Community of divide!

Written last year I guess: A fine Wednesday morning today – got up early and the weather in Bangalore is amazing these days ensuring my love for this city never goes down. With a hot cup of tea and a copy of Times of India, I begin to consume the latest developments in the world.

smallbiz-marketing-bridge-the-divideSuddenly the article Bangaloreans turn to homogeneous lifestyles: Community-Specific Projects Are Latest In Developers’ List began to dis-flavor my beautiful morning. The writer is all gaga over the concept of community-specific societies and buildings citing the benefits of how like-minded people will stay together in harmony and peace and also dwell on their ‘own’ ways of life. A beautiful concept indeed.

But wait a minute – did I read, “Century has launched two community-specific projects, one for the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community, Century Saras, and another for the Air Force, Army and Navy officers, Commanders Vista.” I mean a building baste on our caste/religion/sub-religion system?? What is going on?

Where we struggle to bring communal peace and harmony, these builders are building ‘divides’ and our TOI hails it as a positive trend and also publishes a report acknowledging it.

Societies based on professions always made a lot of sense as it brings people in the same profession together but societies based on religions and castes will ensure deeper gulfs which get filled/paved when people mingle together. I celebrate Diwali with my friends and they celebrate Eid with us and that happens because we stay in a non-caste/religion based society.

As a community manager for IBM, I can’t think of creating a community based on religion – it creates divides. If the builder, TOI and citizens do not realize the grave they are digging, one will soon see everything from the communal lenses and everything will either be orange or green 😉

Please share your comments and let me know your thoughts.

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5 thoughts on “Community of divide!

  1. Rama Prayaga November 6, 2012 at 4:03 am Reply

    We shall wait & watch if they’re really gona implement it…!

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  2. Khalid Raza November 8, 2012 at 6:15 am Reply

    I would hate to see that happen Rama. We all should be above and beyond religions, castes, colors and creeds. The state should step in and stop these kind of developments.

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  3. Vishakha Jewlikar November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am Reply

    A major change is needed in mindset of people.People should stop talking about religions and castes.We can not expect any change by money minded institutions, may it be press, politics or any other industry.It is upto every Indian to stop talking about religion, caste etc. They should say no to gains due to caste/religion. Builders start projects like this because people appreciate.

    -Vishakha

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  4. Khalid Raza November 17, 2012 at 10:04 am Reply

    Very well put Vishakha and this is indeed the need of the hour. We all must rise beyond the dividing lines or religion, caste, creed, color etc and see each other as human beings. Anyone who highlights these divides should be dealt with by state.

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  5. Rama Prayaga November 17, 2012 at 10:46 am Reply

    I hear You…! 🙂

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