Hinduism and Indians in an Eerie Phase

Change is permanent, say the wise and a few others. Maybe, that is true. The truth of this statement or any other hypothesis that we have come to believe in the due course of time does not warrant our attention. What is more significant is the essence and the efficacy of its outcomes. Whether or not a belief serves the greater good answers our question of viability of the concept. Mere faith in an age-old saying is insufficient in terms of human reasoning. Similar are our ideals and morals we have attained thus far and hope to propagate in the future.

The world has been undergoing rapid transformations, faster than the need be or more erratic than what theories prophesize. This has been the trend of events for a long time since the medieval age and we have always accepted and gradually adapted to the changes coming our way. It gradually becomes a part of our lives and in few years gets embedded into the repertoire of human nature. Very rarely do we have ourselves confronted to issues that question our past and the underlying reasons for our present being the way it is today. Close to these lines, I find our religion, Hinduism, today standing bereft of many values it once proclaimed to be its own. The structure of changes has corrupted the basic foundations of our religion and hence produced an amalgamated version that answers none of the questions worth asking. What we have of it left today is just another product out of our commercial showrooms, trying to gain market amongst other long-timers somewhat strongly grounded therein.

Isn’t this plight too basal for something like our religion or, so to say, our beliefs? Hinduism has always been known for the love and brotherhood it armors its followers with. Hindus have long been known as the preachers of peace and prosperity. Similar conclusions have been drawn of Indians over entire periods of history. Both owing this trend to the spirit of equality of all faiths and beliefs that they behold. The Hindus and the Indians have been tolerant of all other faiths and beliefs in god and respected a person’s way of worship or belief in god. India gets attributed this positivity of Hinduism as majority of the Indian population is Hindu. Sadly, despite this overwhelming fact, it is we Indians today who are at the committing end of some of the most remarking atrocities in the name of religion or something else.

Since Independence, India has upheld the pillars of secularism and equality among a group that is by far the greatest in variety in terms of racial origin or choice of religion. But it has always provided the shining example of a nation where the differences formed only the insignificant part of lives and what lay on the surface was a universal feeling of love and harmony. But things have changed so fast and so much over an immeasurable period of recent past that these seem like fables. The India that we know of today is totally different from what it used to be. I wonder the mob hatred displayed at the Christian churches and followers is outcome of which evil inside our hearts. If we really don’t abet these heinous activities then why is the government so lax in taking actions against few such groups? Isn’t the government much more powerful and well-equipped to cut short all such measures in moments of action in states like Orissa? How can such a crisis last so long if everybody is interested in solving it!

There were also instances where child girl was raped and burnt brutally alive. It is not the government or the state that must intervene to prevent such untoward occurrences. It is we who are the perpetrators of this act and many other which have assumed communal color. If an age of following of Hinduism has led us to this stage of societal feelings then there must have been something that needs resurrection. But it is obvious that these were not the messages intended. The amendment has definitely come around in the path to modernization or transformation, as we may call it.

Religion does not teach us to laud the followers of our sect alone. Every religion in the world observes the fact that god exists in different forms and hence reserves the right for every individual to choose his method of worshipping Him, irrespective of any convention or tradition. Similar feelings have been backed by our Constitution that allowed every Indian to worship in any form he pleases. Then why do we continue to see these aberrations today from age-old standards? Why is it that Hindus want people to either follow their way of “worship” or bear the brunt of social outcasting?

Arindham Chakroborty

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