Prejudice, Fear & Resilience against Terrorism

I was chatting with a friend of mine. He is a smart, really friendly person who told me about an experience of his. I asked him to write about it; he being a bit lazy 😉 asked me to pen this down.

Imagine Peace
courtesy: The Pixel Garden Blog

He was travelling on a bus from Ooty to Bengaluru some time after the terror attacks. His neighbour on the bus was a Muslim who was holding a plastic bag on his lap. For some reason, my friend says he felt very uncomfortable. He had this sense of fear; prejudice was clouding his thoughts. He felt unsafe and could not sleep a wink through out due to this manifestation of paranoia. When he was telling me about this incident, he felt sheepish. He realised how much he was stereotyping the co-passenger.

How many of us do this? Stereotyping, generalising…call it what you may. All of us know it is not right. Not just in the wake of these terrorist attacks but life in general. It is definitely more prevalent with many of us categorising Muslims as terrorists. There will be many a Muslim for every irrational fundamentalist who abhors such acts as much as we do. The reality though is, we as a herd end up categorising every sect. Muslims do this, Christians do that and so on and so forth. Not all of us are non-violent Mahatmas nor all being hatred spewing Hitlers.

I just hope that we do not fall into this trap. We must be cautious but not paranoid! Let us spread love not hatred ( I sound like a hippie from the 70s probably…but it is what is required.) We must learn to co-exist. Violence is certainly not the answer. Let us not get the terrorists get to us, cloud our judgements, make us live in fear & prejudice. We must not let them win. Condemn these terrorists; we are a lot stronger!

Taking the cue from Nikhil (usingthe image used by him : thanks! ) who was tagged by lifeofhues; I will light a candle.

Edit: Anyone interested in lighting the candle sure is welcome to do so and is much appreciated. Thanks Imp’s Mom for reminding me to do this! 🙂

Accept with all glee :)

Vimal of V-lokam has awarded me here. He has presented me with one award which I don’t reall think I deserve which is the “Brillante Weblog Premio – 2008” and has extended his forever blogging friendship with the “Blogging forever friends”.

I gleefully acccept both. Who will I be kidding if I said humbly in this case? I love getting such awards 🙂 Thank you Vimal.

I am to pass these awards on.

I chose to pass the Brillante Weblog Premio – 2008 to LakshQuirky Indian , Nikhil ,Shefaly , Spillay, Dinesh Babu

I have found a lot of support on this space who have been supportive through my tough days. I extend my hand of blogging friendship to all of them.

Special mention friends here are Spillay , Mitr (doesn’t her name say it?) , Rajitha, Imp’s mom, Indian Home Maker, Kris, Muse , Sulz, Reema, Nikhil & Aparna. This feels like one of those long Oscar acceptance speeches where the list to thank never ends; so now I can relate. The BFF card is given to all others who have taken their time to read and comment here anonymously or alphabetised themselves ;). Laksh, A-kay, and some of the silent readers of my blog who have had the fortune(?) of knowing me for quite a few years….you all know you have no escape from me (evil grin! 🙂 ) and have endured me all along. 😉