New Delhi, Dec. 8 — Indian sitar player, composer and daughter of late sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar says as soon as we talk about a country like India one is already making too much generalisation.
Whenever you speak about a country like India it is dangerous because we are such a big country that includes so many communities Anoushka Shankar, sitar player Sitar player Anoushka Shankar says tolerance is allowing people to disagree and say what they want to say Anoushka, who now lives in London, says, “Whenever you speak about a country like India it is dangerous because we are such a big country that includes so many communities.”
“Historically, we have been proud of being a very tolerant country and that’s very rare, as well as special. I feel if we lose that we have lost one of the most special things about us,” says Anoushka, who is coming to India after two years to promote her latest musical offering- Home, this month.
Shankar is hopeful for the country and says, “There are certain things that worry me as an Indian at the moment, but there are a lot of people who feel the same way and that gives me hope,” she adds: “If we are a democracy then we have to respect different perspectives. So you and I should be able to disagree, but we need to allow each other to say what we need to say. That is tolerance. Even if I disagree with you, I have to listen to whatever you need to say. Even if I give a quote to the newspaper, for example, and then people have to criticise and call me names because they disagree with me, that by nature is intolerance.”