Saturday, October 1, 2011

All for a namesake

What inspires this post is a fight for homelands. All the way from Israel-Palestine to Telangana. One will note that the one thing is common, as the title of the post indicates. However legitimate the demand may be apart, it is a case of a namesake. It's more a case of we-want-that-name-back, than it is give-us-what-is- rightfully-ours-which-was-snatched-away.

Now really, we must understand a few things. One, a name or recognition does not change anything. It just revives an identity, and, with much respect to sympathisers of original identity, no one chooses their original identity. People need to understand what an identity is. It is transcendent of location among other things and translates into everyday, almost every moment practices. What it translates into is what sustains it, and that's what it essentially is. It doesn't need a homeland back to exist.

Secondly,about the identity issue, we forget that it is not possible to live without an identity; we either have a strong one or a messed up one. And since those many years ago, when ours was apparently uprooted, we got ourselves a new one which was fine before somebody bought our minds to think we suddenly turned a cheated lot. People are only held back from embracing their present identity, which again is a matter of a namesake.

It's an emotional thing, and contrary to what pro-Telangana supporters claim, governments have to choose (reasoned) better governance over “keeping their promises”. Perhaps it's the government's fault when they made random comments about the issue.

Thirdly, time, life and change are all directly proportional to each other. When a homeland is taken away, life continues. It must. The world cannot just stop. And when that happens, and you want to get your homeland back, you must realise that you will be uprooting people who built at least one generation of lives there. The hope is that when you break their lives by asking them to make new lives forcefully, you realise that you did the exact same thing when you were asked to move. And when you do that, the hope is that you understand that you have an absolutely alright life, with identity that's just about right, and all you wanted was only a namesake. So not worth the fuss.

Namesake or not, you have everything else including the community, family, tradition and all the rest. It would amount to quite some selfishness to simply ask for it despite the damage it will do to everyone else but you, yes, when for you it's just the cherry on the cake. In a modern age, it's justice and equal governance that need to take precedence. That does not make cultures(and identity) redundant, of course. They will always be. They can never die unless we choose to discard them ourselves. There are ofcourse times the old ones adapt and new ones form. That process is completely self-driven. More important than the words and symbols that they represent, normal life will always matter.

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