I wonder very often at the talented artistic proficiency of our Art teachers. When the students draw pictures, the final touches given by the Art teachers, confer life upon the drawings. Their sensible touches through the shades of light and darkness give vitality - a miraculous outcome!
It is high time to think about the relation of traditions and rituals to humanity. These are the days when people from different walks of life are clamouring for traditions and for gender equality. Hartals, blocking the way, protests by different political parties, make the day-to-day life of the common man very tough. The rivalry between the political parties claims innocent lives, making many children orphaned.
Man and his life have to be the central point of customs and traditions. Intolerance is not the result of traditions - one who has the genuine faith accepts everything. There is no barometer to measure our faith and spirituality. In a secular nation like ours, no religion has the right to disrespect the values of the other religions.
A harmonious life is possible only when all the religions and traditions are equally placed in a circle whose central point is human life itself.
Baby Jesus, the Son of God Himself, is the central point in the crib, from where the radiance of peace and harmony permeates everywhere. Christmas gives a message of peace to the whole world. Let us be the torch-bearers of peace and resolve not to discriminate against anybody on the basis of caste, creed or gender.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year !