For the first time I’ll be taking part in this huge event. I am not surprised that out of thousands of Indians who flock to America none had ever spoken about it in public or even in private (except for my husband- sometimes it pays off to be submissive as the Bible says). And for the slightest mention about abortion in the families- it was quite a usual remark from one of the relatives who mentioned casually that she almost decided to go ahead with abortion since she couldn’t tolerate the sickness associated with pregnancy. For such a casual mention that “I can’t handle vomiting all the time, it was so terrible I almost started to hospital to do abortion…” I could never grasp the meaning of abortion until one day I decided to google myself about it.
I’ve never heard about abortion in churches or schools, not even in sunday class or even during marriage preparation class. And now I know that the millions of men and women in India will be just like me, growing up not knowing about this silent holocaust. They can’t be blamed because in an overpopulated country like India where it’s quite mundane to witness human suffering, you almost get immune to it. Many westerners must have heard about Bl.Mother Teresa’s account on the people dying in streets, the slums, the orphans, the crowded hospitals which is very much still the same in India. However there has been no detailed account of what’s happening to the unborn in our country. There’s not even proper statistics on the number of children victimized to abortion.
Everyone seems to know about Indians who rule the world through invisible technology. Sathya Nadella the CEO of Microsoft, Sundar Pichai CEO of Google, Indira Nooyi CEO of Pepsico, Ajaypal Singh CEO of MasterCard, Shantanu CEO of Adobe, Francisco DSouza heading Cognizant, Vikram Pandit CEO of Citigroup, Surya Mahapotra CEO of Quest Diagnostics, Ivan Menezes CEO of Diageo and many more, however not even Indians know how many children are lost to the brutality of “Choice”/ abortion, a woman’s weapon to freedom and empowerment. Indians are lost in the pursuit of ever ending materialism. Not only the Indians abroad but also Indians in India. St. John Paul II clearly cautioned people against consumerism which can destroy one’s soul in the never ending pursuit of materials which is evident with respect to Indians.
Will it be possible to get hold on to values and virtues rather than chattel and capital? The millennials are very much broad minded to have higher pursuits other than the monotony that controlled the Gen-X however it’s important to keep in mind that higher pursuits doesn’t necessarily mean selling off everything to go on an unplanned journey or trying new age spirituality. Higher pursuit simply means what can one do for one’s neighbor, and the neighbor could be any person who is suffering directly in front of you. And if such a highly educated, technocrat generation cannot defend the most tiny, innocent, defenseless human being- the baby in womb, then there can be no end to any sort of violence in the world unfortunately. If the dignity of a human being cannot be recognized in the child inside the pregnant mother, it cannot be recognized in the poor, the disabled, the depressed, the addict, the broken and bruised of every nature. Just like they kill the defenseless: the unborn, the terminally ill, the aged, those with down syndrome and autism they will begin exterminating the wounded soldiers, the physically challenged, the mentally challenged and slowly to anyone who will not fit into their criteria.
If people say it’s not ok to kill in the name of religion and nation and advocate for a women’s choice- abortion then they’re undoubtedly hypocrite, if people say it’s not ok to hurt puppies and become vegans yet go blind to the massacre of the 50 million babies then they’re hypocrite, If people say it’s not ok to hurt women and yet do not think about the forceps pulling the bones and tearing the tissues apart is not violence then they’re hypocrite, if people say it’s not ok to hurt children and shrug about abortion they’re nothing but definitely hypocrites. As Bl. Mother Teresa said :
If Abortion isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong.
And hope this humble effort of blogging, facebooking, counseling, talking one on one to friends and family about life and dignity will cause a ripple in the massive Indian community who will be, and should be moved to defend the Sanctity of Human Life. As Servant of God Dorothy Day says : we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.