Menace of Nationalism

The ubiquitousness of nationalism-related incidents or rather crimes has got folks too much used to such felonies that are taking place in the name of nationalism. We’re living in a country where people are being segregated on the basis of nationalism. Nationalism is turning out to be poisonous. These so-called nationalists are carrying out inexorable atrocities, particularly mob-lynching, with a tacit impunity. They claim to be doing it for the sake of their love for their country. The question is, do they really love India? The answer, without any doubt, is NO.  Had they been loving their country, there would be no such thing as mob-lynching, for loving India means loving its every facet. If you love your country, why would you ever want to call for a bandh, and vandalise the infrastructure or torch the vehicles? What makes your love for your nation discernable is when you resort to living with peace and harmony with every person who this country is a motherland to. The current situation in India is topsy-turvy. It’s pretty delineating that the biggest motivator for these people is antagonism towards other religions, specifically, Islam. Ironically, though a little inexplicable and deprived of sense, the logic is quite simple: if you support Hinduism and are against Islam, you’re nationalist; if you support Islam and are against Hinduism, you’re anti-nationalist. Wait, how, and most importantly, why religion came into all this? Did nationalism trigger religion-based hatred, or is it the religion-based hatred that gave rise to nationalism? It is this hatred entrenched in a person’s mind since childhood that is detouring nationalism to a wrong direction.
Knowingly doing any act that disrupts the national peace and taking lives of your fellow countrymen in the name of nationalism is antithesis of having love for your country.  These nationalism-motivated condemnable and igmonious acts being carried out by pseudo-nationalists have become a dime a dozen. Ipso facto, I have started hating the word ‘nationalism’. So much so, I’d rather be bullwhipped than want to be called a nationalist, or for that matter, even anti-nationalist.
Clearly, nationalism has polarised our country even more. Nationalism, which is certainly heading towards a dangerous direction, seems to be permeating in the air of the country.

The status quo of nationalism is engendering massive conundrum which needs to be coped with as quickly as possible. This aggressive form of nationalism would take a toll and go out of hands unless there’s a metal divide-eradicating change taking place in our minds.

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Changing dynamics of India’s relations

The ASEAN Summit has already commenced as India plays host to the leaders from 10 South East Asian countries. The summit would underscore issues like navigation freedom, cyber security, terrorism and climate change. It will also revolve around 3 Cs: connectivity, culture, commerce. The trilateral highway, starting from Manipur, that would connect India to Thailand via Myanmar is already under construction. A copious emphasis would also be on forging and improving connectivity among these nations.
 

Our neighbouring country, Pakistan, would seethe with enmity and annoyance to watch proliferating proximity between India and other nations in terms of diplomacy, trade and bonhomie. ASEAN Summit would bring things to head for Pakistan, who was recently shamed and abysmally discomfited by the U.S. as the latter catapulted accusation of ‘deceiving’ America, on the former. Pakistan has been deceiving America by using the American aid to help Taliban terrorists who America has been hunting, said Trump in a tweet on the eve of New Year. This new year turned out to be ill-omened for Pakistani Government as problems seem to be pouring in since then. Pakistan, rattled by America’s decision to stop giving aid to Pakistan, is now under galactic pressure to do something about all the extremist and terror groups to which it has been providing financial & military aid, and most importantly, safe abodes to operate from. Owing to this burgeoning pressure, it is imperative for Pakistan to do everything that it takes to put down the allegations, which, it thinks, are fallacious. The palpable tension building between the U.S. and Pakistan has brought an advantageous opportunity for India. Ostensibly, for India, things look perfect. Instead of being blithe about Pakistan being cornered by the U.S., India must try to strengthen its relations with other nations, especially in South Asia, and exert even more geopolitical pressure on Pakistan until it succumbs.


 

Reasons why you should mind your own business

Perhaps everyone of us has come across some persons, incorrectly perceived as a little grotesque, who don’t like to talk too much. There are some people who can’t hold their tongue, irritate people by talking nonsense talks and never miss a chance to exasperate people by poking their dirty nose into people’s personal matters. Then, there are some sensible people who never invade other people’s privacy, do not hop as an intruder into others’ conversation and who prefer keeping it to themselves. I understand that people are different and so are their personalities, but it beats me why there’s a need to feign concern or simply to be aware of everything going on in others’ lives.

 

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I, myself, don’t like to predominantly dominate a conversation alone. I hate to be around incessantly screeching chirping on things that don’t make sense at all. I’d rather prefer reading something than being a part of an utterly unproductive conversation. Dear pesky, garrulous folks, GET OUT OF THE TOWN! I have a hard time refraining my pupils from casting disparaging eyes on such creatures.

Hereunder are some benefits of minding your own business-:

 

  • You enjoy an idyllic time

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The extent of drama and bad terms with people are dependent upon the number of people you mingle with in your life. When you mind your own business, you can enjoy an idyllic time with yourself, altogether away from unpleasant hymns, which, of course, amount to nothing but utter disrespect to preciousness of time.

 

  • Lets you not become a scapegoat

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When you speak too much, without subconsciously vetting what you speak, there’s a high probability of you being stuck in an ugly situation. Also, don’t expect anything from people. They assiduously trap you in a situation that is unwanted and harmful for you. Remember, people don’t mind sabotaging one’s happiness and peace if it makes them happy or puts them on a safer side. So don’t let yourself turn into a scapegoat at the hands of people.

 

  • Makes you independent

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Why be dependent on talking constantly to people for happiness, satisfaction and for spending time? People who don’t indulge in unceasing talks and stay quiet are those who don’t need to unnecessarily loiter around people to get their things done through their support. They have the confidence of doing things on their own.

 

  • Lets you explore yourself

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Do quietness and monotony of meager interactions make you feel jaded? Resting quiet is really not akin to a drudgery. Rather, it’s the best way to introspect deep inside, figure out your strengths and weaknesses, and fix your flaws.

 

  • Makes you look more attractive

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Reticent persons are always portrayed as ‘Keen Observers’. It’s hard to prize out words from their mouth, but their charm increases manifolds when they speak, fascinating you with every single word flowing from their mouth. What makes them more attractive is their intellectually stimulating conversations. There’s always some kind of magical mystery revolving around their presence.

 

 

So, promulgate among people your unique preference of not being open to stupid talks by your acts of quietness. At the end, I would suggest you to try to maintain a subtle camaraderie, which doesn’t become too overpowering, while keeping in mind that too much of estranging will rather get better of you.

 

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start Reading

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Books are considered to be man’s best friend. The reason behind this is certainly not at all vague. Just like a best friend, books bestow upon us torrent of aid in many ways. One can very easily differentiate between a reader and a non-reader by a mere conversation, even if it’s a small talk. It’s reading that makes a person (reader) different from others (non-readers). You can very well figure out a conspicuous discrepancy between a reader and a non-reader in terms of knowledge, communication skills and outlook. So get yourself some books to devour, and have a look at the following benefits of reading-:

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1. Makes you creative

When we emerge ourselves into reading, our mind tends to envisage the story. The more a reader plunges deeper into the story, the more his ability to imagine strengthens. Furthermore, a strong ability to initiate imagination makes a reader more creative.

 

2. Improves language

We keep coming across multiple words, whose meaning we don’t know, while reading a book. As a result, our vocabulary increases manifolds. Different writers have different styles of writing. Reading books helps us express our feelings and ideas more easily into words as we become acquainted with a plethora of new words and various ways of expressions.

 

3. Sharpens focus

Reading is undoubtedly the best workout for our mind, for it sharpens one’s ability to concentrate. It makes a reader sit, relax and dive into the world of reading. This brain-stimulating mental activity not only improves one’s focus, but also makes one memorize things faster and for longer. So, whenever you get your hands on a book or any piece of writing, don’t squander the chance to read, and start reading it because every time you read, you refine your focus and memory.

 

 

 4. Improves knowledge

Reading obviously cracks open the door to knowledge and information. The quality of knowledge you have is directly proportional to the quality of person you are or would become. The kind of ideas that your mind thinks of has the power to shape your future.

 

 5. Overcomes depression
Reading has proven to mediate relief from anxiety. When you lose yourself into books, you forget your past, pain and mental state, and slip into an unknown world of the story. Moreover, motivational books can play a pivotal role to get the reader out of depression. Many people claim that reading lets them vent their acrimony and stress. Sometimes, some expressions in a book can be resonant to such an extent that it prods you into shifting away from melancholy and depression.

 

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Because Animals Are Better Than Humans

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In a world where moral values, already in sparse, are being ignored, it’s too difficult to ransack love and affection in and amongst homo sapiens. It’s apparent that selfishness overshadows selflessness. With my faith in humans and inhumane humanity vanishing like anything, I consider animals the most beautiful creatures God ever structured.

 

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.

– Mark Twain, American author and humourist

 

Come rain or shine, they are always ready to play with us and loiter around us when we feel under the weather. Probably, it’s their love & care that help us recuperate sooner than we actually could.

 

 

 

Two months ago, I read a story of a woman who could not choke back her emotions and was sobbing uninterruptedly as she shared how her dog helped her get out of depression. When this lady used to come back to home from her office, her dog used to stand near the windowpane in time accompanied by wagging of tail that continued unabated with fervour, excitement and happiness going unhidden. As soon as she used to open the door, her dog used to jump on her and licked her face all over. He used to run his tongue smoothly on her cheeks to lick her tears of despair and hugged her when she was struck by a panic attack. My belief in animals and their loyalty has increased a thousandfold after reading such an emotive human-animal bond story.

 

 

Humans however intelligent can’t become as affectionate and considerate as animals. Animals leave no stone unturned to assuage our anxiety and anger which are, off course, triggered by humans. In consideration, what do we give to them? We don’t show even a smallest sign of shame to commit atrocities as inhumane and barbaric as throwing them from our rooftops, slitting their neck and flinging them across metro station and culling them for tackling their growing attacks on civilians. Where are we going wrong? What turns us into a sinister? Besides, what shoves my anger to its peak is the sad truth that despite undoubted faithfulness  and love that animals show, they are constantly abused, slaughtered and skinned. I don’t see why there’s a need to kill animals when we can very well survive on plants and remain healthy. In many cases, these guiltless animals are skinned when they are conscious!

 

 

Coming to hypocrisy surrounding this matter, certain pseudo animal lovers consume meat and don fabric manufactured by animal skin, and claim themselves to be an animal lover. Here, I would want to dispel a common myth- ‘Meat eaters can be animal lovers’. Dear folks, an animal lover never eats animal flesh or consumes anything because of which animals need to be killed.

 

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Animals submerge us into a deluge of love, tenderness and compassion. The only creatures who can shower a plenitude of unconditional love upon stone-hearted humans are animals. Don’t kill them, please! Instead, love them. Even if you can’t, atleast don’t kill them.

 

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Deceit of Ignorance

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We envisage the false

and ignore the reality.

This stubborn brain knits bonds,

giving us the warmth

which has humungous cushions of comfort inside.

Shall I tell you what the hazardous part is?

When this malicious comfort sets in,

brings things to head,

and as it’s been happening previously,

you do not break out of the unseen

layer of warmth,

keep yearning for more warmth,

until when this comfort

suffocates you with intolerable coziness.

It’s not a war between India and Pakistan!

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No sooner India’s wickets were toppling down than our breathing was getting heavy, clenching of teeth became tighter and the expectations got shattered. As India’s condition was deteriorating, the atmosphere in many homes grew somber accompanied by unnecessary snorting. We had news anchors preparing their own hitlist, lambasting the Indian players and presenting their own ‘reasons for loss’ which, most of the times, are baseless & undoubtedly absurd. This outrage did not confine itself till here, but, within no time, sprawled across the social media whilst the defeated Indian Team was harshly trolled, criticised and in some posts, disrespected too.

 

 

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The only question that continues to nag at the back of my mind, which I haven’t found an answer to, is what makes India-Pakistan matches so tense & tight? Perhaps, it’s the plethora of investment of emotions and nationalism that we put in. An India-Pakistan match always seems to lose sportsmanship as we transform it into a global platform to demonstrate our power and take revenge for all the detestable past events and for causing diplomatic tension. Can’t we put patriotism, which is in overabundance, and envy aside in a cricket match?

 

 

 

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What makes Indian Team’s performance in the final untenable is not their own performance, but the way people are reacting to Indian Team’s defeat! Why can’t we stop mentally traumatizing the Indian players? Maybe because we have innately established in us and are establishing in our kids’ minds that the only thing acceptable against Pakistan is nothing less than a win over it. We criticise the Indian players to an extent whose outcome is players getting tormented in their heads. We barely ponder upon the fact that we knowingly or unknowingly make them sink into melancholy. How many of us can actually bear the agonizing pain that a player goes through on being lampooned and disrespected by way of memes, tweets and posts on social media, on witnessing the ruckus caused by a mob surrounding his house, on making his way from the airport through a crowd shouting swear words, on learning that every news channel and newspaper is breaking nothing, but speaking ill of him, on seeing effigies of him being set on fire, on not feeling a firm grasp of a helping hand on his shoulder? So what they fumbled catches, couldn’t make it to the crease on time, didn’t time their shots well, struggled to bowl at a good and an immaculate length, bowled huge wide and no balls, and conceded exorbitant runs?

 

 

 

 

 

The pain caused by India’s defeat, that we’re going through, will fade away in a few days, but the mental health and spirits of the players will take a long time to get back to normal. How beautiful it would be if instead of studying the dark side and crying over irrevocable defeat, we all take a plunge into rationality, start appreciating the players’ efforts & dedication, and keep the true spirits of sports alive!

The Peskiest Boomerang

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Bunch of old memories

can act like a boomerang.

You throw it, and it ricochets,

hits you hard in the mind,

corrodes your soul,

makes your body ache with despair.

Even the tinniest remnant holds the

potential to make you confront with

a newly-discovered cowardly personality of you.

To intensify the prolonged suffering,

a thick fog of broken promises

hovers with a crooked smile,

making you struggle to make your

way through jam-packed lanes of memories.

You retaliate against the treacherous

demons of memories,

just to realise that in the end,

you are left with nothing but memories,

and there you are again hit by the boomerang.