June 01, 2009

The Australian Prophecy

The recent 'outbreak' of 'racist' attacks against Indian students has created quite a stir in India.
Indians — some of them, at least — have suddenly discovered that Australians are a racist bunch . . .
I wonder what happened to all the happenings on the cricket field from years past which gave very voluminous hints that Australians were not quite a combination of Mahatma Gandhi/Nelson Mandela/Dr. Martin Luther King . . .
I am completely at a loss to understand why some Indians expect to be treated as anything but 'outsiders' in a foreign land . . .
I do not understand why Indians have to go to Australia . . . Oh, they apparently go there to 'study' . . .
Well, I don't know that Australia boasts of many world-class universities . . .
I am sure India has got many institutions of caliber . . .
Somehow, I suspect the reason why some Indians like to go to Australia is not purely because of 'academic' reasons — I think these folks just want to get out of India and go to any country that will take them in . . . and Australia happens to be a destination simply because of the fact that it's willing to offer visas to Indians . . .
The real mystery isn't that Australians are attacking Indians but why do Indians want to go to Australia in the first place . . .
There must be very few countries in the world whose people are so desperate to migrate to any country that will accept them . . .
What is it in the make-up of Indians that makes them want to do this?
Have Indians so completely given up on their own country?
India certainly has no shortage of problems of its own . . . but at least this is a country we can call our own . . . we can never migrate to a different country and hope to become a part of the fabric of that nation . . . not at least in one generation . . .
And the irony often is this . . . Indians who migrate to America for instance continue to hold on to and indeed promote their own 'Indian' identity . . . so much so that there are associations and othe myriad groups of Indians that are based on particular Indian states . . .
It is difficult to comprehend the logic of Indians celebrating Navratra or Shiv ratri or Rakhi or Durga Puja or Holi or Rath Yatra in America . . . but that's precisely what Indians do . . . and when asked why do they want to preserve these aspects of their inherited Indian characteristic, their reply inevitably tends to be that they are 'proud' of these inheritances and 'love' these inheritances . . .
The obvious question that then arises in one's mind is if one is so fund of one's 'Indianness', why must one 'Quit India.'
Will someone explain that please . . .

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