As Indians, we have grown up knowing the difference between religions. Religion has always played a great role in our lives. Our lives revolve around faith and caste, very recently, we came up with hate for Tanishq’s new ad, which showed a Hindu woman’s baby shower at her Muslim in-laws home. My question to all those people calling it anti-Hindu or claiming love jihad is if it was a Muslim woman at a Hindu family what were we going to call it then?
Tanishq was forced to remove the ad, but was the outrage necessary? Where were these people when a girl was being raped, or when a man was being murdered? A few people are so engaged in spreading differences among religious communities that they don’t even realize that these two religions have co-existed in the same country for many years now. It is not a religion that is bad, it is an individual, and they can be from any religion.
We need to focus on more critical issues going on in our country like poverty, rapes, economic problems, etc. There are many issues that we, as Indians, need to tackle together rather than focusing on such non-issues. It’s time we realize that we, as humans, have other things to focus on than religious differences, in 2020, this should be the least expected thing to do. We are a country which has the highest number of rape cases, do we blame the Hindus for it or the Muslims? Don’t we blame all those men who commit such crimes?
Inter-caste marriages are a beautiful thing, which we all should now accept—as marrying someone from a different religion or culture doesn’t remove the love for our own religion. It makes us accept both religions beautifully and understand them. We are in a generation where everything is so modernized, and yet, we cannot modernize our brains and accept the cultures of different religions and respect them equally. After all, there is only one supreme power with different names, so respecting all faiths and doing so happily, won’t make you hate or disrespect your own religion.