Do you have an answer???
By Reedima Kharbanda
By the time you finish reading this article, you will be as much in a fix as I am while writing it. Because just like many of us, I am also one of the passive citizens of India, who resides in this country, eats in this country, sleeps in this country, uses its resources but has seldom done anything that I can be proud of. I agree that I have not given back as much as I have received from my motherland, but in a few respects I do feel better off because at least I am not sleeping unlike others. At least I am more aware than others are. At least I know the issues of my land. So what that I don’t have an answer, a solution, at least I am willing to find an answer….a solution!!
My complaint is not against anyone. As mentioned earlier, I am just looking for answers. Fortunately, I did not need a terror attack to run my thoughts, to wake me up from the deep sleep that I and many of us are/were in. With the multiplexes calling off their strike, we Delhiites received a refreshing wave of new Bollywood movies, the latest being
By this time you must have guessed what I am talking here about. I am talking of terrorism. We hate it. We condemn it. We cry over it. We get angry about it. But…..we don’t do anything about it and that includes me too. In the years of growing up, I was in an impression that the terror attacks happen because some goons want to disrupt our peace and cause us pain, but as I grew up, my opinions changed. I am of a view, which is no justification for all those who engage in these horrendous acts, but still is the reason for the same. Whether we believe it or we don’t is our choice, but the view does deserve some thought.
No one knows how did it all start, and past should be of no concern to us, in any case we don’t have a choice but to leave it behind. The concern and the focus has to be on today and on a beautiful and peaceful tomorrow. So my first question is why is it that Muslims are the ones who are found to be involved in most, rather all the terror attacks? Is it their favorite hobby? Is it that they are not given employment like people from other religion, so they take this up? Is it that they are born with genes to become terrorist? Is it that they inherit the need to become one from their ancestors? Or is it that the religion has been punished and troubled so much and has been given some kind of an unfair treatment in the past that now they are left with no other choice but to get up and act revengeful, take a stand for themselves and release their agony in whichever way possible?
My second question is that if the religion has a problem with the world, then there has to be something wrong with the entire world and the way it’s been handling terrorism till now. So what is the problem? Where are we going wrong? If we point a finger on them blaming them for the deaths of many thousands in our country and abroad, then are we sure that we are as pure as crystals? Then why are there so many cases pending in our country which were filed by Muslims for being tortured only because they were a ‘suspect’ for an attack or an activity? Why the women from the family of suspects, who are not even allowed to remove their burkha in front of strangers, are called to the police stations and made to remove their clothes in front of the policemen and are laughed at? Why do fathers of young boys are made to sit in the police stations and are questioned at incessantly for no fault of theirs? This and many other illicit acts and gross realities are not registered in any file in India, but are registered only in the minds of those who go through all this, loose their respect and strive to survive disrespectfully.
And this…..is the birth of yet another terrorist. In my opinion, they fight not for their freedom, well known to us as jehad, rather they fight for the lost respect, lost by them or their dear ones. They fight against the system which claims to give all rights to the minority but does not so. They fight against the system which claims to be secular in nature but is not so. They fight against the system which claims to hear the plea of each and every citizen, but is actually hypocrite and judges people on the basis of caste, religion, wealth and other parameters. Why would a person not raise his voice against injustice? Why would he keep on bearing the mental and the physical torture just because he belongs to a particular religion? Why would he not stand up if the system would not hear any of his pleas? Would you stay quite if your sister is brutally raped just because you are a suspect? Would you stay quite if your father is beastly beaten up? If at all you would get up to file a complaint or to make your voice heard, this system, which is an epitome of corruption would suppress you, tire you, kill you, unless you give in to their demands!! Their conscious is dead and nothing can bring it back, but yours isn’t. So you will stand up. For your sister, for your mother, for your father, for your friend, for yourself!! And if need be…which will surely be, then in this way!!
So who is at fault? My next question!
Before I continue writing, I would like to remind you, that all this is no justification for whatever they do. I just want answers, because I have the right to ask them. I live in
I am not supportive of anything merciless. I just need answers. Also, I am not talking about the past, because I did not know what happened in the past. I am talking of today. I am the youth of today, and I only see what happens today in front my own eyes, so I am trying to surpass the surface and see the roots. These terror organs did not choose terror as their first choice. There are evidences, unregistered though, that there were moments when they thought of bearing, waiting, crying, dying! They sought after various ways to prove that they were not guilty. They thought of ways to talk, to compromise, to adjust and when nothing worked, they chose to shout…..shout so loud that the entire Mumbai shook in November 2008. Entire
We Indians live in a democracy. A fake democracy. Times are changing, our country now gets represented by a Muslim President, we get the first lady President in history, we make a new discovery every other day, we grow economically, we become strong day by day, but in real terms, we get weak day be day! This masked system and its hypocritical and selfish way of functioning makes us weaker today than yesterday and will make us even weaker tomorrow than today. It’s the roots that go wrong.
We choose a government because a population of 1 billion people and more cannot run the country. Therefore we choose representatives and we lay our trust in them that whatever they will do will be good for us and the country’s welfare. But if the representatives go all wrong, then what do we do? This is my fourth question. Do we take up the charge in our hands? Do we kick them out? Do we give them another chance, and yet another chance, and so on? But then, if all of us take charge then will the country be any better off? And who will earn the bread and the butter for our families if we take charge of the country? How do we rectify the mess which is created? I do not know the answer to any of these. But I wish to seek them and then do something about it, if only it makes a little difference.
My article is no eye opener. It is exceptional in nature and just a compilation of random thoughts and questions which would be running in the mind of any 21 year old who lives in this country and loves it dearly. I am lost. I am desperate. I want to give my children a peaceful tomorrow, while here in