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My Name is Dog, Watch Dog!

Any two people living together or in close contact are bound to have differences. So why is a country with more than a billion people expected to be free of conflict?!

This statement from the US, on putting India on a watch, really irked me.

Coming to religious intolerance – Wars have forever been waged on the basis of Religion. Millions have suffered great losses, because some spark of anger burnt down their life!

But what really irritates me is that the Rest of the World is always picking on India, and show-casing our so-called ‘religious intolerance’. The slightest communal problem makes BREAKING NEWs , and is famously branded as an ‘anti-Christian’ or ‘anti-Muslim’ riot!

I am not a religious fanatic. And I definitely do not subscribe to the view that any community is a minority and is being ill-treated by the others.

Simply because of this ONE QUESTION: Are there not problems between people of the same religion?

Hindus – Forward-caste and backward-caste Hindus have always been at war with each other!

Christianity – Protestants and Catholics avoid each other like the plague. I know of a nice, educated family, where the boy REFUSED to marry another Christian girl, only because she was not Protestant!

Islam – Shias and Sunnis are all set to kill each other!

And this is in every part of the world, not just in India!

It is not like the US perfect? Or in watch-dog-related terms, must we say Purrfect?

Read this Wiki entry on how Africans enslaved in the US over the years, and how they are discriminated in every aspect of life. The average African-American’s income is significantly lower than the American’s income.

Is this not racial discrimination?

American Airlines went against international protocol and frisked Dr.Abdul Kalam. And they actually got away with a measly fine and apology. So, anyone can insult the former president of our country and escape by throwing doggie bones?!

Is this not a form of discrimination too? Would they have dared to do the same with a member of the Clinton family?

Here is an interesting article on ‘why we hate each other’. I have not read it completely, but it seems elaborate and informative.

The US is a country of racial discrimination, the so-called ‘developed’ country that started the economic recession, and one of the pioneers of the famous Swine flu!

This is also a snob of a country where Indians, who are internationally recognized are detained and interrogated, on the basis of protocol or security. The sad thing is, SRK will still want to pander to the audience there! Can he not muster enough self-respect to REFUSE to visit that country again? Sadly – not! Money and fame beckons!!

The whole world gapes at the destruction in Iraq, by the US and UK. This is however, called ‘self-defence’ and not ‘intolerance’, isn’t it?

So, who the hell is the US to pass judgement on the rest of the world? Is the US the self-anointed watch-dog?

The point is: The situation in India does not warrant the country to be put on a watch!

And certainly not by that dog, I mean, the Watch Dog called the US.

(If this post is long, well, by my standards atleast, full credit goes to the inspiration provided by Indygirl and the rest of the gang ;-))

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Shock

I shocked myself yesterday.

At the children’s soft-play venue:

She: Hi! What’s your son’s name?

Me: Its ‘Rishi’

She: Oh, I know the name. Are you Indian?

Me: Yes (pleased)

She (to her son, the birthday boy): Give Rasheed a slice of cake

Me: (horrified) Its not Rasheed. Its Rishi.

She: Yeah, I got it. Rasheed, would you like some cake?

Me: Its R-I-S-H-I

She: Still gives a piece of cake.

Me: Rishi, say ‘Thank you’.

And then we part ways. I am still flustered about my son being called ‘Rasheed’. For all my thoughts of being tolerant and broad-minded, I still hated being thought of as a Muslim.

And realised that as long as we have this divide ingrained in us, ‘world peace’ can remain only a fancy term and nothing more.