I received this interesting email from a GP friend. I found it thought provoking. Have a read!
The email goes like………
AN AMERICAN VISITED INDIA AND WENT BACK TO AMERICA
WHERE HE MET HIS INDIAN FRIEND WHO ASKED HIM
HOW DID U FIND MY COUNTRY???
THE AMERICAN SAID IT IS A GREAT COUNTRY
WITH SOLID ANCIENT HISTORY
AND IMMENSELY RICH WITH NATURAL RESOURCES.
THE INDIAN FRIEND THEN ASKED ….
HOW DID U FIND INDIANS ???
I DIDNT FIND OR MEET A SINGLE INDIAN
THERE IN INDIA …
WHO ELSE CAN U MEET IN INDIA THEN???
THE AMERICAN SAID …
IN KASHMIR I MET A KASHMIRI–
IN PUNJAB A PANJABI…
IN BIHAR,MAHARASTRA, BENGAL ,TAMILNADU
I MET A BIHARI,MARATHI, BENGALI,TAMILIAN…
THEN I MET
AND MANY MANY MANY MORE
BUT NOT A SINGLE INDIAN DID I MEET
FIGHT BACK –
“WE ARE INDIANS”
The email does describe how many of us act in our day-to-day interactions.
Is it not the time we become Indians FIRST before being a Maharastrian, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Keralite, Tamil, Kannada, UP Wala, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh or anything else?
The tendency to divide us based on our regional or religious identities is not a great thing.
We are all Indians and that identity must be actively and assertively promoted by all of us. This is more true for our leaders whether they are in India or Australia.
Dr Yadu Singh/Bowral/12th Sept, 2009
* I am attending a conference in Bowral, NSW.
Inspiring thoughts, The colonial powers ruled India by dividing
us for different reasons. At least after sixty years of independence we should have some sense of belonging and
call ourselves Indian with confidence.
Thanks Shakeel. You are so right!
The blog is really great and the ‘conscientious approach’ is very creditable. Keep doing..
No flower blossoms in a day and so does the heart in the bosom of everyone too!
The messages shall open the hearts anyway!
Thanks Dr Balu. You are a gem!
inspiring every indian should start saying this AFTER GOING ABROAD EVERY ONE MUST BE CALLING HIMSELF INDIAN
Thanks Ashwani. Even after going overseas, we tend to form region-based associations. We all are Indians and we need to promote our Indian identity irrespective of where in India we have come from or what religion we follow.