Tuesday, May 29

Mistaken identity

It pains to read stuff like this. Reading all this I wonder why the Nazi association continues to be so strong.

Having grown up in a normal Indian Hindu family, associating the swastik with something negative is so difficult. It is one of the basic symbols of everything mangal. A primary rangoli design, so easy and meaningful. I remembers hundreds of instances where my mom would have said, "don't bother with an elaborate design now, even a swastik is enough." All those advertisements for real estate, insurance, paints, banking, tourism... deriving maximum mileage from the meaning that the swastik conveys.

The swastik has so much more life and history other than the brief infatuation by the Nazis. I really hope this misuse ends!

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