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एक नज़र

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क्या ताक रही हैं तू इधर, ऐ ज़िंदगी;
क्या अपने गुरूर को इज़ाफा देने के लिए नज़र गड़ाई हैं
या मुझे दी गई नेमत पर तुझे लालच आई हैं?

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Writer's Clan

Humans or Goods?​

So we run around boldly waving the flags of non-discrimination in our daily lives, but believe me when I tell you, it has a significant presence in our lives. More than we can even imagine.
We come across advertisements of matrimony websites and agencies often. Now one common thing in all of those advertisements is that the parents keep looking for matches for their daughters with a perfect physique, having a massive bank account, living in a farmhouse with a joint family. How about trying to find someone with a good heart? How about finding someone who will love their daughters?
Not far behind are newspapers that host a separate segment among all different types of products advertisements where people send in their requirements for their partners such as their height, their complexion, their religion, etc. as if they’re applying filters like when they shop online. And among all of this, there’s a separate section which has demands of high profile matches.
What’s wrong with everyone? What are we trying to do over here? Buying humans? How is this any different from the slave trade back in the 20th century, where the wealthy brought people according to their needs? Where’s all the philosophy about having a partner that cares for you, that understands you, that gives you comfort, that loves you truly, not just for what requirements of theirs that you fulfill but for who you are?
You may not agree with me because when it’s about actually implementing non-discrimination we tend to forget about it. Our definitions of it change because it isn’t favorable for us anymore.
That’s who we are and that’s what we’ve become. These are the realities we are creating around us and this is what’s going to lead to our doom one day.