By Rahul Gautam:
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinction out of their own minds & then believe them to be true”. — Lord Buddha
Let us model the ‘Indian Society’Â as an organization which has been following aÂ Mechanistic Structure wherein the tasks associated with each of the four layers (CEO, Upper White Collar , Lower white Collar, and Blue Collar) under this structure have been clearly defined.
The structure of this organisation has been divided further in sub-layers. For e.g. In the CEO layer, we have the High class CEO, Middle class CEO, Lower class CEO, Pure CEO, Vegetarian CEO, Egg eating CEO, Non Veg. CEO, Theist CEO, Atheist CEO, and the list goes on… And the other three layers are no different where the same division is being followed!
Inevitably, our organization has been splitting-up like an endless Chain Reaction. Is there any end to this division? Should we blame the founders of this organizational structure or should we blame those who are still following this culture in 21st century? These are the few prevalent questions which beg for an answer.
Fortunately, there exist various subsidiaries of this organization which usher in restructuring in its culture processes. There are many liberal and rational employees in these subsidiaries who understood the meaning of the wordsÂ ‘humanitarian values’. But unfortunately, most of these subsidiaries invariably end up following the same old culture. And to prevent this rigidity, they can stoop to the lowest possible level. Even to the extent of killing their own sons and daughters for their so-calledÂ Prestige/Honour!
Buddhism and Sikhism are the independent organizations which have been formed to get rid of this societal-based irrational structuring and to create a flat structure within their organization; to create a good culture without any discrimination so that people should getÂ incentives based on their deeds and merits, not by their birth.
The Irony is – People who belong to Sikhism and Buddhism have also created the same structures in their ‘pure’Â organizations. The influence of this irrational structuring is so powerful that no other religion is being spared and this has also moved beyond the boundaries of India wherein people take this cultural baggage along with them to foreign countries as well. There is growing evidence that caste is rearing its ugly face in other countries. E.g. Recently in U.K., the Anti —Caste code bill has been passed.
Times of India- Newspaper Article, April, 2010; an article which stirred our soul and whose output was a short film “Prestige- A delusion defeating dignity”: a daughter was killed by her own mother in the name of so-called honour. The reason — Her daughter belonged to the CEO’s class and fell in love with her equally potential batch mate who was unfortunately born and brought up in the Blue Collar’s class.
If we consider killing as aÂ Prestige/ Honour, then in the same breath, we should rate Osama Bin laden and other terrorists as the most respectful and honourable people of this planet. And Nobel Peace laureates like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela as the least ones!!
I’ve been travelling around and visiting the temples of India since 2003, covering almost all different religious places: likeÂ Hinduism– Temples of Mathura, Ayodhya, Shirdi, Puri,Â Islam– Chisti Dargah at Ajmer,Â Christianity– Churches at Delhi and Chennai,Â Sikhism– The Golden temple —Amritsar,Â Budhism– Lord Buddha’s place at Shravasti.
Simply I love all places and respect all religions… I love to gorge on aÂ garma-garam halwa at the Golden temple, I love to attend the 3.30 amÂ mangal-aarti at the Hare Krishna temple, I love to revel in the serenity at a Church, I love to hear theÂ qawwali at a Dargah, I love to indulge in the calmness and peace at a Buddhist pagoda but I found nothingÂ Rational in this irrational structuring within the religion and society and nothingÂ Honorable/Prestigious in killing of their own children!!
“NoÂ Religion… is better thanÂ Love & NoÂ Caste… is better thanÂ Humanity…”
Life is beautiful…Â “Change Minds, Save Lives”