Saturday, 19 April 2008

If you move...

Somehow, this seems deeply appropriate for the Indian subcontinent right now. I picked it up from Reiza, whose blog I was catching up with today.

Pakistan is falling apart and breaking the hearts of everyone who loves her. Sixty years on, it's time to admit that ripping apart the subcontinent, tearing people from their mixed neighbourhoods and the deaths of millions - in the name of religion - have all been in vain.

Pakistan is a failed state. Bangladesh, despite having some of the most fertile land in the world, is one of the most poverty-stricken countries.

We forgot the most basic principle: divided we fall, united we stand.

Drop the borders and come home. It won't be easy, but we will be one people, one land again.

And then, as the song goes, when you move - when WE move - as one, the country will move.

Cheesy video? Absolutely. (Over to Yaq for the full translation, since his will be more poetic than mine.) But it's such a beautiful demonstration of how we react to obstacles: we whinge, we turn around and go the other way, we whinge some more and refuse to push through.

But if ONE person faces the obstacle head on and decides to start pushing their way through it, others join in, and what had seemed impossible becomes certain. It show how collective responsibility - and triumph - begins with individual responsibility.

The subcontinent is just a starting point. When we ALL drop our borders and move as one, there's no telling what we can do when the spirit of Ganesh moves through us to remove obstacles.

Heaven on earth sounds like a good start.

So, chalo.

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