Living in an era where patriotism has ultimately paved the way for ultra-nationalism, citizens are required to claim their motherland as holiest, greatest and the most adorable place on the earth. This in-turns lead to cultural hegemony where the faith, fashion and fellowship of the majoritarian community is identified as the true character of the nation. In India, the fringe is slowly turning mainstream and the stereotype maintained that ‘Muslims have a soft corner for Pakistan’ and ‘every Pakistani is an enemy of India’ is turning into an opinion of masses.Also Read - Al Qaeda Urges Indian Muslims to Wage Jihad Against India
In a striking manner, Bollywood filmmaker Abbas Tyrewala creates buzz on social media by venting his opinion against the stereotype attached with the two concepts of ‘religion’ and ‘nationalism’. The Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na director articulated the emotions of every moderate Muslim and a peace-loving Indian. Within hours, his Facebook post went viral. (ALSO READ: #ProfileforPeace: New initiative to bring India and Pakistan together?) Also Read - Will Ensure Minorities in Pakistan Are Treated Equally, Unlike India, Says Imran Khan Citing Jinnah's 'Struggle'
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I am Abbas. I am an Indian Muslim. I don’t love Pakistan because I’m Muslim. I don’t hate Pakistan because I’m…
Posted by Abbas Tyrewala on Friday, 23 October 2015
Abbas Tyrewala, who was also the dialogue writer in Munnabhai MBBS, is no longer a prominent face in the film industry. However, his post for #ProfileForPeace brings much garners him a deserved amount of limelight. Touching the contentious topics of ‘religion’ and ‘nationalism’ and expressing the opinion of a progressive Indian without stoking a controversy is not an easy task.