Ajay Sharma wrote:
One does feel proud belonging to a martial race.
Ajay thanks for a sensitive and sensible post.
As is my wont I am merely using your words to say something that was sparked off in my mind. All of us communicate in English on here and not all of us are exposed to the same innuendo and meaning and "weight of history" in English words when we use them. The language is important because it was the primarly language of the British colonizer from whom we picked up the language.
The word "race" in particular has a history of being used in peculiar ways which were far from innocent. When a person claimed that he belonged to a particular "race" he often used that word to show how he was in some ways superior to people of other races. Similarly when this man said that someone belonged to some other race, he was giving the other person some characteristics that were often uncomplimentary.
In race theory people were attributed characteristics that were good or bad. It so happened that some poeple were called (by the british) as martial races. The people who were called martial races naturally felt proud to be associated with positive characteristics. There were other races that were called "criminal races". Again, it was a British race classification. because the Brits were so apt to classify people as races they looked at Indian social classifications and promptly called them "races"
If you live in India today you are living among people who may have been called all sorts of races by the Brits. You are living among people whose parents were declared as criminal or stupid and others who were praised. If you look at early Brit literature, Brahmins were praised and they felt good. Dark skinned people of the South were told that they were an inferior race and resentment was created among some of them.
In the days before genetics became a precise science it was possible for people to conjure up "race" theories of people who were half man half chimpanzee - descended from a cross breeding between a man and chimp many generations ago and progressively mixed with other inferior "races". Only the European white was a pure race. Indians were of mixed inferior race. "Martial race" made a good loyal chowkidar/watchman for the Brits. He may have been better than others in the British viewpoint, but nowhere near pure man.
As long as we hold on to these Britsh definitions - we can have nothing but dispute. This is part of distorted history. There are people in India who have a martial tradition
. You come from a family with a martial tradition. Welcome to BRF. You are not a martial race
which also means that your people were loyal servants of the Brits, could be depended on to shoot fellow Indians and were immune to venereal diseases when they slept with random women. All these "characteristics" were attributed to martial "races".
Please drop the race word. You are not a separate race from me. We are the same people, but your family has a glorious and honorable tradition. They are not a separate "race"