"Ethnic Cleansing" in Democratic India
TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2009 (ID. 2009-11-01)
1. Is India a Democracy?
2. Destruction of Non-Hindi Languages
3. Everything Controlled by Central Government
4. Concluding Remarks
Hindian: People whose mother tongue is Hindi (similar to Tamil speakers are sometimes referred as Tamilans or Tamilians).
1. Is India a Democracy?
If there is a country where ethnic identities are being cleansed in a Gandhian way, it is none other than India. In
Sri Lanka, it is happening in a violent manner. In India, it is happening in a non-violent form.
India is supposed to be a democratic country. Only non-Hindi speaking Indians, who care for the future of their
language, culture and history, know that they do not have the basic right of protecting
their own language and culture against Hindi domination. Since things are happening in a non-violent way, people
do not even feel that their culture and language are being threatened.
Democratically elected state chief ministers are just puppets before the Indian Government and have
only limited powers.
If you go to a Post Office in your state and buy an inland letter,
it has all the instructions on how and where to fold in Hindi and English
only (nothing in your mother tongue unless it is Hindi or English). If
you buy a stamp (be that stamp be honouring Netaji, a leading freedom fighter from Bengal or
Tamil Nadu's Rameshwaram Temple) it has only Hindi and English. You go to a passport
office, all forms and transactions are in Hindi and English only. If you want to travel
railways or airlines, your tickets will be in Hindi and English only.
Announcements in airplanes are made in Hindi and English only.
In the last 60-plus years post independence, Indian central government is
controlled by Hindians. Large amounts of taxes from the states are collected by the
central government. And then, it is the central government that makes
decisions on spending. Whether a new train is required for Kerala or not, whether
a power plant is required for Tamil Nadu or not, whether overseas cable lines
need to be be laid for faster broadband connectivity in Karnataka or not – everything from food,
clothes, infrastructure to cyclone or tsunami fund – everything is decided by the Hindian controlled
central government. Though people
also elect state governments through state assembly elections, states do not have much power in India.
All these gradual "ethnic cleansing" would not have happened if Indian
government had recognized it’s multi-lingual, multi-cultural identity, and gave
more powers to state governments.
India can then truly boast itself as a multi-lingual, multi-cultural democracy with equality to both Hindi and non-Hindi peoples.
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