Adnan Sami: You can have your own principles or your own beliefs, but that doesn't mean you can't respect someone else's beliefs

Adnan Sami Padma shri He ran into controversy for two reasons. One, does your body of work deserve it? However, that is a question that arises every year for one or more recipients, regardless of the regime in power. The second question, however, is not so common: should a man whose father fought against India in a war be entertained by the Indian state? When Adnan spoke to us last year, he repeatedly emphasized that he was loyal to India because of what my father taught me. We ask you to comment on the recent outrage.


Look, if you've been indoctrinated with a particular belief or principle ... it's like this ... once you've learned engineering after applying that skill to a Maruti or a Mercedes, the principle is the same, because the education you got was basically for an engine, so the indoctrination I got from my father about the concept of loyalty, patriotism, etc., used it in his capacity, in his life for the country to which he belonged and he instilled those principles in me. Today I am an Indian and the DNA of my education and the principles that have been indoctrinated in me: I am using exactly the same principles, but I am adopting them in my country. And my sense of loyalty is absolutely intact, but for the country to which I belong, he explains.

Adnan was born in the United Kingdom, his spouse is German. We asked him a question in the hope of obtaining information: during and after World War II, the nations of Europe fought bitterly, even cruelly, and political and ethnic boundaries were drawn, erased and redrawn. However, they have been able to function collectively, including building an EU that is close to the borders, even after Brexit - Without the consequences of hatred and murders in the 1940s. How did they reintegrate while the subcontinent still boils in the animosity of the 1940s? It is a very interesting question, which I have reflected on. He pauses for a moment.

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And I think, I mean, it's just my opinion ... When Germany finally woke up and realized the horror of what their leaders had done ... you see, the Nazis and Hitler, in particular, with the level of skills He had managed to convince the masses of his superiority, the Aryan race and the white supremacy he had defended and the illusions he had created that we will conquer the world; All of that collapsed in defeat. And then, with everyone working as a team against Germany and telling them what horrible leader they had, and the horror that inflicted humanity, etc., somewhere, the Germans realized Ki Yaar Humne Waaqyi Bahut Zyadti Ki Hai . Therefore, they were in an extreme situation and admitted defeat, accepted humiliation and with that acceptance, went and sought forgiveness. And when that happened, you know, humanity is such that when you have that closure by which the other person has admitted their mistake, things get fixed ... If you talk to a German and start talking about Nazis, the average German goes to You feel very ashamed for your story. I know this because I live there ... I live in the sense that I have family there and as a result I have German friends. I know this. Today if you mention Hitler, they will feel very ashamed because they realized how monstrous it was. Now, in comparison, yahan pe There has been no such thing. No one has accepted defeat, no one has accepted their mistake, no one has turned around and apologized. Whenever there is the possibility of a handshake, the Pakistan Army decides to intervene and make a Kargil or whatever to sabotage any possibility of reconciliation. It is not convenient for them to have a reconciliation because it will have repercussions on their economy.


Even his Padma prize became a discussion about India and Pakistan. When has there not been a discussion about India-Pakistan? he laughs. That is a perpetual discussion from Partition; It is not a new phenomenon.

That may be true, but most Hindu and Muslim minorities may not have been such a perpetual discussion as it seems to be today. As someone who went from a majority state to a minority state by choice, what lessons and experiences do you have to share with us? How was your association with those who are not of your faith after moving to India?

When it comes to my relationship with people in India, frankly, I have never been able to differentiate in my daily dealings with people from different walks of life. I can't even say sometimes what faith they belong to. unless somewhere in the conversation or at the end of the conversation, the person turns around and says Allah Hafiz or Khuda Hafiz . Only then will I know that I could be a Muslim. I have so many friends who are Hindu but they will say Khuda Hafiz to me. There's no difference ki main goodbye kahoon ya namaskar kahoon ya Khuda Hafiz kahoon, deserve liye ek hi hai ."

And that doesn't turn either of the two traitors into their respective cultures, right?

¡Por supuesto que no, por supuesto que no!, Exclama. Lo más hermoso de nuestro país es que un Hindu celebrará a Eid conmigo, celebraré a Diwali or Holi con él y todos juntos celebraremos la Navidad. Mera bahut saare dost joh Hindu hain woh Eid ke dauran aake kehte hain , ' achha yaar sevaiyaan bhej rahe ho na ?' ya 'biryani bhej rahe ho na ?'. Aur hum unki Diwali ki mithaai bade shauk se khaate hain . And now that Medina (his daughter) is with us, he was telling my wife that next year we should have a Christmas tree in the house. It is something so beautiful for the child.

What faith will Medina grow up to embrace? Will she be able to celebrate both Eid and Christmas or is that no longer politically correct in the times the world is living in?

“My child will grow up just like me. She will be able to embrace all and respect all faiths because that’s the way I have been brought up. When I was studying in England, in boarding school, the day used to start with the entire school going to the chapel. I grew up with all of those different faiths. My upbringing instilled in me to respect all faiths because at the end of the day, if you look at all faiths, the basic teaching of every faith is the same, love thy neighbor, don't do to others what you wouldn't have done to yourself Which faith turns around and says that make sure that you sleep with your belly full while your neighbor is hungry? So these are the principles with which I intend to bring up Medina and that’s the way it should be. ”

P1-adnan-sami-RAN-ss Lo más hermoso de nuestro país es que un Hindu celebrará a Eid conmigo, celebraré a Diwali or Holi con él y todos juntos celebraremos la Navidad, dice Adnan Sami

How do these principles develop in real life, beyond words?

“I went to Israel last year and went to Jerusalem, I visited Masjid-E-Aqsa, I visited the Wailing Wall, which is for the Jews, and I also went to ziyarat of Jesus Christ and paid my respects in all these different places with the same holiness. This is how I am. Jab yahan pe Ganpati hota hai toh humein har taraf se daawatein aati hain ki ven a visitarnos y nos vamos. El punto es que respetas todas las religiones. Puede que tenga sus propios principios or sus propias creencias, pero eso no significa que no pueda respetar las creencias de otra persona. A cada uno lo suyo. Así es como me criaron y eso es lo más hermoso de nuestro país que respetamos esto , concluye el expresivo músico, que a menudo reitera que el arte está más allá de la política.