Last out of the box: hope

30 January 2005

So as not to end on a sour note, here are two things. 

First, an "instant memory" site - under construction but open for business soon. Consider: the people at the forum are looking for autonomy and freedom - goals that are no less worthy for them than they are for the rich and privileged.

Second, a scene late this afternoon at the India House (built to celebrate achievements of last year's WSF in Mumbai). As the session wound down, Indian and Brazilian delegates danced together and were very happy. Brazilian and Indian rhythms together.  On the wall to one side, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world is not broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from depths of truth
Where tireless striving stretches for perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary sand of tired habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever widening thought and act
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father
Let my country awake.

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