Diwali is one of the happiest and most auspicious occasions for Hindus all over the world. This festival makes sure that its light ends all the darkness around it. People celebrating Diwali look forward to the five days of light and happiness all day long. Since it falls between mid-October and mid-November, it is either Autumn (Northern Hemisphere) and Spring (Southern Hemisphere) hence a win-win situation on both sides. You would neither shiver out of the cold to wrap yourself into a blanket instead of lighting up the firecrackers nor melt into a muddle due to the scorching heat. Doesn’t Diwali sound perfect from all ends?
In Pakistan, Hindus are a minority in a Muslim majority country hence things are not always smooth for them. From forced conversions to their temples burnt down just because the same happened to a mosque in India, they see it all. Maybe more or less like Muslims in India, the Hindus have been treated as a scapegoat and made to suffer in silence due to the absence of their basic rights exercised in Pakistan.
You have every right to differ with one's political ideology, but making fun of Hindu dieties will never be tolerated. I hope govt will take stern action against the page admin for posting secrilegious image & hurting sentiments of #Pakistani #Hindushttps://t.co/ifzIIarAI6 pic.twitter.com/ZvCBzpKE4E
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) October 20, 2019
Hindus are mostly base din the Sindh province of Pakistan where historically they have co-existed with the Muslims and other communities for centuries. Sindh is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and is considered a center of spirituality. It is since the wave of Islamization that things changed for Hindus here. The way Hindus celebrated Eid with their Muslim brethren, Muslims also celebrated Diwali with their Hindu friends.
#Tharparkar is an epitome of exemplary interfaith harmony where Mohammad Yousuf, a blind man, sings bhajan (Hindu religious hymns) & naa't at a same temple.
Excellent story by my dear friend @amarguriro! #PakistanForAll
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) October 19, 2019
Recently a Diwali image from Mithi, a city in Tharparkar Sindh, has been doing rounds on the internet. Taken at night, this image with Diwali lights and fireworks in the sky shows that if not all is well in the brood there is still a ray of hope.
The best part is that the second day of Diwali is equally lit in Mithi, Tharparkar.
The way Diwali overcomes the darkness and marks the victory of light, maybe one day the land of pure will also see the brighter side of life where no one is discriminated against on the basis of religion, caste, or creed. Maybe one day Pakistan will become the vision Jinnah promised everyone no matter which religion they came from. Maybe one day we will look down at our own flaws instead of mastering the human rights of the entire world.