This eid, spare a moment for Tarishi Jain. She, the one who of a religion that preaches and practices the ideology of live and let live, was killed by someone because she couldn’t recite a verse from the holy Quran.
I know personally speaking you don’t owe her an apology, but if it isn’t too much to ask for, please pray for her. Maybe #terrorhasnoreligion but when people like Tarishi world over are being killed in the name of a religion, at the least we can do is sympathize with the plight of their friends and family who have to bear the brunt of religious fanaticism.
Last year when a locality in Mumbai tried to ban the trade of meat for a week during Paryushan, a holy period for Jains, there was a massive uproar. Political parties came out on streets dangling meat in front of the faces of Jains visiting temples, not missing a chance to offend a silent minority. The entire community was put under scanner for the actions of corporators in a small locality. The meat ban was reversed in no time.
In Dhaka, a young life went up in flames. She was killed by the extremists. In cold blood. When you compare the reactions to #meatban with#DhakaKillings, the reactions are reflective of the political mindset in the country. There is no political uproar when a Tarishi dies. There is no condemnation, feeble and rhetoric, if at all. Tarishi’s funeral was attended by hundreds, not by thousands like the ones who turned up when a state identified criminal was sent to gallows last year. Both came from minorities. Do you see the irony?
As a community and citizens of India we will be yet again told #terrorhasnoreligion. We will believe in it. We have no choice. We will go to work tomorrow and do the only thing we have ever known- create value for our families and our nation. Tirelessly, peacefully.Eid Mubarak! May the almighty guide us all on the path of harmony and peace. Amen!