Religion is a highly mistaken concept in contemporary world. Religion is related to the kind of clothes worn, the language spoken, the traditions and rituals followed and so on and so forth. India, the land of Unity in Diversity is a colourful country where every religion has the right to live peacefully. Religious diversity and religious difference are both established in the country by law and custom. The constitution of India has declared the right to Freedom of Religion as a fundamental right.
RELIGION AS FRAMED IN THE MIND OF PEOPLE
Religion, according to people, is following a particular set of culture and ideas, as prescribed by the Godman or their elder generations. More precisely, it is the blind faith in a supreme power that is different for groups of people. Right from the birth of a child, he is deemed to follow the ongoing traditions followed by his family. Even before beginning any activity, he has become a victim of social norms, unaware of its existence. He is told not to question or raise a finger against any custom, no matter how illogical it may seem. Any objection is considered as the ultimate sin of human life.
What exactly religion is? Is it just the separation of human race on the basis of outer pretence? Not at all.
I fantasize the time when Hindu and Muslim actually shared a brother like bond which shattered after the British’s raj on Divide and Rule policy. Turn to the history and facts, 2002 Gujarat Hindu- Muslim riots, Ayodhya temple scuffle and daily communalism incidents have shook the country. The protests take the form of mass violence and molestation between the communities.
Everybody is commercialising his own brand of what he calls ‘God’. People are coming forward to prove that their God is the best. This is complete lunacy. Doesn’t anyone remember the old age adage, “God is one”. The situation has become so grim that it has become a global issue and many movies, for instance Oh My God, PK by Aamir Khan, has projected the issue and tried to bring about a change in the attitude of common people. It is a satire on the Godman and their methodologies to attract people and both condemn religious fraudsters that divide and rule.
The act of terrorism and riots is a result of safeguarding our personal religion and taking revenge from the people of other religion who did absolutely no wrong to us, but the past assumptions of wrongful acts without any concrete proof leads to hatred, which is unbreakable and it pushes people to show their act of cruelty. Even the smallest simple acts are wrongly interpreted and results in rage and anger. The mafias, for their self- interest, use religion as a weapon to conquer the trust of innocent people and add them to their plan. This blind faith has dragged us from our rationality, logic and righteousness.
We believe everything we are told. How are you going to justify the influence of rich people on religious people? We only pretend at religious places to prove that we are a prime devotee. But how good it is to pour water, milk, and other eatables in abundance in holy places when our fellow beings are dying of hunger and starvation? Religion isn’t about showing off, it is about true and pure feelings which aim to bring good for everyone.
The so- called Godmans have indeed started a business, simple and easy. Rightly pointed out in PK, this is indeed ‘dar ka business.’ God fearing people are easily tricked by others in stressed situations and they go blind in faith as they do not want their soul to depart in Hell. These manipulations have killed the human instinct of fearlessness and logic. They have become victim of orthodoxy.
The true religion is the religion of Humanity. Read the Holy Scriptures written by highly knowledgeable and worthy people, and you’ll know that each blessed and powerful soul focused on the same principles of Humanity and goodness. Humanity is above all considerations.
I don’t advocate the absence of God. Yes, there is the supreme power acting on the Universe, controlling everything day in and day out. He created us, not to fall prey to wrong tactics, but to share the values of love and brotherhood and make this world a better place to live in. This discrimination and separation only make us immoral human being, unworthy of the cause of our existence.
Believe in God, respect him and focus on his teachings but don’t let it be your weakness. The true values make us stronger and focused. Don’t let any other person take undue advantage of your faith.
Live simply, walk humbly, love genuinely, help kindly and always do the good of others. That’s the act of true devotee. Don’t act out of fear, but with due regard and love. Make this place a better to live in.
Few days ago, nearly 400 people were arrested for creating a huge ruckus in the streets and looting over food shortages in the capital city of Surce, Venezuela. During this food war, many people were reportedly marked dead by the local media, which is not accepted to be truthful by the authorities. More than 20 businesses were plundered and the local authorities claimed this act of “vandalism” to be inspired from a right-wing faction within the country’s opposition, as reported in a national daily. "I have no doubt they paid them, this was planned." This statement was not something new to be heard, as the filthy game of politics, there is rule of making irrational and insensitive accusations over the opponents. But by taking a deeper look into the matter, the sense of fatality seems to have grounded the locals who are the sufferers in this drowning state of the nation. With desperate masses shouting out "We want food!" protests and melees at shops have spread across Venezuela in recent weeks, caused by severe shortages. This was one out of the tenth situation that had prevailed in the country and dreaded the entire nation, which are already suppressed under brutal recession and the highest inflation rate across the globe. Searching for reasons for this current fiasco, people have claimed this situation to be a result of failed attempts of the ‘socialist economy policy’ of the Maduro’s and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez are to be blamed.
But how had all this begun in the country, which is now in the state of devastation and curbed downed in productivity?