Live and let live. This should be the right mantra for the current scenario in India. Intolerance has reached its peak in our country. All our news channels and the media stands as a witness to the above statement.
What happened to the Democratic country we were so proud of till a few years back. The word Democracy has lost its meaning in the current situation. People have started to become intolerant to one another and have started to show special interest in the colour of flags, where some prefer orange to anything else, others prefer their green dearest where else some swear by red. The combination of the orange along with the green and white as a medium of peace has lost it’s sheen. Where have we ended up?
What happened to our bygone era, when all our neighbour’s festival was our festival when it was diwali we too fired crackers along with them and sweets were exchanged from here to there,
Christmas meant hanging stars irrespective of being Christian or not, Ramzan meant hot biriyanis from neighbors. Have we lost it all? How beautiful were those days when all could sit together for gatherings irrespective of the religion and there were still common topics to talk about, the children’s progress, the ailing parents health, the career and little gupshups of the neighborhood.
Have we lost our right to speak, right to emote, right to express in this country? A country which has produced great speakers, writers and great leaders. Is it becoming a place where we have to think twice before doing anything or even to speak anything?
Fundamental right to stand up for oneself is being questioned, isn’t it high time we all stood up as one neighborhood, one society, one state and one country against this injustice?
When a movie named Padmavati had to fight the whole lot of rascals and ruffians who stood against the movie in the name of a particular community and religion they failed to realise that the more they shout on their rooftop the more the publicity the movie got. The protesters where yelling their throat and burning the public properties without having any idea as to what the movie even contained. Poor director shouted on top of his voice to all the deaf but loud hooligans that there is nothing in the movie which would hurt the sentiments of any community for that matter.
If it was the orange that protested then, now the geeen has taken up the task by protesting against a movie from a far end state of India in the name of hurting religious sentiment. A movie which had become an overnight sensation with a wink of a teenage girl in an innocent flirtatious manner caught the attention of the green party and now the whole lot objection is about the song which belongs to a community and religion which is playing in the background when the poor girl winks and the boy goes awestruck and boom. The director of the movie ‘Oru adaar love’ is now on all the channels justifying his movie, the song in question and the whole winking sequence.
When did we as citizens of this great country became so intolerant towards such minutest of incidents. When we from being a friendly neighbour became such a boisterous crowd. Isn’t it time that we realised what kind of people we have become in the name of religion, community, and politics.
Is it the same country which boasted of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, who taught us to be tolerant, Mother Teresa the saint as she has been honoured now, who taught us to love each other irrespective of cast, colour and creed by doing it herself, Abdul Kalam the great Indian scientist and one of the dearest President of our country, who always encouraged the youth of this country to excel and make a better tomorrow for the nation.
Isn’t it, the right time, we have rised above this situation and snap out of the hallucination of this current socio political influence and raise up our voice in unison against any threat or hindrance which destroys the harmony and peace of our country. Isn’t it our duty to make our country famous once again not for the wrong reasons but for being the largest Democratic country.
Live, love, laugh. For who has seen tomorrow? Live our life and let others live their lifes too. And let the young still say “Mera Bharat Mahaan” this time with only one flag the true Indian flag with orange, green and white which stands universally for peace.