Peace in our community: the Delhi Metro

20130919-203952.jpg Student’s asked me why I thought of the metro when I thought of peace in our community. For me the answer is simple. We share this city with sixteen million other people. Every day, 2.5 million of them travel by metro. I’m one of those people.

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 30, you can ride a train all the way from Huda City Center to Jahangirpuri. 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 why my crane and I don’t leave home without our Delhi Metro Smart cards.