India stands for unity in diversity and we are an ardent follower of the same. Our constitution has given each person complete right to follow the religion they like and even be an atheist if they don’t believe in any supreme power of God. However, there are some intolerant people who try to either force their our religion or their way of thinking onto others and shun those who do not believe in their beliefs.
The same happened with Bollywood actor R Madhavan when he posted a picture from a puja that he organized at his home. A Twitter user lashed out at Madhavan for having a cross in his temple. In the image, a cross is seen in the background regarding which the twitter user tweeted, “Why do they have a cross in the background?! Is that a Mandir? You just lost my respect. Do you find Hindu Gods in Christian churches? All this is fake drama you did today!
However, Madhavan didn’t keep quiet and gave a befitting reply. He wrote, “I really don’t worry about respect from the likes of you. I hope you get well soon. Surprised that in your sickness you did not see the Golden Temple pic there too and asked if I converted to Sikhism. I have blessing from the Dargas there too and blessings from all religious places around the world. Some gifted and some earned. My home is home to staff from all faiths and we pray at a common altar. Like any defence personnel will tell you, happens in every unit.
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) 16 August 2019
I have been taught from my very childhood to maintain my identity with pride but at the same time RESPECT each and every faith, belief and religion. “Yemmaddhamum Samadham” (I respect each religion as my own) I hope that my son follows that too. I have prayed at every Darga, Gurudwara and Church. I have had the good fortune to visit when a temple was not around. They have shown me the utmost love and respect knowing that I am a Hindu. How can I not reciprocate that. All I have is a lot of love and respect to give as my vast travels and experience has proven is the only true faith. Peace and love to you too.”