Friday is a 1-8 day; to conclude Peace Week, we’ll spend a little time thinking about what ‘peace’ means to us.
When I think of peace, I think of the Delhi Metro. Sometimes people ask me how this can be– the metro carries 2.5 million out of Delhi’s 18 million people each day; it’s almost always too crowded to get a seat, and sometimes you really have to squeeze in. How can that be peaceful? For me, the answer has to do with diversity, equality and sharing.
On the metro, I see are all kinds of people: young people, old people, short people, tall people– stand-up-straight people, lean-against-a wall people. On the metro, I can get most of the way to work with just 13.5 rupees. If you’ve got Rs. 30, you can ride a train all the way from HUDA City Center to Jahangirpuri–more than 40 km. We all share the same space and we all get where we are going at the same time.
The metro is not perfect. But peace isn’t about perfection. It’s about learning how to share space with people from all walks of life. It’s about traveling together, not racing ahead. That’s I don’t leave home without my Delhi Metro Smart card, and that’s why I think the metro is the most peaceful place in Delhi. What does peace mean to you? Where do you feel at peace, or where do you see peace in action? If you have a minute, I’d love to read your comment!