Egging folks to purchase gold Jewellary from its latest assortment, upmarket Jewellary model, Tanishq, launched a singular emotional commercial. A beaming woman strolling by a fantastically embellished residence, being ushered alongside by her delighted mom in regulation. Around 20 second into the 55 second commercial, do the views realise that the girl is pregnant and she or he is being escorted for her baby shower. The emotion quotient is so excessive that the viewer is sort of misplaced to the entire concept of a Jewellary model. Around 35 seconds into the commercial, one realises the great thing about the idea. The woman in query is being escorted by her Muslim mom in regulation will all Muslim family to have fun 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 the complete commercial. The visualisation leaves the audiences, misty eyed and misplaced on the planet of affection and togetherness.
Nothing ought to have been mistaken with this commercial. Hang on, it is a new India! In right now’s India, every thing is considered from the binary or prism of faith. Why is the woman a Hindu and the household Muslim. Why couldn’t the creators of the commercial reverse the faith. A muslim woman in a Hindu household being welcomed for baby shower. Just as a result of, Hindus have been taking it on the face, does it imply that they need to be served blows after blows.
Suddenly the narrative modified from emotional, familial bonding of baby shower to ‘Love Jihad’. The opinion makers of 21st century India drew their swords on social media and inside hours the Tanishq commercial was being derided as insensitive, biased, disrespectful, anti-national and above all selling ‘Love Jihad’.
To my dazed existence, even inside varied Television newsrooms, the opinion was extremely polarised and divided. Young males & girls, 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 commercial with a Muslim woman in a Hindu household – even on this case, baby shower is a Hindu idea, so ought to have been pure for a Muslim woman to really feel kicked about festivities in a Hindu household’.
Aghast as I used to be, I puzzled, what has come about 21st century younger folks. For heaven’s sake, baby shower is a follow adopted in all faith, be it Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, and so forth. Does the presence of a Hindu woman in a Muslim household, come as a shock to us. Look round us, folks, 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 supplied in marriage by her Rajput father to Emperor Akbar, what was that? Was that interfaith alliance for a stronger state or ‘Love Jihad’. Thousands of Rajput princesses throughout the nation married Muslim ruler, why did their households supply their daughter in marriage
Rather than perceive that crux of energy alliance, these episodes are right now dug out as repression and projected in a brand new gentle. Basis these so known as “injustice”, this complete new idea of ‘Love Jihad’ has been created.
Interestingly, those that profess their Hindu ideas of defending girls from Islamic “Love Jihad”, appear to be fully clueless about information offered by leaders of the Bharatiya Janta Party(BJP).
In Feb 2020, Minister of state for Home, G Krishna Reddy acknowledged in a written reply within the parliament, “Love Jihad — popularly used to describe cases of allegedly forced interfaith marriages, was not defined under existing laws and no such case had been reported by the central agencies. There are no cases of ‘Love Jihad’ in the country”.
To additional buttress the purpose, let me quote the previous Home Minister Rajnath Singh. On repeated questioning by media individual in 2014, Rajnath Singh quipped, “What is this, I don’t know something like this happens in India. I am not aware”.
My two – bit query to all proponents of ‘Love Jihad’ idea could 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 information they this part likes to quote and consider in.
Are these proponents of the Hindutva, proclaiming the BJP authorities is hiding information, mendacity to its core vote and hiding instances of compelled interfaith marriages. Are they questioning their champions of uprightness? And they don’t seem to be, 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. In their effort to safe lasting political positive aspects for a set of political events, these trendy 21st century Indians are creating an environment of concern and despair.
Protect your girls from the aggressor Muslims – that is the idea, these modern-day demons want to power in our heads. While, most of them push hate in our ideas, little do they realise that, we Indians are essentially 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, lets overlook 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 is our race?
The day, these trendy 21st century social media thinker discover a solution to those vexed questions, we may talk about interfaith confluence. Because, until then, lets permit them to hint their purity of race, thought, faith and sure, themselves.
(Writer of the article, Ajay Kumar, is Consulting Editor, India TV)
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