Friday, October 17, 2014

Is it Racism?

The incidents in Delhi, Gurgaon and Banlore make me feel so ashamed..are we living in a progressive society where people are killed for not speaking their language.
One of my friend said that people should blend..fine..thats very good if they blend, its to their advantage only..like if I dont know tamil, I am at a loss and miss so many things but in what way I am harming locals I fail to understand...why this compulsion to learn their language?

Are we becoming dictators and telling the people to behave...and behave in such a way, otherwise you cant live here..what sort of society we are going to make?...why not be tolerant of difference and celebrate..there is so much beauty in diversity, why people want a homogeneous society..it would be so boring..

Do all the people who go outside the country blend so much?..Dont they make a mini India outside..and we revel in that..so why such a big cry for everything in your own country?and then we say we are educated..sorry we are not..we are just literates..education makes us open minded...

I have lived in many states of India, and everywhere..local people had their own group and sometimes some people included me, some did not..I never felt offended or anything, because its natural to feel more comfortable among your own types, but that doesnt mean we should be intolerant of others..why dont you eat south Indian/north Indian food..or live like locals..why should some one change his/her own culture and habits..it should be their own choice...

North has 5 states..but they are all clubbed as north Indians.. and I never felt anything amiss.so what..
But the same thing in south is a issue..

I find many things worth emulating in south and I appreciate them,with that I miss so many things of north also here..Every Place has its own pros and cons..and as an aware person if we can take the good from them, we shall be enriching ourselves....

More degrees we take, more racial we become...may be we are better off uneducated..go to the villages, they are cordial to everybody...


12 comments:

SG said...

My next post is on national integration. I should have published it today. Got busy.

Why this compulsion to learn their language? Good. What will happen if a "madarasi" waiter in a restaurant in New Delhi or Amritsar ask the customer what would they like to order for dinner in Tamil? Can you tell me please?

Renu said...

SG:)

You didnt understand my point..I said that if anyone doesnt learn the language, it is his loss..same way, the waiter will not get a job if he doesnt know the local language..true for any place..so those who need the job will learn it, those who dont will loose the job..its their choice...

Rama Ananth said...

Nobody is compelling people to learn a language, but if we can understand and interact at the basic level,that is enough, it is good for us only. Now that doesn't mean those NE men should be trashed just because they didn't speak the local language, would these same kanadikas be able to speak any of N Eastern languages. What I meant was the awareness is lacking among the Indians both in the north as well as in the south. We are not doing our best for N Eastern regions, we are not even aware that they are Indians and are very much part of India. We are not even promoting tourism in those regions. It is also the mind set of the people who run the government, they are not bothered even when they see such things happening very brazenly everywhere.
When we go abroad it is not a good idea to mingle only with the people of our country, and then slowly deviate to people belonging our part of the country. When people do such things they are blocking themselves, and they end up feeling that they are missing something. When we live in foreign land it is very essential that we learn their language, for how will we communicate for they don't know English.
People always are more friendly and helpful if we try to blend with them, for in times of emergencies we would need people, we cannot just live by ourselves thinking we are not hurting anybody.
Both the North Indians and the South Indians have to try to know about each other.
Each state has its own culture, cuisine and customs etc., we have to try to understand and appreciate things that are good in both regions.

Anilkumar Kurup said...

This fantastic story about "unity in diversity" etc are ( pardon me) "bullshit".
India has been diverse and will stay diverse not withstanding the political India that is the creation of the Freedom movement.

I always felt that India is gun powder keg - akin to the former Yugoslavia.
To make matters worse we have politicians playing the ethnic card and religious identities.

Renu said...

Rama: yes Rama..You are absolutely right...what i wanted to convey is leave the choice to the person..everybody can take care of his own.

Anil Kurup: if we cant find peace in our own country, the what can we expect from pakistanis..

Jeevan said...

I totally age! Expose to various cultures only adds colors to our life and diversity is the strength of united India. Language perhaps obstacle while exploring locally, but I don’t think it becomes a problem to survive as long we understand people and learn to accept new things. Language is interesting to learn, but we aren't willing to do and it isn't a matter as long our communication doesn't become difficult.

Happy Kitten said...

People basically wants acceptance and to live peacefully but just a few among millions may exist only to find fault and make the lives of others miserable. And if politicians are around to take advantage of this then chaos shall prevail.

proactiveindian.com said...

Why can't we simply believe in, and practise "Live and let live"? The sad part is, we tolerate the 'differentness' of foreigners from rich countries, but we don't tolerate the 'differentness' of our own countrymen.

sm said...

yes its a racism

Avada Kedavra said...

I agree with your points. But when I stayed in North India for sometime, nobody even spoke to me till I learnt Hindi. Children were not ready to even consider me as a friend till I learnt the local language. So my question is why do North Indians think learning South Indian languages is embarrassing or something? This does not apply to all North Indians. But saying "I don't know Kannada" even after living in a city for 10-15 years is really meaningless I feel.

Amrita said...

I feel this is regionalism. Many people don't know the state I am from and club me for being from kolkatta. I don't take offence. I don't feel it's mandatory to learn any language as long as you are getting the idea communicated. It is endearing if someone knows the local language. I feel its cute when someone speaks my language. But then I am not too attached to my language. English is preferred one any day. But for some who are attached to their culture and language it may be more important that people imbibe them

Renu said...

Jeevan: You are absolutely right Jeevan.

Proactiveindian.com: its again our slave mentality..we kotow to power and money..

Avada Kedavra: If some people misbehave with us, it doesnt mean that we change ourselves..I have found many such many such people in south too..but then I have made some beautiful friends too..and I am me..
Southern languages are not easy to learn..inspite of my best efforts I havent been able to learn Tamil in 6 years...and i want to learn not because I want to conform or mix..but I like this language...at the same time i wouldnt like anyone to hold grudge against me for not knowing it..others have nothing to do with this..

Amrita:We are of similar minds:)..too much attacment to anything or anybody brings misery..