Kashmir | JNU | Harayana
These three places pretty much sum-up what’s going on India and Indian-media recently. A lot has been spoken, a lot has been interpreted and a lot has been ‘misunderstood’. I write this article because of the pain that I have in my heart as an Indian, to see my country being torn into pieces by some people who in the name of ‘freedom of speech’ have voluntarily misused every right given to them as a human being! I write this article – as an Indian who has been shaken and torn because of her own countrymen. I write this article because we cannot stoop lower than this, and as a human-being, I request everyone to ‘stop’. Just STOP!
Indian Constitution says – ‘Anyone who speaks against the country should be either hanged till death or sentenced to life imprisonment’. Even then, some people had audacity to chant slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde honge’ (India, you will be cut into pieces). And now, a TV-channel claims that the video was tampered and the slogans were audio-taped over the video later on. This proves how irresponsible Indian media is, who circulated and spread a news like fire ‘without’ credibility (if the tape was actually tampered!). But it also proves that government did the right thing in arresting the culprits because had they not taken any action on the spot, the crowd might have lynched them to death and then, the matter would be out of hands, leading to riots which happened in Dadri! Arrest them, then people say it’s wrong. Don’t arrest them, then people lynch them to death – what should government do?
And now, the Jats in Harayana demanding reservation showcases to what low level some people have stooped to. But then, those demanding reservation do not ‘represent’ the entire Jat community just like some culprits from JNU do not represent the entire university or entire institution! And on similar grounds – some morons from RSS do not represent the entire organization either.
Some people who think RSS-members want everyone to turn into Hindus, and they are against other religions, to those I would like to say – RSS stands for – Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (National Self-help Organization) – does that sound like a terrorist organization? And if they are terrorists, shouldn’t they be having camps, making kids hold guns and recruiting people for their army underground and attacking new places every week? Why do they help flood or earthquake victims every time a calamity hits India? And if they are terrorists, shouldn’t they kill Muslims and Christians and Sikhs and other communities? Why do they help them?
Hindu – is NOT a religion, it’s a way of life. You will not find the word ‘Hindu’ in any of the mythological books or text-books like Mahabharata, Vedas, Upanishads or Ramayana. This word has originated recently, where Persians termed the people living near Sindh river as ‘Sindhus’ from where this word – ‘Hindu’ – came into existence. Hindu is not a religion, but a choice. And if any Hindu wants, s/he can convert into any other religion any time, there is no restriction on that either. You can read history, there is no instance of ‘forceful conversions’ in Hinduism, it’s a trend of Islam, but not Hinduism. So – blaming an organization (RSS) for activities of some stupid people is as wrong as generalizing entire JNU as anti-national or stating all Jats from Harayana as cheap-people demanding reservations.
(Martyr Capt. Pawan Kumar)
And very recently, the news of death of army man Capt. Pawan Kumar has circulated.
He was from Harayana. A Jat. And a JNU degree holder.
Now that sounds like a slap on our face! We failed him collectively. We failed as a nation, and we failed as human-beings too. We accuse recklessly. We blame each other. We see others as threats and competitions. We see other religions and communities as our enemies. Have we ever thought about living in harmony and treating all as our brothers and sisters? Have we ever thought about working for a progressive and developing India? The more energy, time, resources and money we waste on these things, our internal matters, wars and riots, the more other countries benefit from it! The more we behave as fools, the happier the British might be, who dreamed of a broken, shattered and disintegrated India – they are getting that, but this time, it’s us who are giving them that!
They don’t need to divide and rule us anymore – we are doing it ourselves.
The sad part is – we lost 10 men from Army today, fighting their own countrymen – people from Kashmir who opened arms at them. And one of them was Capt. Pawan Kumar, who was a Jat, but he didn’t demand a reservation. He was from JNU, but he didn’t demand India’s disintegration. He was an army man who swore to serve his country till the last breath, and he did. It’s us who have failed today, and it’s us who failed him.
The title of this article is ‘Fiasco’ because it’s dictionary meaning is –
Fiasco – /fɪˈaskəʊ/ – a complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one.
This is what we are doing now. This is what every situation is becoming. This is what the country’s fate can be defined in a word these days! The last two weeks have passed horribly. First JNU, then Kashmir-riots, then Harayana-Jats and now again Kashmir. It’s like a complete never-ending circle. Something happening every second, and something leading to other thing, and ending at deaths and riots. If this is what we have resorted to, then we don’t need any Britishers or Americans to cut us anymore – we are doing ‘their’ job perfectly!
I would conclude here by one verse from Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta, being a Hindu myself, I would like to share a verse here –
यदा यदा ही धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्वा भवति भारतः
अभ्युथानम् अधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजामि अहं
(Whenever there is decay of righteousness O! Bharatha
And a rise of unrighteousness, then I manifest Myself!)