Your Reference Sucks…!!!

ImageI will start this article with a special quote by Sir Winston Churchill “ When I saw you, I  came to know, O my beloved….love is crazy, O my beloved”. Some of the readers might be thinking why I started with a quote given by a famous belly dancer named Sir Winston Churchill. Wait…. Now some of you will read on thinking that I am right about Winston Churchill being a belly dancer while some of you may think that wait a sec…. Winston Churchill is not a belly dancer, he is someone related to politics. Actually its true, Winston Churchill was a British politician who was in fact the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. The truth is that the quote is also not by Sir Winston Churchill. Its actually translation of a song from a Bollywood movie “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengey”. The Song goes like “Tujhey dekha to yeh jaana sanam, Pyar hota hai deewaana sanam”.  Isnt this funny…??  No, actually its not. There is a reason for this mockery.

Its been a while that I am seeing some pathetic arguments being associated to people who never would have spoken such words. The irony of the new age facebook intellectualism is that no one is spared from this “quotes attribution”. Presidents, Social workers, celebrities and even religious figures are associated with statements they never said, degrading the history in a very unique way. We live in a world where most of the information is been taken from internet and without a doubt its very helpful. But Somewhere it has slipped from peoples mind that whatever we found on the internet, need not be true. Sadly there is class of people who believe in concept of copy and paste, and by default take internets word for granted.

We need to understand that there is reason why historians around the world, no matter political, scientific or religious scholars have dedicated their lives to safe guard the history by connecting the dots or we can say the chain of narrators. The disrespect is profound for these scholars when we slander words/quotes/statements, never said by the people, we attribute them to. When we say or write something for which we have no reference, actually we are committing a crime by telling someone a lie or in fact bigger crimes by putting it on platform like Internet, which nowadays has become a celebrated venue for the knowledge seekers.

Its not at all wrong to take information from Internet, but its wrong not to recheck the facts given there. Its how we pay our respect to the people who have dedicated their lives to provide us with true, unadulterated history. Its my humble request to the people reading this… Please check your facts before you tell them to anyone.

P.S: Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman are different people.

By Syed Danish


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