Opinion: "We Stand in Solidarity with India" by KP Singh

July 14, 2006

Source: The Indianapolis Star


On July 14, 2006 The Indianapolis Star ran a letter to the editor from Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh of Indianapolis. He writes, "The rail bombings in Mumbai, India are another shocking tragedy; another alarming display of inhumanity and callous disregard for human life, and especially for the innocents caught in the middle of political and ideological conflicts and territorial struggles in the Indian Subcontinent and around the world... While those with great minds, immense power, and greater understanding of the issues and problems that surround such violent struggles are working hard to find a solution to this global menace of terrorism as a tool to achieve political, ideological, and cultural ends, we, each in our own way, have a responsibility to strengthen this vital human need for peace and hope at our level by building bridges and walk towards each other in friendship, trust, and by creating a united front for mutual respect and peaceful existence with our neighbors of diverse backgrounds in our communities. Peace is not going to happen without each of us continuing to invest into it with our efforts and gifts to address this matter in and around our shared space and environment and daily encounters at work, worship, or play. We can also offer the universal hope of the Sikh prayer to one another: 'In Your Name, by Your Grace, may there be peace among all nations, cultures, and people everywhere.' The work toward it as the songs and faith commandments stress: 'Let it begin with me.' I pray that some day these isolated 'islands of peace' will be interconnected with our universal and sustained commitment to such an ideal and thread all humanity in a spirit of brotherhood and peaceful accommodation"