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Two words and a CBM
On 'Vinayagar Chathurthi' a few days ago, I was travelling in a town bus in Bangalore.
My habit of trying to grab the attention of children with a smile, and then search my pocket for a Paris 'mittai' or an Ecklairs or a mango bite, continued. Only this time, it was empty. But the toddler also never turned towards me. The man stood besides me with the child in his arms.
After about five minutes, still the boisterous celebrations on, the man would bend, just as I have been, for a glimpse of the God and in a low tone, but clear enough for me to hear, asked his son Ganesh dekha?(Did you see Ganesha?) pointing towards an embellished Ganesh idol.
The stripling would say a canorous 'Haan'.
I would, for a long time after that incident, think of the two words.
Whatever the answer, the fact is, there happened something small, the importance of which cannot be emphasized more in our country, and today's world in general.
Many a time, I have been in his place trying to show to a couple of people around me what I believe - that God, if exists, does so as one, but in different 'costumes'.
So, I would presume I did understand the idea behind the two words.
Treaties signed after years of red-tape between nation-states are not the only measures to build confidence. CBMs can also be built at the common man's level that can make a positive, rock-solid, and ever-lasting impact against a widely held tenebrous belief that proclaims one's religion as the only religion; one's religion as the only religion that is capable of salvation, capable of taking you to His feet, capable of healing all your ills, capable of making you wealthy, and capable of what-not!!!
These CBMs, not necessarily for religious harmony alone, at the grass-roots level, are more powerful than the signed ones. And we are the virtual signatories to it. What this takes is nothing but a smile, an accomodating mindset and an understanding of love. This choice is available for you too.