Living in India, we have heard a lot about English "whites" and their harsh treatment of us so-called "blacks". But aren't we ourselves getting into the skin-feud?
Obviously, almost everyone has seen the commercials on television and newsprint about fairness creams and all that they offer to get oneself looking "great"...(at least that's what they claim to do). But are they not indirectly fuelling the fire...meaning to say that being skin-dark is a sign of primitivity? Is someone who is born dark at a disadvantage? Why these double standards, when on the one hand, we are trying to eradicate the mythical and irrational beliefs of our culture? And on the other hand, we are as narrow-minded as to accept that skin colour is lord and master and decides our personality...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I am a pure Tamilian born and living in this state of Maharashtra, studying in the huge city of Mumbai. I have never lived in Tamilnadu for a duration of more than 20 days. Am I still an outsider? What is the definition of an outsider? Is language all that matters, in Mumbai? We are Tamil, Malayali, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Odisi, etc etc etc but does this city ever make us remember our roots? Do we get the "time" in our hectic life, to remember our roots? These are the questions we must put to the population of this city, the population that strives to put the wheels of the nation in motion.....It is not Marathi which is required to put oneself into the Mumbai map, but the willingness to earn bread that makes us fall into place.