Disclaimer: Highly subjective and controversial topic, one that needs an open and mature mind to appreciate.
Usually the inspiration for my blog posts come from news articles, social websites and my idiotic friends. Something they do or something I read about tickles my funny bone, thus inspiring me to voice my opinions through my blog. The reason why I gave you this background is because, this particular post is not based on anything I read lately, notwithstanding the fact that it has been an issue that we are facing for a really long time. It has reached to a point where some 23 year old needs to make a mockery out of it. So consider me filling the position.
There have been numerous articles written on who is doing better –
North India; or
These articles usually contain statistics to prove that a particular region is superior as compared to another. Statistics include economic indicators, projections, regional calculations etc amongst other things. Well, I am not here to analyze those figures for you (no no no). Instead, I want to discuss about the repercussions that take place after reading those well articulated articles written by highly paid journalists or columnists.
1. Rather than creating an ambiance of mutual admiration, it creates an ambiance of mutual distrust amidst the readers of various regions. Moreover, it also portrays an amateurish understanding of the idea of India per say. Not surprisingly, there is an overwhelming support coming from the respected regions under attack. It is not surprising because, although India gets the label of “Unity in diversity”, there has always been internal barriers, the source of which can be traced back to the years of subjugation by “whites”. We have somehow convinced ourselves to be inferior as compared to the rest of the world. This maybe highlighted by the shocking expression on an Indian’s face on discovering that his/her “friend” does not know the English language. Not knowing English is a sign of being inferior for some Indians while not being able to afford designer clothes is a sign for others. These signs vary depending on a person’s understanding and perception of what is essential to be superior and dominating. So every opportunity we get to prove ourselves and our abilities to be superior at anything, we don’t waste it and come running to its support, making the bridge between different regions of India wider and wider. What exactly do we have to feel inferior about? We are hardworking, intelligent and adaptable people. We have a mix of traditions and cultures, right from music, clothes, food to Gods, religion and beliefs, which other countries lack. We should be proud of it and we should embrace it. The way I see it, there is no superior or inferior culture. We are all people…. all the same creations of God (and if you believe in reincarnation, we can be born into any culture and have probably existed in other cultures). Our insecurity manifests itself in an excessive sensitivity to any criticism or praise coming from anywhere and from anyone. Criticism is countered with “disproportionate aggression”, while praise is welcomed with “unbecoming enthusiasm”. While the latter is usually enjoyed and forgotten fast, the former tends to stick with us for a very long time. In simple words, the act of receiving the 100 good qualities pointed out by someone with a smile on your face and scrutinizing the 2 bad qualities to the extent that it gets transformed into a dark and unforgiving energy that is bounced back into the world in an ugly form needs immediate correction.
2. Looking beyond the stereotypical comparisons, there came a point where I had started to wonder whether there was a need for such a comparison. Most of the younger generation in India, especially urban India, are people who are educated and well traveled. Jobs require them to constantly travel to various locations across the country. The amount of immigration within some cities in India is so ridiculously large that you would wonder whether they are native to that city in the first place. This would make sense with an example. “BANGALORE”. The number of native Bangaloreans in Bangalore is negligible; it is filled with people from various cities across India. So if you take the growth of Bangalore, who would you attribute it to? Would you attribute it to the natives of Bangalore or to the immigrants from other states that have engulfed Bangalore? Attributing growth rates to cities does not necessarily implicate that it is because of the native people of that region. It is an attribution to the merger of Indians in that city, so the debate about who is superior is irrelevant in some cases. The counter argument (there always will be) is that such a phenomenon is only possible in cities. So be it, does it justify one stating one region is superior over another? Shouldn’t the idea be more inclusive, ie learning from other states to improving a specific state? Shouldn’t it be embracing diversity rather than pointing out diversity?
India as a country, ever since her creation has always been a diversified country and its diversity comes from the variance in communication, lifestyle, architecture and social functioning and it is no breaking news that the North and South of India are different in most of the aforementioned aspects. Of course they are different and that is supposed to be a good thing. The differences should not be quantified and fed into graphs just to be interpreted as a superiority contest. What happens when one region wins and the other loses? Either way India as a country loses in the end. For every issue in Kashmir, a similar issue in Kanyakumari would have a completely different solution. If Bihar was not growing all this while, its not because the people there are stupid, its because the circumstances affecting that region were not conducive. The same goes for Tamil Nadu or any other state for that matter. In essence, in a diverse country, comparisons with data can only get us thus far. It cannot and should not be a benchmark to quantify a certain specific region as superior. The point of these debates should be to learn from other regions and implement the path they took towards prosperity. It should be an inclusive approach that benefits the concept of India and its growth as a nation. After all, the beauty of India lies in the regional diversity, which in turn enhances the thread of unity within India. So let’s savor it. Who’s with me?
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