Friday, January 26, 2018

Merry Christmas!

What? It is January 26, 2018, the Republic Day and not December 25, 2017! Why am I writing about it now?

Moving the calendar back by a month and a day, let's think about the festive season and the messages floating over the internet.

By that time, popular social platforms were flooded by the messages of not celebrating Christmas as it is more of an "English" festival, not an "Indian" one. Those messages mentioned about the sacrifice of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his family. A common sight during that time, seemingly political marketing, those divisive messages have just vanished. Except for patriotic songs and movies on the television, not many are talking about any sacrifices or contribution to the country.

I will not talk about how the constitution makes India a secular country, or that the everyone born and brought up in India is an Indian irrespective of their caste or religion. It is just that around December 25 we ask people not to celebrate Christmas and on December 31, we dance on, "…Sabko gale lagaana apne culture ki hai aadat…Swag se karenge sabka swagat!".

If we start to trace the trail of history, almost every day someone would have born and someone would have died. Whatever has happened cannot be undone. Current generation cannot be blamed for what was done more than 300 years ago. Fighting over things done by the ancestors and forefathers of any religion will lead us nowhere.

We should celebrate every festival or at least be happy and accommodate happiness of others. At the same time, we should respectfully remember the sacrifices that have shaped our country and its history. But at the end we should focus on the future, which is different and has more important problems to solve than to fight over religion. We all need to take a stance on this - united we stand and divided we fall!

Happy Republic Day! Jai Hind!

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