A Muslim friend of mine, raved and ranted about the killing of 16-year-old Junaid in Delhi. He forwarded a message which was spewing with hatred and accused all Hindus of being the killers. This was not an illiterate or impulsive youth. This is a perfectly sane, educated, middle-aged family man who is also a Doctor. Where did this hate come from? We have spent years together sitting on the same bench as classmates and never hated each other.
There was no way I could think of comforting him. But, it showed his deep insecurities living in a country in which he and his ancestors were born. He was worrying about a future for his children who belong to this country. Where should he go? Who will comfort his fears? When did it become ‘them’ and ‘us’? Weren’t we the same? Continue reading