I started the day afresh with some good workout. Two hours of squash can be as invigorating as tiring! Phew... came back and slept off straight away. This island puts u to sleep at the drop of the hat and of course at the end of the day u have the weather to blame.
While browsing the BBC news site, I came across the whole fuss about the Mohammed’s caricature. Anyone would be offended; if someone pokes fun at my God I would be offended too. Islam doesn't allow for idol worship. Nor does Buddhism. However, can't we have peaceful demonstrations? Whether I will take up arms and cause mass shutdown is highly debatable. Whether I will kill thousands of people and call it the religious path is even more improbable. Back home when we hear news about break out of riots every now and then, we wonder why our fellow beings attach so much importance to religion. Yes, religion shows us the right path, lays down societal rules and of course gives us hope, but today the definition of religion has evolved to mean something that causes people to behave irrationally and radically; something that divides us as beings. I’m Hindu and you’re Muslim, and so on and so forth. If all religions teach the righteous path to peaceful coexistence then where does all the hatred and fear come from? I was too young when Punjab went through the horrible atrocities that the Khalistan terrorism brought to our land, but I was in the eye of it all when my doctor parents were posted with the Police in Amritsar. We have grown up watching the horrible news reports, hearing shots of gunfire at night, when our home and that of our neighbour- the Superintendent of Police, was attacked by the militants (in Ropar) who used local-made missiles and blew up the ground behind our home. Why the mass destruction in the name of religion? Who funds these terrorists and what’s their hidden agenda? Does God tell them to rape women and children, to kill people, cause mass scale devastation? And when would it end?
As the smart person I keep talking about often tells me, “we Hindu’s are more tolerant than those who have invaded our lands and ruled us”. I couldn’t agree more. The fundamentalism that Hindu’s involve themselves in seems miniscule in front of the mass scale conversions which the British did in their colonies and before that the Romans. In the Christian CM ruled Andhra Pradesh, why is that in the villages in some regions there are only churches and no other religious places of worship? Why don’t we all become more open-minded and live and let live?