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Dear Hindus and Muslims, let’s be Indians first!

“Sometimes all you need is looking at every instance with your own ideology instead of borrowing the narrative of your favourite political party. You are not bound to justify every act of your favourite leader. Nobody is perfect"

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Shivam Singh

The CAB bill came out and everybody had an opinion on it. It’s a democracy. Opinions differ. People protested and people protested those who protested. All good till here, stone pelting and torching of buses was the worst form of protest. You lose your cause when you employ violence. Those involved should be arrested. Police entering university campus, firing tear gas shells in library, vandalising college property, barbarically lathi-charging students and forcing them into a parade with their hands up were all wretched acts. You can’t let police go loose in university campus.

How difficult is this to understand?

Sometimes all you need is looking at every instance with your own ideology instead of borrowing the narrative of your favourite political party. You are not bound to justify every act of your favourite leader. Nobody is perfect. Perhaps the students erred and perhaps your favourite politicians erred too. You need to grow maturity to call what’s wrong as wrong. You are not a sheep. You are not a part of some herd. You are a leader in yourself. And the moment you decide to have your own opinion, it’s that moment you actually become a ‘voice’.

 

There are people out there, part of social media cells of political parties who are spreading venom. I don’t care about them. What worries me is the number of common people who are supporting the police action on the students in Jamia. Those students are not from Pakistan. They are Indians. They are ‘us’. And I can bet, the day this country needs them they would happily take a bullet on their chest. Nobody has the right to question their patriotism. You just cannot label hundreds of students as anti-nationals.

Just go log on to your favourite social media and call for peace. And just wait for the hate to flow your way. Since when has the idea of secularism, unity, brotherhood and most importantly humanity become anti-national?

There were miscreants who damaged public property and let’s not make any efforts to veil it. These are the very people who have weakened the protest by their actions. They deserve the strictest of punishments as per law. But the question is who made police the judge to decide who is a culprit and who is just an innocent student? Recall your last encounter with a policeman in Delhi and tell me you are absolutely sure they are trained enough to separate the two. There is a reason why there are courts. Barbarically attacking students is not justice. It’s over-generalizing.

Your one irresponsible word can contribute in creating a divide in the society. Whether you are Hindu or Muslim it doesn’t matter. We owe a lot to this land and we must sacrifice our religious and personal battles in the interest of this great nation. We have come all this far after independence just because the foundation of this country was laid by Bhagat Singh and Ashfaq Ullah Khan together. We have comes this far because Abdul Kalam didn’t flinch once in making missiles for a Hindu-majority country and we have come this far because Vikram Batra gave his life to protect all ‘Indians’.

I wonder suddenly how my friends from school who leapt with me every time India won a cricket match become anti-nationals. And please explain me how that best friend of mine who had once proudly played Bhagat Singh at a school play all of a sudden become ‘anti-hindu’?

Snap off this blindfold of hate and you would see they are all still the same. We weren’t brought up like this. We have grown up singing ‘Majhab nahi sikhata aapas mein baer rakhna’. And it has worked well till today hasn’t it? We are better than this. We just can’t keep fighting over religion. Let’s disagree but let’s not alienate. And that is the ‘idea’ of India that we all shall protect.


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