Nicolaas Veul is launched to younger Hindu nationalists within the holy metropolis of Allahabad. Divya, Ritesh and Vikrant struggle for a Hindu India, and in opposition to exterior (western) influences.
India radicalizes itself into far proper at lightning velocity and extremist golf equipment are having increasingly more affect and followers who really feel that the West has far an excessive amount of impression on India with its values. Individuals like Vikrant, who need to make India nice once more. Similar to Ritesh and Divya, he’s a volunteer at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is, with about 6 million members, the most important Hindu nationalist motion in India. Within the RSS headquarters, Vikrant explains to Nicholas why they put on uniforms and why he believes that Western settlers have stolen every kind of Indian innovations, equivalent to airplanes and cosmetic surgery.
And Ritesh might be quick about homosexual rights: “In India, homosexual relationships really don’t happen’
To point out Nicholas the sunshine, RSS volunteer Divya takes him to wash the place the Ganges and the Yamuna merge. There the westerner is being cleansed of his sins. In keeping with Divya, a hopeful first step in the direction of a world through which we’ll all be Hindu and due to this fact household.
Day and evening, certainly one of our program makers follows exceptional younger individuals who take us into their world. A world that’s not ready for Western beliefs. Partying, hating, loving, praying and dealing: we expertise adventures with people who find themselves completely different in life than we’re; searching for new concepts, wonderful insights and completely completely different truths.
The westerners step out of their very own consolation zone, straight into another person’s existence elsewhere. With an open thoughts, sharpness, empathy and humor they entice people who find themselves utterly completely different in life. Every certainly one of them act from their very own perspective and still have to criticize Western beliefs equivalent to democracy, spiritual freedom, girls’s emancipation or animal welfare. This results in astonishing insights and confrontations with different truths, on which personal prejudices might be examined and maybe additionally revised.
Wanting past our personal navel, past our Western dogmas – to have the ability to replicate on what it really means to be ‘Western’. The Westerners mix participatory journalism with telling tales that shock, transfer and defy our world view.
One Westerner, one week, someplace on the planet in a totally completely different tradition, difficult the western privilege. With: Nicolaas Veul, Maral Noshad Sharifi, Eva Cleven, Willem Timmers and Stef Biemans
Offered by: Maral Noshad Sharifi, Stef Biemans, Willem Timmers, Nicholas Veul, Eva Cleven,
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