Tolerance, Respect, and Peace

This is the perfect  example for the spirit of tolerance and respect for practices you may not follow either as a person of faith or  a person of no faith.

You might recognize cites I have mentioned: Amritsar. home of the Sikh Golden Temple and the Garden, Chandigarh, Le Corbusier’s planned city, and Ludhiana mentioned in this newspaper article. In this state of the Punjab,  Indians of many faiths live and worship together, Sikhs, Hindus, Jains, and  followers of Islam.  Please notice the proximity to Kashmir and the border with Pakistan.  It was that border where we went for the ceremonial nightly border closing between India and Pakistan at Wagah.

Muslim people eat meat except pork, Hindu people mostly are vegetarians though some  eat chicken, but no beef or pork, Jain people are total vegetarians .  You might remember this picture I have posted before of very strict Jains who wear masks as they walk outside so as not to inadvertently swallow an insect.  I have to admit that I don’t remember ever seeing this  even at Palitana where the nuns and devotees climb the 4000 steps up the  pilgrimage mountain to visit the 1000+ Jain  temples.


I remember the very elaborate Hindu wedding we attended this trip with tables of food all around  the  venue .  They were marked with the name of the cuisine. . . Meat, veg, Jain, Italian, Middle Eastern because their friends of various beliefs were in attendance.  Everyone was to feel welcome. ( There are some Christians in the north of India, but there are many more in the South. )

Wherever am I going with this post, you may ask?  Well tomorrow night at sundown begins the celebration of Rosh Hashanah  for the New Year of 5776.  “Umetah” or “A good and sweet year” to my Jewish friends!

What does this have to do with India?   You might be surprised to know that there are Jewish people in India.  The community is not large but they live and worship there in peace.  Remember that India has  the second largest Muslim community in the world behind Indonesia!  I remember well the Saturday morning David and I were walking through the Muslim market in Amdavad and noticed the  large facade of the Synagogue across from the  Zoroastrian Temple.  ( The Zoroastrian religion is an ancient, pre-Islam religion which began in Persia. ) It was at that moment, I realized that while visiting in India, I was living “Religions of the World!”


image of Amdavad Synagogue by Emmanuel  Dyan


Am I advocating  watering down your beliefs?  No, but I think most faiths preach love of others.   We should be working together for tolerance, respect, and love for others exemplified by  the people of  India!



About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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9 Responses to Tolerance, Respect, and Peace

  1. Hi Anne. It is amazing to see the message you took away from India. 🙂 Also interesting to know that you went to Wagah border as well! I have just heard about it.

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    • annetbell says:

      Wagah is a wonderful experience. The security is very tight as you can only imagine. We were on the Indian side waving our flags. There is a large metal stand where we were squeezed in! On the other side were Pakistani’s but the men and women were separate. There was singing and chanting like a friendly sports’ match. It was wonderful and an example of how people can coexist . . . I think it is governments who the problem, fighting over money, land or power! I will try to find my post on Wagah and send it to you !


  2. Kentucky Angel says:

    Reblogged this on Kentucky Angel and commented:
    I consider Anne to be a friend I may never meet, but she knows the Indian people well. I always enjoy her posts about India.

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  3. Kentucky Angel says:

    Isn’t it strange that India has so much more tolerance for religion than people in this country, founded on the premise of “freedom of religion” Anne? We seem to have given up all of our freedom in this country, along with our constitutional rights, all in the past 50 to 60 years, maybe even less. What has happened to this once strong, proud nation?

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