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  • We were sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. We got talking. She had
    come from a different part of our state. Her brother’s wife was being operated
    on. They had been there for nearly two weeks. She appeared to belong to a
    lower-income group. She told me that they had spent a lot of money. They
    were praying that everything would be fine. She said, “Being in the hospital,
    looking at people with so many health problems, made her feel that their
    problem was not so bad.” I did not meet her later. I just hope her sister-in-law
    has recovered completely. Her words impressed me. So much in life depends
    on our perspective, how we face life. We can be positive or we can be negative.

    “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
    or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” - Abraham Lincoln

    The word perspective brings to mind events that have been taking place over
    the last few weeks. Donald Trump is the President of USA. Earlier it was all
    about his swearing-in ceremony, his tweets, his arrogance of wealth and power.
    We saw so many protests against him. That is one perspective, one side of the
    coin. There is another side: the darker one. There are people who believe that
    he will change America for the better. They have voted him to power. They look
    at him from a different angle.
    The other day with a simple sleight of hand he changed the lives of so many.
    People from all over the world live in America. Many of them are citizens of that
    country. It is inconceivable as to how people who consider a land as their home
    can be banned from setting foot on it. Is this really a solution to the problems
    highlighted by Trump and his like? It is reported in the papers that the Brooklyn
    judge’s ruling has only blocked part of the president’s action. Those who have
    been detained in the international airports of America cannot be deported; but
    they cannot enter.
    Is pre-2nd World War and World War 2 history going to repeat itself? Do we never
    learn from our mistakes? People are protesting all over the country and elsewhere.
    But what is frightening is that there are people who support him. What will happen
    to the voices of ordinary people?

    Here too, there are people who think that Nathuram Godse a hero. They believe that
    he did the right thing in assassinating Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi supported
    Muslims too. This in their eyes was a crime so he had to be killed. Do we never learn
    from history? In these days of the internet it is said the world has become a smaller
    place. But unfortunately, smaller the world, the more divided it is becoming in the
    name of religion.

    So much has been happening since the beginning of this year. We had a lot of trouble
    in the name of Jallikattu in our neighbouring state. It is a bull-taming contest. It has
    been banned by the Supreme Court of India. But people involved in the sport protested
    that it was an integral part of their tradition and that they had the right to practice it.
    There are cockfights and another sport similar to Jallikattu called Horihabba in our state.
    I wonder what those animals feel about such ‘human’ traditions. They are the ones who
    are being tortured and killed in the name of sport. But who asks them?
    Violence for the love of violence defines human nature.

    “Humans dominate
    Animals who cannot speak
    In the name of sport.”
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