Being an Indian, at times it is difficult to recognise oneself as an Indian. Because the country has 29 states and 7 union territories. Each of these states have different culture, language and cuisine. Not only that, apparently, there is a physical difference among people as well.
For example (based on my observation), people in the North-East India have South Asian or to be precise, Mangolian features. Genetically, they have milky while flawless skin and naturally golden-brown coloured straight silky hair. They are short in height with slim built, have round face with small deep eyes, lips like a thin-line and flat-bunny nose. They are very agile and calm by nature. However, they might become brutally or nastily aggressive (if needed). The society in North-Eastern states follow the matriarchal practice and because these states host several tribes, they are very close to the nature and believe in protecting it.
People in the North and West India have sharp features similar to the people in the middle-east countries. They are tall, slim, fair with sharp nose, medium sized lips and big dark brown eyes. They have oval face with long straight and dark hair. The foods are also very similar to that of middle-eastern countries. Unfortunately, these part of India has always been a victim of invasion since ages. I assume, genetically that makes the people of Northern and Western states (Excluding Himalayan) aggressive and at times violent. The people in those states follow patriarchal practice.Therefore, in general, women are not highly or rather moderately respected.
Whereas, South India is known to host the original Indians, the Dravidians. They look completely different from rest of the Indians with dark complexion, stout figure, dark and curly hair, big doe shaped eyes with thick eye leashes and big-pouted lips. Their cuisine is also very different from rest of the India with rice being the king and queen of all.
And most importantly, people in these diverse states are a mix of all religion.
Thus, such diversity gives enough room for racism which is practiced in all part of the country in the name of state, physical appearance, foods and culture. A Delhiet will call people from North-Eastern states “Chinky” because of their looks and a South India “Tambi” because they think all South Indians are Madrasis. An Assamese or Bengali will call people from North India as “Hindustani” because they speak Hindi, are little dirty and don’t have any language of their own and also lack intellect. Marathi’s think they are next to Shivaji and are great. Kanadigas will blame other Indian citizens for spoiling Bangalore “You North Indian have spoilt Bangalore. Go back from where you came.’ is a common sentence whenever the topic of bad infrastructure of Bangalore is brought for discussion. Also generally, they think people outside Southern states are from North India. They have no concept of East, West or Central India.
In the last decade, India has seen quite a few murders in the name of racism. When the citizens of India protested, there were several people to en-cash the incident. They were the political leaders who jumped in the soup, earned name and vote bank and left the racist situation to prevail for future benefits.
It is also understood that such cultural and religious diversity gives us enough room for free expression and free practice of religion which is our constitutional right. Is there anything greater than a constitution of a country??
Yes, political propaganda! Now a days, a few political parties do not abide by the constitution at all. It is seen that they will create their own propaganda and if a citizen do not abide by it or conduct an open protest, they will declare that person as anti-nationalist or terrorist.
Recently, our universities students are been victimised in the name of anti-nationalist. What is being a nationalist if they can answer?
Is it following what they say blindly?
Is it voting for hooligans?
Is it not fighting for one’s own right?
Is it not protesting against any odd or crime?
And it is a duty of the government to protect a citizen. But how safe is a citizen if he\she reminds the duty of a government?.
Is there job only to beg before citizens before election, make fake promises, come to the power for the first five years and fill own pockets as much as possible because of uncertainty in the future?
And if a citizen raises voice against them, he/she will be charged with a tag of terrorist, maoist or anti-nationalist.
If this is a democracy then…. what will be the cost of a citizen’s view point?