This evening I watched the much awaited Hindi movie, “My name is Khan”. There is a lot to learn from the movie, but its main theme focuses on racial discrimination and the persecution of people based on their religion. Sounds archaic, but very much a reality all around us. A young 13 year old boy loses his life in the film because of the fact that his father is a Muslim.
Throughout the movie, the hero is a protagonist of peace, no matter how harshly he is treated. He is a firm believer of the fact that there are two kinds of people on Planet Earth – Good people or Bad people, and that human behaviour is largely shaped by one’s inner self. The theme is so Buddhist and exactly what 3rd President of the SGI, Dr Daisaku Ikeda firmly advocates.
In his book, The New Human Revolution published over twenty years ago, he wrote “The time had surely come for humankind to shift its focus from nations to human beings-to an awareness that we are all inhabitants of one world, members of the same global family.”
Further he recommends, “Towards this end, a philosophy of life itself was needed, a philosophy that respected human diversity, strove for harmony and accord among people and was capable of bringing all humanity together.”