We’ve been hearing about ‘Rising India’ since childhood, that truly captures the spirit of the resurgence of a vastly colourful nation. We saw a future with flying cars and moving houses or artificial intelligence and driverless cars at our realistic age. But the ‘rise’ of India along with the internet and social media is unconscionable or bewildering. Conspiracy, propaganda, junk science, and straight-up fake news, India is stepping into a dark age which left untreated can lead to a future of religious cacophony.
The basic idea behind social media is to bring people with similar visions and ideas together. When the youth across the globe saw this as an opportunity to solve the problems in daily life, we saw an opportunity to snoop into others daily activities. Instead of garnering knowledge, we tend to dominate our opinions on others. Visionists saw an opportunity to spread positivity around the globe and instead we are spreading hate and lies against everyone who disagrees with our opinions. The attention these negative posts receive can attract virtual Mark David Chapmans, who disseminates anti-national identities to movie stars and other celebrities just because they don’t follow the same religious ideologies. The easiness of writing on anyone’s ‘wall’ on social networks are exploited to abuse people and more often celebrities are targeted to reach more audience. People who called Shah Rukh Khan and Amir Khan anti-national are people with the same mental disability. Recently a fanatic cancelled Ola cab just because the driver was from other religion and tweeted it like some kind of achievement.
The possibilities of more people following this idiocy can harm the prosperity (if there’s any left) and create tension among people. This can be easily exploited by the minority religious fanatics. It is funny how much mess a simple tweet from a foolish man can create.
People tend to believe what they see on social media forgetting the fact that the posts can be created by anyone with basic skills, who exploit the platform for political or self-intensions. A person is valued by the things he shares on his social profile. Anyone can post philosophical writings and represent himself as a visionist, and more often share religious hatred and act as a saviour of a specific religion. These fake identities can create intolerance and clash among innocents who think they have to fight the other religion in order to survive. Bhagavata Purana, Indian scripture to be written at some point between 400 BCE and 200 CE has an amazing quoting ;
dharmaṁ vakṣyanty adharma-jñā
“In Kali Yuga, uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord”
“Those who know nothing about religion/darma will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.”
These define our era of religious bigotry which is rooted deep in everyone’s mind by individuals who are represented as the saviour of a religion but do not have a clue about its teachings and ideologies. Pakistan is a victim of such terror for years and it’s sad that we still haven’t learned from them. Instead of learning from the holy book and history, they blindly follow their leaders who glorify terrorists as warriors. This happens because people tend to believe what they hear and what their leaders say. If only there was a test to learn Quran before joining Islamic terrorism, most of the ‘Jihadists’ today would have been living with their beautiful families somewhere across the globe, at least learning the history would do ;
“ It was the practice of all of the Prophets to supplicate for their oppressors, although they suffered bodily harm and pain at their hands.
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: I saw the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, tell the story of a prophet who was beaten by his people and he wiped the blood from his face, saying:
My Lord, forgive my people for they do not know “
Sadly India too is turning to a country of blind religious followers who tend to believe what they have been hearing since childhood. Self-introspection seems like it is, unfortunately, a fast receding commodity today – and nothing threatens humanity as a whole more than this phenomenon. We have learned in history about Galileo, who was convicted of heresy, that is, of having believed and held the doctrine that the sun is the center of the world, and that it does not move from east to west, and that the earth does move, and is not the center of the world. We are like the council that suspected Galileo, we refuse to evolve and learn the truth, rather believe in what we’ve been told since birth.
It is our responsibility to seek the truth behind the posts before sharing. The emotions we have after reading a hate message against our religion happens to other people too when you share hate messages against their religion. Think before sharing something, imagine how would you feel if the message was shared with your religions name. Violence is a disease, and you don’t cure a disease by spreading it to more people. It is not the Mullahs or Babas who are going to suffer from a communal violence, it is the common people, you and me.
The world would be a better place if everyone practised their religion like wearing an underwear, not a suit. The God that created you, your religion and the whole universe can also wipe out everyone who marched against him, but that is not what he wants. Religion is for the people to live in harmony with others, to spread love and prosperity. When you find yourself confused with people’s identity, remember we are humans first.
Hindu? Muslim? Christian? No, human first.