I live in a country where the current political standpoint of most politically-inclined citizens is extreme. I believe that this could be a very hysterical state to be in. On one side there is a community of people who go lashing all out at “Bhakts”, a word that is associated with anybody who is pro-Narendra Modi/ BJP/ Hindutva/ “nationalism” (quoting nationalism since I believe that the word nationalism has been tarnished and misused by many people). The word “Bhakts” also has been chosen by the same Anti-Modi community. On the other side, there is a pro-Modi community who keep ranting against” pseudo-secular” groups, leftist, extremists and separatists belonging majorly to the minority or Muslim community.
We need to rise above our own ego to look at a situation more objectively. The problem with this rising hatred and this kind of extreme outlook is that it all piles up at the end. The threshold of all this pent-up anger could be disastrous for any country’s future. Both communities are at fault and have been the reason behind many controversies and communal riots. But there is no point in digging graves and rubbing salt in each other’s wounds. Hating each other will only amount to more hatred.
We need to take a fresh start by erasing our memories like we format hard-discs. Having said that, it won’t be easy for those who have lost their dear ones in riots like these! But I don’t see any other way ahead either. Brotherhood is our saving grace. Only if these fire-breathing dragons with rigid ideologies could understand! And like they say, an ideal state can seldom be a realistic expectation. But nobody can stop us from dreaming at least. Just four days ahead of India’s Independence Day, 15th August, this thought seems to be worthy to ponder about maybe. Don’t you think? Give it a thought!
Greed. That’s one word that has affected humanity at different levels. As it’s very natural for humans to be greedy, we can’t really put the blame on that one particular emotion. We consider ourselves to be the most intelligent creatures on earth. But does that really matter? Do you really think that other beings really care about our existence even? Does a star that’s millions of light years apart, really care how much your intelligence is worth? Not really. It is our own intelligence that is making us believe that we are superior to everything else in this universe. So do you think other creations would be experiencing an inferiority complex because we think we are superior to them? The answer to that is again a big NO.
As we all know, humans have always been a social animal. We like to live in communities and herds. We took care of each other’s needs, a group of humans in a herd hunted and the other took care of the family. We were probably content with what we had til a point when Greed seeped in and we thought of encroaching other communities to fulfil something that we lacked. The concept of rulers and emperors emerged who were constantly looking at ways to expand their kingdoms through battles and wars. Kings wanted to capture prospering regions which could yield good agricultural revenues or land that was rich in mines or a fort that would be useful for military operations. It is said that the kings worked for the people of their kingdom, but they were very rich and had their vested interests in becoming richer through taxation and other such administrative tools.
Times started changing quickly as we started devaluing the power of community. We are so engulfed in our own greedy personal motives that we are becoming less compassionate day by day. No matter what kind of system your country is governed by today, you were instinctively a communist by heart. Our greedy motives are affecting this very basic instinct that we possess naturally. To put it simply, what’s wrong with helping out someone in need? You might not know that person personally, but what’s wrong in being compassionate? What’s wrong in being a bit more selfless and finding happiness in someone else’s happiness? What’s wrong in motivating and encouraging someone who is feeling low? What’s wrong in making someone smile by maybe just hearing them out? What’s wrong in being one with nature and loving it for all those things that nature has given at absolutely no cost at all!
We somehow have a feeling that none of this going to be profitable in any way. It is not going to fulfil our personal greed. That I feel is completely wrong. Now imagine a world where each one of us trying to be more compassionate. A world where each one of us believes that we belong to one big community called humanity. Won’t we be indirectly making our own lives better? The answer to that, for a change this time is, YES! A happier world; also means a happier you. This, I think is a too idealistic to be true, but at least we can start somewhere.
PS: By communism, I don’t mean that I am talking about its extremely adulterated version that is being practised in some parts of the world.
I LOVE MY COUNTRY! A false fallacy that most of humanity lives in and heights of patriotism makes them so blind that you could actually go blind! Yes it’s difficult for someone to hate their own country for its narrow minded ideologies and other illogical actions that they boast about and are accountable for. India for some reason today has a face of a super-developing country with heavy investments in the power, industrial and agriculture sectors. But recent decisions taken by the government like banning beef just because hardcore Hindus think that cows are sacred; scrutinizing the censorship board on usage of words like “fuck”; banning an online Hindi version of Charlie Sheen’s “Roast” just because they thought it had too many abuses; banning the documentary “India’s Daughter” because they thought it would sabotage India’s image; shows how backward we really are in terms of thoughts that even arise in our heads. I am not that well-versed with world politics, but if you are from the USA and you have no problem with its ideology of becoming a world-power by dominating all other countries who have the potential to earn them bucks either because they have oil-treasures or because of any other reason, then you’ve got a problem. If you’re from Pakistan and were not a part of the protest against religious leaders instigating and propagating Jihad, then you’ve got a problem. Patriotism is great if you use it logically to fight for your rights, against militant attacks or to save lives, national property and nature. Someone rightly said that it’s important to be unbiased and unattached to know and accept the truth. And truth mostly resides where there is logic. Logic says humour is essential, religion is fatal and love is all that humanity needs.
Which Hollywood actor was caught having an extra marital affair recently? Where does Liverpool stand in the EPL standings? These are some general questions whose answers most of us know at the tip of our tongue. But when it comes to politics the first natural reaction that emerges inside our system is “Eeeks, please change the topic!” Don’t worry I don’t want to spoil your mood, talk about politics in this blog post as of now or disregard the importance of knowing all about the juiciest gossips from Hollywood , but just want to address the fact that lack of political interest or awareness among the most opinionated, the most energetic and the most intelligent section of the society – “The youth”, is the biggest tragedy that India is facing today! Don’t just sit on your asses and say that politics will always be run by morons or make a voter’s ID and vote, read about what’s going wrong, discuss among your friends and try bringing about a change by raising your voices!