Writings on the Wall #9: Equality

As the world comes to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, other demons are also rearing their ugly heads. Racial and religious divides that are polarising countries even more, if that were possible.

Right now, the US is in the grip of racial tensions sparked off by yet another killing of an unarmed Black man by a policeman. In India, we had the ugly backlash over the Tablighi Jamaat meeting which should never have taken place. And in Hong Kong, we have seen China crackdown on citizens, in the name of national security.

When arms of the government, including law enforcement, are politicised along racial, ethnic and religious lines, what hope is there for the ordinary citizen? What use are great institutions, if they are undermined or become dysfunctional?

This month’s Writings on The Wall focuses on the need to stress on equality, in a world of divides.

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