You seem to be in a reflective mode, observed my husband looking up from the newspaper he was reading.
You mean to say reflective” mood”? No wonder you slip into your mobile jargon, keeping the tiny device glued to your ear all the time, I complained.
Well, there is a difference between a mobile and you, he teased.
How dare you compare me with that inanimate nuisance? I shot back.
Don’t be so touché, dear. I only wanted to say I can keep my mobile in a silent mode as long as I wish but can’t do the same with…
I know what you want to say and it is probably the 100th. time you said it, I accused.
O.K. Tell me what is occupying your thoughts, is it something serious where you need my help? He offered trying to change the subject.
Well, it is indeed something serious and I don’t think you can help me, even if you wish to, I said.
Again typical of your gender, always under estimating men and their capacity to solve any kind of problem, he boasted.
I appreciate your confidence and the spirit, but I am afraid there are some problems which appear to have no solutions, I lamented.
It is all in the mind and women have a closed mind for all I know. You cannot solve problems if you have a one track mind, he reiterated.
Now, you seem to be passing unwarranted judgements, I rued.
You haven’t still told me what’s bothering you, he said.
Well, it has something to do with what I read in the newspaper recently, I informed.
You mean the break ins that have been on the increase? Robbers making away with jewellery and cash amounting to lakhs? He asked.
Not exactly. I was thinking of something else, I said.
Why don’t you say what it is instead of beating about the bush? He asked sounding impatient.
I am just wondering whether unity in diversity is possible in the present state of affairs, I said.
Which affairs are you referring to ? cultural, social or economic? He asked getting interested.
All of them as they are intermingled with one another. Infact it concerns you and me as well, I said.
Now you appear crazy. How on earth can it concern you and me? He looked at me as though I was talking through my hat.
Unity in diversity begins at the micro level, don’t you think so ? I said.
Noticing his expression of bewilderment I decided to explain things.
Let me begin at the beginning.Take our own case for instance. We hail from two corners of the country which not only differ in language and culture but the parties which are in power as well. Marriage united us and for economic reasons we chose to move out of our states of origin to an altogether different state which means there was no “domicile divide” of any kind. Now do you understand what I meant by unity in diversity at the micro level? I said feeling proud that I was able to put things in a proper perspective.
A very good analysis ofcourse and your logic sounds quite convincing. But I wonder who are the ultimate beneficiaries in this whole exercise of ours?
Everyone, you, me and the state, I emphasized .
What makes you think so? He asked raising his eyebrow.
The organizations we work for have immensely benefited from our skill and expertise in our respective fields which in turn have contributed to the economy of the state and ultimately resulted in boosting the economy of our country! When unity in diversity is possible at the micro level, I am sure it is possible at the macro level also? Am I right ? I said all in one breath.
You are but you have forgotten something very important that is required for unity in diversity at the macro level? he said.
What is that? I asked puzzled.
The political will to silence the fanatics in the state, he whispered.
Perhaps it would be right to say “unity in adversity” to start with , I suggested.
I can’t agree with you more, and “we” happen to be a good example at the micro level, he stated.
I asked for it, didn’t I ?
n.meera raghavendra rao