Malcolm Adiseshiah Award 2014

Below is an extract from my letter of acceptance of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award.

Seeing the Future

Thiruvananthapuram where I live and work is a town where most persons speak only Malayalam. This is not surprising of course. What was momentous for me, therefore, was to be part of the crowd in a rock concert here last night by the fusion band 'Indian Ocean'. Its members, who speak only Hindi and English, to an ecstatic crowd performed songs from Bihar, one in an Adivasi tongue, and a two-thousand-year-old hymn in Aramaic. Effortlessly, they managed to do what India's politicians have failed to since the national movement ended in 1947, unite a diverse people.

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