When leaders play ego games, they use common men and women as pawns; and it’s these beautiful souls who drown in hatred – they become victims and villians while the leaders are glorified as crusaders of self respect and righteousness.
The below essay explores the thin line between self respect and ego from one example in Indian history.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS ESSAY IS TO LEARN FROM HISTORY AND ENSURE WE DON’T REPEAT THE MISTAKES OF THE FOREFATHERS AND FOUNDERS OF OUR NATION. WE RESPECT AND HONOUR ALL OF THEM BUT WE NEED TO JOURNEY BACK IN TIME, NOW DURING THIS PANDEMIC. THIS IS NOT CRITICISM BUT CRITICAL THINKING AND I BEG YOU TO READ THIS ARTICLE WITH AN OPEN MIND, SO THAT WE CAN SAVE OUR GENERATION FROM BECOMING VICTIMS OF BIGOTRY AND HATRED- THE UNPARDONABLE CRIME THAT SOME OF OUR LEADERS IN THE PAST COMMITTED……
When the Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad went absconding after a FIR was issued against him, news channels exposed him for openly defying lock down orders.
A friend called me, expressing disgust at the developments and he declared that religion per se is the deadliest sin of mankind because it breeds an arrogant ‘holier than thou’ attitude.
I let him vent his anger; he was after all in pain and justifiably so – every reasonable Indian was agahst at the haughty self-importance some of these Markaz attendees displayed; their enlightenment complex and convictions of superiority of their religion has sickened the most tolerant of Indians.
But I wanted to go deeper…
I have in my 47 years of life made some excellent Muslim friends. One in particular, Javed Bhai, a carpenter by profession is my favorite. His hospitality and grace has etched a permanent place in my heart. I have also had many Muslim friends in college and later as an ISKCON devotee, I met some excellent Hare Krishna practitioners who had converted from their Islamic faith to accept a Hindu way of life. Their gentleness and friendships are a treasure I can never part with.
So what is happening now? I returned to the present COVID 19 Pandemic where emotions are running high. I couldn’t accept my friend’s generalization that a community or religion could be evil. But he strongly reasoned. I heard him and hung up quietly.