There is something wrong with our society. It seems that we are driven more by emotions, non-issues, violence and calls for destruction than reasoning, common sense, non-violence and trust. We are choosing politicians who are dividing us; we are allowing the administration to use us as commodities. By now, you must have read the headlines and watched TV news or seen posts on social media that say Ranchi is simmering with communal tension.
On 25 September, Eid was celebrated all over the country. Eid-ul-Adha is supposed to be celebrated in the spirit of love, sacrifice and sharing. My wife, son and I went to Ranchi, my hometown, to be with my parents and sisters and their families. Although we grew up in the colony of Heavy Engineering Corp., my parents chose to finally settle in a place called Parastoli in Doranda, 2.5km from the airport. This neighbourhood is mostly populated by minorities as a result of polarization and lack of trust between communities, although the same community works, does business with and is employed in a multicultural environment. Even though I grew up in a minority community and studied in a university with minority status, I never for a moment felt part of a minority.