Sunday

Haiti earthquake

Haiti earthquake left in its wake, death, disease,destruction.

Prayers and all help is what Haiti needs on an immediate basis.

I couldnt help but simultaneously think would the rest of the world have come to India's aid as they/we have reached out to Haiti's?

In India we have seem many many disasters, some that have impacted us directly (like the monsoon floods a couple of yrs ago in Bombay) some that have impacted our fellow Indians somewhere in some part of the nation

I have always felt that it is the strength of us as a people to take care of ourselves and help each other at the moment required that makes us a nation some different from others. We are resourceful. Helpful. In a quiet dignified manner.

During the monsoon floods which caused havoc with child and elderly alike, home and roads, school and traffic...individuals moved to action immediately, people forming human survival lines to reach those trapped in cars or on foot by rising waters; people volunteering food from their own humble tables to those stranded or unable to continue their journey.

During the train bombings, the poor, whose lean-to homes line the tracks, brought their blankets and coats to cover the wounded and to make slings to carry them to taxis. The many taxis waiting by the station door for fares, became ambulances carrying the wounded to nearby hospitals. Were it not for the TLC of these first responders and the other passengers on the train I am sure the number of lives lost would have been more.

In the earthquake and the tsunami, ALL Indian’s contributed resources for recovery, including money, clothes, food, and even family members to help eliminate the suffering of their fellow Indians.

Indians do for each other quietly and without show. Helping and giving have karmic power in an individual’s life, but are not done to get praise; are done because it is the right thing to do.

On the 15th of January India pledged $5,000,000 to assist in Haiti’s recovery….from one resilient people to another, the Indian Prime Minister sent India’s thoughtful support saying, “We have no doubt that the people of Haiti have the strength and resilience to overcome this natural disaster.”

The reason I penned my thoughts down on this disaster and the role Indians play at such times, was because India rarely ever gets recognized by its own people. We are too hard on ourselves. I think India has been beaten up so much by power hungry corrupt Indians within, or by insecure foreign nations who can sense the Giant nation's wakening - that we often don't get appreciated from the outside, nor do we pat ourselves on our back and say we are indeed the best.

Well done India:) Keep the silent and powerful spirit always alive:) Am so proud to belong to this nation!:)