Wrote this about a month or two back. Found it in my laptop recently. Well, stand true yesterday, today, or tomorr.
Countries like India, who define cultural and religous diversity, also are the countries that define segeragation. Talking about religous diversity, while on one hand, Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Budhdhists, Baha’is and even Jews are present in India, and they do mingle, but on the other hand, each community is afraid of making stronger bonds with the other, giving various religous and otherwise reasons.
While Indians may seem to think that India is better in diversity than the Western countries ( how much ever diplomacy I might put on, that’s true, Indian are very competetive people, sometmes even where there is no competition. ), it actually is not true, taking in account the fact that Western countries are now pretty much relaxed about religous/cultural/racial intermingling. In a country where slavery of Africans was predominant, today we see people of mixed ethnicities. And Indians are still afraid of marrying a person of another caste. And on the broader prospect, some people still discriminate based on cast. There’s a hostility between communities, like Hindus and Muslims, or Marathis and Biharis. While half the world is focussing on how to help the world socialise and connect better, Indians are still fighting over politics, and regional segregation ( trying to prove their regional ethnicity as superior ). I’m not saying that the USA is perfect or the UK is perfect. I condemn the recent incident about the Indian woman strip searched in the USA. But, their tolerance is still way ahead ours. Their policy and implementation is appreciable, they’re protecting their country from another 9/11, but their methods most certainly are not. As a matter of fact, in comparison ( of security policies and their implementation ), it is as easy for a local terrorist to plant a bomb, as it is to buy weed in the USA. While their are cells to prevent these from happening, these events do take place. Yes, timelines differ for the two activities, and so do their consequences, and probably my comparison was exaggerated, but I stand by my point.
Anyways back on the topic, Indian society is what I’d call a hypocrite. Believe it or not, this supposed diversity is India’s special thing.
Now, my religion itself has certain teachings that are ojectinable to certain people. A Muslim cannot drink alcohol, cannot marry someone outside his faith, and a Muslim woman should wear hijab. And to be honest, each of these are non-optional! But, just like the hijab, it’s a person’s choice to stand by it or not. A Muslim knows the consequences of drinking, and still many of them do. The world is full of people who don’t follow certain things of their religion and how much ever people might condemn it, in the end no one gives a damn. But when it comes to love, relationships and marriages? “Couple killed in Haryana, belonged to different villages.” Girl commits suicide because family didn’t allow inter-religion marriage.” “Couple eloped after families disagreed for marriage.” Finding these headlines is as easy as finding hay in a haystack. Why this hypocrisy? Why, India, why?