We had a wonderful time holidaying at Hassan during this long weekend. Both A and me are fond of old temples, and enjoy learning more about hows, whats and whys of History.
So during this trip, we went to a temple in Halebid and engaged a guide to show us around. He did seem to know quite a lot and we enjoyed his presentation. But there was something which made us uncomfortable. And I couldn’t put a finger on it. When we came back A referred to what the guide said and Bingo!.. that was it.. I remembered how he kept on narrating the ways ‘muslims’ destroyed this and that.. Now when I think about it, that was something which I wouldnt have felt good about especially if I had my (muslim) friends around. And it was strange how I didn’t quite feel it then, though the queasy feeling remained.
Wouldn’t it have been in a better taste had the guide just referred to the ruler by name and not religion? I know it is something which most of us would shrug off as a trivial issue. But if you had gone there with your muslim friends and the guide kept on referring to the community as THE ONES who destroyed the heritage, wouldn’t it have made you uncomfortable as well? If we don’t go by how technically correct that statement was, doesn’t it make more sense to rather blame it on an individual’s error in judgment that contributed to dark chapters of our history?