Speaking about intolerance in general and not necessarily in reference to the threads quoted by you, yes Partha, you are very much correct in saying that many of us have these days become a lot intolerant. Actually, it's not us alone. The complete world is going in a similar direction. It's unfortunate', we are increasingly getting radicalised these days. Ironically, it is education and the advancements in the information technology that is encouraging a good many young people to follow the intolerant path. Even in the western world, people are no more as accepting as they used to be earlier. The last American election was fought very bitterly and that itself is a pointer to intolerance. In West Asia, the intolerance of the so called Islamic State is a very disturbing trend that needs to be tackled by the world at the earliest. The world needs to come together to achieve that.
The reason why we are intolerant could be many. Today we are living in a very competitive world. A kind of rat race is on. More and more people are migrating to cities, towns and even other countries. It's natural, when people migrate they take with them their customs, rituals, habits, etc. Earlier, people used to happily adapt themselves to their new surroundings. But these days, people stick to their old beliefs and customs in the new place. I remember, many of the earlier Indians who used to migrate to the western world were as good as westerners in terms of appearance, language, dress sense and accent. But these days you can hardly differentiate between a NRI and a resident Indian. NRIs and even other nationalities too are no more inclined towards getting fully absorbed by the host culture. 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do', this notion has been dumped now.
Moreover, with population exploding and more and more people getting educated, there aren't enough opportunities for all. In cities, you aren't surrounded with green and serene surroundings anymore. We live in concrete match box kind of apartments. Life has become fast and stressful. So it's natural that trying to keep pace with the society, the technological changes and the uncertainties in life; there is an increased tendency of our getting intolerant about everything. The information overdose, internet and the media plays its role too in spreading intolerance by pitting communities, groups, nationalities against one other. The demographic changes witnessed in Assam and parts of West Bengal is alarming. But, weapons and confrontations do not solve such issues. Europe too is facing the same music. But then, it has only itself to blame. The way the US and some European countries fanned the culture of wars in West Asia, the repercussions are now there in terms of massive exodus of people from West Asia to Europe. Thus, with weapons or hatred we can't win the war against intolerance. Experience in the Gulf shows that more you try to subjugate your opponents, more radical they become. Same in our country too. It's through inclusion and shifting our focus from religion, we and our children can get back the peace. People from every community need to learn to be tolerant about the other's culture. Cultures need to intermingle, so there's not much distinction between communities. Shun the disruptive elements through cooperation not by antagonising each other.
I am sure Partha, you are not as radically inclined against other communities as many would like to believe by reading your posts. It is the threat to peace and tranquillity and to the country that makes you speak out hard against the disruptive elements, that I do understand. We the liberals or pseudo liberal (or whatever) too oppose such elements tooth and nail. It's only that we want to take the moderates from every community along with us in our fight against such elements. It is by taking them along that we can finish off radicalism. Definitely not by fighting among ourselves.
Patience and perseverance pays