Pro-change or no change
Financial Express Mumbai|November 07, 2021
HISTORY IS REPLETE with examples of battles between pro-changers and no changers. After the curtain raiser of 2021, the year 2022 promises to witness another epic battle.

Climate change is the hot topic of the day. As you read this, COP-26 would have come to an end, countries would have made promises, many of those promises will not be kept (e.g.funding), yet the pro-changers can go back with the satisfaction that they had won small victories and prepare for the next battle. Political battles are not different.

What change?

Everyone desires change but, in some cases, the change that a section of the people wants will take a country backward in time. In the United States, the state of Texas has passed a law that will effectively ban abortion in that state. Such a law denies the agency of a woman over her body. In India, some people are bent upon changing names in the false belief that, by doing so, they will re-write the history of the country. The most recent example is the Indian Railways, which has changed the name of Faizabad junction to Ayodhya cantonment.

Real change will tear apart walls, stop wars, unite people not of a country alone but of the world, reduce inequalities, banish hunger, and eliminate poverty. Still, there will be differences of religion, race, language, caste etc, but humankind must accept the differences and celebrate what is common.

That day, however, is far away.

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