Sunday, February 17, 2008

Naavu Bharatheeyaru

'Maharashtra for Marathis', 'Tamil Nadu for Tamilians', 'Karnataka for Kannadigas', 'Bihar for Biharis' are slogans of dangerous ideologies that are antithetical to the overarching idea of India. If the people are restricted to live and die in their native states and are targeted in other states, India will cease to be a nation but a set of warring states. So parochial, divisive ideologies should be dealt with strongly. Having said that, the feeling of insecurity among the localites has to be treated in a very responsible manner.

Bangalore is one of the cities where there is a growing perception of insecurity among local people. There is a feeling among the native people that they are becoming strangers in their own land. They feel they are losing their job to 'outsiders'. Though this sense of insecurity is not entirely unfounded, the solution lies not in packing the 'outsiders' off, but in accommodating everyone to benefit from the system.

The solutions are not hard to find. First thing is proper planning. If only our planners had taken care to ensure that growth was spread not just inside Bangalore but also cities around it, the outsider problem would have been less conspicuous. The number of people who have come from other states would have been distributed across a larger area had the growth too been distributed.

Secondly, the opportunities for growth too need to be increased. IT alone should not be seen as an engine of growth. Mysore, for instance, can create so many opportunities through it's sheer tourist attractions. In any other nation, Mysore would have been a thriving, prosperous city with it's places of tourist interest.

Thirdly, and most importantly, the language and culture of each state needs to be respected, nurtured and strengthened both by the state and central governments. Blatant discrimination by Governments, as done by the present UPA regime in giving classical language status to Tamil and not to Kannada though both qualified for it, can only add unnecessarily to the discontent.

In a nation there will be places of high prosperity and also places that are not so. There will naturally be a migration of people to those areas where they feel they can lead a good life. None can deny them that right within a nation. But then they too should learn to be understanding about the native language and culture. Stubborn refusal to learn even basic communication in the native language is very annoying. Atleast an honest attempt should be made.

Given that migration between states can only increase, our education system too needs to be finetuned taking this aspect in mind. Although there is considerable awareness of other cultures through TV and internet there has to be cultural education too in schools where people learn about other states. This can be achieved through meaningful educational trips and interesting books. Above all, we need a strong sense of nationalism to be imbibed into every aspect of our national life, be it education, politics or anything for that matter.At the end of the we are the citizens of one nation and we need to remain so. ''Nation", as Dr. Kalam once said, "ïs bigger than the individual".

5 comments:

Parisarapremi said...

ನಿಜ. ಎಷ್ಟೆಲ್ಲಾ ಬದಲಾಗಿ 'ಬೆಳೆಯ'ಬೇಕು. ಆದರೆ ಯಾವಾಗ ಆಗುತ್ತೋ ಅಂತ ಮನಸ್ಸು ಒಮ್ಮೆ ನೋಯುತ್ತೆ, ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಆಶಾವಾದಿಯಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಆದಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗ ಆಗಲಿ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿ.

Arjun said...

I never understood the classical language classification, in the first place. So a language is old. Why are they conferring titles to it and how does this make one language superior to another? The awarding of this 'status' is a stupid thing, in my opinion. To top that, if you discriminate against languages for this silly honour, that's adding insult to injury. With each language having its own beauty(except Assamese), saying one is classical while the other is not is just ridiculous.

Now, coming to your post, you have hit the nail on its head, sir. Apropos to the issue at hand, your writing, though similar in structure to the argument constructed by an inveterate IIM-GD participant, is lucid and striking in its clarity. Free of prejudice and bias and forthright in its approach, your post strikes the right chord. I laud this effort and agree wholeheartedly with you.

I actually do.

Arjun said...

Apropos the issue at hand*

Parisarapremi said...

[ಅರ್ಜುನ್] ಏನಾಗಿದ್ಯಪ್ಪಾ, ಅಸ್ಸಾಮಿ ಭಾಷೆಗೆ?

(ಅಂದ ಹಾಗೆ ಅಸ್ಸಾಮಿನವರು ಅಸ್ಸಾಮ್‍ನ ಅಹೋಮ್ ಅಂತ ಕರೀತಾರೆ)

ಆಹಾ, ತಮ್ಮ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ನೋಡಿ ಚರಿತಾರ್ಥನಾದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲದವನಿಗೆ ಪಂಪ ಭಾರತ ಓದಿಸಿದ ಹಾಗಾಯ್ತು! ;-)

Kavitha said...

Well Written!

We were debating how the "manya sarkaara" would handle such a change. Probably we will have a state-wise passport issued and a visa stamping to enter other states. The mere thoughts were horrifying!

Yen karmano. Neevu helida haage "Nationalism" imbibe aago hothige innenu adhvaana madirthaaro jana gothilla.