We are Not Communal…Perhaps

Published in the New Age Victory Day Special,  August 2008. Republished in Cerebration.


One thing about discrimination – be it for or against any religion, race or gender – is that at one point the degree or intensity of discrimination becomes less important; measuring our own evil against the evil of other nations does not absolve us of our own guilt. Expiation does not lie within the words: there are people who are worse than we are. The fact that the man next door cracked his wife’s ribs does not mean that my crime of a single slap on her cheek is less of a sin. The fact that communal riots happen in India or Pakistan but not in Bangladesh does not indicate that we are better human beings. Or that the poison of religious and/or racial hatred has not seeped into our minds.