Promoting harmony in our neighborhoodsCome the month of May, thousands of temples in Tamil Nadu come alive. There is the annual temple festival. Of course, in some places, there is a lot of animal sacrifice to God, but this is not only sanctioned in the scheme of things, but also has cultural implications.
However, the wider effort at promoting communal harmony is obviously seen. Those in other parts of the country would do well to observe such practices and understand realities. People of all religions take part in the temple festival. The caring and sharing has to be seen to be believed. The entire town or the big village will have any number of houses and common feeding places where a wide variety of food is prepared and served. People who are fairly well off are also invited to have such food. The wider sociogical implications are that this promotes harmony among people in such a big way. The rich spend substantial amounts at feeding everyone. The sponsorships for the temple rituals come in from several rich people settled in other parts of the country.
This is perhaps why such sould foundations create a fertile ground for tolerance of a tall order. One cannot and should not play divisive politics in Tamil Nadu. Since literacy is so high, people immediately see through games of evil politicians. Let such activities keep on increasing everywhere. Let no one talking talk about passing current anywhere. Let no young man roam the streets with a gun.
This is not the society that Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of. Let us keep on promoting more of communal harmony.