Good Morning and Eid Mubarak to you all.
I hope this day brings you peace and holistic growth.
I read this poem from Shubhankar’s blog, Confused Thoughts, today, and I think he’s expressed the futility of advocating peace in a warmongering, chaotic world very well. The poem is in Hindi, so for those of you who don’t understand the language, I’ll give you a gist of what he’s trying to say.
He portrays the scene of a riot, where the rioters have no clue what they are rioting for. They just want to burn down the whole town. A peace loving man approaches one of the rioters and tries to explain to him what all they may lose if they burn down the town – humanity, law and order, care, hearth and home to many. He makes a final attempt to dissuade the rioters by reminding them of the Almighty and Judgment Day. But the rioters instead, take him as a man from the enemy side and kill him instead.
I thought this poem reflects not just on the Indian unrest in the name of religion, but also on global unrest, wherever there are riots and wars going on for whatever reasons. Often those who wage war, lose sight of what they’re fighting for. No reason appeals to them until they have destroyed it all.
For example the War in Afghanistan has been going on for the past 15 years, a little more in fact. In that time, the main reason for waging the war is long gone. It’s now only about stamping out terrorist outfits in the area, at the much higher cost of destroying an entire nation and it’s people. Who knows if it’ll stop at stamping out terror or will continue in another form, so that Afghanistan finally becomes a victim of neocolonialism.
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