"You are still young, when you grow up
you will find this world is different from world of books," I was advised
in my childhood.
I am more practical in life now - I have
found a very difficult world, but it can change for the better.
Some people always try to push the society
I live in into conflict - they want to impose their spurious agenda on the
No doubt, a few people have the power to
change the society, whether in good and bad ways, but what happens when those
with evil designs use religion to their benefit?
Nowadays, the storm of intolerance has been
spreading like wildfire across the Asian region, and in Pakistan, you can read
chapters of intolerance in many headlines - Ahmedis are targeted, Christians'
villages are being set on fire, Shia, Hazara community have it equally
difficult et al. Hindus face the same problems as other non-Muslim communities.
They have a majority in the Sindh province
of Pakistan. Let me state here that Hindus are indigenous citizens of this
land. The queen of time plays cruel games and even the lord of the house is
thrown out of his home and becomes the minority on his own land.
Many Hindu and Christian girls are
kidnapped and converted.
Especially, in Sindh. I have seen people
using religion to protect their crimes and the state is unable to do anything
despite knowing what is wrong.
Whenever, I write on injustices done to
non-Muslims, I am been told - hey, look at India or Bangladesh, what is
happening over there?
Even Indian writers returned their awards
and it made big news. In my country, no one returns awards in support of
Christians whose houses are set on fire.
A notice board says "religious
ceremonies are not allowed".
The question is why do our people live
under the shadow of fear or made to read the such warnings - whosoever lives
with a different community, walks on the path of uncertainty.
There is no justification of crime, no
cover for intolerance with the bundle of excuses.
Hindus are not allowed to perform their
religious ceremonies: such warnings are common on notice boards in community
buildings in Karachi.
A report says that according to notice
board at Kohinoor Plaza, located near Mama Parsi School, Karachi, "Hindus
are not allowed to perform their religious ceremonies on the ground - must
It adds that Hindus have complained about
the issue but there has been response.
They are allowed to live in their
apartments, because, Muslims don't not want to see them perform rituals on the
Plaza grounds (News report in Sindhi newspaper on June 8, 2016).
Think about the children from the Hindu
community - how do they grow up in such areas?
When they read hateful and prohibitive
messages about them, how do they feel - half the population is forced to live
in fear because they practise a different faith.
Why can't Hindus perform their religious
Who spreads such hatred against them? Why
doesn't the government take strong action against the perpetrators?
Hindus have been complaining for years, but
their complaints have no value in the eyes of local authorities.
It is a serious issue that in a city like Karachi,
such incidents, which promote extremism, are reported.
Intolerance has no soul, it doesn't spare
innocents - it can only turn world into hell.
The state ought to realise that such
destructive minds harm our society and weaken the strength of citizens.
All citizens are equal, according to
Pakistan's Constitution. But does not such hatred on the notice boards of the
country go against it?
Hindus, who are equal first citizens of the
soil, are asked not to perform rituals on the land of their forbears.
It time they walked freely in their land,
with their heads held high, where no one tells them "you are not
She is a journalist based in Karachi. She
has worked on political, human rights and minority issues and works at regional
and English newspapers.