Superstitions form a major part of the Indian society. You talk about any object, custom, ritual or even a natural phenomenon; superstitions are always associated with them. No one knows the exact reason behind these beliefs. How did they originate? From where did they originate? But it’s only the assumptions that we can put forward so as to analyze the root causes of these, to curb them out. The possible reasons, or rather the key aspects of the causes of various superstitions are:
1. Ignorance 2. Religious fights
3. Opportunists abuse 4. Scientific weakness
There is no reasonable logic behind these superstitions.
Though the Indian society is progressing, there are many people who are superstitious and have a strong faith in local beliefs. Hence the progress is slow.
Irrespective of the education, status, class or richness, superstitions are religiously followed in most of the Indian houses. These have actually overpowered the mindsets. These beliefs have affected the people so much that they are even ready to hurt each other physically, mentally and emotionally; and indulge into violence and abusive wars to protect their falsehood beliefs, which, according to them are true.
The reality is that there are no scientific facts and figures to prove them right. Here comes the aspect of Ignorance. People with the orthodox mentality tend to ignore the substantiality of science and stay firm in whatever they believe.
Some of them don’t even care about what others think or feel. This leads to Religious fights and mob mentality. I won’t disagree with the people who consider superstitions as one of the main reasons for the nation and even for the downfall of India in the past. This can be proved by an example.
If we look into the pages of the Indian history, we get to know how Indians opened the door for the invaders to conquer our land and to rule it. Somnath temple, situated in Gujarat was plundered and looted by many. The first person to attempt and succeed in plundering the holy temple was Sultan Mahmud in 1025 A.D. When Sultan went to wage a religious war against India, he made great efforts to capture and destroy Somnath. And as an answer to this, the Indians kept going into the temple weeping and crying for help.
God helps those who help themselves. Merely expecting a miracle to happen without working for the thing never helps. The word ‘miracle’ in itself is a superstition to an extent. Eventually, Indians had to get into the battlefield to save their kingdom, their temple and themselves, but alas! They were late. They lost the battle and the great treasure was eventually looted.
This incident from the past clearly proves the fact that believing in superstitions has never helped us and we cannot expect a ‘miracle’ to happen in the future too.
India, this is a wake-up call! Merely complaining about the system doesn’t help. We cannot expect a change to happen in a day or two, but surely we can contribute to the changes leading to the increased pace of the development of the country by modifying our thoughts and our ways of thinking. Superstitions are those harmful marks which don’t even exist, no matter however we try to consider them as the reality. They won’t ever become existent, because it’s we who have created them. We are the creators of those damaging marks.