We all love our nation. I dearly love her. She is a melting pot of cultures, has an amazing amalgamation of rituals, tastes, festivals, music, attires, and much more! Today I write to you as a fellow Indian who has been subjected to various forms of secularism and nationalism in the past 7-8 years. Earlier nationalism just meant various linguistic, religious and, cultural backgrounds uniting as one nation . In recent years, the nationalism can be defined as a concept used by certain diplomats to fill their vote bank and fulfill their ulterior motives by uniting the nation on the plank of one religion. Whenever an actual issue erupts in the country your focus is diverted towards a freshly created religious strife! Anti social elements are trained and motivated, actors & celebrities are merely bought to speak the Vile tongue! As so many turn to puppets, I feel helpless. So many foods and so many states in my country...the novel tastes we experience in each place are so magical! We used to stick to our food habits while embracing the others' food choices with dignity! Now we lynch saying meat eating is against the culture, where as behind the scenes are the vultures who feed on your raw minds and control you!
When questioned about major concerns like economic crisis and the unemployment etc., a fresh issue/diversion is conjured out of thin air and you are under its spell. Historical events which happened centuries back are discussed now to push the current issues under carpet. People who are no longer alive are labelled as the root causes for some issues, the invaders who occupied the nation centuries ago seem to be the perpetrators for some. Ads are banned, names of places changed, syllabus in schools is truncated and many more! As you are blindfolded and lead with hatred, do you happen to see that you are not at all clear about what or whom you are fighting for? As we discuss where a temple or a mosque must be built, we are happily over looking the bigger issues the globe is facing on present day - pollution , pandemic, climate change and such! As you ignore the farmers issues as a fuss and don't even acknowledge them....as you try to shut up the raising voices (whether they are youth seeking jobs or students looking for better and affordable education, or the middle class which is burdened with evil tax regime) and then create ruckus over who wears what, who eats what and question about the language (Urdu script) written on the products, it does get tragically funny. Hindu Vs Muslim hatred is sowed in all possible ways in all possible places ➡️ when a sketchy bill is passed questioning the citizenship of a selected sect of people, when a delivery boy is denied as he is a Muslim... a renowned atta company (iD) is defamed by spreading rumors that it has cow bones and meat mixed - just because the CEO is Muslim dude....when meat is banned in some states just in the festival month of Ramadan citing it is sacrilegious...so on and so forth.
Our culture that comprises diversified population is staying in harmony since decades. When day by day events occur that pedal hatred, segregate a fellow Indian and you stay silent...should I take that silence as acceptance or indifference???
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There was a time when you and me had no differences whatsoever! I relished payasam , pulihara and arisa (south Indian dishes) during numerous Hindu festivals and you have eaten my sheerkhurma, haleem and biryani...and have waited for Ramzan to arrive soon every year along with me. We blended our cultures and practices …..if you loved putting henna on your hands, I loved putting colors on each other on occasion of Holi. If you loved attending iftar ( event where you break fast in Ramzan), I loved lighting up a Diya on a Diwali. The 6 tastes of your Ugadi have intersected with shimmering chand (Moon) of Ramzan month. Ramzan has "Ram" and Diwali has "Ali". If my daughter dresses up as Jhansi Laxmi bai on an ethnic day, your son played the role in skit as Emperor Akbar. The blend of our hues always was so smooth resulting in an enticing Vibrant shade!
Now you have chosen to be mum about the day to day news. We both know that things are not the same. We both know that the events happening around us are unprecedented, we both are aware that we have chosen this rule for us!
Whenever my nationality is questioned, you either stay quiet or laugh it off as a joke, asking me to take it light too. Whenever there is an upsetting news, you respond with the usual reasons for occurrence as weak opposition, mouthpiece media and social media manipulation! How can you not see the planned nationalism surge, us-Vs-them division, the work towards making India not a happy place for your friends??
You still call me a friend, while every time you stay quiet 🤫... and not raise your voice against inhumanly acts. You give an easy casual answer - I don't wanna talk about "politics", when I feel pained by the same politics! Can we be friends if our basic ideologies are opposite? I wonder how you would have reacted if you were me? Are we all not victims of fascism/extremism?
As I feel doomed and walk in silence, I can sense that today it's me, tomorrow it could be anybody! As the hatred is cultured and brains are washed, I wonder if ever our India would shine like before, if ever she would regain her harmony, if ever love would conquer the war? if ever all the colors would blend in a great hue to exude vibrancy?
What is your Vision for future India? Would it be Virtuous and Victorious? or would it be vindictive and vicious ?
A fellow Indian!
I am participating in Blogging from A-Z challenge 2022 and this is my Day 22 - 'V' post.