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India, our homeland has become a realm of radical extremists, which has become homeless for secular thoughts. When the majority of the times, we see humans around, who lacks the true essence of humanity, there comes a little sigh in disguise.

Here, to what I am referring is a small incident that happened while I was traveling to my hometown.

Before I go ahead with my teensy yet illuminating experience, let me befriend you with my city, Aligarh. Despite being a humble abode to both Hindus and Muslims, Aligarh is still free from all the religious complications (Thankfully!!!!).

A few days back, during my return to Aligarh from Delhi, I took a sharing taxi from Okhla, which was the pickup point for the cab. On reaching, I settled inside the car and took hold of the right side window seat. While I was talking to my friend, an old man, probably in his late 60s came and asked me to sit on the front seat as I was the only female traveler. His persona was heavy and he looked tough, hardy and mature in his approach. The front seat was prior booked, so I remained seated at my position.

Later, he entered the car; asked the driver to commence the journey, but the driver insisted to wait for few more minutes. We were already an hour delayed from the scheduled departure as the seats were not occupied and the driver had to wait for more passengers. Even after the cab was full, the driver waited as someone was getting boxes of Biryani to deliver (Such deliveries got the driver to earn some extra bucks). The man said that he won’t allow the boxes to get delivered at any cost. I and the fellow passengers were not even concerned about the conversation.

The driver with his unbroken petitions went on requesting him to let the boxes delivered. Till the time I was completely drowned into my phone, exasperated and annoyed with his (old man) oppressing temperament. I wasn’t able to reason out the ‘big deal’ he was looking in delivering those boxes.

Later, a man with a huge stout came with the boxes and approached the driver. The man intervened and said that he won’t allow the boxes inside the car. Intimidated by his behavior, the guy raised his voice and tried threatening him. I still couldn’t figure out the entire matter. Finally, the man said that he will call the police if the guy doesn’t stop subjugating. Hearing this, the driver said to the guy that now he is unwilling to take the boxes.

Finally, the matter resolved; the old man perched on the car seat, everyone settled down and the driver started the car.

When we were less than halfway to our destination, he chided the driver. He broke the news the guy was not going to deliver meat Biryani; it was beef going to be delivered illegally.

The man, who was supplying beef, was a Hindu.

His then spoken statement took my attention. “Just because of money-minded and selfish traders, poor worshippers of both religions suffer.” 

He said that if Hindus worship cows as their mothers then it is our duty to safeguard their mother for our fellow religious companions rather killing them.

The irony of the entire incident was that the dealer of the cow was a Hindu and the one saving the sanctity of the Hindu religion was a Muslim.

And let me tell you, I was the solo Hindu traveler in the cab and nobody was aware of my religion. Instead, I should say nobody cared to know my religion. That is the beauty of my city. Since few days, the hate mongers are supplying hate just like the guy, who tried supplying the beef. He was not a Hindu, neither was he a Muslim; he was just another politician trying to suck money at the risk of the blood of innocent and gullible people.  We need more people with such a thinking, like the uncle I met, had.

Historically, there has been more peace than the war in the human race, else we would have likely become homogenous or be perennially on the verge of extinction. All religions contradict each other, but that does not mean their followers should make their own colonies on that base alone.

Respecting each others' beliefs is the solution of a lot of India's current predicaments. Religions differ, humans don't.

P.S. I wish I would have taken his number.

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Written By Ojasvi Nath

I'm a productivity enthusiast and a proud weirdo. I see myself as a dilettante, and hardly has any regrets in life.

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