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.
Suddenly 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 😉
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