I just read this blog post by a friend and I recalled those times when I was the butt of a crass joke because I was from a geographically different area that they knew nothing about. Like the time when I had just moved from Delhi to Maharashtra for my LL.B and my landlord’s son joked about how we North Indians (his exact words were ‘you Punjabis’, meaning everyone from the North is Punjabi) were ill-tempered and ill-educated. Or how one annoying schoolmate used to call me ‘Chinki’ (Chinese) because I hailed from Uttarakhand. Or when someone passed a snide remark on how Garhwali sounds similar to Gharwali…. Ugh!
Ours is a diverse nation, and though we’d like to call ourselves a ‘secular’ people, we are anything but that. Our parochialism holds a sway over us so strong that even the educated amongst us (like my landlord’s son who was an Engineer by profession) are guilty of perpetuating stereotypes. Take for example the parents of a Punjabi girl who advise her not to seek a Madrasi boy, or the Tam Brams of Tamil Nadu who take pride in what the term stands for, or the notion that all Bengalis must be slow, and all Gujjus must be money-minded.
We even have biases on sheher-wala and gaon-wala!
Joking about it is fine, but only as long as we keep track of the humor in those jokes. When these stereotypes start affecting our judgment of people or cultures, we become petty and biased. That’s not what a ‘secular’ nation is. That’s not what a civilized nation is.
This post may be humorous, but the thought that provoked it is anything but a joke. Try not making light of this one…
Hey guys how are you doing!!! I dont care honestly, but mum said be nice. So……. Here’s a humorous battle between momos, vada pav and litti chokha
You know the amount of content out there about Delhi vs Mumbai is more than the population of both the cities. so, everytime delhi guys makes fun of mumbai folks or vice versa, I find it amusing. I really find it amusing, coz I ain’t from either of the cities.
I from a developed part of this country, the progressive part. BIHAR.
And boy, people are jealous. Whenever I tell them I am from bihar, they act like they’re scared but they are actually jealous. That’s why they hate us.
We are a racist country, you gotta accept it. Everytime a person tells where he is from, a follow up question is there, depending on where, he is from.
Like if you say…
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