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North Indians and their Inferiority Complex

North Indians And Their Inferiority Complex

Do North Indians stink of an infectious inferiority complex?

First, let’s talk of the color of the skin. Consider the ad of a fairness product called “Fair & Lovely” that enraged feminist activists across India. In that ad, the parents of a dark-complexioned girl are unable to find a “rishta” for their daughter. In the end, they settle for a 40s or 50s-something grey-haired man. The parents sigh “Aise rang ki ladki ke liye to aisa hi rishta aayega”.

The ad was pulled out after the feminist outrage. Needless to say, the ad was distasteful and hardly creative, but it did reflect the reality of the Indian mindset. Pick up the matrimonial segment of any Indian newspaper, or simply log on to an Indian matrimonial website, and you’ll see parents searching for an ‘extremely fair, beautiful, homely and professionally qualified girl” for their “fair, handsome, 6′, 75 kg, working in a US company, earning 12 lakhs p.a. son”.

You’ll find only a small percentage of Indians who can truly be called fair across mainland India. Those living in southern India are mostly dark, those living in the stretch from Gujarat to Bengal are mostly wheatish.

After the failure of the “rishta” ad, the “Fair & Lovely” guys started searching for some other ideas in their grey cells. So, they brought out this idea, where this pony-tailed teenage Indian girl loves to watch cricket. She sits on the sofa, rolls the newspaper, uses it as a mike, and starts commenting on the cricket match she’s watching on TV.

The girl’s mother thinks she is crazy. The girl’s friend offers her a “Fair and Lovely” cream, so that she can explore “career opportunities” in cricket commenting. The girl applies the cream, videotapes her art of commenting and mails the tape to the TV producers. On the panel of recruiters is the Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Sreekanth. The girl’s fairness takes away the breath of Sreekanth, and he puts his stamp of approval on the videotape she sent.

The next day, the girl is sitting in the TV cricket commentators’ box and commenting on an India-Pak match, while good old Sreekanth is lost in her fairness. The girl’s mother is now proud of her-after all, she’s moved on from a couch potato commentator to a live commentator-all thanks to “Fair & Lovely”.

However, what’s annoying is that North Indians are ashamed of their native language-Hindi. It is easy to find tremendous number of parents who proudly declare “Oh, you know, my kids score good marks in all subjects, except Hindi”.

Then, there are English-medium schools that fine students who dare speak in Hindi in the campus. And of course, the credit rolls at the end of Hindi movies and TV serials are always in English. If the hugely popular TV serial “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” is in Hindi, why is the credit roll in English? The Urdu serials on Pakistan TV have credit rolls in Urdu and of the France TV in French and so on. While the French, the Arabs and neighbors, Pakistanis are respectively proud of French, Arabic and Urdu, the Indians are equally ashamed of Hindi.

The South Indians, and Bengalis or Gujratis on the other hand, are proud of their native lingos. Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Gujrati channels have the casting of their TV programs in their respective languages.

That is not all. There are a lot of girls in Delhi who sport jeans and skirts that look down upon salwar-kameez-clad girls. They call the salwar-kameez (a traditional dress) clad, a “behenji”. Is this not a kind of social racism that is practised in India because the practitioners are actually suffering from a deep rooted inferiority complex?

Coming to North Indians behaving abnormally when a Caucasian arrives at their doorstep. Be it Bill Clinton or Elizabeth Hurley or a tourist on Delhi roads. Moreover North Indians are still proud of their slavery at the hands of Mughals and British and have named a lot of significant roads and places after them. Is it not a case of inferiority complex?

Moreover it is not a matter of shame for North Indians to have North Indian TV and Hindi Movie programs have words and sentences in English, Urdu, Persian and Arabic. This clearly reflects that somewhere deep in the North Indian psyche there is a feeling that they are inferior to these other communities, a proof of which was their subjugation in the years gone by these exploitationist powers.

The question is that why upper caste, urban living and pseudo-secular North Indians feel ashamed of their own culture and traditions? Not knowing one’s own mother tongue or promoting foreign culture is not advisable as it clearly limits growth and creates social strife in the civil society.

Lord William Bentick had advised the same to Raja Ram Mohan Roy but it seems that the Indian Leaders have been absolutely short-sighted. No wonder the essence of Nehru’s “Tryst With Destiny” (in English) has been abandoned by all and remembered by none. As it is the North Indians who drive the country’s politics, they are bent on creating a nation with lack of self respect that is set for an insignificant contribution to the external world and can deliver little to its poor and illiterate.