Yes! Everyone got it right. It is a picture of two live human beings enacting as statues to earn a living. In Rio de Janeiro, a city of oil, media, and telecommunication companies and with the largest recipients of tourists in South America, they stood like still images in a hot, humid and sultry summer day near a famous monument to bring in some cash. Unfortunately we have millions of people like them in India too.
This brings up a difficult question in my mind.
The Indian community in the USA raised and spent thousands of dollars to install statues of already famous, well respected and beyond prizes Mahatma Gandhi, in several metropolitan areas of the USA including one in Raleigh. Assuming Gandhi could see us, the thoughts in my mind are:
“Would not we make Gandhi happier if we use the same money to uplift the poor so that they don’t have to enact statues? Would not the father of Indian nation approve spending the same money to feed hungry children instead of making his statues? Would not we make, the theist saint who prayed in his Ashram, proud if we use the same resources to educate underprivileged instead of constructing buildings to worship the God, which presumably exist everywhere?”
It is not hard to guess my answer.
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