Southways is angry — an anger I can understand and face quite often.
If my post made people like her or anyone else to prove their Indian-ness, I must apologise.
As most opinions or emotions go, this is also very much guided by personal experiences.
When my husband or his family criticise the BJP or RSS, people tend to smirk saying because they are Christians. It angers me. They criticise them because they are Indians with a vote! I used to defend them saying my father in law served the country in the army, my husband’s greatest ambition was to be part of the armed forces (though it didn’t happen)… until I realised that what I was doing was wrong. Why the hell should they prove anything to anybody?
Everytime people say something about Christians I want to tell them, ‘oh but my husband believes in buying only Indian made stuff’… sometimes it slips out, but most often I bite my tongue. Because, as he says he doesn’t ‘effing have to prove anything to anyone’.
So I can understand Southways anger.
I wrote the ‘comments’ on the post reading Broom, MM and MG. Not the posts. I would have to be semi-literate or illiterate to question MM’s Indian-ness.
But in defense of what I said earlier — I believe in nationhood. And I do feel we need to work together as Indians, we need to all put our Indian-ness over our religious preferences.
There are people who don’t believe in the concept of nation-hood. that’s their problem.
I believe in it. So every argument and defence from me would be from that stand.
And yes, it would help if not all comments towards Hindus/Hinduism is negative. It would help even more if there are some positive comments thrown our way.
I say this, because I am a Hindu. What is so wrong with that?
That was my basic premise. Don’t demonise us! And don’t twist a simple post into a PhD thesis on religious differences. For goodness’ sake, give me a break!
About Dave’s comments on my earlier post, half of which I don’t understand, and the other half I don’t agree with, I can only say this.
You don’t believe in the concept of ‘Nation’; I not only believe in it, it is EXTREMELY important to me. So after this there is really nothing we can argue about that would make sense to either of us. But say you are travelling in India, and Hindu mob roughs you up, my guess is, it would be the goverment that represents your ‘nation’ that bails you out of the mess. Not Iain Banks or Radiohead!