Meet Maryam, India’s Malala

The news of the young Muslim girl went viral on social networking portals and sparked numerous debates on news channel

While some highlighted the politics behind it, others praised the young girl’s efforts

Maryam has set a fine example for people who divide masses using religious bigotry

India boasts of diversity, given the existence of various religions, but within its internal system, people are bifurcated on the basis of religion

Maryam has managed to prove a point to individuals who divide people on the basis of caste, creed and colour – that racism can never be as strong as collectivism

She has set a great example by showing how tolerance can be practised, even at such a young age

Her actions are a response to Indian political parties who are running campaigns on the lines of ‘Muslim-free India’

Furthermore, Maryam proved that Muslims can grasp knowledge about any religion without adapting to it and that a child has the basic knowledge to differentiate between right and wrong

Since Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to power, I have not come across an ‘acha din’ (good day) as yet – something which the honourable PM Modi spoke about and promised his people during his election campaign

My hopes were further trampled upon when the union minister, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and BJP minister, Giriraj Singh, passed offensive and abusive comments towards Muslims

Such immature remarks by these ministers highlight Maryam’s maturity

In India, we have witnessed how religious bigotry is being used by politicians to divide vote banks in their favour

They use religious slogans to differentiate Hindus from followers of other religions

The Gujrat genocide and the Kashmir genocide are examples of how the politicians have massacred common people for the sake of their vote banks

If we dig into the history of it, we will find thousands of people slaughtered by these political parties for their own gains and their ministerial chairs

In the past, attacks on Muslims were carried out by Vishva Hindu Parisah (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

From campaigns such as ‘Love jihad’ and ‘Ghar wapsi muhim’ to forced conversions, each attack is meant to malign the image of Muslims in India and is done in order to create a split between Muslims and Hindus

In India, Muslims have tirelessly contributed towards every sector of its formation

For instance, the early contributions made towards society, by Dr Allama Iqbal and Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Kalam, have helped India develop a lot

From science to technology to Bollywood, each segment has Indian Muslims contributing to it

The contributions of Muslims have proven that India belongs to Muslims as much as it belongs to Hindus

For some, Maryam is India’s Malala Yousafzai

Malala fought against the Taliban while this young Indian girl fought against religious bigotry

She spread the message of brotherhood and gave reason to thousands of Indians to unite under the banner of religious harmony and shed religious differences aside, which have been plaguing us since time immemorial

Maryam has given India a new reason to build itself

We should not wait on the government to take steps or make hollow promises

Rather, we should come forward like Maryam and build a new nation which will allow Muslims to live without fear in a country they call their own

Now is the time to eliminate discrimination based on religion, caste, creed and colour

Date:22-Apr-2015 Reference:View Original Link