Independence Day: Let us free peace from the clutches of terror!

By Gayatri Sankar | Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:43
 
Gayatri Sankar  

They say opposites attract, but these two extremes - terror and peace - can never co-exist. Humanity suffers as humans indulge in disgraceful misdemeanours, thereby leading to the butchery of mankind. Terrorism has strangled compassion and has pushed civilisation to dungeons, where all that you can cultivate is despair and fear of death.

Emotions are throttled in the name of faith, leaving humanity in a state of complete disillusionment. It can’t get more preposterous when a man kills another man to endorse his belief and emerge victorious. And India’s Uttar Pradesh is only turning out to be a fine example in order to validate the above mentioned point.

Communal violence has spread like wild fire and continues to put the nation to shame. What kind of independence are we celebrating? From what have we really got this independence? Before blaming the government, law and order situation, or the bureaucrats, we need to introspect about our contribution in establishing peace within the society we dwell in.

Terror mongers may make desperate attempts to create a rift between various sections of our democracy. They may indulge in antics that may blindfold us and force us to believe in them and eventually get influenced by what is shown or told to us.

But is that what the reality is?

We may or may not have a tryst with the truth, we may even be farthest from it. But the least we could do is to not succumb to the anger that seeps within us. We may not really know who is right and who is wrong. But we certainly do understand the difference between ‘what is right’ and ‘what is wrong’.

The one who has been bullied and mercilessly murdered because of violence, he/she is not a Hindu or a Muslim or a Sikh or a Christian – but more than that he/she is a human.

Everyone born on this earth will cease to exist someday or the other. Each of us, irrespective of which faith we belong to, laugh in happiness and shed tears when in pain. Each of us is a recipient of both nature’s blessings and her wrath. A tornado sweeps and a whirlpool drowns all of us without questioning our faith. Flowers bloom in our garden and the rain drops refresh us without inquiring our origin.

Basic human instincts are identical for all and are least influenced by a person’s faith. Perhaps the only thing that differentiates us is the way we reach out to God.

But the irony is when people participate in mutilation of humankind in the name of God!

Our religion, or our way of life is dear to us, and rightfully so. How about co-existing peacefully by respecting one another’s beliefs? Since when has admiration for someone else’s faith become equal to disrespecting one’s own?

Prosperity and progress can come only when we rise above these differences. After centuries of slavery, we have got freedom from foreign rule, but since when have we become slaves to our own inflated egos? This intangible enemy of ours can do more harm than good and the best way to deal with it is to appreciate oneness and sow more seeds of compassion.

Life is too short and precious. Agony and ecstasy are a part and parcel of our lives. We may not be able to uproot sorrow but we can certainly try and shut this Pandora’s Box and not let any more of the misery of discrimination and violence take our lives.

Here’s hoping that this August 15, each individual on this soil feels like an integral part of this cohesive unit named `India`. It is time to rise above man-made discriminations of all kinds and be proud to be addressed as `Indian` before anything else.

Jai Hind!



First Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:43

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