Salaam In­dia!

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Did the UK and USA ac­tu­ally send out an ad­vi­sory against a coun­try that is peace­fully fight­ing against dis­par­ity and cor­rup­tion? Don’t they ever have protests in their coun­tries that turn vi­o­lent due to ris­ing tempers? It is so ab­surd! I am proud of my coun­try and its youth - that they can ac­tu­ally stand up against all odds and fight for their rights. It’s his­tory in the mak­ing… Why would any­one in the world not want to be a part of it?

The Mex­i­cans have been telling us that the end of the Mayan Cal­en­dar does not de­note the end of the world, it’s the be­gin­ning of a new dawn. And maybe that’s what it is… like all In­di­ans, I con­tinue to be­lieve in the good­ness of mankind and the force of the Almighty, and con­tinue to hope that we can leave be­hind a more sen­si­tive so­ci­ety and a safer fu­ture for our chil­dren, es­pe­cially for our daugh­ters.

As far as trav­el­ling in In­dia goes, the government has al­ready taken steps to bring about safe and re­spon­si­ble tourism a cou­ple of years ago; train­ing taxi drivers, ho­tel and air­port staff, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and many oth­ers on how to deal with tourists and treat­ing those ar­riv­ing in In­dia with sen­si­tiv­ity and gra­cious­ness, liv­ing the age- old In­dian adage of Atithi Devo

Bhava (a vis­i­tor should be treated like God). I must talk about two in­ci­dents that oc­curred with me per­son­ally in the last week when I went out with my daugh­ter to a cin­ema hall and the pass­port of­fice. In both places, be­cause of the rush, two young lads brushed against her by mis­take and turned around to apol­o­gise pro­fusely. It made us both smile! Is it fear or a re­al­iza­tion of wrong? Very hon­estly, both are ac­cept­able, as long as it makes the world a bet­ter place, not only for the dig­nity of women but also for the dig­nity of men.

Let us re­main a happy na­tion and con­tinue to em­brace this move­ment as our own, in all our homes and our lives; learn­ing our­selves first, and then teach­ing our sons and daugh­ters about equal­ity, har­mony and re­spect for the en­tire hu­man race.

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