Friday, October 9, 2015

The scary sign of times to come

We are living in maddening times.

A poor soul was lynched in Dadri because he was 'suspected' of eating beef. What someone eats is nobody's business unless you are a cannibal. Why this intolerance? Why does someone get an authority to decide on what we eat and what we wear? Last I remember, we lived in a democratic set up.
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What if tomorrow there is a supposed ban of eating 'paneer'. So will all those selling paneer, making paneer at home be lynched too?

 And where does this intolerance begin?

It begins right in the courtyards of our homes. When we tell our kids that they should befriend people 'like them' implying to kids from same society strata we are surely raising them to be intolerant towards others who don't fall in this supposed section of society.

I met a lady at LO's school. I was patiently waiting for LO to finish his class when I heard this lady - another parent also waiting for her child to finish school - brag rather loudly. She was talking about how her child is the naughtiest kid around. Her exact words were, "the moment my child reaches home she goes straight to her room and then searches for the maid. She punches the maid and pulls  her hair. Actually the poor maid tidies up the child's room and my child doesn't like it. Actually she doesn't like anybody touching her things you see and the maid has to pay a price for cleaning up that space. What to do. Kids are very impatient these day," she rued.

Now that is a mommy proudly talking about her 2 -3 year old child. Im sure when this kid grows up without any mentoring she will be an intolerant kid. Who is to be blamed then?

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