Monday, February 25, 2008

cosmopolitian bombay

The images of people of north indian origin leaving pune and other towns of maharashtra brought back the memories of bombay, once again. it has been two decades since i left bombay but the images that i want to associate with the city are mostly pleasant. every colony is a microcosm of india. the diversity that is bombay extends to the schools and colleges. the differences hardly mattered to us while growing up in the metro. having friends from all over had its own advantage. a punjabi classmate, who incidentally quit college after the anti-sikh riots of 1984; a few marwari friends i walked home with and one day ended up visiting their temple; a parsi who took pride in his identity and many more. each and everyone of them has added to my rich storehouse of experience and i am glad that i had this opportunity.
it obviously makes me sad, very angry to see the visuals of North Indians being harassed and forced out of their 'homes'. bombay is the home to all those who have come for a better life, whether from other parts of the state or the country. when one starts differentiating and dividing on the basis of 'we' and 'them' it bodes ill for the nation as a whole. what angered me more was the lack of steps taken by our national politicians to put an end to this divide. if it succeeds in maharashtra today, can karnataka be far behind.

3 comments:

anxietyprone said...

the poignant question that you have asked is in every ones mind these days.when will it be time for their city to erupt like bombay.i guess this had to happen helped by vested interests like the politicians.its only a matter of time for bangalore to be 'bambayed'-to coin a phrase.for the sake of genuine lovers of this country the madness should stop.

Anju Christine said...

The secular roots of the crop are being uprooted and the farmers have nothing to do. They are standing aside. Oh, what joy! The weeds are finally gone...Or were they the crops?

jus me... said...

Its already begun in Bangalore. Approval by an organization will perhaps come once the new govt takes root. But 5 years ago, it seemed that the blend of cultures and people was the way the world should be.
People were slightly partial based on language, culture, regional origin and such... but now it could almost be termed fanatic.
But who'll stop the madness when everyone is fighting for their piece of land?