Friday, September 11, 2015

Religious Bigotry:- "The Bloody Legacy"

In the words of one of my favorite authors and fantasy writer George R R Martin of the Game of thrones,

"History is written in blood".

Yes, we read history so that we dont repeat out past mistakes again and again and thus people stop killing each other. But it seems that a lot of stupid people always want to be a part of history. Today we are suffering from insanity. What is insanity? It is doing same thing again and again and expecting a different result. Today as an atheist for the first time I will voice my opinion publicly without fear on my blog. If anything happens to me like someone beheads me or kills me using a trishul or kills me in any manner they are welcome to do so. I am waiting for them :).

Every religion axiomates itself of being the best but the truth is no religion in this planet is even slightly near to something good. I will start with my childhood stories and thus my ex-religion  so called most peaceful Islam. In my childhood days I was filled with the stories of valor of the Islamic forces in the battle of badr. I was taught books of Urdu which contains long stories completely one sided and claiming how the angels like Jibreel (or call him Gabriel whatever you wish) came from the heaven and helped the forces of Muhammad against so called infidels. These were the stories taught to me when I was some 5 years old. I still at that time had a criminal mind and I began questioning at the age of 10 and above because till that time (even till today) I never witnessed any "magical" things at all. When I used to ask too many of the questions, I was silenced using the horror of hell-fire. It was literally a child abuse at that age. I had sleepless nights thinking about Jibreel and his magic and I could not tell anyone about that. Today when I have played the civilization game it is completely clear that when you have a good tactical battle plan and even if you have a comparatively very small army, you can still defeat the opponent having a large army. By the way according to my personal opinion, this was the first instance of Islamic terrorism. This battle had been glorified with all the onions and salts and chilies in Quran with angels and heaven and hell and what not. Obviously, when I came to my senses, I know that this religion claiming about some intelligent design is fake thanks to Darwin's Evolution also. I dont hate Muhammad. I admire his excellent battle skills as a battle commander but I will never commit to his stupid theories though I do the fasting of Ramadan and give Zakaat because this gives me a great practice on anger management. Today 14 years back WTC was attacked by some fools and idiots who thought they were doing something for some heavenly body out there.

But now I will move to other religions, let us take the so called most tolerant Hinduism. If you really want to know about these fanatics, then just go to that page named The Frustrated Indian on facebook and look at the comments on this page. That guy is hilarious when you hear his illusions. So, Hinduism claims that you can worship anyone. Yes, you can worship the sun, the moon, the river, even the cow and mostly some stones. So, at first instance, I thought okay that means everyone is a Hindu in this planet. Great! So now those people who are praying in a temple to some stones are Hindu. People who are praying in mosques and churches are also Hindu (tolerance, right! everyone). People who are worshiping cows are also Hindus, people who are eating cows are also Hindus. What did you say? NO! why? See, this is the problem of this hypocritical definition. Now, I will take you to some stuffs were the most elementary knowledge of logic will fail. Now, these religious beliefs are bit more ancient. Let us take Ramayana or Mahabharata. As an epic fairy-tales these books are awesome even better than the level of Game of thrones. I will ask just one question! How many innocent lives were lost in those wars? It was a feudal system of monarch. Isn't it? So, obviously it is a form of dictatorship! These were taught to me by a lot of my elementary school friends and their parents. Here also similar glorification of these fictional characters are done. Here also there is a heaven and a hell and again children are abused in their childhood emotionally. These monarchical wars were the instances of Hindu terrorism according to me. Today this terrorism has virialized itself in a large scale across the community. Just go to any page of the BJP/RSS/VHP on facebook and look at any random comments. You will get a general idea of the mentality.

Let us come to Christianity/Jews etc. So, I read bible too. And the best description of old testament is given by Richard Dawkins in the book God Delusion

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

This did not come out of the blue. Rapes, murder of children are things which are justified here. Free thinkers were massacred during the crucifixion. And after the exponential growth of jesus followers, A global scale massacre happened. This was christian terrorism.

Every religion is a product of some mass murder. There is a legacy where blood are spilled and people die for no reason. Religion is motivated by politics all the time. It is about who is taking power. I just focused on the terrorism that religions have caused and still causing today. But even a standard 3rd student can rip apart any religion and prove that these religions are FAKE. I mean really! this is hilarious. I did not even spoke about other stupid notions in all the religions. I have no idea whether to cry or laugh at this. Today, in the modern world religion is also motivated by business apart from power politics.

Lastly, I want to state on record that personally I do not respect a single religion in this world. I consider all of them as artificial fairy tales. No religion has done anything to achieve some respect. All religions promote killings and terrorisms. Still after reading this till now I expect the reader to listen to her or his instincts and use her or his common sense while thinking on religion.

you may kill me now if you wish but I thank you for reading this.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Teachers :- How India treats them

Today is teacher’s day. A very happy teacher’s day to all the teachers who guided me till now and nurturing me to what I have become.  I have seen a lot of messages floating around the social media of how great the roles of teachers are in a person’s life. Well, every person knows that so I won’t bore you with the classic textbook messages. Today I will be talking about the real condition of teachers in India. I was in class 4th (it was 2001 I guess and I was the 8 year old kid) when one of my cousins asked me in front of a lot of relatives what I want to become when I grow up. I told them that I want to be a teacher. He asked the reason for it, I replied, "Because, Teachers know everything". They all laughed at me and started making fun of me. They told, it is such a boring and dull job and you will always have to check a lot of copies. Clearly, that was a really prejudiced comment but sadly, today I feel that a large part of our country feels the same way. 

On the day of teacher’s day we flood our Facebook and Twitter with a lot of great messages for our personal teachers but we very hypocritically forget that after the next day similar to the thing that we remember nationalism only on 2 days of every year. Everyone praises their teachers today. Called them up! Wished them! Showed them a great deal of respect. Google puts a very nice doodle to celebrate. All that was really nice and yes we are all are literally fortunate to have such awesome teachers all around us. Many of our presidents were very good teachers! So, when I look at the social media, I think we are "Celebrating" teacher's day with great pleasure! But let us face some facts which slaps us everyday but yet we choose to ignore it from our life!

Without the loss of generality, I want to ask, when the word "teacher" comes to an average layman Indian in today's 2015 India really visualize a teacher? A man or a woman in a decent middle age with a chalk near a black board. If you are a bit conservative, then you would probably visualize the teacher as someone very strict and if you are a liberal then you will visualize the teacher as a very flexible and friendly with student type. But is this really true? Even a 5 year old kid becomes a teacher of his father when he asks some stupid childish question to him and the father has to come up with some creative answer with a smile. We make a very big mistake to link teachers limited to only academic fields. We have coined other terms like coaches/guides for the teachers who work in other fields other than academia but they forget that coaching or guiding someone is just a part of teaching not the whole of teaching. It is similar to the mentality that many people think that Mathematics is just calculations and arithmetic but they forget the part that Calculations are a part of mathematics not the whole of mathematics.  

So, now I want to ask, do we really value the profession of teaching in India? I have seen a lot of really passionate teachers in my life both in my school and college life but does an average Indian boy or a girl particularly if he or she belongs to a poor background and goes in a government school, does he or she gets such awesome teachers as I got? I really doubt that! Today Education has become one of the biggest firms for revenue in India. I will state the example of my town only here. Take a look at the town Ara. It is a small town and you can literally visit everywhere here in less than 6 hours using a bicycle only. Take a bicycle and start riding and I bet, every 500 m you move, you will either see a poster of a coaching institute or a board of a private school. Literally everywhere in this town you will see the same thing and this is happening from the last 10 years. What should be the most logical conclusion a person should derive from all this? So many teachers? Ara must be shining in terms of Education!! But, tell me how many of u readers who are not from Ara even know about this small town achieving something of significant good in terms of Education? I guess most of the cities in India revolves around the same culture these days.

In India, we have a coaching culture! Schools contain usually a very poor student teacher ratio, and then it is sensible from the parent's perspective to look for a coaching or tuition teacher. I am not saying this is not happening in other countries but I am just focusing on the merits of this culture! Is this a good culture? Well may be if those "teachers" were actual teachers!! Exactly! Most of us in India go for a teaching job only if we fail in every other thing! That is not what I think but it is the general mentality in India. Government funded schools education system is almost broken completely in India. But when it comes to coaching, we have classes for everything, everywhere! 

Why has this hypocritical culture developed in India? Because we dont treat our teachers well in India! Yes, why did my cousin and the relatives laughed at that proposition of mine becoming a teacher! Because they actually portrayed the real mentality of us. We insult our teachers on a daily basis! We dont want to be a teacher! We will like to be respected as an engineer or a doctor or an entrepreneur or a manager or some civil servant or some army officers or some sports personality. I am not saying we lack passion for teaching. First of all I will classify teachers in mainly three categories namely passionate, average and deliberate. Unfortunately the third category of teachers hold the majority of places in the teaching sector of India. 

So, how can we improve this situation in India! First of all we need to promote teaching as a great profession as it really is! I wish that the idea proposed in the movie, "Aarakshan" to be launched as soon as possible. The idea is to include teaching as a part of the "services" in India instead of jobs. We have four very prestigious services in India which are namely the Indian Foreign Services (IFS), Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services(IPS) and the Indian Revenue services(IRS). On these line there should be another prestigious institution set up which may be termed as the Indian Teaching Services (ITS). UPSC can itself recruit passionate teachers by conducting proper competition exams not just written but also by actually interviewing or properly judged by a panel of passionate teachers or Professors. There already are small scale training for teachers happening across India. But at this hour there is a need to campaign it in a large scale and that will certainly happen when we recognize teaching as a service and not a job. 

At last I want to say that I still want to be a good teacher but I lack a lot of qualities like patience etc. which a teacher has, so probably I wont make a good teacher but certainly if teaching will be really respected in a country of our potential, we will be a much better country. 

Thanks for the patience of reading this.