Dear “Liberal” friends and media,
At the onset, I would like to accept unapologetically that I am one from the so-called communal brand, who by definition is anyone going to temple, believes in multiple Gods, worships idols and above all, believes in the backward thinking that cow is a mother. That said, I am equally outraged at the barbaric and savage act that took place in Dadri. This kind of inhuman act cannot be accepted irrespective of your religious inclination or lack there-off.
Though adhering to your views in this particular case,unfortunately and beyond my control, I have to subject myself to “beef” everywhere I go across the social media and now even in the coffee room talks. There are numerous people like me who although do not have any comment to make about anything you eat, ranging from amoeba to a blue whale, we find it extremely uncomfortable to talk about or be faced with beef. And believe me, we are so tolerant that we would not even ask you stop when you speak about it but would rather give you the typical smile which means, ok-I-respect-your-thoughts-but-can-we-talk-about-something-else. Is it really too much to ask for ? I am fine with the fact that everyone has to eat only halal if they want to eat meat even in places like hostel because of religious reasons of some, but I never reason against that. I know that starting from 4 in morning, till late evening, I have to subject myself to loud sounds 5 times a day, but I am ok with that as well. I have “evangelists” visiting me and asking if I have heard the good news which I never want to, but I still tolerate. Is it really too much ask that you keep the beef promotions and beef eating festivals OFF the face-book wall if you can’t respect the sentiment of majority who condemn the act but are strongly uncomfortable with your beef-promotions ? What bigger can be the proof of tolerance of the majority of this nation than the fact that a living being whom they consider as mother, its slaughter is being brought forward every other day in social media but they haven’t even asked you to stop doing that ? You really think we have problems with what you eat on your dining table, no we don’t. Sometimes I just wish we were not that tolerant, in the sense that a lot of us would come out and say “Okay enough! I really don’t want to talk about this.I have no issues with what you eat, but just find talking about beef disgusting”. But somehow tolerance is embedded much deeper inside our conscience to ever speak out.
What did you do when some religious fanatics kicked the Amar-Jawan Jyoti ? I don’t recall you going around with Indian flag and trying to launch your protest against the damage to the symbol of ultimate sacrifice my soldiers. I don’t recall you having put any Facebook outrage over that. Of course pro-armed forces, anti minority is the utmost cliché of uncoolness.
I understand that farmers suicides, global market slowdown are no issues for you as compared to beef but really does it need to feature on 70% of my twitter feed as pics and memes ? I also understand that a 4-year old killed for not covering her head, or a kid killed for he grazed his cattle in field of minority’s field, or several girls from majority community kidnapped and converted in west Bengal, would never find a space on your wall but is beef only thing worth an outrage ?
Or maybe I am wrong, I am talking to a crowd who created social media revolution because they feared they might have to pay a few extra rupee for VOIP (net-neutrality), but were scarily silent on farmers committing suicide.
While I see posts about beef parties, I recall how once a colleague in Europe organized a party beef-less just because he came to know that one of the participant was from India.
Jai Hind !
A “regressive” cow-respecting Hindu Indian
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