07 Dec Terrorism – 5: What’s Your Religion?
Here we are at the beginning of life beyond Mumbai. We have expressed our feelings, described the situation, analyzed the problem, prescribed a response, and articulated a vision for the future.
We have come out of this gut-wrenching process changed.
A fundamental truth has dawned upon us. Today, in this twenty-first century, in this global village, it makes little sense to be Hindu or Muslim, Sikh or Buddhist, Catholic or Protestant, Black or White. What matters only is whether you are for terrorism or against terrorism. If we make a false choice here, Hindus and Muslims along with all the others would go up in a ball of smoke.
There are attributes of individuals that unite them in a common humanity and those that divide them into quarreling tribes. Terrorists can strike because we are divided; terrorists will thrive if we are divided yet again.
There is a personal religion and a political religion. And the political religion will determine if we will have the peace to find sustenance from our personal religion. Today, I am a non-terrorist first and whatever else second. And I am ready to hold hands with anyone else who is a non-terrorist, no matter what the color or creed or language or ethnicity or nationality of that person, to make sure there is a future where we can live without fear and apprehension.
Is there another way forward?
Non-terrorists of the world, unite. Your lives are at stake and time is running out.