Selective Secularism

If thirty days of Ramzan & forty of Lent is fasting feasting & piety but Karwa Chauth is regressive..

If a flank of a cow is a gastronomical delight but a boiled dog at Yulin Dog Festival repulsive..

If a jockey whipped horse on the races is sporting but Jalikattu reminds you of animal rights..

If goat sacrifice at Eid is a time worn tradition but dogs traumatised at Diwali is cruel..

If  you use rain showers, jacuzzis, swimming pools the year round but worry about wasting water on one Holi a year..

If hijab is choice but ghungat coercive..

If little Santas singing carols at malls are cute but little Hanumans make you fear ‘Hindutva’ influence..

If you won’t celebrate Diwali because of a convoluted definition of Majoritarianism but will flaunt Eid & Christmas as a badge of honour in Minoritarianism….

Then you need to ask yourself –

Why is my perception & understanding so selective ?

My concept of secularism so stunted ?

And most important why am I a mirror of very people I ridicule, albeit in English ?


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