Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In the mid-1990s, UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav wrote an official letter to E K Nayanar, then chief minister of Kerala. The letter was in 
Hindi. Nayanar wrote back in Malayalam. The foxy Samajwadi Party politician — famous for saying ‘UP is India and my India is UP’ — was baffled by the response. The incident was revealing for an India that was supposed to have progressed beyond linguistic chauvinism.

But the truth is that regionalism or sub-nationalism has always existed in one form or another — from Potti Sriramulu’s non-violent fasts for linguistically defined states to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) and ULFA’s violent attacks on ‘north Indians’. Regional parochialism has long been part and parcel of the idea of India.

Surinder S Jodhka, sociologist and author of books like Contested Transformations: Changing Economies and Identities in Contemporary India and Community and Identities: Contemporary Discourses on Culture and Politics in India, has tracked the growth of regional identities in India for decades. He says, “What we are seeing now in Mumbai is a bit different from the past. In the ’50s and ’60s, regionalism was based on linguistic differences and identities. In the ’80s, it was driven by development and the sons-of-the-soil argument. And now, it’s being stoked by cultural and economic anxiety.”

Jodhka says that this is extraordinary considering the profound changes underway everywhere in India. “Even people in the south are now learning some Hindi so that they can communicate with people from other parts of the country. It’s no longer a political issue.” The academic insists regionalism is on the decline in India.
Perhaps. But virulent or not, regionalism has repeatedly raised its ugly head in disparate parts of India. Consider this:

South Indians were the target in Bombay in the 1960s
All migrants were regarded with hostility in Punjab in the 1980s
Bengalis were treated badly in Assam in the ’90s
Migrants to Mumbai from UP and Bihar have been at the receiving end since 2007, when Raj Thackeray formed the MNS.

What has happened in Mumbai in the past few years — hapless taxi drivers and roadside vendors hit and kicked and their paltry possessions destroyed in full view of the watching TV cameras — has shaken the Indian dream. Mumbai columnist Aroon Tikekar recently wrote, “As Mumbai became the dreamland for all Indians, its commercial success created a wide gap between success and failure, wealth and poverty. Politicians always have a field day in such situations and so was the case in Mumbai. Extreme successes bred disrespect for law; extreme failures gave birth to discontent. This combined to increase social tensions.”

Experts define regionalism as a feeling or an ideology particular to people who live in a geographical space characterized by a unique language and culture. It produces the self-belief that they are sons of the soil and every opportunity in their land must come to them first. Regionalism is mainly used for expedient political gains. But not always. “Raj Thackeray has often said that young Maharashtrians don’t speak Marathi. It’s a cultural issue for them. It’s also opportunistic politics,” says Jodhka. “We are seeing this kind of tendency in other parts of the country as well.”

Monday, October 5, 2009

Harsh Reality

Unsaid True

We all know about the recent attacks on us in Oz.....
Also there have been many incidents of violence against Indians in the US.
They did a security check on our president , and we make lot a noise about the issue.
We react at them at a understandable rage calling them racist attacks.

Racist people consider others as dirty. In the times of reccession ...... its a natural that people follow the rule of jungle.....ie:  . Many people see outsiders as threat to their jobs . We are proud that we are the fittest in this scenario.
Survival of the Fittest


But down home conditions are different ... There is a rule that .
those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others


As we  see that home conditions are similar ... some forward people do not let them touched by dalits .......
Or take the marathi manoos situation....

so we should also regard them as racist.


We are intellectually superior than anyone in the world , but are not not united and are let down by some
anti social elements.


We follow and worship three gods  ; .
money , power & corruption

So these are

Natural feelings
A person can make up whatever story of prejudice they want about cultures religions and conditions of a country ,but the fact is we are all the same species and given simaler conditions or circumstances confronting any human they will conduct themselves the same


The world of dizzy humans is to always blame anything but our human weaknesses, and for thousands of years not understand the basic psychology of humans

Prejudice was needed by nature in early years to protect your group and help nature get the strongest gens and it will take a long time yet to shake this destructive feeling.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Hardest Part

While it seems like installing and setting up your blog is the hardest part of the challenges associated with blogging, the reality is that coming up with new ideas is actually the hardest part of blogging.

For a while, the ideas and words flow. You can barely keep up with them. But over time, energy and enthusiasm wanes and the ideas begin to dry up.
Writing Blog was not a cakewalk for me. It was not a novel or a story or an essay , which I was familiar with. So I decided to write freely , only in free time , as it requires free thought . Firstly I wish U all a very happy Gandhi Jayanti / International Non Voilence Day.