November 16, 2015

On hypocrisy



This post is about terrorism, social media and religion but the central theme is hypocrisy. Why I chose to write on it is because I am so tired of reading utter crap by people on what they think. I am actually venting out here. Maybe this post will be stupid for some people as well but I don't care. Don't read it if you don't like it.

First of all, we support Paris, awesome! Yes, we all support Paris but we all also support all the other countries where terrorism is happening. I just don't get this thing, why do we Indians get all mushy mushy over terrorist attack in other countries. Do you ever see them writing in support of what happens in India or any of the third world country for that matter? People are dying daily. Kashmir, my God, how come no one has to say anything about that ever? Forget foreigners, I don't even see Indians reacting on that. Its like, Kashmir, is a suicide mission for Indian Army alone and no one cares, no where! Lastly you want to react on Paris, react on everything then, why Paris alone?

Second, what's with the Islam is not terrorism posts - Islam is not terrorism, Terrorism has no religion and Hindutva is terrorism, my country is so intolerant. Funny thing is you see all these heart-wrenching posts by Muslims and so called secularists on how RSS and BJP are practicing terrorism by engineering the death of 1 muslim and how intolerant this country has become but all these people can only support Paris by declaring either nothing (silence is golden, how about you practice this at other times too!) or declaring how Islam is the religion of peace and love and terrorists are not muslims. Well, they are muslims, atleast most of them are, and if we are going to dissociate muslim fundamentalists from their religion then lets start dissociating Hindu fundamentalists from their religion as well. And frankly, 140 people died in a distant land, and why is the Indian diaspora erupting over religion and terrorism. Is that all that we can think about? I always thought the purpose of religion was to guide humans on how to live a better life. When did this focus shift to how great my religion is and how pathetic your religion is or how my religion is the only true religion in the world. Frankly, my dear, if your religion teaches you that other religions are crap then your religion is not so great after all because it teaches you to be an intolerant and insensitive hypocrite. In India, for instance it almost seems like that being a Hindu is now a crime. It seems, anything Hindu is intolerant. At the risk of sounding intolerant, (actually you know what, I am not saying anything about your religion, I am only telling the truth about Hinduism which is my religion and this is not intolerance) Hinduism is the only religion in the world that doesn't espouse conversion and it is the most inclusive of religions.

Third, Social Media is a great tool but there are days when I wonder if we have become these overactive narcissistic idiots who have an opinion on everything and who use social media to just vent out utter crap. I mean, first there are these news channels; whoever came up with the idea of 24 hours news channels should actually be shot. I mean its utter crap what they churn out in the name of news. Nothing or hardly anything meaningful ever comes out of those channels. Debates are a joke, there are no meaningful debates but a sea of shouting monsters. Then, as if shouting on TV wasn't enough, those journalists then vent out on social media. Then, there is the general public that vents out on social media. Then, there is polarization. Every single thing gets associated with either 2 topics - religion or Modi's ache din. Lastly, there are these heart-wrenching emotional posts that talk of loss and emptiness and blah blah blah. I saw this heart wrenching tribute to Paris, saying how we the people of Mumbai understand it so well cos we have been through it so many times. Wow, how nice and sweet. I don't think Paris cares what the people of Mumbai felt then and think about Paris. And really, is one person's loss ever the same as another person's loss? Is that what you say to someone when their relative dies, that "oh I feel so sad for you, my relative too passed away so I know the horror that you are going through?"

I bet terrorists laugh after every attack. They get infinite fame thanks to countless posts after each attack. I wonder if they think - "Oh, so this man in Mumbai can understand Paris' pain, lets show him real pain, lets go and attack Mumbai again on 26th Jan, yeah Republic Day, let these Indians suffer on their national holiday and then they will forget even that teeny weeny bit about their country and patriotism and start ranting about religion and bad governance" or maybe, they think that - "Man, this is great, we attacked Paris for fun, I mean it is such a stupid city right they don't allow our women to be veiled whereas we are such tolerant human beings, we force everyone to wear veils in our country even if they are visiting us for a sports event. But the attack was just a small thing, look at the debate we started across the world, the slew of apologies defending Islam, the endless tirades on how US wars caused us to become terrorists. These people will just kill each other with hatred and we will watch and laugh."

I don't have a solution for terrorism. I just know that they are bad people but a terrorist event should not cause others to totally forget reason and the ability to be sane. Social media is a great tool, religion is a great tool and the human brain is the greatest tool ever so lets use all 3 wisely. Lets just get a life!

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