Monday, August 15, 2016


Seven colours bind together for the rainbow to emerge…
Would a rainbow ever form, if they chose to diverge?
- From the poem ‘Stars’ by yours truly

The rainbow is my favourite analogy to use during my unlearning workshops. A ray of sunlight passes through a raindrop and breaks into a spectrum of seven colours. It is pertinent to note that seven diverse colours remain united in the alignment arc. If they were to branch off into various directions, the rainbow would not take shape.

This analogy has a deeper dimension as we celebrate our country’s Independence Day. We are a nation of diversity of variety. Languages, customs, attire, beliefs, cuisine, looks… everything is as wide-ranging as it can be. The dissimilarities are obvious and oft result into differences.

Never mind the differences, we must choose to align ourselves to the real spectrum of the diversity of India. To paraphrase Voltaire, we may disagree but not become disagreeable. We may argue but we must not allow the argument to needlessly widen the rift.

So often, so many of us mistakenly insist on uniformity for alignment. But diversity is stifled by uniformity as the rainbow would lose its essence if the seven colours were to turn into a single hue. Acceptance and respect for the different dimensions of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, physical abilities, ideas, beliefs and ideologies will empower the diversity of our country.

Rainbow is born of alignment not uniformity
We must learn to accept the varied diversity!

- Pravin K. Sabnis

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