Love Jihad: Kareena The New Mascot!
Religion and intolerance has a new low today. As I was browsing through the news, I see a disturbing image of Kareena Kapoor. Don’t worry, it is not that kind of the image I am talking about but you might want to refrain from showing to your kids. Frankly, I do not see much of a difference in the emotions that run w.r.t objectification or the way these portraits are used to promote religious intolerance.
Well enough of my opinion: Here is the NEWS!
VHP has used Kareena as the new mascot of Love Jihad. The image used is the one right here, half of which is clearly Kareena and the other half covered in a Burqa.
What is Love Jihad?
Love Jihad, also called Romeo Jihad, is an alleged activity under which young Muslim boys and men reportedly target young girls belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by feigning love. In this case, the claim is that Saif apparently feigned love in Kareena by the display of tattoos to convert her into Islam!
Who is VHP?
Vishwa Hindu parishad has a pretty plain and simple agenda – The Hindu agenda. They are here to highlight the religion and prevent it from waning away!
What are they trying to do?
In this case, they are trying to prevent the Love Jihad. They have launched a campaign to “reconvert” Hindu women who married Muslim men, claiming the ghar wapsi campaign must address “love jihad”.
Well, their reasoning is very logical (Of course only according to them :P). The reason being she married someone of a different community. Well it is no secret that she married Saif Ali Khan. And according to Love Jihad, it is a crime:
– To marry someone from other religion
– To flaunt tattoos of the person they love
– Public display of affection and by that I mean hugging!
Gosh! Looks like fundamentalism is hitting a new low day after day! Few days ago it was Ghar Wapsi: Forced conversion of Muslims into Hindus.
I am honestly a bit sick and tired of these religious fanatics trying to use women or even people to portray their agenda. Isn’t religion always about a personal choice? What has it got to do with an organization – whether it is VHP or someone else. Does it really matter?
I mean who is VHP or any other organization to say why Kareena married Saif? Isn’t it her own personal choice? I mean is religion or following a few practices bigger than the person and their private lives?
I have always believed that religion is an aspect which enables us to improve our lives, elevate us to a newer standard to embrace new challenges. But the way things are going, it seems like religion is more of a restriction than anything else. In such a case I would rather be happy to give up the idea of religion and forget labeling anyone or even myself as a hindu/muslim/christian.
None of it actually makes sense without respecting the person as a person, does it?!
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