Saturday, December 19, 2009
Twin Cities & The Indian State
As human beings, how much do we want? Actually! What do we want? As far I am concerned I want to be myself with my people in my town while being open to welcome everyone and to travel to where ever my mind shepherds me without being made to feel alienated or foreign.
Arent we human being a simple sect of living beings at a basic level needing shelter,comfort,food,drink,sex,entertainment,rest & safetly.
The borders around the world are sinking & the world is shrinking. Yet amidst the Incredible Idea of India there are motivated politicians misguiding the gullible & impressionable with limiting motives.
It has not yet been 6 plus decades since we earned our sovereignty, yet there are people in the sections of the society to further their political careers stir up a hornets next. Our nation is not a jigsaw puzzle for the playful politician.
And here is a State which was half submerged a month ago, a state which lost an elected peoples champion, a State fighting to stay afloat financially, A State ravaged by corruption & corporate scandals ,a State which is constantly in the eye of the terror map and yet the politician morons instead of meeting the basic amenities of those rendered homeless are busy breaking hearts, breaking buses, breaking rules and breaking a Golden State into pieces.
Politicians instead of igniting minds of the young to unlock their unbridled potential are fuelling contempt and pointless agitation leading them to set themselves ablaze sacrificing promising lives for prominent politicians & their parochial mentality.
The irony is that the State which the folks want to divide has a capital which is a twin city. Telugu, the largest spoken Indian language and Telugus, the most hospitable hosts in the heart of India are better off cemented as a single State. This is my personal view.
They call me a Hyderabadi with my Hindi accent and a Madrasi by my English accent. I wish the folks recognised me for my Indian accent rather than any other accent. And what is an Indian accent. It is same as people who understand when you express the need of a hot cuppa Chai or Kapi where ever you travel across Indian on a cold winter morning guide you to a place where you get one or be offered one.
The Indian accent has a flavor that irrespective of the caste, sect or religion, a simple meal with Dal,rice or chapatti is great good food for a guest whenever he walks in to our homes unannounced.
The Indian Accent is that of the warmth we exude in wishing our friends from Maharastra,Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal,Gujrat,Karnataka,Tamil Nadu , Delhi etc etc with same degree of fervour and festivity on a Christmas, Eid, Dusherra as we do on Diwali or Pongal.
Do we think of all the division and borders when we lose our selves playing with colors on holi ?
Its time we resisted the parochial view & ideologies. Let there be no one who harm my home Hyderabad or snatch the identity of a Secunderabai .
Let no one make the mistake of further dividing my Mother “India”. To me my Hyderabad is a paradise I am proud of the pearl city , a jewel in the State of India.
To me bridging the digital divide and forging the Urban India & Rural Bharat is far more important than any agitation seeking statehood. The promise that India is so near to realising a status of a responsible superpower is too precious an opportunity to let go amiss.
Oh , Yes , there are places in our large nation where development is sparse and disproportionate, there still exists inequality and injustice. But violent agitation is most unlike our nations struggle for freedom that we enjoy so frivolously today.
Amplifying the problem agitates the masses, amplifying the solutions empowers the Individuals. Teaching individuals self help both liberates them from their issues as well as immeasurably levitate their self-worth & self respect.
We all Indians live in an “Indian State” and lets STATE this loud and clear to all those who disrupt us from within. Lets us be reassured from within to take on the enemy lurking outside our nation’s borders. That is about the only Border I am willing to give my life defending. Not for scaling any petty compound walls dividing the house of my brothers & sisters of this proud nation.