Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Letters 


Outsiders and Insiders

Sir,

Indian "nationalism" and "patriotism" is presently at its jingoistic best! While our spacecraft is roaming the Mars orbit uplifting the country among the "elite" club of nations, the "proud" Indians are also sternly asking the Pakistanis and Chinese to "behave" themselves or "get ready for the consequences"! Bangladesh should also not be spared as they are exporting terrorists to West Bengal!

Though we are presently living in "best of times" as far as "nationalism" is concerned, our "patriotic" feelings should be confined within the narrow sphere of spewing venoms directed towards the alien nations only! But if we come across one of our own countrymen boasting of "peculiar" language/attire/physical features, we hold every "democratic" right to treat him/her as "alien" and taunt, abuse or torture him/her both physically as well as psychologically! So Arunachal Pradesh is definitely an "integral" part of India, but an Arunachalee or a North-Easterner is definitely a "Chinese" and so needs to be beaten up and thrown out --- right from Gurgaon to Bangalore!

Actually this country is the "paternal property" of "true" Indians only! Now, what is the definition of a "true" Indian?

True Indian is he/she who speaks in "classical languages" of South India, in "Rajbhasa" or at least zealously supports the claim of Hindi being the "national language", rabidly shouts the slogan of 'My India is great'(again in "Rashtrabhasa") completely ignoring the hard fact of India's leading position in Global Slavery Index 2013; immerses in the philistinism of Bollywood by discarding the indigenous cultures of heterogeneous India; promptly protests against "dishonour" of symbols like national anthem and tricolour, but preferring to look the other way when the real nation ie common Indians get trampled under the ills of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, bonded labour, communalism, casteism, regionalism and atrocities of all possible hues; flocks to the stadiums to root for the Dhonis and engages in the circus named IPL and sweeps the scandals of honour-killings, pogroms, corruption, witch-hunting, untouchability, child labour under the carpet of IT Revolution and Moon/Mars mission! Moreover he/she should render only Urdu-Punjabi-Gujarati-Holi-Dussehra-Bhajan-Ghazal-Biriyani-Dal Makhani-Dosha-Idli-Carnatic music-Bhangra-Garba-Sherwani-Salwar kameez ie all things Northern and little bit of Southern and Western Indian as "national", thereby rendering the traits and culture of rest of the Indians as "provincial" or "laggard"! What an imperialistic mindset prevailing in the country which continuously flaunts of being the "largest democracy" in the world!

It is high time school text books, which form the foundation of the society, enlighten the students about historical and cultural aspects of the whole country including the North-East instead of focusing on certain regions only. Stress on moral education should be an urgent priority which will teach the future of the nation to rise above petty barriers of language, caste, religion and country and accord supreme importance to humanity as a whole. And just like the civilized countries of the West; acts of discrimination, physical abuse and passing lewd comments on the basis of one's linguistic, religious or any other divisive credential should not be tolerated a bit and the offenders need to be awarded exemplary punishment.
Unless our own North-Eastern brothers and sisters are accorded adequate dignity, honour and protection in their very own country; India holds absolutely no moral right to accuse Australians as "racist" whenever any stray attack against any Indian gets perpetrated Down Under. Before acting as the self-appointed "conscience" of the world, India should at first clean up its own backyard.

Thanking You.

Yours Sincerely,
KAJAL CHATTERJEE
KOLKATA-114.

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