In my career as a fashion professional, I must admit that I have been significantly partial towards brown skins and frankly, it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m Indian and hence biased or that I dislike any other colour of skin. I suppose its the calling of the Nomad in me which embraces the affinity between the tones of the person and the ethos of the clothes that i create.
The larger issue that I’ve always wondered about though is this: Why does there exist disparity within the human race based on the colour of its people. Why does racism exist at all actually? When the creator put together his greatest masterpieces i.e. Man and Woman, and gave all of them exactly the same constitution, the differences he indulged in were not only in the colour of skin, but also in the shapes of various parts of the human anatomy and features, as well as in the dimensions of the human form itself. What then gives us the right to differentiate and divide the human race? Unfortunately, it has mostly to do with (a) geographical boundaries and (b) religion, and ironically, both are man made! Our planet, gifted to us in pristine condition and then we chose to fight battles and kill in the name of “our land’’ simply to create an illusionary boundary which would give us exclusive right to something which was meant for all… I often wonder why these boundaries and rules don’t apply to other species created by God, namely Animals and Plants…will one ever question a deer that wanders into another country or shoot down a dove that flies across the infinite blue skies, or net the fish that boundlessly swim across oceans, or burn the grass that spreads unabashedly, all clearly oblivious of these invisible demarkations? Would we ever ask for their passports and visas? And what about Religion? God is one and he was meant to be the answer to our prayers, the reason why faith was to exist…Then how has religion, meant primarily to spread the word of God and the principle of faith amongst mankind, become the very source of its destruction? Sadly, it seems, God’s greatest creation, mankind, may just have become its own nemesis!
The God i believe we should all follow is LOVE…everything and everyone…without prejudice, without a care about race, colour, sex, religion and without blindly believing in our own decisions, based on those imaginary divisive lines on the planet that we ourselves have created.
Finally, I’d like to quote something beautiful said by my spiritual master, Tarneivji: “Wanting to fall in love is the greatest sin…Simply acknowledging it’s presence is the greatest virtue”
LOVE…. It can’t be that difficult…
Note. The images above are from the RANAS OF KACHCHH collection 2016-17 of JJ Valaya.
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