Travelogue and More
Travelogue and More
Last two weeks I had to make very frequent business trips along with some colleagues. Gujarat,
I particularly liked
Here is one snap of the new Airport:
And here, we get a glimpse of the road leading from Airport to the city:
On way back to Mumbai, we heard the news that MNS had gotten into a pitted battle with Abu Azmi and the so called 'North Indian' Samajwadi Party. One of our colleagues was a Maharashtrian who had voted for MNS during the last elections. We started talking about the incident while reading about it in the newspaper. I asked what is the use of such tactics and violence in the name of a language. When no one stops someone from speaking in Marathi then why should some other stop others from speaking in Hindi? This guy had a different view: he said everyone should be forced to speak in Marathi and every MLA forced to take oath in the same language. And he said the city of Mumbai was too crowded and a separate city should be established at some distance and all 'outsiders' (whom he defined as people who came here not before 15 years ago) should be sent away to this new city. I was shocked to see this kind of regional chauvinist and apathetic view as he displayed towards his fellow beings.
The company where both of us work has a pan-India presence: it would lose out in a day if it was forced to keep all its facilities and offices within
It seems the root cause of this kind of regional chauvinism is when they see someone who is better than them. Each job that they lose, and each argument too, to a person who is not born Marathi, is testimony to the fact that they should come out of their holes and open up. But it is unfortunate that such regional and linguistic chauvinists take a self-defeating position of 'hating' and 'hitting' at those who are better than them, rather than developing themselves to be able to compete with them. And what to say about the politicians who make their money converting the regional feelings of such individuals into votes.