I recently read this post and it’s perfect in keeping with the theme of this blogsite… the question is of ‘identity’… of Indian identity that transcends religious/local identities. The author writes about the recent clash of some Maharashtrian groups against North India. The author rightly (I think) challenges (through a biographical style) both regional identities and more importantly violence to assert regional identities. Vandals are vandals; not activists! is a helpful call.
Anyway, the post is linked below. Do read it.
I never thought about my caste, religion or region before I went to college, and stayed in a hostel in Maharashtra. To tell you the truth, I still don’t know my caste, and I really don’t care. I’ve seen people (in that college) shocked when I’ve told them that.
*It’s strange that most media reports call them Workers, or Activists. Karyakarta. Not Vandals, Miscreants or Hooligans. This also holds true for the Nandigram war in West Bengal, the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan, and several such incidents in the past. A legacy of our communist leanings, that we justify violence as a political movement.
When a mob goes on a rampage, who do you hold responsible – the one who incited the violence, or those who committed it? Both.