India Against Corona: Let's Fight Stupidity First
I usually don't write about what people should do and what they shouldn't. But this is a time when I think this is needed.
Corona pandemic is hitting India and the count of affected people is continuously going up. However, before we fight corona we need to find some solution to the stupidity that is going in our country.
Because of stupidity, the people of India are getting divided into two types. The gap between these two types is broadening with every step we take.
To prove how big this gap is, I want you to go through the following image:
So this was tweeted just after the whole country lighted Diyas, Candles, or Torches in their homes.
Now, just as I said there are two types of people in India:
1st Type: People who will get angry when they read the text "Corona gone?" because it is taunting what PM Modi had appealed to people of India to do. And will get happy by seeing the reply, "No Still present in the form of Tablighi Jamaat," because they would see this as a fitting reply to the tweet.
2nd Type: People who will get happy to see "Corona gone?" and will get angry by reading "No Still present in the form of Tablighi Jamaat."
If you are neither from any of these two categories, congratulations, this blog is for you. And through this blog, I am going to tell you how this hate is increasing, so that we can save ourselves from this hate.
I am very fortunate that I have close friends from both of these types. This is how I understand both the sides. The same thing, however, is being very hazardous to me right now because there is so much stress in the world and I can't handle this intense hate.
Nonetheless, I will tell you how all this is getting so intense, and who's responsible for all this?
First, it started when it came to notice that in a religious event, "Tablighi Jamaat," hundreds of people gathered and some of them were foreigners. Following which we saw a few people revolting against the medical processes, and saw people who were spitting on their way, some people were pelting stones on medical officers, and we also have the reports of people hiding in Mosques.
Most of us saw these people as Muslims, but I see them as Stupid people. Stupid people who can not trust their government, medical officers and cannot follow state protocols, whatever their reasons are.
Instead of Muslims let's call them Stupid people.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
However, this was taken as an opportunity to create communal hate. It is ironic that in the process of saving communal spread of coronavirus, we are successfully spreading communal hate.
Here's a image of how the community was demonized:
This image was created and shared with an aim of spreading hate by the first type of people.
But don't worry, the other type of people are no better. They too don't miss any opportunity to spread hate.
Here's an instance:
This post targets everybody who lighted diyas, torches, or candles. This type of people, who believe they are liberals, don't even understand it is not morally or even intellectually right to offend the people of their own country. Everybody knew the motive of the event. However, because of the agendas against PM Modi, these people are not even hesitating to abuse the whole nation. Even great personalities like Ratan Tata lighted Diyas to stand in solidarity, however, these so-called liberals don't care.
I understand that both the parties have different ideologies, but they are playing so dirty that they are forgetting that this is immensely affecting the common people of India. Do you remember I mentioned a third type of people in this Nation, yes, they are more concerned about how we will get out of this pandemic. Even they are able to see how this critical situation is being used for personal benefits or party agendas.
Intellectual Data of First Type
This hate on both sides isn't fueled totally by emotions. Various people try to support this by some intellectual comments so that they can attract like-minded and defame the other side. No matter what you see or read, remain in the third type, at least for this period.
Here's an example:
Are you seeing how smartly, without taking the name of the community, it has been defamed?
The hypocrisy of the Second Type
This type says that always judge independently and gets highly offended when people even use the terms "Muslims" or "Islamic". I strongly support this nature. However, they themselves use Religion to spread hate against their opposition.
When some people pelted stones, the first type of people used "Muslims" to define them, which was opposed aggressively by the second type of people. But when the child of a pregnant woman dies, they use "Muslim" women for their convenience and to spread hate against the first type of people.
Some more hypocrisy
(The previous image was from the news outlet "India Today", used by a page of the second type of people.) Have you seen how the news of India Today was used to portray what's happening in the country. The same news channel was highly criticized for posting Islamophobic graphics. I too believe and it is very clear that any news channel shouldn't endorse such things. However, if criticizing a news outlet for posting such things, and using similar things from the same news outlet for the benefit of their own agenda isn't hypocrisy then what is?
In fact, the news outlet should have been criticized again when they used "Muslim" again in their news.
More intellect of the first type
This picture could have been so good if they had just portrayed stupid people on one side. However, they again chose to defame a community.
Who exactly is Stupid?
Well, this blog intends to persuade you to fight against stupidity. But who exactly is stupid?
I am already scared of giving the correct answer to this because I know this blog will be hated by many people. I mean already, our two types of people must be hating me. But, let's be courageous and face the truth.
As I already mentioned, the people who are hiding their travel history, are putting hurdles in government procedures and distrusting our medical officers are stupid.
But more importantly, we all are stupid. And we need to fight that stupidity in ourselves.
It is not wrong to have any political or philosophical or ideological views. Also, it is very important to support our views. I, however, think that it is stupidity to use this scenario for the benefit of our propaganda.
This goes both for the first type of people who are taking advantage of a few incidents to demonize a community. I mean yes, that stupidity made everything more complicated, but we all are in it together. Let's fight it together. And the second type of people who are obviously against our government and are using such critical and sensitive scenario to attack the government.
The second type of people are constantly behaving like our government has made very big mistakes. Do you know who made the mistakes? China, who didn't inform WHO of what was happening. WHO, who didn't advise everybody to shut down as soon as possible. The USA, for giving more importance to its economy than the health of its people. And all European nations who didn't take this virus very seriously at the beginning.
Comparatively, we did very well. We need to stand by our government in such a need of an hour. Is there any liberal who would argue here that in case of emergencies, it is very beneficial to oppose the leader you have? Or is it better to support the leader and get out of this situation with minimum causalities and resume our fights of ideologies when we are out of this?
We all are trying to increase the social distance and although physically we are too far from each other, Virtually (thanks to the internet) we are very close to each other. And the hate that we spread affects everyone around us.
When you put a hate message as a story on your Instagram or Whatsapp, it is being seen by at least 100 people. 5-10 of them, who are of the same ideology as you are, will be very happy to see your post. 5-10 people who are of opposite ideologies may get offended (Maybe this will make you feel good). But, for the remaining 80-90 people, you are just increasing more stress in their life.
Steps to be taken
As I have already written all this, I am thinking maybe I will conclude this by telling what should we do or shouldn't do...
Don't forward anything that has religion or community in it. If you see any post that has Muslim, Islamic, Hindus, Bhakts, and any other similar terms, don't forward it.
Not everyone among us is strong. So if you get anxious by such posts, temporarily block the person who's sharing this, and block the pages who clearly have agendas to fulfill. Although a person who posts such things could be your friend, it is important to keep your mental health strong. Because winning in this pandemic is not going to be a sprint, but it is going to be a marathon. We all need to keep ourselves ready for a very long period.
Share Memes. Yes, it is very important to keep ourselves entertained. Only promote the memes that don't have any political agendas.
I am sharing some of the examples here:
See how easy it was to make the event funny, without criticizing or offending anyone.
Here is one more:
And finally, here is my favorite:
Share this post. Yes, I am serious. Share this post and let everyone around you know that you are against stupidity in this country. And to tell everybody that you are a healthy person to talk to in this stressful time.