28 May 2008

ROOTS - about Indian Born Confused Desi's

When anyone asks me "where do you belong to ?" I just reply .. oh I’m from a lot of places .My dad having a transferable job .. we have to move lock, stock and barrel every 3 years!! Though the good part was that I got to see a major part of India including its major travel destinations … I got to meet different kinds of people .Though I had to leave my old friends behind .. I made new ones every now n then …
In my travels around the country .. I was one day wondering: where do I actually belong to ?
If around the country , there evolve xenophobic idiots like Raj Thackeray ...Then which is the one place I would run to .. and I was trying to remember the places I stayed at :

I went back to Agra where I learnt that the North Indians feel that
1 > Entire south India is made up of a single city : MADRAS .. and all the south Indians are madrasi’s ..
2> There is only one language in south and that too is called madrasi.. few enlightened ones knew the name of Tamil .
3> All south Indians wear only lungis and eat only idly sambar .
It was fine considering the fact the ppl down south thought that all north Indians are thugs n cheaters.
Then I went to Vizag for a period of 5 years … where I had some identity considering the fact that I was born there.. But since I hardly knew anything about the place, I felt like a stranger in that city too ..

For my engineering I went to BIT- Ranchi and I was scared by the Domicile policy of Jharkhand .. that anyone who is not from Jharkhand, including bihari’s are foreigners.
The fact that as soon I first landed in Ranchi there was a curfew and I had to reach my college with police protection had scared my parents back in Vizag … ;) . I had stayed in Ranchi for 4 years .. then I slowly realized that people there were the most friendly ones I met across India … and the situation in Jharkhand-Bihar is not as bad as people in rest of India feel and.. though it is quite bad actually .. my parents loved the climate of Ranchi and were happy to stay there for 3 yrs .. ;)
I was happy when after 2 months of training in Noida , my posting was given as Hyderabad .. "Back home !" .. I thought- after 4 years … But the real surprise came when the Telengana movement claimed that I was not supposed to stay in Hyderabad .. and that they were demanding for a new state and wanted all its resources to be available to them only – Hyderabad included.

My dreams of a better career inspired me to take part in the Indian graduates' annual event – CAT … after narrowly missing some big names I finally managed to sneak into SPJIMR which meant that I was now supposed to travel to BOMBAY ..oops MUMBAI .. (I hope shiv sainiks forgive me. ) Though it is a megapolis with a population rivaling that of a small nation , notwithstanding an exotic mix of people from all over the country … I am doomed to be an outsider yet again ! ...Thanks to a politician trying to revive his flailing career- Raj Thackarey n his MNS hooligans.

They reserved 80 % of the govt jobs for Marathas .. that’s fine becoz local people should reap benefits of their area’s abundance and opportunities ..
But his outrageous threats to kill the north Indians and call to drive out the outsiders, remind us of the Holocaust .. I hope history will not repeat itself atleast this time ..
The socialist sovereign democratic republic that India is .. Don’t we have the freedom or more rightly - Is it not our fundamental right to work or live freely anywhere within the territorial limits of my country ?
Till now we have heard of ABCD’s – Indian origin people born in the US ,who are confused about their loyalties , culture etc … now it’s the beginning of a new generation of Indian born confused desi’s ..
Mr Thackeray : Do we Indians , need a visa to live/work in MUMBAI now ???

1 comment:

openmind said...

some north indians also hang on to a crappy theory called aryan invasion theory that proves they are superior. stupid idiots!!! it's true, people with a pan-indian identity who've lived in different parts of the country and bear a true indian image are being inundated with regionalistic chauvinism wherever they go live.