You are not just one person, but a continuum of thousands of years of history

When I meet someone brown, obviously brown like wholemeal bread, I am tempted to ask a very loaded question…Where are you from?

And often I get a very defensive and somewhat offended reply – My “parents” are from India/ Srilanka…. Implying, my parents are from there, I am NOT.

I wonder if they even understand the question. You are “in” England, you may even be “of” England, but English is your first language, you should have better understanding of prepositions… I asked, where are you “from”?

“From” suggests the point of origin… it implies a continuity of history. It refers to your cultural origin, not your current affiliation. It implies you are not just one person, you are a continuum of thousands of years of history.

Being an Indian is not a matter of the colour of skin… nor a question of the colour of your passport. It is a matter of subscribing to the identity that sees itself as a bearer of thousands of years of civilisation…. the Hindu civilisation.

If you think de-subscribing from that identity makes you more modern, smart, even blue-blooded british, you may be right… but it also leaves you rootless.



About the Author

Dr Rajeev Mishra
Rajeev is from Steel City, Jamshedpur. Studied Medicine from RIMS, Ranchi, worked in Army Medical Corps for 7 years. Currently a physician in NHS, UK. Active in Social Media since 2009 and was motivated to use Social media as a valid alternative by a strong scepticism towards the mainstream media. His ideological journey started from leftism to Gandhism to Strong Nationalism to complete the full spectrum resulting in being a regular writer for Making India.

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