Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
I read a letter in response to the article in a recent www.newsweek.com magazine about “The New India”.
The writer said something to the effect that there are 1.1 billion people, 17 major languages and 22,000 dialects.
The country also has three top leaders which belong to three different religions – The Prime Minister is Sikh, the opposition leader is a Christian and the president is a Muslim.
The writer goes on to attribute this ‘harmony’ to the nature of Hinduism, India’s major religion, a religion of mystery and mystique.
I’ll say. The day before I read that article, I received an email from a very good Indian friend (Christian) who was singing praises because some of his friends were ‘spared’ death and persecution in a nearby city where Hindu city officials ‘forced’ everyone in the city to participate in a spring festival.
The last time I was in India, I was hidden in a hotel room during the ‘Festival of Colors’ because my friend told me the Indians would love to paint up a white guy.
Indian business/economy is booming, but the New India still has a lot of/too much Old India in it.
What do you think?