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पहचान कौन???

मेरी फ़ोटो
मैं कौन हूँ, मैं क्या कहूं? तुझमे भी तो शामिल हूँ मैं! तेरे बिन अधूरा हूँ! तुझसे ही तो कामिल हूँ मैं!

आपको पहले भी यहीं देखा है....!!!

शुक्रवार, 25 सितंबर 2009

LET TOLERANCE PREVAIL



I am going to tell you a story, the story of a young man who lives in a town and also happens to be my best friend. He prefers to be anonymous but wants me to share with you all, his story in totality. He belongs to a normal middle class baniya family and has ingrained the Hindu sabhyata (cultural ethos) from his father and a rational secular outlook from his mother.


He was all of 8 years when, Babri Masjid was brought down. Unaware of the wider implications as also its meaning in entirety, he was happy that Lord Rama had scored yet another victory of good over evil. He was convinced that now there would be a great, new, better world with Lord Rama at the helm of affairs, unmindful of the communal frenzy that had gripped entire Awadh.


As he was growing, he was attracted towards political Hinduism (hindutva) and began to take deep interest in its literature. He was romanticized by the very sight of Bharat Mata with undivided India behind her and a lion in her service. He was convinced that Hindus had been historically wronged and that Pakistan is rightfully ours and that we as a community face tremendous threat from Muslim terrorists. It was high time that Hindus show their virility to the world in general and Muslims in particular.


As luck would have it, he got admission in one of the most up market and liberal colleges of Delhi University. Here also, he prevented himself from mixing with the crowd, paragons of immorality as they were. While at Venky(S V College), my friend continued to reply every Hi! with a Namaste! But he had not as yet become a fundamentalist, the lively environs of the college, with more girls than boys had a sobering effect on him. Also as he read more about people like Ambedkar, he realized how iniquitous his own social order was!


But the person responsible for a sky change in him was a Muslim named Jamal. My friend realized one day, that he had a neighbour. Out of etiquettes, he enquired whether this new person needed anything. When his name was asked this new person answered: Bobby. My friend insisted on the real name and realized that the new fellow was a Muslim. Gosh! How difficult would it be to live along with an enemy?


Upon getting to know that the new fellow was a social worker, my friend began interacting with him. They talked about the most recurrent questions that create doubts in the minds of people who are unaware. Jamal accepted that there were some problems but for most other things he gave persuasive answers. It were these conversations that made him realize that most of the notions that he used to hold about Muslims were ill-conceived and were little based on facts and more upon the hatred preached by those venom spitting oldies.


My friend’s attitude changed and it changed for good. He came out of the shell and began enquiry with an open mind. Meanwhile, my friend prepared for the MBA entrance and made it to one of the most prominent minority institution in Delhi, a university offering professional courses: Jamia Hamdard. It was here that my friend, for the first time realized how it feels to be numerically less. If he felt a bit ‘different’ just because the majority of students were Muslims, it was entirely possible and justified for Muslims to do so in a country which is overwhelmingly Hindu in character.


As he spent a little time here, he realized that the majority of his friends were ‘normal’ people, with dreams and aspirations of making it big one day. Yes, there did exist a lunatic fringe that had ulterior motives; but by and large, he did not notice any hate whatsoever against him in anyone’s eyes. He did the unthinkable, stayed at hostel with Muslim friends helping them with Organizational Behaviour and Managerial Economics and getting helped with Financial Management and Quantitative Techniques.


There was this incident when the naughty but likable Shadab broke down completely while talking to his Ammi (Mother). Where is the difference, my friend wondered! Same human emotions govern us all alike. Then came the fasting month of Ramadan, it was he who would give missed calls to close to a dozen classmates as an alarm at the time of Sehri (the time in the early morning for one to eat something, following which Roza or Fast would start). He would share Iftar (breaking the day’s fast) with the friends in return.


One day, my friend went to Ber Sarai with a female friend to get some old books at concession prices. It was when he ran out of money that he spotted a sleek copy of The Song Celestial (Gita). He recalled an incident during his graduation class when he was arguing with his young female Oriya teacher at Venky about the importance of the unification of Hindus. The teacher asked my friend that whether he had read The Bhagavad-Gita, the most potent source of Hindu darshan? My friend was taken off-guard.


He immediately borrowed 200 bucks from the female friend and purchased the Penguin edition. He avidly read the text and realized that the true Hinduism was altogether different from what he had believed it to be! Hinduism is so conceptualized that it possible to include anything and everything within it. Its strength is its tolerance and malleability. Whether you are a believer or an atheist, a Shivaite or a Vaishnavite, an Aryan or a Dravidian; you are a Hindu all the same.


Fellow Indians, my friend exhorts you all not to play into the hands of a lunatic minority within us who claim that we are in danger. Don’t forget, they only say while extolling the virtues of our great religion that Hinduism has no beginning and has no End as well (Na Aadi Na Ant). He agrees in totality and therefore suggests that there is just no need to be afraid of a perceptual threat which anyways doesn’t exist.


God Bless All!


25 टिप्‍पणियां:

imti ने कहा…

first of all congratulation......i alwz new it would be you among us who will make a difference...
your blog is very nice and i would say very real. most people(hindus) do have this concept which your friend have in your blog and they mostly generalized it with all muslims.we all are same only our way of living makes this difference.
looking foe more of your blog..
...."GOD BLESS"

KhuRRam....... ने कहा…

This has made me nostalgic of our old memories :)
God bless U!!

rahul ने कहा…

good! keep it up!

monika ने कहा…

hey this is good for individual differences in organisation behaviour

abhay ने कहा…

Ya, gud............ for the generation in a hurry, a generation who firmly believes in instant gratification, its kinda good to take a pause and think. Even if this thinking process is about irrelavent, obsolete issues.

For a person who day in and day out talks abt his experiments with lust..this blog is a welcome change.

jd ने कहा…

very nice,dear.......
i know only one creater exist in the universe.......HUMAN.It is up to we all what we felt about .If u will mix the blood of all the religion, it becomes too difficult for u to identify ur self.
one day definitely...... we will have change in thoughts, in feeling ........but we need only one thing CONSISTENCY .....
Just turn back & i m standing wiyh u ....
Go ahead , dear.......

ASHISH ने कहा…

Dear Abhay,
Thank You for Character Assassination!
O Jesus! Forgive him for he does not know what he has done!
May your blessings be upon him!

Jaan-Nisar ने कहा…

wow what a saint Ashish ji is?
well... U shd know tht i did'nt meant it that way...
i waz just trying to be funny...
i like u....
infact if u wait for another 20-22 years for ur marriage I might consider you for my daughter.....

Shiblee ने कहा…

I never saw this kind of behavior while growing up, Thanks to the people of my small town. However after '92 a lot changed. The biggest was the fear of Muslims, propagated in the minds of our Hindu brothers (Which actully doesn't or even if it exists is very small compared ti the Hindu faith. For almost 10 years now, I have been trying to say that China is a bigger threat to India, Pak stands nowhere close to us when compared! Our faith is to unite rest all is economics!

prashant ने कहा…

Religion,caste,regionalism are the worst possible thing which could happen to any society.We all have been born n brought up in an environment where we witness these things throughout our life cycle.Notwithstanding the fact that existence of God make some of us a God fearing man,his existence is creating a communal divide between people of different faiths,caste n creed.I might sound to be an atheist but let it be, bcoz inspite of being the followers of a secular God,how many of us have the courage to marry out of our religion n caste,I wud say only few of us n they are the one who are going to be the harbinger of the social change n they will surely erase the line of religion,caste,regionalism between us.Do your bit n inspire others to do it.I feel this is the most effective way to blur this line of distrust n get close to each other.Long live love n humanity.

Deepak Bharathan ने कहा…

Ahhm... I knew a change was coming. In all our talks there was fire and fury but little that emerged out of your soul.How long should the pyre
be kept burning it has to die down and find its peace. Thanks I guess you are being very honest about having evolved very few people actually acknowledge that.. then and now I respect you for your simple honesty.. kudos to that

JASPREET ने कहा…

People of all community are same... The main thing is luv, if u luv sum one then it is not consider whether he or she is from wht religion, and the main thing is purity of ur heart and soul towards ur near ones... Jo insaan har dharam ki izaat karta hai woh hi bhagwan ko pata hai.. aur ye apni story kuon likh di apna prem ka baarein mein bhi likh deta... ki kitni baar kuon kuon se religion ki gals ka saath hua.. That proves ur story...

theserenewinds ने कहा…

brother the thread of all true philosphies and religions is love and compassion. Just looking into our hearts we can realize the jist of all religions. good direction of thought i must say!

vikoo ने कहा…

First of all, Congratulations! for being one of the good blog writer. A different blog focusing on the minority communities. Ashish you are absolutely correct in defining Hinduism, NO BEGINNING - NO END.

Waiting to see your next blog, preferably on some other good topic.

GOD BLESS!

aimen tanvir ने कहा…

Good One Ashish..
Your "experiments with love and life" will certainly inspire ppl to judge others on the basis of WHAT THEY ARE, rather than categorising them as Hindu/Muslim and judging them on pre conceived notions....

God Bless u

Regards,
Aimen

Prof. Anchal ने कहा…

i really appreciate the mental trauma that u have been their since all these years.....and i wud really recommend to seek a councelling from VHP or sangh pariwar....come to me when u feel frustrated i wud try my level best to bring u out of this illusion
Also read a News Paper called TOI, dated:14.10.09 pg...just find it out yourself and topic goes like "LOve JihaD". it will help you to be out of addiction of all those dark five years...it cud b clearly reflected by the background in your blog pg. No doubt it is the color that u might have seen the most, all these gr8 years

Jai Sri Ram.........
Hanumaan Bhakt

Shilpa ने कहा…

Inni Changi Angrezi! Wah ji! Vadhaiyan!
Anyways it ws ur opinion abt general bondings, my experience says dat a person can get mad abt a person wid diff religion even if he/she is fed up wid anti-religion views since childhood. So no matter wht ur religion, caste or creed is, lov can creep into any heart.
Keep Blogging!!!!!!!!!

ASHISH ने कहा…

Welcome Shilpa!!!
Tuin, tuin, tuin, tuin........
Ashish

ASHISH ने कहा…

Dear Prof. Sa'ab,
I read the article that you mentioned in your comment. Yes, it is regretful if people are resorting to love as a tool for 'misplaced' Jihad.
Beleive me, I had a wonderful time at Hamdard. There would be extremists on both sides of the fence, but thankfully, they constitute a fringe!
Also, I do not intend to preach anything. These are the conclusions that I have drawn on the basis of my experiments with love and life.....
Keep reading, more will follow!
Regards,
Ashish

ASHISH ने कहा…

Hearty welcome to Aimen, Jaspreet, Sam (do I know you?) and Rocky!
Ashish

Shilpa ने कहा…

V followers r eagerly wa8ng 4 another mind boggling expression of views by our Leader, dis time preferably more in sync wid d blog name.
Keep Blogging!!!!!!!!

ASHISH ने कहा…

Hey!
I am in the process of finalizing yet another post!
Keep reading!

shailesh ने कहा…

hello sir!!!!!!!!!
u r right , but I have d same thinking what ur friend had due to certain facts I've still I'ld like to get convinced
it was a great learning experience, great work sir..............

monika ने कहा…

hi ashish,
professors are better paid then any other profession in india after 6th pay commission,now the concept of garib master has gone,moreover they have to work almost 7 months in a year and can enjoy summer,winter holidays including weekend and other gazetted and local holidays,so don't worry dear software market is in recession and now girls are ready to marry with guy even for love so it is girls who is worst effected by recession.rest janam,maran and paran is in hand of god.trust god and trust urself.it is better not to marry a demanding girls with demanding inlaws

Manoj K ने कहा…

an eye opener for me, an MBA with a teaching background and now an officer in a bank.

Ashish has many faces, for me the cool guy who is good at writing is the best. This post is indeed mind boggling.. the real truth is that we see what has been projected on the screen of our age-old mindsets.


and All the best for ur ... u know what i mean :))

Manoj Khatri
Jaipur