Mocking, bullying, calling names, blaming each other, finding reasons to hate each other has become the new normal these days. Somehow we have adapted ourselves in a manner that blaming a community or people with different ethnicity doesn’t seem to be a heinous act anymore. This lack of morality has to do with our minds. The moment anything wrong happens the whole community is blamed. We have started building a mindset that destroys others.
The recent Sushant Singh’s demise case which involves the name of Bengali girl Rhea Chakraborty led to the bashing to entire community of Bengali girls. It is alleged that Bengali girls do black magic and similar stuffs in order to control minds. Does it even hold water? Where do we all leave our minds when similar posts get viral and suddenly a hype gets created about Bengali girls? Well, I think when people propagate such ideas they forget the names of great Bengali women who have actually made India proud time and again and have left their legacy.
Do you know anything about the Jnanpith and Padma Shri awardee Asha Purna Devi? Ashapoorna Devi was a prominent Bengali novelist and poet whose works are too laudable. Ever heard about Kadambini Ganguly one of the first two female physicians in India? And I am sure those who share such nonsensical posts definitely haven’t heard of Chandramukhi Basu, one of the first two female graduates of India. Abala Bose the great feminist who worked for women education and contributed to uplift widows is a Bengali too. Padma Shri awardee Arati Saha, the first Asian woman to swim across the English Channel is a Bengali too. It is very easy to stay stupid and comment on others and target a community but it takes wisdom to introspect. I insist people to use their brains before jumping to conclusions. Bengal is lot more than what you can ever imagine so sit back and relax without generalising. Bingo!
Well, this has not been done for the first time in India that a community has been targeted. Each time an individual with a Bihari surname turns up people start calling them names. People remember fake marksheet case of Ruby Rai but always forget the UPSC toppers from Bihar. People remember Lalu Prasad’s fodder scam but forget Jai Prakash Narayan’s contribution for his motherland. India’s first President Dr Rajrendra Prasad hails from Bihar too. There are a lot of Bihar origin people in the defense force and administrative services but of course what’s the point in acknowledging their contribution when one can easily sit back and mock.
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And when it comes to questioning Muslims then we know no limits. News of mob lynchings of Muslim people and violent attacks on Muslim people manages to make a place for itself in newspaper columns everyday. All religions are designed to teach us how to co-exist joyfully and peacefully in the midst of suffering. But we are too judgmental to judge common citizens of India on the basis of their faith. Muslims live under suspicion in several parts of the country and are sometimes even denied humane treatment. One thing shall always be kept in mind that the missile man of India APJ Abdul Kalam was a Muslim too. The valor and sacrifice of Indian soldiers like Aurangzeb Khan, Nazir Wani and SHO Feroz Dar can never be forgotten. There are other names belonging to the same faith who have proved their patriotism for their motherland. Unfortunately even today there are a lot of people who believes in generalisations only.
“Life’s most urgent questions is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now here’s a question for the readers, introspect and answer what good are you actually doing when you mock, bully or simply harass an individual just because he or she belongs to a certain community. Don’t you think one should be cognizant of the words that he utters. Simply sharing memes, writing insulting posts and targeting a community is not at all acceptable. If you cannot do any good then you should not indulge yourself in hurting others. Peaceful co-existence has become such a difficult job for some people that they simply believe in the concept of insulting people. Let us transform ourselves into a humble human being and avoid words which may hurt others.
Let’s restore faith in humanity.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”Dalai Lama