Slavery is no longer matter of the past, it still exists in China


Fayaz khan
It was used to be a bygone age practice of enslaving people by force to use them like an instrument and getting them work done contrary to their will and wish. This practice chiefly prevailed in West and America. Slaves were thought like numb and dump animals with no feelings, passion, ambition, future goals, aspiration and senses. Like animals they were tied with trees whenever they invited the wrath of their master who assumed themselves to be morally and racially superior to them. Slaves had no human rights, will, direction, identity and ethnic background. They were entirely at the mercy of their masters who would decide that they should live or die and what time. From childhood they were stripped off from their parental love. When they would grow up they had nothing like fun, enjoyment, childhood stories, songs, history and patriotism because they consistently exported and imported with the changing labor related needs to varying places. When modern civilization thrived, awareness flourished in different domains, humanity from far and wide came into contact with each other, enlightened people with liberal ideas came to power, slaves developed political consciousness and decided to no longer tolerate such brutal and inhuman practices, they began to raise voice. When the news of liberation reached the colonial masters they got fury flare and threatened them with the direst consequences. There is a history behind to attest with much troubling repercussions caused by the anger of those who considered slave their conclusively own property, subject to no politics of freedom. Dominant forces and status quo is hard to break with enlightened values and morality. It requires organized struggle assisted by huge logistical and economical support under a visionary leadership to coerce the bloody forces to surrender. Black people with strong narrative did exactly so, they were branded as traitor, ferocious, agent of devil and rebel during the course of their movement. During this journey, they suffered heavily in terms of lives and property and eventually, they proved triumphant. After that conscious driven passionate struggle, they began to be hailed as the freedom fighters who championed the greatest values of democracy, freedom, fraternity and liberty. But the ghost of slavery did not leave the world eternally instead transformed itself into a moderate a version. Uyghur and Kazakh predominantly ethnic minority are arbitrarily executed by Chinese Communist Party in China. Human rights, Stand With Us Movement and Amnesty international appalled to see relentless atrocities and brutalities against the minorities in China. They are subjected to forced sterilization and abortion to minimize their population which can be termed as a systematic state sponsored genocide of minorities. They are intimated and discriminated in Chinese national life. They are physically and psychologically tortured. Chinese supply 20% cotton to the global markets. Despite having well sophisticated technologically equipments, cotton is still hand harvested by Uyghur which even include small children which is a brazen violation of International law. Their identity is under severe strain. They believe and practice Islamic teachings and rituals and have a distinctive language different from Chinese. Religious practices of Muslims meet extreme reaction on the part of Government and believers are at the highest risk of losing life. Man refusing to drink and women wearing veil are both considered culprit particularly in Xinjian. Linguistically and religiously they feel their future threatened through nefariously designed syllabus at schools. Only the Han which is a major community of China is glorified and presented as the one with a tangibly unique civilization embodying in itself all great moderate values. To question their moral, racial and intellectual capacity is a crime beyond salvation. Uyghur in contrast are called as barbarian, nasty and uncivilized immigrants who are a stigma on Chinese greatness. They are burden on the economy of country. There are volunteer battalions in motion against minorities to keep check on their activities. They in return investigate them, harass them and beat them on their own accord. Any of their activity in defiance of their discriminatorily set unwritten laws lead them to prisons as suspected separatist, terrorists and extremists, how knows for how long embezzlement of treasury accumulated with the taxes of poor populace. Poverty is pervasive and menace in the country; people conspicuously seen lying on the footpaths to slums homelessly in every nook and corner. The internal insurgencies occurring in Kashmir (freedom fighters), North East India (seven sister states), Red corridor (Naxalite-Maoist insurgency) and Khalistan movement in Punjab are raw aggressions which are potential threats for India. In 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Naxalism is the greatest threat to India’s survival. With each passing day, minorities are suffering from insecurity. Instead of assuaging minorities’ anger, the government’s ignorance will cause big unimaginable trouble for the country. With no surprise, Modi’s Hindutva government is adding fuel to the fire in this extremely fragile situation. But Indian media is a lapdog of government censors the real situation in India. Three new bills introduced in September 2020 for farmers, the government calls it “watershed moment” and opposition calls it “Death Warrant”. The government says that this law has given more autonomy to farmers, now farmers can sell their product at a market price directly to private companies, agriculture businesses, supermarkets, and even online grocers. Apparently, this seems to be a good step and the government should be given an encouraging pat because “self-autonomy” has granted. But farmers believe that this will make it easier for private corporations and supermarkets to exploit agricultural workers. Private markets and buyers are still present, but if farmers are not satisfied with the price offered by private companies, they return to the wholesale market and bargain about the prices. These laws will lead to an end of wholesale markets and assured prices set by the government. Currently, Indian farmers sell their produce at government-controlled wholesale markets at assured floor prices. A farmer explained the issue more vividly that “First, farmers will feel attracted towards these private players, who will offer a better price for the produce. The government wholesale market will pack up meanwhile and after a few years, these players will start exploiting the farmers.”The reality of these bills is an “ill omen” for small and marginalized farmers. This wave of fear has swept over farmers and see-sawed from fear to anger. The government has held eight rounds of talks with leaders of more than 30 farmers’ unions but all in vain. Both government and farmers are adamantly opposed to each other. US-based secessionist group “Sikh for Justice” has stated that the government’s aim is to destroy Sikh’s economically by handing over agriculture and market to the big corporations. If Hindu majority country deprives Sikh minority of their fundamental right, then “Khalistan” (a state that existed in Punjab from 1709 to 1849) is the only solution to this problem. Thousands of farmers carrying ceremonial swords, ropes, and sticks have stormed the historic Red Fort on India’s Republic Day was just a demo of the Sikh community to show their power. History has witnessed the valor and bravery displayed by the Sikhs against their enemies. Sikh protesters have again planned to go to parliament on February 1st when the government is scheduled to present the annual budget. If the agriculture law doesn’t repeal, then the slogans of “Indian held Punjab” or “Indian occupied Punjab” will be echoed across the country. There are grim prospects that these protests could sow the new seeds of the “Khalistan Movement.” This separatist movement is in a dormant state since the Sikh community holding elevated positions in India. Minorities are the victim of grievous injustice and repression rather than atrocities with minorities has become the hallmark of India now. Moreover, there is growing public disenchantment in India against the Bharatiya Janata Party — the political arm of the Hindu militant Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS. Their aim is to revive purely Hindu “Gupta’s Empire (mid-to-late 3rd century CE to 543 CE)” in India by jettisoning minorities. The plight of Indian people living in poverty, insurgency, disharmony, and religious intolerance will swallow India itself soon.