Pi's allegiance to all three religions is brought into question in Life of Pi. How does Pi triumph and make all three spiritual leaders appear petty and intolerant?

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Chapter 23 contains oen of the most hilarious events in Pi's story, which is when the three religious leaders of the religions that Pi has joined track him down and meet altogether in front of Pi's parents. It is worth remembering that the religious differences in India have been responsible for some of the worst religious atrocities in the history of man, particularly associated with the Partition of India in 1947. This therefore makes religion a particularly charged issue for this novel.

However, when Pi is challenged about his belief and faith in three different religions, and is questioned about his multiple allegiances, note how he explains himself to his parents and the leaders of the religions around him:

"Bapu Gandhi said, 'All religions are true.' I just want to love God," I blurted out, and looked down, red in the face.

Pi, in his response, manages to cut through the jealously possessive nature of the three religious leaders, who have shown themselves to be immensely intolerant through their attitude towards each other. Pi, with ultimate simplicity, and through quoting a revered Indian leader, shows that he is able to transcend such petty and divisive religious differences in a way that the religious leaders, who should be models of peace and unity, cannot.

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