I am an Indian. I may sound weird to some. I may sound emotional, a bit patriotic and of course religious too. When am Indian, I am asked many questions by the society and its people- Am I a Hindu, Muslim, Judaist or a Christian?
And this is not new to me, coz I am being grown up with such questions, whenever, wherever I go. I may also be asked if I’m a Brahmin, Rajput, Marwaadi, Gujarati, Kashmiri (pundit), a migrant, Shia, Sunni, Ahmedia or Quranist, Jat, Khatri, Mazhabis or Ramdasias.
These questions are not new for me as I am practiced to answer my religion, my caste, my Gotra, my ancestors’ history, everything, which has been taught to me, since childhood. I have also been taught about my culture, those ethics or etiquettes that I need to follow, throughout my life. What my biradari is and how should I response or behave to it. (more…)
Happy Republic Day to all of you. It’s a fresh morning of 26th January, when nation celebrates its 66th Republic Day to recall our Purna Swaraj with a realization of an independent and democratic nation. Since 65 years, it might not be a new episode for the Indians to celebrate this day with full patriotism; but this year, the feeling of being republic and the power of democracy will be felt more clearly. The importance of Indian constituency and the role of Indian political system might be 6 decades old, but today, we are having a refreshed democratic feeling especially after 15 years when a supreme body spreads its entity so high, that it is being noted today by many countries in the same manner like Mahatma Gandhi did 90 years ago through his noble and peaceful thoughts. (more…)
What’s in a name? It was so humorous to learn the name of a film like PK at the very first instance, making people curious to know the film directed by Rajkumar Hirani. A nonsensical title with eye-opening story hit the theatres with good revenues within a week but also became the subject of many controversies and ban on its show at some places for hurting the religious sentiments of people.
Of course, what’s in a name but after (watching the film PK and) reading further, you will definitely say; yes, it’s all in a name- the only name that is being directly used or misused by those religious people living inside the demarcation of religion and blind-faith. The name of God, Allah or Messiah is being carried since ages to serve their very own greedy purposes forsaking mankind, misusing religious values and sentiments. (more…)
With Modi becoming the prime minister of India and indulged in minting the foreign relationships, the nation is once again watching the political beat in the form of “Modi-fear” under the shelter of the communal issues. Blame it to the next assembly election in Delhi and the conspired affairs of the opposites, but the recent most noticeable incidences of communal issues in Trilokpuri and Bawana area of the capital have once again raised doubts- is India a dictatorially secular country? Or should we get prepared to once again witness the 20 years old dominance of Hindu Sangh Parivar; starting from the capital and gradually to all over the nation?
Nation celebrated its 68th Independence Day. 15th August: the day being prominent to recall the history and sacrifices of the freedom fighters. This is the day of singing patriotic songs, watching flag hoisting at different organizations and a new trend added in the celebration- using multi-media platforms for sharing and uploading photos and status.
Well, this is the general trend of celebrating Independence Day in India including the political biggies becoming the most responsible citizen of the nation, conveying grand speeches among the public. The feeling of patriotism that has emerged a few hours or some days ago takes some big leaps for some hours today and then just starts melting in the second half of the day watching patriotic shows and movies on LCD/Television screens.