India, the land of diversities. A country which could certainly be termed as the synonym of diversity. I have always been wonderstruck as how so many cultures and traditions live in harmony in a single nation.
There are a lot of things we know about India but a few facts have always been unknown. Today I am going to talk about what tradition means to India and its inhabitants.
Before I elaborate on my thoughts I would like to mention how this thought took birth in my mind. One of the blogs I follow, Monika Sharma wrote about a trending news, JALLIKATTU. Please visit her post, Jallikattu, a bull fighting, to know what it is. I don’t think you’ll find a better place to know what it is all about.
For a few weeks now the people of Tamil Nadu(State in India) have been protesting against a decision to ban their traditional sport(Jallikattu). Now, I don’t think I am worthy to blame anyone or judge who is right or who is wrong. I certainly don’t have the right to judge somebody’s tradition. But I think I need to throw some light on this word we all call,”TRADITION”.
What is tradition? Something we humans practice because our ancestors have been conducting it for ages. Cool stuff na? Now, here is my question. Do we practice everything our ancestors believed in? Certainly not!
Our ancestors didn’t rape women and leave them to die on the streets. They worshipped God, they didn’t make religion a business. I know a lot of worship places where people are told that you are not allowed to pray here if you don’t give donations. Today children do the get admission in charitable schools and colleges without donations. Incidents of parents killing their children and vice versa. Youngsters selling their properties to collect money for consuming drugs. The list just keeps going on. Did our ancestors do all this?
It’s perfectly fine to be proud of our traditions but let’s not turn them into a business or turn it’s into a mockery.
A lot of people don’t agree with the traditions they are told to follow. The society terms them as “Rebels”. Why? It’s their personal call, they have every right to chose how they want to like their life. However, those people who are always behind people forcing them to follow something are the real villains. These people have make tradition their sole motive of life and I would say, they are like businessmen making tradition their business.
A lot of our traditions are based on certain aspects of the society which are not well accepted by all. Look, on Earth nobody is a perfect human being. Some aspects of society make sense, some don’t! There are no criteria to classify them as good or bad.
Be proud of your tradition but don’t make tradition your sole motive of life!
Let’s live as Human beings not beings of tradition. Have a great day. God bless!