Sunday, December 6, 2009
What binds India
This image was taken when I was travelling in an auto rickshaw within Mumbai city.
The thing that struck me was the fact that this image of symbols of two different (Hindu and Islam)religions coexisting in the the 'office' of this auto driver indicates the strength that sustains our country and acts as an example of what acceptance (or probably tolerance) in religious beliefs is all about.
I am not sure how many people with limited education in other parts of the country would be able to have that degree of inclusiveness in their minds. You can quickly think about some countries randomly and come up with answers.
This ability to co-exist is the very strength that acts as a bulwark against the divisive tendencies of our politicians atleast to some extent.
The next degree of this evolution would emerge when there would be total negation and revolt against sectarian tendencies of the political leaders and that would lead to impact at the highest portals of power.
We have come a long way and there is still a huge distance to be travelled.