Does identity really matter? Globalization is nullifying boundaries…

I have been thinking about this theme since a while, a topic close to my heart… I am a product of a mixed marriage- My Dad is an ethnic Bihari born and bred in West Bengal and my Mum is an ethnic Bengali based in Mumbai. My Father speaks fluent Bengali and my Mum speaks fluent Marathi.  I was bred in Cosmo Mumbai in the 90’s- the transition generation! With stints of my childhood in Muscat, Oman..where my Father is an expat educator- grew up listening to Khaled and Cheb Mami along with Euphoria and Lucky Ali Tracks…

With traditional Rabindra Sangeet playing all day at home (With me listening to Bhoomi and Nachiketa-contemporary Bengali music), my parents tried their best to make me Bengali’ Bangali! Still I am labeled a Bihari many times around! (I have no issues, I consider myself a global nomad! )

I watched BBC at home since I was 6 years old… We are defined by not our biology-the politics of birth, but by the Geography we live in and the thoughts we aspire for ourselves…

In todays Globalization 2.0 age, we study in Singapore, work in the middle east and holiday in europe and do volunteering in West Africa…

Arnold can be born in Gratz but govern in Sacramento..Piyush Jindal can live in the Governer’s Mansion in New Orleans and Sonia Gandhiji born in Italy can rule from 7, Janpath over a billion souls…

Identity related issues have caused Genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, Power driven by identity and channeled into electoral politics can be of devastating consequences….  Identity channeled into Nationalism led to the second world war…but it also drove Japan to new heights post Hiroshima and Nagasaki… Singapore is one of the most multi-ethnic meritocratic societies in world, where the only currency for access is Talent alone, yet it was formed in 1965 due to the expulsion by Tunku of ‘Cina Singapura’ out of the Malayan Federation, to preserve its Malay Bumiputra identity.

We all have Plural Identities- as Amartya Sen lucidly portrayed in his bestseller-Identity and Violence…  We are Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and American, Indian, Singaporean or British at the same time without any contradictions.

Larry Ellison can be both American, Black and the United States first Muslim Congressman and still be on the same page as all Americans!

Identity is what we carve out of it..its marble slab which we chisel in the dreams we have…


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