Egging individuals to purchase gold Jewellary from its latest assortment, upmarket Jewellary model, Tanishq, launched a singular emotional industrial. A beaming woman strolling by means of a superbly embellished residence, being ushered alongside by her delighted mom in legislation. Round 20 second into the 55 second industrial, do the views realise that the girl is pregnant and he or she is being escorted for her child bathe. The emotion quotient is so excessive that the viewer is nearly misplaced to the entire thought of a Jewellary model. Round 35 seconds into the industrial, one realises the fantastic thing about the idea. The girl in query is being escorted by her Muslim mom in legislation will all Muslim relations to rejoice the bliss of life, motherhood. That a Hindu woman is being accorded this loving gesture by her Muslim in legal guidelines is the crux of endearment of all the industrial. The visualisation leaves the audiences, misty eyed and misplaced on the earth of affection and togetherness.
Nothing ought to have been unsuitable with this industrial. Cling on, it is a new India! In in the present day’s India, the whole lot is seen from the binary or prism of faith. Why is the lady a Hindu and the household Muslim. Why couldn’t the creators of the industrial reverse the faith. A muslim lady in a Hindu household being welcomed for child bathe. Simply because, Hindus have been taking it on the face, does it imply that they need to be served blows after blows.
Immediately the narrative modified from emotional, familial bonding of child bathe to ‘Love Jihad’. The opinion makers of 21st century India drew their swords on social media and inside hours the Tanishq industrial was being derided as insensitive, biased, disrespectful, anti-national and above all selling ‘Love Jihad’.
To my dazed existence, even inside numerous Tv newsrooms, the opinion was extremely polarised and divided. Younger males & ladies, who’re tuned to soak up information as it’s, had been extremely weaponised with their aggressive ideas. A younger woman in my newsroom, confronted me with the identical twisted logic that I used to be combat out on the social media – ‘why don’t liberals ever dream of constructing a industrial with a Muslim lady in a Hindu household – even on this case, child bathe is a Hindu idea, so ought to have been pure for a Muslim lady to really feel kicked about festivities in a Hindu household’.
Aghast as I used to be, I questioned, what has come about 21st century younger individuals. For heaven’s sake, child bathe is a follow adopted in all faith, be it Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, and so forth. Does the presence of a Hindu lady in a Muslim household, come as a shock to us. Go searching us, individuals, for hundreds of years, such interfaith marriage have been happening with hardly any notion of so known as ‘Love Jihad’.
When Princess Jhodha Bai was provided in marriage by her Rajput father to Emperor Akbar, what was that? Was that interfaith alliance for a stronger state or ‘Love Jihad’. Hundreds of Rajput princesses throughout the nation married Muslim ruler, why did their households supply their daughter in marriage
Relatively than perceive that crux of energy alliance, these episodes are in the present day dug out as repression and projected in a brand new mild. Foundation these so known as “injustice”, this complete new idea of ‘Love Jihad’ has been created.
Apparently, those that profess their Hindu ideas of defending ladies from Islamic “Love Jihad”, appear to be fully clueless about info introduced by leaders of the Bharatiya Janta Get together(BJP).
In Feb 2020, Minister of state for House, G Krishna Reddy acknowledged in a written reply within the parliament, “Love Jihad — popularly used to explain instances of allegedly pressured interfaith marriages, was not outlined beneath present legal guidelines and no such case had been reported by the central businesses. There aren’t any instances of ‘Love Jihad’ within the nation”.
To additional buttress the purpose, let me quote the previous House Minister Rajnath Singh. On repeated questioning by media individual in 2014, Rajnath Singh quipped, “What is that this, I don’t know one thing like this occurs in India. I’m not conscious”.
My two – bit query to all proponents of ‘Love Jihad’ idea may be very straight – please discover us instances of ‘Love Jihad’. Can any of the so-called protector’s of religion, discover any such instances in India. And if not, they what are they loathing about. If beneath BJP rule in states and centre, case of ‘Love Jihad’ haven’t been recorded, then, who’s hiding info they this part likes to quote and consider in.
Are these proponents of the Hindutva, proclaiming the BJP authorities is hiding info, mendacity to its core vote and hiding instances of pressured interfaith marriages. Are they questioning their champions of uprightness? And they aren’t, then who’s struggling, who’s complaining, who’s the sufferer?
Clearly, within the veiled try to demonise Muslims and paint them in utter distaste, a bit of senseless Indian populace is making an attempt to divide and deride the very notion of India. Of their effort to safe lasting political features for a set of political events, these fashionable 21st century Indians are creating an environment of concern and despair.
Shield your ladies from the aggressor Muslims – that is the idea, these modern-day demons want to drive in our heads. Whereas, most of them push hate in our ideas, little do they realise that, we Indians are probably the most potent instance of blended race. Aryans invaded India and transformed it into Aryavrat. Greeks invaded India after which settled in India. Then got here Huns, Kushnas, Mongolian tribe, Christians and Muslims. And sure, we could neglect the indigenous native tribal inhabitants of India, which has suffered the onslaught of all, from Aryans to Muslims. So who’re we? How pure are we? What’s our race?
The day, these fashionable 21st century social media thinker discover a solution to those vexed questions, we might talk about interfaith confluence. As a result of, until then, lets enable them to hint their purity of race, thought, faith and sure, themselves.
(Author of the article, Ajay Kumar, is Consulting Editor, India TV)
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