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Prejudiced Pride

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There are occasional blog-posts or MSM articles that we professional ranters bloggers find fault with or get irked by, and therefore fisk. Then there are stuff like this Indian Express editorial by Kumar Ketkar that are beyond inane and deserve our pity rather than scorn. Ketkar tries to somehow argue on the basis of the lack of celebrations in Maharashtra over Pratibha Patil becoming the President of India, that Marathas lack pride in their ethnicity.

Yes, Pratibha Patil will be the first Maharashtrian resident of Rashtrapati Bhavan. But the streets and towns of Maharashtra are unimpressed. Even the Shiv Sena, which chose to jeopardise its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party on this issue, has not given any call for mass celebrations.

He cites the ethnic pride of the usual suspects, Bongs, Tamils etc:

In communist West Bengal, from Vivekanand to Jyoti Basu and from Rabindranath Tagore to Sourav Ganguly, each stalwart generates proud ethnic waves. In the south, MGR in Tamil Nadu and NTR in Andhra Pradesh captured people’s imagination. There is nothing comparable to this regional pride in Maharashtra.

Note the absence of Punjabi and Hariyanvi pride, the utter disregard for Biharis and Jharkhandis, not to mention the poor Uttaranchalis and Madhya Pradeshis. We won’t even go into the Northeast or Kashmir. And Rajni fans, who are an ethnicity unto themselves, feel free to be offended just about now for the not including his name in this illustrious list (as everyone knows Delhi-ites don’t have any pride at all) !

Anyway, two points from my side. First, if the Marathis don’t feel a need to indulge in meaningless regional chauvinism – more power to them. We need others to emulate it (and yes, I am saying that as a Bong). Second, given the furore over the candidacy of Ms Patil, especially her shady financial dealings and not to mention absurd spiritual side, could it be that the Maharashtrains are just simply, errr….ashamed.

Btw, the original link was pointed out by Rohit, who thought I should feel insulted as a Bong or something. Hardly that, I simply felt offended by the article’s utter stupidity.


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

July 19, 2007 at 7:19 pm

Posted in India, Politics, Rants

6 Responses

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  1. Sire,

    Who says Delhites don’t have a sense of pride? Come to our roads, I guarantee you won’t go back..

    ”Btw, the original link was pointed out by Rohit, who thought I should feel insulted as a Bong or somethin”

    I was just provoking you into a fight!


    July 19, 2007 at 7:22 pm

  2. I as a maharashtrian takes offense to the fact that we dont take offense! What a shoddy job of reporting.
    And ps. you should not be offended when someone says but a line about the Bong pride – you can only show righteous indignation when a whole post is dedicated to you.. like Rohit’s Rajni rant 😀


    July 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm

  3. Well, most of us Ghaatis don’t care (dinn know we were supposed to) and those who do seem to exhaust their ‘meaningless regional chauvinism’ on one and only, Shivaji (the original, not Rajni)


    July 20, 2007 at 1:18 am

  4. Can’t you non-enlightened people leave us, the Thalaivar fans alone? Or are you secretly hoping we are googling for mentions of Rajni and hence attract all that otherwise-not-for-you traffic?:))


    July 20, 2007 at 8:10 am

  5. I take offense that you call Ms.Patil’s spiritual side *absurd*. I mean what can possibly be wrong with a person who speaks to a dead man? Anybody who consumes Lysergyic Acid Diethylamide will tell you that it’s possible to speak not only to dead people but to even to people yet to be born, and yes, even God! Marijuana gives you a kick, Mescaline is a little better, but LSD is something out of this world! And yeah, just so as to not digress, Marathis are one hell of a Confused lot! Neither North Indian nor South Indian with a language that has as many dialects as hairs on a chimp!

    Ty Kurt

    July 21, 2007 at 7:41 am

  6. […] that it has the backing of the current President of India, who seemed to have ascended her post despite questionable ethics partly on the basis of her […]

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