ramana wrote:Instead of Sepoy, we should use Gungadin to make it very clear.
Gungadin is the best way of describing a person who is so abala (helpless), so moodh budhi (dense) that he cannot even speak the truth or counter a falsehood, much less do something about it. A deen that makes one Gunga. Somebody who got handed over a cracked mirror.
Gangudin OTOH seems good for our internal usage. A deen of the river Ganga.
Negro for most Indians is merely an identifier with no political usage of it, whatsoever. Nigger is something we learn very late in our lives after reading the English Media in India which ususally faithfully tows the line of western media. But since proportionately few people read the English media so I would not be surprised if for the larger more relevant majority even Nigger is merely an identifier.
Black/White cannot validly be used as an identifier within Indian contexts because our concept of Black and White are not in contrast to each other. Rather the continuum in the color palate is observed, acknowledged, recognized. We had to invent 'Wheatish' to describe a large part of our population which is Gehuna (like wheat). Gora, Kala, Sanvla, Genhua are not about politics in India. Instead they serve a real purpose here in India. Kaalu/Kali/Kallu/Kallan in challu bhasha, are often terms of endearment. There is no Pila/Yellow skin in India. A Japanese in India would be a Gora or a Genhua.
The descriptions are baised in favour of north Indian (cow belt) linguistic usages but I am sure other parts of India would have similar usages. Even if they differ they would still not be about contrast rather the colors would be recognized as a part of the whole.
About RIs and NRIs there should be a cooperative relationship which in any case there is. NaMo has only recognized this. Today NRIs contribute more to the economy and society of India then FDI ever can. There is a massive Indian diaspora that rivals the populations of most of the UN member states. And the NRIs who have went out for work reasons leave at least 3/4 family members behind within India. NaMo and Hindu Sangathans have recognized this and that is why the moral duty taken up to declare India as the refuge for all Hindus (as defined by Hindu Sangathans). Such a stance will give rise to a different strategy then what we are used to. Those outside are already stuck with India (families, properties, socio-religious connections) and hence India too will have to take up responsibility for those outside. There will be new challenges but there will be new opportunities too which will require new types of solutions and new thought pattern with the same old processes.
It is when we do not see this cooperative relationship that people tend to go to unjustified extremes. But it would be stupid to simply start speaking english in local language calling each other nigger (house or field). Indians are not used to this distinction. It is not evidenced in India. You can easily be compromised outside on the fields in India exactly like a compromised man inside the house. And you can easily take up ownership outside or inside the house. A large population base ensures that the western epithets end up useless in India. While this means that the usage of western epithets is not going to understood by Indians and hence ideally should not be used. It also at the same time means that a large number of people are not going to be able to restrict themselves from using these. So if people get unduly excited about using it or resisting it - well it is the cracked mirror they carry. So cool down.
The new relationship that NaMo and team are trying to achieve will have more urgent and far more important aspects to it then just a 'mummy, mujhe house nigger keh diya when I am a field nigger'. For example the new concord casts a responsibility to stand up for those outside India and in that light should we have a role in Middle East. Diaspora in Middle east is Hindu, Christian, Muslims (Shia and Sunni) and Atheists and thus should we be bothered about it in some manner.
So get serious. Stop crying. There is a 1000 years worth of crying that we have kept at bay. Not for this nonsense. Gali deni hai to shudh Hindi mein do. At least you will be faithful to Matri-Bhasha. I would be willing to help in this regard