Who could've thought that a virus originating in Wuhan could spread the world
entirely? Covid changed everything and everyone. Lots of people are forced to
stop working physically or attending classes in person. They're forced to do it
online. My perception of doing everything online has been negative, especially
with online education, because I find them useless. I'd rather play video games
than sit around a computer and listen to some random boring lecture.
This pandemic also gave a lot of people a lot of free time. People mostly spend
that time on the internet, and the internet that we all know is a cesspool of
radioactive heaps. In other words, the pandemic brought the worst in people.
I've seen people on Twitter having their mini religious strife over whose
religion is superior to the rest. On Instagram, Social Media Activists talk big
about racism while at the same time, they were promoting fairness creams. These
pointless internet feuds are also full of mob mentality, bhedchaal mentality,
and outrage culture.
If this behavior persists while the pandemic is going on, I highly doubt the
post-pandemic will change anything. The Sushant Case already made the law look
like a joke. Another problem on the rise is the constant racial and religious
profiling during the pandemic.
Racial Profilling during the Pandemic
We Indians are funny and hypocritical people. We get offended when a foreign
YouTuber makes some jokes about India without even understanding the context.
But when a person from North East was attacked because he "looks Chinese" that's
when no one bats an eye.
In fact, during the T-Series vs. PewDiePie
feud, we even brought
patriotism cards all to support soulless corporations like T-Series just because
PewDiePie joked about India. This isn't to say that the Bhedchaal mentality and
Outrage culture played a huge role in this so-called patriotic sermon.
A North-East guy goes to a shop, gets profiled by shopkeepers and customers. All
because he looks "Chinese." They call the guy names like "Chinki." When the guy
tells the mob not to do so, he was met with violence. There wasn't any outrage,
no patriotic sermon, no solidarity among people because this happens in everyday
When Wuhan brought the world to its knees through its virus, people stopped
seeing the difference between the people who live in North-East and people who
live in China. They think because look the same, so they thought they're
responsible for this pandemic. Students in Kolkata were called "corona" by the
people during the initial stages of the pandemic in India.
It's not just the North-Easterns that face this racial profiling. Biharis,
people from South India, the Sikhs, the Muslims, the Hindus, SC/ST folks, have
faced racism of some kind. It's a common practice among us Indians. But when
racism against an Indian happens elsewhere outside India, It becomes a matter of
Do we all remember the George Floyd Protests? A man whose death by police
brutality sparked protests in the Western World. We saw lots of people saying
something and anything on Social Media. Even our celebrities gave their two
cents on this matter. People like Priyanka Chopra, who used to promote fairness
creams back in India.
But ever since her breakout in Hollywood, her stance had completely changed, and
she started promoting the Black Lives Matter protests. People considered her
opinion as a hypocritical stance.
Religious Profiling during the Pandemic
The mob went banshee mode when a rapper named M.C. Kode defiled the Hindu gods
five years ago. But they put a YouTuber named Elvish Yadav on a pedestal because
he's now speaking in favor of Hinduism. Even though Elvish defiled the Hindu
gods too, like smoking a cigar in the name of Shivji, defiling Hanuman Chalisa
in the name of content, and calling Hindu mantras "sexy-sexy."
M.C. Kode is no saint, but Elvish Yadav hasn't been held accountable for his
actions yet. Religious profiling is very easy in a country like India. It's like
a tutorial stage for being the most prejudiced person on the planet.
The blame game is pretty common when someone is religiously profiling someone
post 9/11. Muslims are considered terrorists all because of their religion. On
Twitter, I've seen people attacking a NASA intern for having Hindu Gods.
Both the Tabhliqi Jamaat and Kumbh Mela were considered Covid boosters. The New
York Times sure did talk big about India's Covid situation while mentioning the
Kumbh Mela playing the big part. At the same time, they forgot that Baishaki and
Id were going on too.
Well, what do we expect from a media outlet that made half-baked reports during
the Sri Lankan Civil War, and did hit-pieces on MrBeast and Elon Musk for
trivial reasons? Those hit-pieces were made at the same time India was having a
devastating second wave of Covid.
Religious profiling has exacerbated the situation for Indian secularism.
Our constitution guarantees that India's significant religions live in the
concordance and collaborating. These little strict common conflicts are making
things extremely hard for the Indian public.
The Love Jihad law in UP has placed a negative impression on everyone. Also that
it abuses Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Each opportunity news comes in
with regards to Hindu-Muslim viciousness it's disheartening to see. On the off
chance that things don't improve soon, Hindu-Muslim relations will be directed
once again at the Partition-period hardships.
What does the law say?
Constitution: Fundamental Rights
- Everyone regardless of any grounds is equal under Article 14.
- Article 15 prohibits any discrimination on any grounds, especially in
- Article 16 ensures equal opportunities in employment.
- Untouchability is an offense under Article 17 of the Constitution.
- Every citizen must have had the right to life, the right to personal
liberty, and the right to dignity.
- Articles 25-28 ensure the right to practice any religion without being
- Articles 29 and 30 make sure that the minorities get educations and
practice their culture without facing any discrimination.
- Article 32 ensures constitutional remedies in case of any violation of
Constitution: Non Fundamental Rights
- Article 51(A)(e) connotes the obligation of each resident to the
sensation of amicability and fraternity among every one of the residents of
India and forsake the practices which are defamatory to the respect of
- Articles 243D(3) and 243T(3) provides 1/3rd seats to women, Scheduled
Caste, and Scheduled Tribe in Panchayat and Municipality respectively.
- Article 300A ensures that every citizen has property rights.
- Defamation (Sections 499 and 500)- Punishment: 2 years and/or fine
- Criminal Intimidation (Section 503)
- Voyeurism (Section 354D)- Punishment: 3 years (First offense), 7 years
- Insulting religious deities (Sections 295-298)
- Criminal Intimidation with anonymity (Section 507)- Punishment: will be
extended to 2 years.
Like I already said, if the situation is this bad during the pandemic then the
post-pandemic era might be bleak. Or worse, it could lead to a new crisis. India
is a democracy, and we need to bring strategies that could sort out racial and
religious tensions around the country. We also need to remember that laws won't
make any difference unless we decide to do something to promote racial and
religious harmony all over the country.