Posted: 06 March 2011 at 9:01pm | IP Logged
I knew that sooner or later this debate would be up here under DOTW....claps to my hunch!
Although not a very regular visitor to the forum, i spotted this debate and wanted to put in my two bits on the topic which is one of the most disturbing spectacles thats eating away at the heart of this nation and its business capital - Mumbai.
First off, the issue to "preference to the natives" has been an old subject of contention...that has been debated many times over. Even in my state of West Bengal, this is a deep, if not as turbulent, issue. Kolkata, especially, has long been known as the intelelctual hub of Bengal and, once, the thinking Cap of whole of India. But, now, the language of the State, Bengali, is hardly used as the lingo of connection in official communications, even in State Matters. Its always Hindi, OR English, which, by the way, is the unofficial connective lingo of the whole of India. Also, in almost all the Major commercial concerns operating in the city, you hardly see any Bengali at the top of the rung, in managerial or directorial posts, where its almost always some Non-bengali "Top Boss" who calls the shots. This is , if i may say, a subject of disgruntled chatter in most Bengali Intellectual middle-class Drawing room addas. And frequently, the ire is directed towards "Meros" or Marwari businessmen in the city, who are accused of "Colonising" the city. Baseless as these are, obviously, but what is to be noticed is that all these do create a sublime resentment in the minds of the Collective population of a place when they see some "outsider" from at the frontseat in "driving" matters. It is human psychology, whether or not justified.
The above mention might not be as serious in dimention to the Marathi problem, but it does have a similarity. In Maharashtra, and more Mumbai, this has taken the shape of a sore boil that erupts fromt ime to time, with the Thackeray clan living off the pus. I would'nt elaborate much on that fron here, as then it'd take the shape of a political argument, which, incidentally, this should be.
One potent argument in this case is that the jobs should go to the more deserving, whether in or outside the state. Merit is all-encompassing, and in that light, getting hold of able people from all over India should do more good to the progress of the State. But seen the other way, the 'domination' psychology creates a inferiority complex in the bulks of the masses, and for good reasons, like I described above. But then, you cannot stop migration, and neither can you stop people flocking in from the north, to survive without jobs; and so, some amount of security is needed for the outsiders. Of course, this should be done keeping a balance in mind so it does not encroach upn the rights and interests of the majority. And more so, since this has blown up to monstrous proportions where people are driven to hate North Indians as a community, which, in its turn is dangerous for a multicultural society like India, which has been in the throes of seperatist violence for the whole length of its existence.
Sarja, as illustrated in the show, is clearly a muscleman of some "Sena" party. He is one of those hundreds of unemployed, vulnerable youths whose maybe (notice "maybe" ) JUST anger has been exploited by the political goons. Therefore, much as one must condemn his actions of targetting innocent migrants, one must also be driven to think of a manner of how to drive out this virus of hatred right at the roots of this dreadful boil.
I know, it sounds much too simple, the way i put it here. But that is what was there to be said. For any further input, i suggest that this debate be moved later on to the Debate Mansion forum.
Edited by krystal_watz - 06 March 2011 at 9:04pm