"So what's new in these?" asked a voice in the crowd. "Don't we know all this? Do we have to be taught by a group of children?"
Three more children stepped forward, holding smaller placards, and held them silently under the others. There was a combined gasp, a whisper that went through, and then a profound silence from the gathering.
Balaji's message was from the Bible, and Amina's from the Hindu scriptures. The third message held up by Daisy was from the Quran. All three were almost identical in their thinking.
As the elders struggled with their emotions that ranged from bewilderment to understanding, and finally pride, the rest of the children held up one last placard that evoked a guffaw of laughter in the crowd.
Not surprisingly, there was peace and quiet the next day. Both communities had done away with their respective loudspeakers, and the music that ensued, thereafter, was melodious and soothing to the ears. Not only had the children won, but they had ensured a win-win situation all round, bless their little hearts!