By Bushra Salahuddin

The 21st century’s great game frames the battle lines in the geopolitics of the emerging new world order. The menace of intolerance jeopardizes the world into the shackles of insecurity, making people fear any chance of someone trespassing into a zone which belongs to them.

The school of thought believing that boundary results in greater longing, also witnesses the global intolerance and erosion of values but it puts forth the fine line between a “fence” and a “Good fence”, representing “boundary” and “privacy” respectively.

To write for instance, the reorganization of the Post-WW II Europe, a war torn continent; it’s division was budding from Racial and cultural ignorance, religious prejudice and the Mercentalistic order which led to resentment and trickled down it’s economy despite it’s buy low and sell high formulation. Similar to this in India’s present context, “The Citizenship Act of 1955 prohibited illegal immigrants from becoming citizens. Among numerous amendments to the act since 1955, none contained a religious aspect”, as mentioned in the report of the study conducted by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Taking into the same graph the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens imposed by the government could have led our country’s integration towards an unfortunate fragmentation, especially affecting the Muslim minority status by this anti-Muslim agenda. Resultantly, infact,  thankfully enough to the wits of the masses who realized that using CAA, the NRC could render stateless, a large number of Muslims, even if they were born or lived in the country for decades, that it was led by a United, Undivided India with emerging protests across the country in opposition to this.  “In tandem with a National Register of Citizens (NRC) planned by the federal government, the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) may affect the status of India’s large Muslim minority of roughly 200 million,” said the CRS (an independent research wing of the US Congress) in its first ever report on the amended Citizenship law.

To take back into account, Europe’s Redrawing of Boundaries, Frost’s idea of “Good fences” applied quite well in the redrawing of their boundaries and European history witnessed “Neighbours”, not good to their roots and stem (culture and people) though. However, this made them stand at the crossroads that the second smallest continent in the world was then divided into the largest of countries.

All through the course of political history, the looting spree by seeking hegemony has brought the Nations at the crossroads of heated, head -to-head clashes, Galloping for Absolute power; for Influence, if not dominance.

It’s on a critical juncture that on account of acquiring power, countries fight flesh and blood, the rich nouv’eau sets aside the dated and the poverty-stricken.

Still to get any worse, Today, when the Global turmoil reaches its zenith, with almost constant wars, attacks, bloodshed and menace in different parts of the world, it leaves the land and people scarred.

To talk of the age old belief- Good fences make good neighbors, it holds true to the socio-economic and political harmony, not to hegemony and dominance. In the final analysis, Marshall McLuhan said it right about the tacit understanding of Geopolitical turmoil that “There are No Passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all Crew.” The upheaval of hatred and intolerance, of not confirming and clarifying, only drags things in the tornado of conflicts, thereby disrupting the global peace to worsen and are increasingly becoming part of the problem, not part of the solution.


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