We see its manifestations almost everywhere now.
In the mainland, the ban on beef has showed its ugly side, and the ugly truth that for some hypocrites of the world, the life of a cow is far more costly than that of human beings. The killing of an old man on the suspicion of beef consumption by beating him to death is a rather goose-bumps inducing news item. It evokes a sense of frustration and disgust towards these intolerant bigots who would do anything to ensure that their ideas are followed by everybody. Whatever happened to that now almost utopian notion of equality of all, and respect towards all religions alike.
We are so quick, as a community to point our fingers at certain communities and laugh at their rigidity, and yet we do not shy away from heinous actions to make sure that our diktats are listened to by all alike.
Forget the fact that the very idea of banning meat is ridiculous, the fact that you could actually beat someone to death over it is just despicable. Where is the humanity that all the religious books talk about and where is the tolerance that your 'Father of the nation' spent his whole life preaching about.
I have never understood this fuss over religion.
I mean, if you really believe in the greatness of your own religion, should you not feel secure enough to not be bothered by what anyone is saying against it. Religion is such a personal thing. It is an inner belief.
Faith, in religion, does not mean going on rooftops and advertising it to everyone, and then being insulted that people would dare to believe in some other God.
At the end of the day, when we die, more likely than not, there is no such thing as heaven.Or even if there is, there certainly are no compartments for the different religions of the world. We can say with certainty that we will all end up in the same place, where it would be rather difficult to fight it out (since we would not have our flesh and bones, to punch, kick, and stab people with).
So why this anger, and intolerance. Live peacefully. Do wrong to none. Respect others' religion. And if you question any aspect of their religion, do so internally. You do not need to jab your finger at others or tell them what is wrong or right.
I will end this rant with a rather apt quote that I read recently- “Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.”