In Madhya Pradesh, the related bill has been named, 'Religion Separation Bill-2020'. The calculation is very simple it is convenient to carry out such programs in the name of religion.

However, the birth of a controlled society in the realm of any religion means the birth of the same conservatism in the realm of other religions in response. For the time being, there are signs of it. It is necessary to be vocal against such an arrangement of individual freedom socially. This is another point that will increase the interfaith distance in the subcontinent.

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