We should be highly concerned about the future if we need to be careful about reading a festival booklet during a metro train ride. Division based on communalism has been growing within India, with more and more people getting caught in the cross hairs of who is a nationalist and who is an anti-nationalist — fuelled more by half-baked knowledge and assumptions. Only a few months back, 50-year-old Mohammed Akhlaq of Dadri in Uttar Pradesh was killed because the mob ‘assumed’ he had stored beef in his fridge leading to a nationwide dialogue around the subject of ‘intolerance’.
In what can be seen as another eye-opener, Twitter user Sowmya Rao tweeted a screenshot of her friend’s Facebook message narrating an experience while reading an Urdu booklet on the Delhi metro. If the post is to be believed, then what the fellow travellers said is extremely worrisome.
“Today on the Delhi Metro, I was reading the little Jashn-e-Rekhta booklet in Urdu. Suddenly, I realised that two people were talking about me and saying “in haraamiyon ko seedha Pakistan bhejo, dekho Kashmir mein kya gand machaaya hua hai. Pakistani hai Sab ke Sab.” I gave back as good as I got, but this is certainly a sign that we’re living in fun times,” the friend wrote. “I am getting a little worried now,” said Rao while sharing the post.
Guys this happened to a really close friend today in Delhi and I’m getting a little worried now pic.twitter.com/AH5NSPIVTu
— Semiya (@sowmyarao_) February 22, 2016
Thankfully, most people who replied and retweeted the were sensitive to the incident
— M Mitra (@MMitra4) February 23, 2016
— بنت – حوّا (@nazninkhan53) February 24, 2016
Urdu is a language not a religion. Premchand wrote ‘Gaudan’ and many of his masterpieces in Urdu.
— मानवतावाद (@True_Human_) February 24, 2016
But unfortunately, there were people who encouraged this behaviour.
— M M (@armyenthusiast) February 22, 2016
— Prof N.K.Singh (@PrfNKSingh) February 23, 2016
— Sir Alec Corbyn (@paynchOm) February 23, 2016