Congratulations on being elected. I’m one of the thousands who went out and voted on a Sunday so that you know you’re responsible to me.
Every day we are inundated by incidents of hate, crimes of such unnatural viciousness that our faith in humanity is shaken. But amongst this sadness when I look for light, I see an emotion that we all are capable of: Love.
The love that a mother feels, the protectiveness a father has, that feeling of worship that raises the most mundane human beings into demigods…. the high of love is unparalleled. The brains’ chemical receptors that trigger love are so addictive that people fall in love over and over again despite being hurt before.
When JK Rowling said in Harry Potter that you have a secret weapon , something Voldemort lacks, I was also a bit let down when it turned out to be love. Just love? But thinking about it for the past few years, and more so after becoming a parent I realised the value of that statement.
It’s love that makes a mother work incessantly without thinking of her own comfort, love that makes fathers toil for their kids’ future. It’s love that makes weak women become lionesses when their kids are in trouble. That makes the heart beat faster when thinking of a special someone. A normal person who becomes completely flawless, who’s faults fail to register in the logical thought process of the most sane… love is the most powerful emotion of all.
The love one feels for the country when fighting on the borders. What one feels for a brother or sister when you’re far apart. It’s love for money , success and recognition that makes us travel far and do more than we ever thought possible.
There is a lack of love in the world today. In the Trump government’s orders of Mexico walls and deportation of immigrants. A feeling of inadequacy and the lack of abundance.America is the richest country in the world, they have one fourth of India’s population and four times the land and resources, still all the President feels is the lack of love for his own neighbor.
The tension between USA and North Korea that threatens the existence of the entire world is simply a lack of love , tolerance and empathy. The power struggle between US and Russia that triggered the Syrian carnage and millions of displaced Syrians is now altering the socio-economic and political face of entire Europe.
The lives lost in “collateral damage ” to the Afghani air attacks are just a manifestation of hate. Anyone who loses their loved ones becomes an apostle of hate, a potential threat to destroy another’s peace and joy.
Today, on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks , let’s ask ourselves where our attitude and belief system is taking this world?? An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. Peace and nonviolence are as old as the hills, said Gandhiji, I have nothing new to teach the world.
Every day we face a choice.
Between Anger and forgiveness.
Getting even or being kind.
Hatred or love.
Choose the superpower of love.
Delhi is India’s most populous city -state and capital to boot. It is a burgeoning metropolis with people coming here to earn a living from all parts of the country
. Everyone finds a small corner in this densely populated city and starts work. And Delhi absorbs and welcomes everybody.
The Mohalla clinic which has been praised in the Washington Post,French media and by former UN head Kofi Anan is a small prefabricated airconditioned clinic in the middle of the slum with an MBBS doctor,nurse and pharmacist. The consultation is provided free of cost to the patient and costs Rs 30 to the government. There are 220 tests done on a local indigenous technology machine which are again free to the patient and cost less than Rs 10 to the government. All medicines are provided free to the patient. Everything is computerised and documented on a tablet so records are available for future reference. So a daily wage labourer or domestic help gets into the neighbourhood clinic and gets out with medical consultation and medicines within 30 minutes, free of cost and with a zero commute.