So there is a girl I met the other day and she asked what my caste was? I smiled and replied “I am a Syed.”, with all the politeness a person utterly annoyed by the caste systems could muster.
“Oh but like Sunni right?”, she asked.
“Oh thank God.”, she sighed.
At this point, all the politeness in my body started to fade and I let out a meek sigh.
Don’t get me wrong, you have to work really, really hard to enrage a person like me. And I wasn’t angry at the person rather what she said. Certain things do way beyond just ticking you off. And this is definitely one of it.
The news yesterday and today kept flashing about a man shot dead. Facebook news feed with multiple posts and videos, windshield pierced with three bullets, shattering the glass and claiming his life. Humanity suffered, we became less human.
The worst crimes perpetrated are by people claiming that the ‘Other’ is wrong. So utterly and hopelessly wrong, that you MUST go to such extremes, things that you can never imagine doing to yourself you will do to the ‘Other’. That is the only way you can reform this society and bring peace. You have something you do not agree with? Its okay. Dialogue? No you must take everything in your own hands and do as you please. Probably because of all the guilt that has been building up due the fact that you are ignoring what is actually important. So you find out all these minute things, blow them out of proportion and sanction injustice and murder.
Sectarianism may seem like nothing, but to actually think of the crimes committed on such petty issues, and to think the justification behind it is religion. Do not cloak you ugliness using religion. It is inhuman and injustice and exploitation and oppression.
But no, that’s not how it works. Social justice can wait, what you need is to re-establish your self-proclaimed righteousness. I mean come on, priorities. Right?
Another child turns into an orphan, another wife a widow and the world loses faith in humanity.