As France came under the grip of terrorism on November 13, people across the world took to social media as a medium to pour their hearts out. They lambasted those behind the Paris massacre, while extending their support to the victims of the unfortunate attack.
But amid the outcry for Paris, Beirut – which also played victim to an ISIS attack just the day before – lay forgotten. A similar callous attitude was what Baghdad got, which has been under continuous terrorist attacks. Like many have said, it’s probably because of the sad truth that ‘these things just happen there’.
It was this hard-hitting dichotomy of outrage and unconcern that’s reflected in a poem posted by Indian-origin blogger Karuna Ezara Parikh on Twitter – which instantly went viral.
It’s time to pray for humanity. It’s time to pray for the world. It’s time to make all places beloved. pic.twitter.com/ZjAHPLGZ6T
— Karuna Ezara Parikh (@karunaparikh) November 14, 2015
Parikh took to the social media to point out what was lacking in our prayers. She started with the powerful caption – “It’s time to pray for humanity. It’s time to pray for the world. It’s time to make all places beloved.”
Parikh points out that Beirut, Baghdad and several other nations inflicted by terorism should have found place in our prayers. But ‘we’ chose to show solidarity to only the people of France.
It is not Paris that needs our prayers, it is the world.