Hindu Temple in Islamabad

July 9, 2020

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A video doing the rounds of a Pakistani boy, hardly more than four years old, addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan and threatening to hunt down and kill all Hindus one by one if a temple is constructed in Islamabad has, quite understandably, caused a lot of concern. Now more and more people are taking to social media, something the government doesn’t like at all, and explaining why they opposed large scale brainwashing of the people for so long. And so we have an intolerant, xenophobic society where a large number of people think it is fine to indoctrinate little children into hating minorities as well. What is most baffling about incidents like this is that people go so far in hating people from other religions because, apparently, of some sort of extraordinary allegiance to their own religion, even though Islam is perhaps the most tolerant of all faiths and has no problem whatsoever with minorities giving due reverence to their respective scriptures.

Yet here we stand, and it is now for the state to figure out how to proceed. Allowing minorities freedom of religion would make the country stand out for all the right reasons, especially in contrast with the inward, anti-minority policies of the Indian government. Now, just because of this video and the fact that it represents a rather largely shared opinion, a lot of social media users in India are busy making Pakistan the butt of all jokes and justifying their controversial CAA (Citizens Amendment Act). Surely this particular angle will be made to resonate a lot louder before it dies down, which is not going to be anytime soon.

It is, therefore, very important right now to highlight how what this video portrays is only one side of the picture and there are a lot more people in Pakistan that are a lot more tolerant of people of all faiths, cultures, casts, etc, just as the constitution of the Republic and the essence of the Islamic scripture requires. The cyber world can be a little harsh sometimes because it tends to spread elements of controversy much faster than normal, sober items. So it is little surprise that this little video has gone viral quite like it has, and all the efforts of the government to not just accommodate but facilitate religious minorities have been thrown into the background and already pretty much forgotten. Perhaps, for a pleasant change, somebody should take to the web to appreciate what good is being done as well.Allowing minorities freedom of religion would make the country stand out for all the right reasons, especially in contrast with the inward, anti-minority policies of the Indian government

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