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is the last post of the year 2021. The year that is dying hasn’t been
particularly cheery. The pandemic hampered most movements. I would have loved
to visit a lot of places as I had planned earlier. Worst of all, classes went
online and I now have a whole batch of students whose faces I won’t recognise
if I meet them somewhere.
Two events of
the year that worry me largely are not personal, however. They are about the
nation. Both happened recently. One: the Haridwar
hate speeches. Two: Cutting
off foreign donations to Mother Teresa’s Charity and the attacks
on Christian churches on Christmas day.
These are all
interrelated events. India has become a nation of haters and hatemongers. Most
tragically, ascetics have become the foulest citizens spewing venom against
minority communities. And the government is just mute. None of the authorities
from the Prime Minister to the chief ministers of various states where the hate
speeches and attacks took place have bothered to make a statement about the
nefarious incidents. When a government that enjoys a ‘brutal’ majority tacitly
supports hate, the country is sure to degenerate into miseries of all sorts.
hope for 2022 is that the national degeneration is arrested.
That is a
chimeric wish as long as the leaders of the country themselves want hate to be
spread. I pray to all the 33 million gods of the pantheon to bring
enlightenment to our leaders in the New Year.
I was in Delhi, I used to visit an institution called Prem Daan which
was run by the nuns of Mother Teresa. The institution housed about a hundred
people who suffered from various forms of mental disability. The selfless
service rendered by the nuns impressed me every time I visited them to offer a
small donation. Some students of the school where I worked also used to visit
the institution under the leadership of a teacher called Surender Sharma as
part of a social awareness programme. The students were all Hindus as was the
teacher. They offered donations generously. Any visitor would be moved
by the kind of service the nuns performed there. Only those who were motivated
by something beyond this earth could carry out the kind of work that the nuns
did. Why would any government think of cutting off the financial supports to
such remarkable humanitarian services?
all the difference. What you do becomes great or mean, noble or ignoble, by your
motive. I have always suspected Mr Modi’s motives when it comes to affairs
related to religions. A lot of good gets suppressed because of his motives. A
lot of evil is promoted also by them.
I wish the New
Year will bring more sense to some of our leaders.
you Happy New Year.