I have thought many times before posting this article as I know it may draw a lot of flak. But before I start, I want to clarify that this blog is not intended to hurt any religion or God. It is a post about my observations of us humans and the things that we do in the name of God.
Religion and politics are two things that I usually do not discuss in detail with people. I feel both of these topics are extremely personal and when one doesn’t see eye-to-eye with others, the argument can turn very ugly indeed. I have seen strong relationships of many years break because of a difference of opinion in this regard.
India is a supposed to be a secular country, which essentially means that religion and the state (politics) have to be kept separate. But this has never been so and I feel that it is now at the peak in the current scenario.
All around me I see religion-based discrimination growing, sometimes escalating to fanaticism even. Friends, who I have known for the better part of my life, have shocked me with this new-found bias. Family who are busy sending forwards every day about how ‘great’ our religion and caste are, don’t seem to understand my stand that everyone is equal. Children in schools and colleges are slowly changing their friend circle to ‘fit in’. It seems to me like we are moving backward, instead of progressing.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a Hindu and proud of it too. I believe in God and a higher power very strongly. I pray every day, in the way that I have been taught to by my parents. I visit temples and celebrate all the festivals with passion. But I don’t think ‘only my God and religion’ are superior.
Many religious monuments are being destroyed now, under the pretext that they earlier belonged to a different religion. By doing this aren’t we repeating the mistake? Aren’t we destroying the rich heritage of this country and her history? Aren’t we feeding the younger generation with intolerance instead of love? Aren’t we teaching them to destroy instead of build?
We all have witnessed so much of loss and pain over the last two years. Shouldn’t we just be thankful to God (whichever form he or she takes), for keeping us safe? When we were in dire straits, did we ask for the religious belief of the doctors or nurses, or warriors who helped us? Shouldn’t we now show ‘humanity’ and let each other be?
Maybe it is time we remembered the great country that we belong to, how welcoming she has always been, and the constitution that we created for ourselves that also speaks of Liberty, Equality of faith, and worship.
The Festival Of Lights is just around the corner. They say the light dispels the darkness, like how good destroys evil. Let us make this Diwali count – Let the darkness of religious bias forever be overshadowed by the brilliance of love.
This blog is part of Blogchatter’s Cause A Chatter Program that aims raising awareness & making one to pause and think over several social causes. This post is my thoughts on one of the causes for this season: DISCRIMINATION.