"Indian Paradox in the 21st Century": In this episode the train goes from Rameswaram past Bombay, Ahmedabad and Delhi to Amritsar and the Pakistani border. In the train there are discussions with travellers from several religions. How do they put up with each other? Who is behind the conflicts? What is the role of religion in modernisation? Outside of the train there are stops at a Syrian-orthodox community in Kerala, a profile of the mayor of Ahmedabad who is teaching Hindus and Muslims to live side by side after a bloody conflict, and a look at a Hindu-Muslim couple in Bombay that publishes a magazine on religious conflict. At the end of the episode, there are talks with travellers about a more open world aboard the "Samjautha Express" ("Friendship Express") on its way to Pakistan, once India’s archenemy.
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Trails from the East is a 13-part documentary series that chronicles a train voyage from the East to the West, through fast-changing societies, along the birthplaces of five world religions. The series tackles some of the great questions of today’s globalizing world. How do people cope with the continuing globalization? Is it a threat or an opportunity?