Usha Jesudasan is a writer and journalist who has spent much of her life working at the grassroots, bridging the gap between people, cultures and faiths. She has traveled extensively and worked with people and children who have suffered violence.
My 16-year-old friend’s eyes gleamed with joy. She had just bought a new pair of shoes. Her older sister wanted to try them on. “Don’t touch them, they are mine,” screamed the little sister. The mother stood by helplessly, consoling the older girl by saying, “Don’t be upset, you can have one too.” Between the two girls, they had almost 30 pairs of shoes and although they had the same shoe size, they never shared them. Why do we as adults encourage such ‘himsa’ behaviour?