Indian teaching proverb | You can give a man a fish, but… – Part 2


teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime

Teach a man to fish

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The Muslim minorities feared that they would be marginalized by the Hindu majority. A dispute broke out, and the leaders realized that it could not be resolved by reassurances and compromise. In the end, British India was divided into two separate nations: India, with a Hindu majority, and Pakistan, for those who believed in Islam.

Partitioned India: India and Pakistan

Partitioned India: India and Pakistan

The partition of British India into two sovereign countries was meant to pacify Muslims and strengthen relations between the two nations. Instead, both sides dredged up their rage towards being oppressed for so long and took it out on each other. Millions of people were murdered.  Towns and villages were ravaged, and the rivers ran red with the blood of India’s countrymen. Those who had escaped, had done so with barely the shirts on their backs. When I asked my father HOW they survived and thrived after such tragedy, he smiled sadly. He said that their persecutors could take their homes, their livelihoods, and even their very lives! But they couldn’t take their hearts and minds. Whatever lessons they had learnt while growing up, whatever education they had received, had proven useful in rebuilding their lives elsewhere. And in so doing, they were able to redirect their rage and anguish towards their persecutors and work towards a better future. And that is exactly what my father and his family had done…

- Written by Neelam Wadhwani

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