I am not defined by my religion or race

(Written by Saumya Rastogi)

Nobody is defined by their religion or race. Our political identity has nothing to do with our individual characteristics.
There is more to us than just our race, caste, gender or place of birth. Even the religion that we follow does not determine our way of living. It however, restricts our thinking and behaviour. Accordingly, we adjudge our environment and surroundings, and move forward. But, instead of moving ahead, some people are still stuck in a stagnant pool of swampy water with no intention of ever getting out. They feel that their religion alone is supreme and this superiority leads them into believing that there exists only one God, that is their’s. They feel that only they belong to this world and whoever is different is therefore, immoral or uncultured. Thus, we think that this separation and divisions in our minds occurs due to this so called factionalism and communalism.

But, religion is not the root of all problems rather it is one of the vices to control human behaviour and nurture positive thinking. We all have one religion, to protect others and that of humanity. This religion is that of spiritual being and living in harmony. This togetherness can only be felt if we are truly secular. Blaming one’s belief to cause communal riots or terrorism is a huge mistake, since a belief is never wrong rather one’s way of understanding it is.
No religion can ever instruct it’s followers to kill others to gratify their needs. No such rules are there in these scripts to urge every person to follow only a particular religion.
Boundaries, lines and barriers around states and countries are defined as territories. It all begun when nobles and kings started conquering kingdoms by battles. Was this not a form of terrorism?
Was this not creating fear by establishing dictators?
Afterall, how can you say terrorism is wrong when the governments itself formed such people by pressurising them. It is now that they have to face the consequences.
Although it is all a matter of perspective. However controversial this topic is, it affects millions of lives and how they perceive it.
There are so many different beliefs and ideas that it is impossible to say that one is right and another one is wrong.
Have you ever stepped in the shoes of a suicide bomber? What pressurised them in doing this. Money? Faith? Society?
However, it all starts with a mindset, even a single one which wants to create fear; fear in the minds of ordinary citizens.
Human beings are like animals. They fight for territory, trying to seize it and conquer.
I am not saying such acts are justified, violence is never justifiable.
Peace is the only answer to these problems since, war propagates war. Oppression and attack on these groups will only lead to more destruction. Such acts will only reduce peace and cause a negative impact on the innocent lives of children brainwashed into believing the misinterpreted texts of the holy books.
Need of the hour is Solidarity, Equality, Love and Gratitude. For how we should live is by abiding these morals. But then again we are a higher order of animals. Although animals also know when it is more than enough.
We kill for no reason and for all reasons at the same time.
And this is one of the billion perspectives in these abundant cosmos.

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