Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at LSU Alexandria, USA
Shonu Nangia is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at LSU Alexandria (USA) where he teaches French and Spanish. With expertise in Globalization, French and Francophone literature, French and Spanish Language Pedagogy, Technology in Language Instruction and Translation Studies, he also enjoys organizing film festivals and yoga and meditation workshops.
The Orlando combustion is an outcome of the unholy intersection of three highly flammable ideologies, one domestic and two imported, namely America's obsession with guns, radical Islam (the name that Obama doth not dare take!), and Islamist homophobia. These three combined with devastating results.
Every language represents a distinct and unique vision of the world, and the discovery of a whole new universe of words, ideas and culture represented by each language gives greater depth to the human mind and personality.
The Indian State has always lacked the gumption to challenge Muslim patriarchy within the country. The subordination of the Muslim female is further reinforced by secularists, Marxists and their politics. Along with the Congress party, they are equally complicit in this with their own double standards and vote bank politics. Occasionally, such subaltern women will speak up and offer resistance despite the odds against them. One such woman is Afreen Rehman.
New Delhi hosted a momentous event from March 11-13, the World Culture Festival. In the words of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the moving force behind the festival, "We are inspired to...realize the dream, where life becomes a celebration and the world will become one family. The World Culture Festival is a celebration of achievements and a vision to do better." There is a connection between "One World Family" and some of the ideas that inspired Martin Luther King and the American Civil Rights movement. I explore these here.
There are three levels of peace, the first one being in the larger world environment and relates to harmony between nations, peoples, world regions, ethnic groups, etc. The second level of peace concerns harmony in our immediate environment comprising family, friends, neighbourhood and workplace. The third level is more personal and individualistic -- inner peace. We cannot underestimate the importance of this level.
During one of my recent summer trips to India, an incident in the Mewat region of Haryana reported in a local newspaper caught my attention. A road accident had escalated into a communal riot between Muslims and Hindus. Among other things, this incident was, for me, symptomatic of a lack of what may be called "communal integration" in Indian society. In a diverse society like India, where the national motto itself is <em>Unity in Diversity</em>, the lack of integration in terms of an inter-religious social cohesion is fraught with great risk.