There is a shameless cruelty in our societies when it comes to acknowledging other people’s suffering. Either we shy away or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own and/or it amounts to infidelity to our own cause.
One of the immortal dialogue clips from a 1958 Bollywood movie “Yahudi” is included in the article, where the Jew challenges the roman emperor, “Tumhara khoon, khoon, aur mera Khoon pani?”
A Muslim shouts, “Why are you commemorating Holocaust of Jews?
A Jewish speaker did not want to hear about Gaza massacre
A Muslim initiative was asked to be removed from the publicity material
A Hindu friend jumps for not including the Kashmiri pundit while it was
A Pakistani says Bangladesh genocide talk equals defaming Pakistan
A Sikh Genocide talk, amounts to shaming the mother land
I submit to you, that the human atrocities are pent up frustrations and unresolved issues that reach a boiling point and explode into massacres and genocides. As civilized societies, we need to bring a closure to the issues through forgiveness, apology and restoration of justice. The least we can do in the process of healing is to know and acknowledge every one’s pain.
Full article at Huffington post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/holocaust-remembrance-and-recognizing-all-genocides_b_2547164.html
……………..Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place and standing up for others as an activist. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News, fortnightly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes everything you want to know about him.