Thursday, 30 September 2010

Just Before the Verdict

Do take today’s verdict seriously. Do not take the verdict personally. Its only against the perpetrators, not against your kind.

I heard someone recently remark, ‘God save Ayodhya.’ I believe he was saying this with secular intentions, and since the Masjid does not exist, he was merely talking about the piece of land, meaning ‘God also save Babri,’ or rather, ‘God save that piece of land that can make savages out of men.'

The question that begs to be asked is, which god save who from whom for what? Hindu god save Hindus from Muslims or vice versa? For all we know, the Christian god probably is the one to save all from all and we have been barking up the wrong tree.

In this setting of anxiety and hostility who is safe? A friend at breakfast today said “I’m wearing my rosary outside today.” Futile attempt at safeguarding one’s life. We are all victims when communal disharmony breaks out. The intention of the fanatic is to avenge and instill fear. One good Catholic dead means nothing to one angry fanatic. We are all enemies when communal disharmony breaks out.

We are all victims, if not directly. Is not our collective modern history being taken casualty when it records that curfew is imposed today because of something that happened in the 16th century? Is not our international repute taking a beating when we are attempting to host the CWG and yet are expecting mass murder? Are not our national values being hung when we are not democratic, not secular and not peaceful?


Sameera said...

"Are not our national values being hung when we are not democratic, not secular and not peaceful? "

Mickey.. Im scared.

Anonymous said...

Did'nt understand the reason behind so many Christian references...

thehappyhypocrite said...

After the Commonwealth, a lot of my friends were claiming how great India is to do such a thing, especially after all the " difficulties " faced.
What I don't get is, why spend Crores of Rupees on the commonwealth games, when 60% of the population doesn't get a meal a day? Ok, sure we're a " developing " nation, but in my opinion its a complete waste of money, energy and space to have gotten the Commonwealth games here. Oh and, the opening and closing ceremonies were tacky as hell!!
I was kind of hoping that no-one would get the land involved in the dispute. Maybe build something that matters to the community as a whole. But yeah, thats not going to happen. 1.2 Billion people in our country and i'm sad to say this, but communal violence is forever going to be a part of our history, present and future. But that's just one man's opinion!

kicking.and.screaming said...

@ Sam
We're still here :)

@ Anon
What didnt you understand?

@ thehappyhypocrite
Hi there :). Thats a whole different subject, and I know someone who answered it to my liking. Maybe Ill post it here if I can find it.

thehappyhypocrite said...

Ha. sorry that was the part that got to me the most in that post!=)

kicking.and.screaming said...

What my friend said:
"The budget for the CWG was 1/3rd of India's ENTIRE yearly budget.
2.25 times annual budget on education, 2 times that of the railway budget, 5 times the health budget, 5 times the urban infrastructure budget, 7 times the annual agriculture budget and 100 times the environment budget.
Proud? Really?."

And here's one of the replies to him:
"There are always gonna be naysayers. When India doesnt host an international event, everyone is up in arms/alms about it. When they do, and I'll give the OC this much, once it started, it was smooth sailing, there are people with brickbrats... saying oh you spent too much, it was unnecessary. How much do you think it costs to host an international event man. Wtf! I'm no supporter of the govt, or how it works. But in all seriousness, are you gonna be play the corruption card? You think it wouldnt have been just as bad if we'd invested in all those other things? And then, there would have been zero incentive to deliver, at least here there was. This is a double edged sword and there's no real right side. Lets just accept it happened and show some pride for gods sake. However small it is."

Its 5am and I just want chicken biryani now =/