We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
I have had the privilege of visiting the National Civil Rights Museum at Memphis, Tennessee twice and in both of my visits, I was flooded with a mix of feelings – a drop of despair to see the discrimination that the African American community has been through, a pinch of hope to see how Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement paved the way to a future which was an impossible dream back then and most importantly, a sense of guilt to see how my own nation India is still ‘broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls‘.
So, today on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let me share with you an article about racism in India – something which we all know exists but never acknowledge it. Be it a Bihari in Mumbai, a North East student in Delhi, a Hindi speaker in Chennai or an African professional in Pune, everyone has experienced discrimination in some form or other. Linguistic, cultural, caste-driven, communal, class-based, even colour based- Indian society is fraught with different forms of racism and it’s high time that we accept its existence.
Only once we accept it, will we actually work on it. So here is the Needull for today – a short article by Sandip Roy.