I am a Hindu and I am Sick and Tired

If there are any victims of Intolerance in this country, it is us, the devout Hindus.

I am a Hindu and I am sick and tired of my faith, my belief systems and my way of life being ridiculed, lampooned and distorted by self-professed ‘intellectuals’.

Blatantly false and insulting terms like ‘Hindu Taliban,’  ‘Wahabi Hinduism’ and ‘Saffron Terror’ are being thrown about casually to insult, demean and demonise a faith that has been the MOST tolerant EVER in the history of human civilisation. It is only Hindus who dared to even suggest the magnificent, inclusive principle ‘ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti’, and you call us intolerant?

Every time an isolated hate crime happens in any corner of India like it happened in ‪#‎Dadri‬, it is used to malign the whole of the Hindu faith, but Islamic terrorists kill, bomb, shoot, rape, behead, burn alive thousands with impunity, and the ONLY narrative we hear is the pious ‘Oh, these guys are not real Muslims, Terror has no religion’ kind of crap.

Tuppence writers use the various Litter Fests to insult my faith with terms like ‘Wahabi Hinduism’ which is as horrendous a lie as using a term ‘Nazi Judaism’. Only, if anyone dared to use the term ‘Nazi Judaism’, the Jewish lobby would come down hard on them, however, Hindus accept this display of dhimmitude and even allow these people to get away with it.

What is ironic is these are the same people who have NEVER EVER dared to speak up against the REAL Wahabis, the Islamic Wahabis. It is time to be ‪#‎Intolerant‬ towards this insult to our faith. It is time to be intolerant towards such charlatans who masquerade as ‘intellectuals’, it is time to expose their lies.

If there are any victims of Intolerance in this country, it is us, the devout Hindus.

If we do not speak up against this injustice, there will come a time when we will be refugees in our own country.

It has happened before, remember the Kashmiri Pandits?

Shefali Vaidya is a freelance writer and newspaper columnist based in Pune. She is trying to perfect the fine art of sarcasm.