Monday, January 5, 2009

The Star outside Amboli Church.

You can't really make it out, but the Star has the words Peace and Joy, surrounded by images of a Dove, a Cross, an Om and a Crescent. A more culturally sensitive message would be hard to find.
I think it is incredible that the congregation has made the statement that it has made, but I also wonder how many temples would have thought to make a similar gesture during their most important festival.
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2 comments:

Bubbly Bala said...

Maybe some temple in the South has done it and we are not aware of it.Maybe not.But we in the South are a secular lot.That is before the safron brigade decended on us and started poisoning our minds.

Natasha Ramarathnam said...

I am sure there is the one off temple that does something similar. As you say, we just don't know about it.
But the point about this particular display is the fact that it did it without making a song and dance about it. There were no posters expounding communal harmony, and if the priests spoke about it, they did it only to their own congregation.
It was just a display that sent out a clear message to anyone who wanted to read it.

Pity is two fold. The people who this is meant to address will choose not to read the message, and people like me just think it is sad that anyone needs to have to prove their credentials this way.

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