After joining an NGO and becoming a full time social worker, the way i look at the world has definitely changed. I belong to the biggest democracy of the world and that definitely makes me a proud citizen but being honest with myself i face a question “Are we really democratic?”. It’s a Hinduism dominated nation and i am Hindu myself but to look at other religions and caste with disrespect is not something that Humanity permits me.
I follow the religion of HUMANITY. Since the time i gained insights about the difference between wrong and right, i became ATHEIST. Not int he sense that i don’t believe in god or i hate any religion, NO. The only reason is i believe in all the religions existing around the globe, i believe in Krishna, Jesus, Allah, Guru Nanak and all the other gods of every religion. Barriers are in our mind and not what god taught us. Like every human has some strong stand to take i do have my strong Animal Ethics. I do not believe in animal torture for testings or for food. But i never implement what i think on others. I may share my thinking with them, but never force it.
“India is undeniably one of the strongest democratic countries in the world but there are forces of threat, too.”
I have often seen that minorities in this country has a threat towards claiming citizenship. This is really sad. I have seen mind-numbing environment of hostility and prejudice, the inexorable growth of sheer distrust and hatred for the Muslim and all that he represents. This is not acceptable for me and is not right in my eyes.
I would like to share an incident which took place like just yesterday. We had a puja at home. Whenever there is a puja, people specialized in doing it are often called and they are like very strict about their religion (they do not touch the lower caste people, do not eat anything prepared by people outside their caste etc.). I normally avoid being a part of such events until and unless its necessary or compulsory. Sometimes i have to just to make my parents feel good about it. In the morning i went to the flower market to get some garlands. I live in Ahmedabad and we have a big flower market where flowers from our country as well exported ones are available.
As i stepped inside i noticed that most of the flower shops were run by Muslims. I went to one shop and ordered a 5 foot long garland to be prepared that had to be hanged on the door of my house. He was a very friendly and warm fellow and he immediately stood up from his place and started making one. While he was making it, i was busy clicking snaps of beautiful flower arrangement and frankly i had just downloaded iOS 8 and was just playing around with it’s time-lapse feature. I noticed some pretty roses lying in a corner and picked a few and was trying to place it in my hair and click a few selfies. The man making the garland might have noticed it and while i made the final payment he lovingly handed me few roses and asked to take it for my hair. This is human bonding that sees no caste or creed and is pristine pure. On the contrary, when i went home those ladies from the temple had already arrived and the moment i handed them the garland, one of them literally jumped out – “No”. For a moment i was confused regarding her problem, she actually looked as if she was suffering from some serious illness.
“You did not have bath” she shouted. And then i looked at my clothes. I was still in night dress when i went out to collect flowers. But that dint matter to me. I just kept it on the side and she picked it up from there.
So you can pick flowers touched by me and left on side, you can use flower garlands made by a Muslim whom you consider untouchables and then you say you are pure!! Oh man!! Gimme a break!!! You are not even a human and god dint sent you down on the planet to make discrimination. This is a pitiful thing in my society.
In my country, i have often seen the plight of a minority caste and trust me it is progressively getting worse. they have to live on the margins of society, always up against everything in education, faces problems in accommodation,and i burdened with the stigma of being in tacit collusion with terrorist, especially Muslims. This discrimination is horrible and on the basis of humanity i do not support it.
If i go into the details of all this, i have pages ans pages to write but in short i just wanna say that we as humans need to grow amongst us without discrimination of any kind. “Being Humans” should be our tying knot. A small incident like yesterday’s one triggered such thoughts within me and today i can say that i feel what those people might be feeling every time they are discriminated.