My country, India, is struggling to cope with the rising communal tension brewing up in different states. Somewhere, the religious sentiments of a community are heralded, and somewhere a rumor gets a man killed..
I will not blame any religion, any politician, any single state. Because I am no one to blame. I am the one to be blamed. This society, the apparently ‘diverse‘ one, that I boast of while writing essays or giving speeches, constitutes of people like me. And when I am involved, when I am the culprit, then who am I to blame someone?
You see, I get offended when people of a certain religion or state or whatever, do what they’ve done for centuries. Yes! I suddenly get offended by it all! Why? Because, I CAN! Ever heard of ‘Freedom of Speech‘? Yeah, I have that in my country. And the most powerful right that I have is ‘The Right to Freedom of Religion’ guaranteed by Article 15 and Article 25 of the Constitution of India. And I very well know, how to exercise it.
I wanna share a small incident (well, sort of). Today when I woke up, this is what I read about..
26 years old man. Yes. 26 years old only. Killed at the border. Why did he die? He could have spent a comfortable life in Ludhiana, my hometown, his hometown too! Because, that is what I do! I lead a comfortable life! But you know what? He chose not to! He went there and fought with the infiltrators for my sake! I slept peacefully in my room because I knew that brave-hearts like Surinder Singh can die for my safety. He was supposed to get married on 27th of November, that is the next month. He helped built a home for his family, which he never got a chance to see..
If this noble soul can die for me, what can I do for him? I sit back and see the hatred spewed on his countrymen. I sit back and see innocent people being killed for eating beef, which they have been doing since forever. I sit back and see his family members suffer because they’ve lost their breadwinner, but most importantly, their son, their brother. Because, I CAN!
But I will still suppress the freedom of others. Because I CAN! I will go on killing/lynching innocents. I will go on spreading hate for certain people because they were born in a certain family. I will go on keeping a tab on someone’s plate (or fridge!). Because, I CAN!