Thread:A painful love story: my ex, the first man/boy I ever loved, is a Sikh. The kind of Sikh who does seva, magnanimous, generous, all good things. We used to be friends until recently. He spent a considerable amount of time last year trying to convince me that modi is not bad
He had tried to explain away the whole tablighi jamat thing, tried to explain the silliness behind banging plates... almost everything. Told me I should not be concerned about politics, cause it made sound hateful and angry.
And then he said, he did not like that vocal angry part of me, and we stopped talking. He texted me yesterday and all I wanted to ask my Sikh ex,- what do you think of modi now? Now that 100’s of Sikh farmers have been sacrificed, what are your thoughts now?
But I did not. And he’s not on Twitter. But I know he was not the only one. And I wonder how my Sikh friends who tried to explain away Modi’s treatment of other minorities feel now? It is sad that until the fire reaches our doorsteps, barely anyone speaks.
To those who do, India is really counting on you. I say india as in an abstract idea that is this beautiful diverse mix of different cultures, and religion, and festivals, and mythology, and yoga, and spirituality. We will probably never get back to that, but how I wish for that.

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