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.