There is a change in the Indian air, there’s an increase in hatred and negativity around us. Our forefathers never wanted India to be in this shape. Be it the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, the harbinger of unity Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel or the Missile Man of India APJ Abdul Kalam, they all wanted us to stay united and prosper. The recent incidents send us a very strong message that needs to be urgently acknowledged. There is an increase in the number of people who have become biased, intolerant and prejudiced.
The Tanishq advertisement portraying Hindu Muslim unity had to be pulled down after “love jihad uproar”. People questioned why did the advertisement portray a Hindu daughter in law in a Muslim family. Suddenly there was an outrage stating why didn’t they portray the vice versa case. Unfortunately, some famous names too supported the outrage. The advertisement showed that a Hindu baby shower ceremony was arranged for the pregnant lady by her Muslim mother in law. There wasn’t anything heinous or provocative in the advertisement.
Tanishq is a product of TATA, the same TATA which has been contributing to the Indian economy since its establishment. Till date TATAs have been providing employment to the Indians and have maintained a great goodwill. But, people did not think all this even for once. They have pulled down the advertisement for their employee’s safety and this is really appreciative. India has many successful interfaith marriages where the bride is a Muslim married to a Hindu man and vice versa. I wonder where do these people go when such marriages commence. We need to be sane enough to understand that any wrong doer is a wrong doer irrespective of his or her religion. We need to stop painting everyone with the same brush.
The recent case of Sushant Singh Rajput led to the bashing of Rhea Chakraborty and out of no where all the Bengali girls were bashed and blamed for doing black magic on men and all the nonsense stuff. The media trials and the social media comments were not only misogynistic but also revealed the lack of mental health awareness among Indians. No one was ready to believe that a man ailing with a mental health condition could commit suicide. Of course according to their mindset a woman had to be blamed for every wrong thing. First of all Bengalis were blamed then the surge of anger shifted slightly to west to the northern state of Bihar and people started stating Bihari families as “toxic”. Moreover the entire case revealed the current state of India, the division under the same sky.
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Well coming to my city, the city of joy, Kolkata. Over here there is nothing called “misogyny”. Kolkata is all about daughters and women. While northern states of India encounter evils like female infanticide, gender based violence, dowry deaths and honour killings, my Bengal worships Goddess Durga and all the other Durgas residing on this planet. Bengalis give equal share of their property to their daughters whereas in other parts of India there are many families where daughters are not even considered to be a part of the family. Bengalis allow their daughters to do the final rites of their parents after all a few marriage mantras can’t change the DNA of the daughter.
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My Kolkata is all about unity and love. The long queue outside the Mohammad Ali Park’s Durga Puja pandal says it all. Muslims too walk out to celebrate the puja like their own festival. “My city still chants Durga Mantra in Mohammad Ali Park.” What so ever be the current scenario and whatever division some forces may try to create my city will always stand apart with its head held high. Proud to be a resident of Kolkata.
Dear Indians, we are not letting our nation makers rest in peace. Change begins with you, the person living around you and me. Together we can change things and it is not at all difficult to leave our prejudices and shift ourselves from negativity to positivity. This NAVRATRI let’s pledge to kill the demon inside our minds and let the devi reside in our souls.
Yaa Devi Sarva-Bhutessu Shakti-Ruupenna Samsthitaa |
Namas-Tasyai Namas-Tasyai Namas-Tasyai Namo Namah ||