My Delhi of Peace is Changing

Basudha Modak
Posted December 15, 2019 from South Africa

Last week when I visited a few Muslim areas,I could feel the scare,the unveiled fear in their eyes. But the demon has been unleased ,on whose orders??

 When our future is abused and brutalized without asking about their views or thoughts,we are living in horrible times,as finally we are destroying the voice of reason .. My best friend for decades stays in Jamia Nagar ,and  I heard the story of her son returning to see a friend brutally assaulted by masked people(update:he lived but has lost his hand) in front of the boys eyes.Will he ever trust a Hindu,or trust even  me or love my kids like before ?

Our future generations are draining and destroying themselves .i am absolutely apolitical,but this is more than politics ...this  is pure terror unbridled .I am scared,and I am a Hindu by religion ,an SGI Buddhist by faith  ,afraid of being caught in a cross fire in the streets with my kids .

I am visiting, to show my kids the true India of love and peace and empathy and acceptability of all religions ,and this is what I am greeted with .

When '84 happened I was too small to realize the unbridled fear in all my Sikh friends and why i lost so many of them.  Kalyan Puri ,Geeta colony were  distant .But this time ,it's right at my front yard .And my kids are watching .What an I showing them  . I believe the common man on both sides are suffering,no food stock , earnings stopped  .These paid criminals should be caught immediately 

#ChantForPeace

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hello, dear Basudha,

How heartbreaking this is. I don't even know what to say in all the chaos that is happening in the world. It's traumatic to witness a murder for sure. How do we heal from all this pain? Thank you for sharing this.

Wusufor
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Oh mine it's a horrible :-( so sorry. I really stand with you #istandwithher
Take care
Lizzy

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Thank you so much Lisbeth

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

I have never completely healed from the brutality I witnessed in Kashmir as a 5year old. These are young adults. There will be very deep scars remaining .

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

I understand, dear. It's hard to heal when there are present events that trigger past wounds. Ohh, are you originally from Kashmir? I wonder if you already met our sister Sumera, she's based in UAE but is a Kashmiri.

Yes, I could imagine. I hope the crisis in Kashmir and in every part of the world end.

Basudha Modak
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

I am an Army girl,and I associate myself as a human and then any regionality.As I love India,so I love South Africa ,the people who held me in my worst times again .

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Wow. How brave of you! That’s nice to know about you associating yourself as a human and any regionality.

You’ve been through a lot, and witnessed a lot. Hugs, dear.

Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Hi Basudha,

I'm so sorry this happened, dear:-( Wow! How long will you be in India? I hope you and your children stay safe, dear.

XX

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Am here till January end Jill..No place is safe anymore ..I am talking to many people and so many stories are coming forth. Will keep writing here .

Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

I see:-( Oh, please don't say that.... There's still hope...

Okay, dear....

XX

Stephtalks
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

All we need do is teach the future generation on how to love genuinely. #peaceisseren

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Yes,only way out is love and peace .

Kadi_lokule
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

This is a very complex sitution and sad too as our children end up being raised in the brutality of thought and action. I am so sorry for your pain and loss. I hope one day all this will be history

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Yes,I so hope that the children learn to trust each other ,or else the same story of our generation will be repeated .

ANJ ANA
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Dear Basudha,
I am sorry for all your fear and sad experiences. I don't know about the whole story of the incident. So only I can say now is to stay safe and secure.
I think this is all about the security concerns and the authority. For me, terrorism has no religion. It is criminal activities and it must be punished.
Please stay safe and take care of yourself and family.
love and regards,
anjana

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Thank you .yes.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Thank you for this story

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Yes,am at Delhi and very upset with all that is happening around .Kids preparing for exams are dragged into this ..that is not correct
There r bad people but educational institutions should remain just a place of teaching .

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Stay Strong and please don't lost hope

Basudha Modak
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

As long as there are kids around,I know everyone has a voice .

Felicitas Wung
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Thanks

Charity Birla
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

There's no glory in killing but conflict fail to see it . Stay safe . peace will eventually come. Thanks for sharing.

Basudha Modak
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Till the women are heard clearly ,there will be no peace.Men don't understand reason ,they only know how to suppress .

Akshaya9
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Hi Basudha,
Thank you for sharing this. So sad to heard your experience. Hope you doing fine.

Take care dear!

Basudha Modak
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you ,for all the love. Tommorrow I'll tell a true story of hope that I witnessed. All is not bad,the little tree of hope has already started blooming .

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Dear Basudha,
This is heartbreaking and I am so sorry for what you have seen and are currently witnessing. Thank you for raising the subject of hatred taught along religious lines. You have witnessed so closely and devastatingly what intolerance and belief that only one religion is worthy can cause. Inter-religious discussion and acceptance of different ways that we understand and follow spirituality is so important, crucial to ending this violence.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Basudha Modak
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you Tam.In South Africa,I have been honoured to attend interfaith meetings and I absolutely understand that to attain peace we need it everywhere around the world .

Amra
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

I am so sorry for your suffering, that is so sad. Be brave, I know it is not easy but you have to. In Bosnia we had war, terrible ... Muslim, Christian, Orthodox were all in fight. An in one moment you see that religion is not a cause of hate. It is people who are guilty .. you have a good and bad person everywhere, and trust me bad one did a same thing on all 3 sides. For those people religion is just excuse for violence
With love
With love

Basudha Modak
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you Amra.you are so true.Religiin never tainted my friendships or relations till now..I am worried .

maeann
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Hi Basudha,

Be careful.... Do not let these things steal your peace.

Basudha Modak
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you Maenn. Our kids are being misled ,that is disturbing me more .

Leonora Le Saldo
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Hello Sis,
This is really sad and may the #ChantForPeace continue to ring out through your region. Keep writing, keep speaking and keep being a light.

Leonora

Spiritedsoul
Dec 21, 2019
Dec 21, 2019

Hello,
House, this is so tragic and heartbreaking. So traumatic for everyone. Sending you lots of strength, peace, and empathy.
Hugs from Australia,
Jess.

Basudha Modak
Dec 21, 2019
Dec 21, 2019

Thank you Jess for your kindness ..

Tarke Edith
Dec 25, 2019
Dec 25, 2019

Hello sister
I am very sorry for that.
Please try to stay save dear.

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Thank you ! Such an important reminder of our role as peacebuilders, in conflict prevention. In solidarity

ARREY- ECHI
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

My people say when the elephants fight, the grass suffers. This is a true picture of how the politics of a few affect the lives of the majority who just want to go about their lives quietly.

May you and your loved ones and all who are caught in such political quarmire like in my native Cameroon know peace

Basudha Modak
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Thank you Arret Echhi.It is absolutely true. We just wish everything remains normal and our kids stay safe .

KellyFidei
Jan 01
Jan 01

Sending love and support to you

Asaad Ali
Jan 02
Jan 02

Hi sister ... hope yoy doing well!
Often politicians ignore peace for such events for their own sake. But people must be aware of the seriousness of ethnic and religious differences, live in peace, accept each other and manage their differences for peace, development and prosperity.
Thank you for sharing this is very sadly many places around the world live this kind of pain .

Lavina Cardoza
Jan 08
Jan 08

I can totally understand you as the times are changing in India. Hope sense prevails and we all get back to the values of inclusive and peaceful state.

Charity Birla
Jan 10
Jan 10

There's no glory in war. Such a traumatising experience . Training younger ones about spreading only love will help to avoid future violence.
#westandforpeace.