When I witnessed a ‘Hindu’ supplying beef and a ‘Muslim’ stopping him

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India has become a realm of radical extremists. Our homeland has become homeless for secular thoughts. Besides, when we see humans, but no humanity around, there comes a little sigh in disguise.

Here, to what I am referring is a small incident, which supervened as I was traveling back to my hometown, Aligarh.

Before I go ahead with my teensy yet illuminating experience, let me befriend you with my city. Despite being a humble abode to both Hindus and Muslims, Aligarh is still free from all the religious complications (Thankfully!!!!).

A few days back, I was returning to Aligarh from Delhi via the shared taxi service. One of my friends dropped me to Okhla, the pick-up point of the taxi. I settled in the car and took hold of the right side window seat. While I was talking to my friend, a middle-aged man came and asked me to sit on the front seat as I was the only female traveler. His persona was heavy and he looked tough, hardy and mature in his approach. The front seat was prior booked, so I remained seated at my position.

Later, he entered the car; asked the driver to commence the journey, but the driver asked to wait for a few more minutes. We were already an hour delayed from the scheduled departure, as the seats were not occupied and the driver had to wait for more passengers. Even after the cab was full, the driver waited as someone was getting boxes of Biryani to deliver (Such deliveries got the driver to earn some extra bucks). Uncle as I would call the middle-aged man said that he won’t allow the boxes to get delivered at any cost. I along with others, was not even concerned about the conversation.

The driver with his unbroken petitions went on requesting him to let the boxes deliver. Till the time, I was completely drowned into my phone; exasperated and annoyed with his oppressing temperament. I wasn’t able to reason behind the ‘big deal’ he was looking at delivering those boxes.

Later, a man with a huge stout came with the boxes and approached the driver. Uncle intervened and said that he won’t allow the boxes inside the car. Intimidated by his behavior, the guy raised his voice and tried threatening him. I still couldn’t figure out the entire matter. Finally, uncle said that he will call the police if the guy doesn’t stop subjugating. Hearing this, the driver said to the guy that now he is unwilling to take the boxes.

Finally, the matter resolved; uncle perched on the car seat, everyone settled down and the driver started the car.

When we were less than halfway to our destination, he chided the driver. He broke the news  that the guy was not going to deliver meat Biryani; it was beef going to be delivered illegally.

The man, who was supplying beef, was a Hindu.

His then spoken statement took my attention. “Just because of money-minded and selfish traders, poor worshippers of both religions suffer.” 

He said that if Hindus worship cows as their mothers, then it is our duty to safeguard their mother for our fellow religious companions rather killing them.

The irony of the entire incident was that the dealer of the cow was a Hindu and the one saving the sanctity of the Hindu religion was a Muslim.

And let me tell you, I was the solo Hindu traveler in the cab and nobody was aware of my religion. Instead, I should say nobody cared to know my religion. That is the beauty of my city. Since few days, the hate mongers are supplying hate just like the guy, who wanted to supply beef. He was not a Hindu, neither was he a Muslim; he was just another politician trying to suck money at the risk of the blood of innocent and gullible people.  We need more people with such a thinking, like the uncle I met, had.

Historically, there has been more peace than the war in the human race, else we would have likely become homogenous or be perennially on the verge of extinction. All religions contradict each other, but that does not mean their followers should make their own colonies on that base alone.

Respecting each others’ beliefs is the solution of a lot of India’s current predicaments. Religions differ, humans don’t.

P.S. I wish I would have taken his number.

About Ojasvi Nath

Ojasvi Nath is pursuing her journalism from University of Mumbai. A prolific writer and with interest in films she writes scripts for short films.

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