army has a rich tradition of having Sarv Dharm Sthals in our regiments. These Sthals
are just not a place of worship; they invariably become a part of our hearts.
We all follow and respect, all religions, Sarv Dharm. I am a Muslim by birth
but as an army wife I have proudly put Tilak on my forehead whenever the
occasion demanded. I have actively participated in all kinds of Pujas in the regiments
like Ganesh Chaturthi, Karwa Chauth and many more. Me and my husband have lead
Pujas like Satyanarayan Puja, Holika Dahan Puja, Sarawasti Puja, Maha
Mrityunjay Jap when he was the Commanding Officer. All this along with our
And today I
can proudly say that I am a better Hindu than the Hindutva activists and a
better Muslim that the Islamic fanatics, for in my heart resides the love for
Krishna, Hazrat Ali, Ganpati Bappa, Imam Hussain, Jesus and Guru Nanak. Above
all I am better human being than all those redeemers of religions. So next time
you troll me, abuse me, hurl distorted verses from Quran on me, telling me how
Muslims should behave, please take a hard look at yourself. Who are you? What
has hate done to you? What have you become?
All and I
repeat, all of the Hindus I have known in my life, my friends and colleagues,
the ones I have actually spent time with, have always been so decent,
respectful, loving and not at all the filthy gutter mouths we come across on
social media. Even now , irrespective of our political inclinations. So, who
are you? I ask again. Who are you, who thinks, wearing saffron attire or a huge
Tilak or a Rudraksh Mala or having angry Hanuman display pic gives you the
certificate to be violent towards other communities. No, you are certainly not
the Hindus India has always been so proud of.
I know you
will ask me about Islamic terror, well, we have always condemned each and every
act of terror done in the name of religion. But even then we are paying a heavy
price on a daily basis. We are blamed for the acts we never committed, of
Mughals, IS, Pakistan, Taliban, Jihadists, Kashmiri separatists, just because
we share the same religion. Is this even fair? We are denied jobs, houses,
visas; our kids are ridiculed and alienated in schools. Why? What for? We have
been fighting the fanatics within our religion in our own capacities; we will
not let them have a control over us ever.
are, you are doing a great damage to Hinduism and true Hindus, just like the way,
Islamic terror organisations did to Islam and Muslims all over the world. Such
people with only divisive and dirty agenda need to be called out, exactly the
way we call out all Islamic terror every single time. If you don’t, I am sorry
you are one of them.
understand there are people, politicians who benefit the most out of this
divisiveness. They fuel this dangerous fire to benefit themselves. Let’s stand
united against each and every force which tries to break our diversity, our
syncretic culture, our unity. And as Shahrukh Khan says, being diverse is a
good thing, being divisive is not. Sarv dhram bhav is what I have in my heart
and that is exactly what I have taught my children. That is what being a true
Indian means to me, I hope it does to you too.
Views expressed above are the author's own.