Thursday, October 23, 2003
Re: Will India Split?

Point to note - we are NOT one nation - a nation is an ethnically and linguistically related people, which Indians are not. This does not mean we should not be a united country. But it certainly means that we should be very careful in protecting our unity, and avoid disparities as much as possible. Otherwise, fissures could develop along these faultlines - be they language, geography or race/ethnicity.

Another thing overlooked by Rajdeep Sardesai is the importance afforded by the establishment to the history and culture of the North. Not a single guy in Columbus with whom I have talked abt this could tell me where Kamrup was. Why should India's history be that of Mauryas, and then the Guptas, and then Harsha and then the Sultans and then the Mughals? Why are Cholas and the kings of Kamrup or Palas given as much weightage as say, the comparatively sized kingdom of Harshavardhana?

For that matter, why did Sivaji Ganeshan have to receive Chevalier before he got Dada Saheb Phalke? In fact, if you pull up the list of DSP awardees, one glaring fact that jumps at you is that there have been only four awardees from the Telugu and Tamil industries, and except B.Nagi Reddy, the others, Nageswara Rao, Dr.Rajkumar, and Sivaji Ganeshan, were awarded when the south was supposedly ascendant in New Delhi - with southerners being the Prime Ministers.

Question is, WHY?


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