Tolerance of all faiths starts from homeI recently saw a video of a family of Sikhs settled in Kerala. They were speaking Malayalam which was flawless, as I had a Keralite classmate near me when I showed it to him. I do understand the language, but not to the extent that I can find out if the right language is spoken.
The family was celebrating Onam. This is exactly the kind of tolerance of cultures and faiths that is called for. And then my friend showed me two more videos, one in which a friend of his had done up his house in Coimbatore city, well in advance of the forthcoming Christmas. Seen it was Hindus and even Muslims having a grand gala time, dancing to some recent Tamil movie songs. My friend was also of the firm opinion that those who work together should often come together and enjoy moments such as these.
The children of the different families were enjoying every bit of it. This rather big house, on the outskirts of the city, is likely to have a grand welcome to many guests on Christmas Day. I have been invited as well, but can't make it for personal reasons. Yet, I would personally call him and wish him.
Life is all about such small parcels of happiness. We just cannot have one party talking politics based on religion. In Tamil Nadu, in particular, that does not hold water. We should give our younger generation all hope and happiness. We should help each other, irrespective of caste, religion or community, or whatever.
These friends are also much younger than me but are intimately known to all our family members. What they are doing is something very significant in today's conditions.
Everything starts from home. Tolerance of all faiths does start from home. Let us walk the talk.