Regional Satraps Raising their Heads in India
- January 03, 2010
Regional Satraps Raising their Heads in India
Tanveer Jafri expresses concerns about the rising regional sentiments.
The entire world is busy in finding ways to make themselves and their
respective societies more prosperous and strong. Only difference is
that some people, considering themselves responsible, try to make it
possible according to the limits of their thoughts and ideas. For
instance, to counter the increasing global domination of USA, the
Europeans decided to unite. To make the European economy strong in
comparison of US dollar, a common European currency, Euro was
launched. Everybody knows the story of divided Germany of 20 years
ago. But as a result of the farsightedness of Germans, the Berlin Wall
was felled down in 1989, and finally Germany was united.
But the way of thinking of the Asian leaders, particularly, South
Asian leaders, is different from that of the Western leaders. Its
first proof can be traced by the partition of India-Pakistan in 1947.
Regarding the reason of this partition, our leaders told that since
the people of two different religions (Hindus and Muslims) can’t live
together in a single country, therefore this partition was termed as
religion based. But the fact is that this partition was never religion
based in any sense. The reason behind this is that at the time of
partition, more than half of the Muslims refused to leave India. They
consider India as their motherland. Similarly, many Hindus didn’t
leave Pakistan during partition. They are still living in Pakistan. A
vital example is Justice Bhagwan Das, a Pakistani Hindu intellectual,
who became the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Not only this, many Muslims,
living in Pakistan and opposed to its creation, came to India. They
lived here like other Hindu refugees and gradually got settled and
established themselves. Famous cine star Shahrukh Khan’s family was
one of the Muslim refugee families, which marched towards India in 1947.
Now, let’s have a look at the tragedy of 1971. While in 1947, India’s
partition was termed as religion based, but in 1971, the myth
propagated by our leaders was broken when both East Pakistan and West
Pakistan were in confrontation with each other to get separated. Here
the question arises if Indo-Pak partition was ‘religion based’, then
what was the reason behind the voices of partition in East Pakistan?
Both East and West Pakistan were densely Muslim populated regions. But
in East Pakistan, the call for partition was raised on the basis of
regionalism and language. India honoured the feelings of the
leadership of East Pakistan and helped it. Consequently, a new nation,
Bangladesh emerged in place of East Pakistan.
The voices of regionalism or the attempts of regional satraps have not
ceased yet in South Asia, especially in India and Pakistan. If
Baluchistan issue arises time to time in Pakistan, in India demands
for Gorkhaland, Telangana, Marubhoomi, Poorvanchal, Harit Pradesh,
Bundelkhand etc. use to re-emerge. The regional satraps try to
emotionally blackmail the people either by linking the regional
language or by demanding preference for locals in employment.
Though there is no fault in being strong on regional basis, but it is
usually seen that during such regional movements, a group of the
society becomes enemy of another group. More commonly, such tension
created as a result of regionalism ends up in violence, destruction
and damage to the public property. The end result is that the demands
of these regional satraps are met but the aspirations of the people
are not fulfilled, which they were looking for. If seen in the
national context, such regional movements have always created hatred
among two groups of people and have promoted the feeling of
separatism. Consequently, instead of getting stronger, the nation has
seemed to become weak in one way or other.
The Muslims of Pakistan will themselves tell whether their condition
was better prior to 1947 or is today. There is no use in getting much
deeper into the present conditions of both Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Similar condition is prevailing in the newly formed states of India,
which were created on the insistence of regional chauvinists.
Certainly, there is development in some regions but the people of some
of the newly formed states are not happy. Whereas the regional satraps
are busy in flying of the ‘State Plane’ on government expenditure.
Some regional leaders are trying to prove themselves the greatest
satrap even by insulting the national language Hindi. Why such
situation arises in a country like India and what is the solution of
In fact, in India, the common people are taught more to learn their
religion, caste and region and less nationality, patriotism and love
for the nation. For example, if an Indian citizen introduces himself
anywhere, instead of calling himself an India, he feels proud in
calling himself a Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada etc.
similarly Indian people are badly divided into groups and communities.
The evils of communalism and casteism are centuries old phenomena for
which no permanent solution has been found out. Blame game between the
urban and rural people on the issue of development, is also decades
old. There are many such differences on which the society is
completely divided. As far as the role of the government of India in
controlling these evils is concerned, there is no entity named ‘Indian
Army’ today, forget any attempt to control these. It means that the
army of India is also divided into different military units on
regional lines such as Rajputana Rifles, Gorkha Regiment, Mahaar
Regiment etc. clearly, such seeds of regionalism provide base for
regional satraps to grow. If we have to save the country from the bad
motives of these regional satraps and keep it united, we’ll have to
promote and propagate the thoughts of nationalism at every level.
Besides, it is the responsibility of the government of India to ensure
that any group of people of any state, particularly rural people never
think that they are being given step-motherly treatment by the
governments. Regional satraps can be controlled only through such steps.
(About the Author)
Author Tanveer Jafri is a columnist based in India.He is related with
hundreds of most popular daily news papers/portals in India and
abroad. Jafri, Almost writes in the field of communal harmony, world
peace, anti communalism, anti terrorism, national integration,
national & international politics etc.He is a devoted social activist
for world peace, unity, integrity & global brotherhood. Tanveer Jafri
is also a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy
(state govt. bodies in India). Thousands articles of the author have
been published in different newspapers, websites & newsportals
throughout the world. He is also a receipent of so many awards in the
field of Communal Harmony & other social activities.
(Email : tanveerjafriamb@... )