In a Mushaera program, I was able to pull the big guy out of the hall before he could start the fight, and the same thing happened at the Hindu Temple - two guys got into hand and fist fight and others were joining them. My printer and his wife were at each other's throats I pulled them apart and worried about him beating me up. Later on, while driving home, I was thinking - those guys could have thrashed me but they didn't, why? The only answer I could find was, I had nothing to gain from it and they recognized it and listened. I always wondered why the British were afraid to mess with Gandhi, or why were they afraid of MLK?
I must give credit to a few organizations, and one of them is India Association of North Texas. They are not free from conflicts and pettiness, but the majority of them are good people and follow the rules. The elected officers respectfully step down and celebrate the past executives, unlike other organizations where they don’t. Indeed, many of the organizations shamelessly disrespect the previous team, even in a sports association like Cricket.
IANT is an exemplary organization, and I am proud to be a life member of the organization. When I see the conflicts elsewhere, invariably, I talk about IANT in glowing terms. When I retire, I will do my share of work in adding whatever I can to its inclusiveness. My late wife Najma admired each one of them for their volunteerism. Dallas is my home and I will come home when I get the things done that I am set out to do; Establish and fund the Center for Pluralism.
If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept each other's uniqueness, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
|CBS reports this picture of Gurdwara, and the name on truck matches with the name of the town, down below in the Times of India, the Gurdwara is not the same, it does not have the Golden domes.|
Links - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/police-brawl-at-gurdwara-in-indiana-leaves-4-injured/articleshow/63777414.cms