I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.
- Jean-Francois Cope
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In the age of instant replies and filtered pictures she was like a fresh flower. Mira, a young storyteller in a small town situated near the sabarmati river narrated stories to children and tried to instill moral lesson in them.
She was sitting in front of young minds when She took out a book with an animated cover from her designer khadi bag and began to read it. There was a tinge of inquisitiveness on the children's faces as she read out the title 'Ravana the demon king.' Mira could also sense disgust and anger on their faces as the story moved forward. Ravana’s tale is one that incites awe and fear simultaneously. At last she depicted the epic fight where, Ravana representing the very essence of evil famously fought and ultimately lost a series of epic battles against the hero Rama, seventh avatar of Vishnu. With satisfaction and happiness on her face, she told her children that after this historic fight, Ravana the demon king is burnt every year signifying the victory of good over evil.
Mira was sure that the story had taught an important lesson to the little citizens of India, she was lost in her thoughts of a better future for the country just when a voice interrupted her thoughts. A little girl from the last bench stood up and said " If this was the fate of Ravana, what should be the punishment for the criminals of this era?" Mira was in silence, she was a vivid storyteller but this time she was at a loss of words. She said " The wrong will always be punished" and dismissed the class. But even hours after the storytelling session was over she kept thinking, are we burning the widespread demons in our country every year like we burn the ravana? Are we burning the ravana inside us? Are we punishing our criminals like Lord Rama punished Ravana?
Lord Rama burnt ten faces of Ravana to destroy the malice but today we need to burn billions of them to ensure safety of women in our society. Let us again fight against wrong and immoral activities around us in order to bring back our lost glory.