The Great Indian Divide !!

As I sit reflecting back over the years gone by, I wonder what went wrong over the years. When I was a small child, I never heard the religious discussions either in my family, school or neighborhood. There was only one Muslim family I knew, and only thing which was different about them was that Eid used to be a bigger festival for them and not Diwali.

Still in school, Babri masjid incident came followed by riots all over the country. Thence came in more discussion about history and Babar’s invasion. I didn’t understand the noise about it even then, and wanted a school or hospital to be built on the disputed site.

Years later, Babri Masjid incident echoes would be heard and then would be replaced by another heart wrenching incident at Godhra, culminating in the Gujrat riots. Were both the incidents politically fueled ? Yes, even a person with no interest in politics understands that. However, what the 1947 partition started has now reached it’s Zenith with the divide reaching to masses.

Whenever I read about such things on Social Media, the hatred on either sides is palpable and I feel sad over how things could go so wrong. All throughout the years, I have had and still do have friends from Muslim community and I do have an understanding of the differences. But do they matter to me on a personal level. No, they never did. Prayer is something as private as Sex, and how I pray or reach out to the Almighty has nothing to do with anyone else. Yet not many feel this way. Somehow the rituals in every religion which do not have a scientific basis ( and believe me every religion ( Hinduism, Islam and Christianity including ) has them, have pushed me towards aesthism and meditation. I feel much better sitting each day trying to reach out to the silence within.

When covid started expanding it’s roots over the world, I thought this would unite the world. It healed the earth for a little while, till we again start rampaging the land, water and air again. But it has pushed one human away from another. Suddenly every one is fearful of the next person. Ah, may be he is the next asymptomatic carrier who will pass me on the infection. However, what is happening in my beloved country back home is beyond imagination. As always doctors were the fall guy for each death, and everything that was wrong with healthcare systems, but the incidents against them have increased manifold. Similar to that the Hindu-Muslim divide has widened, and will any patchwork ever able to stitch the quilt again? I hope, yet the hope is bleak.

What do you think ? I know my blogger friends are busy in Annual A-Z Blogfest. I didn’t have the right mindset to participate this time either by writing or reading and I’m in awe of them, who could remain unaffected and continue like other times. My doctor friends are busy, either with Covid patients or those who are not directly involved, busy in thinking when they will be back in practice. Either way, I would like you all to pitch in and understand how to make a difference.

I invite my friend, Manas Mukul to link his post. Let’s bring out our voice and make a difference to make this world a better place.

16 thoughts on “The Great Indian Divide !!

  1. What an impressive and thought provoking post Ruchi ji. It is the need of the hour. Hate will only beget more hate. Thanks for the tag. Will surely try to come up with something. Keep the amazing work going. Stay safe.

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  2. Even I thought world will unite and humanity will prevail during these difficult times. Have to see how we all cope up and how big this Covid impact be in our lives.

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  3. If humanity can not join hands now, amidst the deadliest attack on the race, I wonder when will it? Are we going to go down fighting for trifle reasons? Most of the time I believe its a handiwork of politicians who rule by dividing the society. Its the society and its members who have to suffer at the hands of the vested interests of the politicians.
    A pensive post.

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  4. One would have thought a pandemic would unite people. But no. It’s appalling how politicians have further divided Hindus and Muslims, with BJP leaders openly asking people not to buy from Muslims. We are going down the Nazi Germany way. It’s a shame.

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  5. Isn’t it so disheartening that what should bring us together has been used to create further hatred and division. I’m beyond shocked at the response of educated people who appear to be open-minded in other ways!

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  6. Sad but inevitable. Negative thinking maybe but I somehow feel we’ve come too far with the divide to go back now!!!
    Who is right, who is wrong, who should forgive, who should forget…….???
    Answers bring more questions. 😦
    I was wondering if I missed your A2Z posts. The prevailing atmosphere got you down? I guess it is scary; more so for the medics!!! Hang in there Ruchi. 🙂

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    1. So thoughtful of you Radhika…no I didn’t participate’s busy at work and busy at home with all online classes and all didn’t participate


  7. Though I choose to see the positive effect of it on many families and how they are bonding, including my family; it is hard to ignore all the other not so peaceful news I witness via news. I somehow fail to understand why is it that people are very much attracted to hatred than love!


  8. A great touching post Ruchi
    We need to worship humanity instead of religion or place in these times of healing & hope. It’s disheartening to see people taking advantage in every possible situation.
    Praying to nature & it’s elements are my solace.
    I’m on your blog for the first time & glad to be here, thx to the common source that made me too write on similar lines. Hope you like this

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