Having lived in India alone and travelled through many states, I am always wonderstruck at the political, social and cultural changes that take place so rapidly. The influence of the changing scenario has led us to a dramatic change in thinking. I am reminded of a beautiful poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning “Change Upon Change”.
Five months ago the stream did flow,
The lilies bloomed within the sedge,
And we were lingering to and fro,
Where none will track thee in this snow,
Along the stream, beside the hedge.
Ah, Sweet, be free to love and go!
For if I do not hear thy foot,
The frozen river is as mute,
The flowers have dried down to the root:
And why, since these be changed since May,
Shouldst thou change less than they?
And slow, slow as the winter snow
The tears have drifted to mine eyes;
And my poor cheeks, five months ago
Set blushing at thy praises so,
Put paleness on for a disguise.
Ah, Sweet, be free to praise and go!
For if my face is turned too pale,
It was thine oath that first did fail, —
It was thy love proved false and frail, —
And why, since these be changed now,
Should I change less than thou.
We are at the crossroads of conflicts of every kind: economic, social, racial, political, and cultural. We cannot really understand the present. The quick succession of technology, political and social tiffs, gender and race bias, wars and conflicts among nations and the list goes on. Where are we heading to?
This issue of Prajwalana comes to you with various topics that are disturbing us today. Some texts are short but clear in their meaning. They have been original thematically. This number aims at building an integrated society, where one has to recognize and appreciate or at least tolerate the changing and disturbing trends. I acknowledge with gratefulness the many authors for their reflections as well as Fr Stanislaus D’Souza, SJ, Provincial and Fr Joseph D’Souza, SJ PCF for their continuous support. I am indeed grateful to Fr Richard Sequeira, SJ for helping us in editing the material. Wish you a happy reading.