Happy Thursday/Friday-eve!! I hope everyone had a great week. I posted a rant video on Tik-Tok the other day about what happened in Cumilla, Bangladesh last weekend. In my three minute rant, I didn’t get to cover everything I wanted to talk about. Thankfully, I have this blog so let the rant commence!
So for all of you that didn’t watch my video, here’s a recap: basically Hindu temples in Cumilla, Bangladesh were attacked by extremists Islamic groups because an image of the Quran being at the foot of a statue of a Hindu deity. People on the opposing side were triggered and that’s what started the riots.
There are a couple things I’d like to go over. The first thing is that I can’t believe that we’re been battling this same battle since Islam was introduced to the Indus Valley region in the 10th century. We are now living in the 21st century. They’ve been fighting over which religion should hold the most power in the region. It’s because this hateful ideology has been passed down from generation to generation. I know this from my own personal experience and that’s why I understand why it’s been passed down. The hate has been disguised by being information for “our own protection.” People who are spreading this believe they are actually doing good. The present-day world is completely different than what it was thirty years ago. We are fighting against the philosophies that say one group is better than another. We are fighting for our freedom to live amongst each other in peace. I can’t believe I live in a world like this where everyone’s voice matters (or that’s what we are aiming for)! I can happily say, “what a time to be alive.”
So now to my second point: we have a responsibility to make sure we don’t pass along this misinformation to the next generation. We have to teach love and how to live with each other, no matter our differences. Whenever I see two groups fighting, I know there’s a puppet master behind it all. Sometimes these tragedies happen as a distraction from the main issue, which brings me to my third and final point.
Whoever placed the Quran at the foot of the statue and took a picture knew exactly what they were doing. You want to hear what I think happened? An election is about to happen in Bangladesh. Someone planted the Quran, took a picture, and then posted it on social media to create havoc. They knew that the extremist Islamic groups are super ignorant and uneducated. They would react and choose violence over logic and peace. What happens when there’s a riot? Public officials need to get involved and the puppeteer in the background is getting away with whatever they need to get away with. This whole thing was just a distraction and the extremist Islamic groups were just pawns in a dangerous game of political chess.
So what now? We can’t change or erase the past. I hope what you take away from this is that there’s always someone benefiting from the suffering and pain of others. I hate that this is the world we live in now, but we do possess the power to change the future. Spreading love can truly make the difference. I hope one day we get over all of this and Bengalis can just be happy with their fellow Bengalis. At the end of the day, we’re all just distance relatives.
Thank you all for reading! I love you all so much!!
~till next time