Where shall I start?
Anglo-Indians are wanted back in India and will be welcomed with open arms, only, it would seem if they embrace Hinduism. Once they have done that they will be equal partners "in India’s promising future, politically and economically." However, the A-I community have been, and have had exactly that in the West for the last 60 years. This reminds me of the 19th century missionaries who went to India to try and convert the heathens. That idea was equally as shortsighted as the good doctor's is.
There is no such thing as equality in India. Men and women in India are not equal and Hindusim is more prejudiced towards its own people than any other race on earth, where its caste system was designed to keep everyone in its place, and the use of the word 'karma' (what will be, will be) has been a great device for keeping Indians in that place for centuries. Under the British, India and Indians, (including Pakistanis and Bangladeshis) were for the one and only time in their history, equally united across the sub-continent.
The English (or British), neither loved or hated the Anglo-Indians, however, they have been accepted by Britan and the West, and they have been free to be, and to become whatever they wish to become and to worship whomever they wish. India it seems has taken 60 years to realise that they now want Anglo-Indians to "come home." In India you still have to wear a label that identifies you as belonging to a particular sect, community or religion. Why? Sixty years is a long time to realise that Anglo-Indians are as "as Indian as us." But only when it suits India's political, economic and religious plans. India will welcome you back with open arms and warmly shake your hands, but be sure to count your fingers afterwards because even a blind man could spot this wolf in sheep's clothing!
The good doctor says that, "It is India that defines you and not England." That is not true. It is childhood that defines us and makes each and every one of us what we are today. And, in the history books that I have read and studied, I was always led to believe that the Mughals (whose culture and architecture India still celebrates as its own today) came from Persia. That makes at least two foreign invaders!
I do, however believe the good doctor when he says that the Anglo-Indians "are far more important to India than to England." That is obvious from the doctor's email. However, one does wonder why, and why now?
The doctor continues; "England used you for its purposes, and now does not even give you due respect as a major part of her history." I don't recall seeing any Indian history books that espouse the Anglo-Indians role in history either. The doctor then confuses the British with the Nazis, and like the Nazis boasts of world domination. Well, I am pleased for India and its people, because they have been living in the dark ages for too long, defined by superstition and religion. However, I would suggest that without the British, India's economic, political, education, military etc., would not be where she hopes to be tomorrow. It is only a shame that it has taken sixty years of internal political, cultural and religious struggles to get to be where she once was, when she was part of the British Empire.
As a genealogical researcher with 36 years experience I can assure you that when you begin looking into a person's family tree, there are few, if any, that can boast a pure-bred lineage that is descended from one single race of people. The British can not claim that and neither can the Indians. With DNA profiling today, we can now trace our origins back to our first ancestors. If we all investigated our DNA origins, what would we do with the labels that we currently wear and continue to allow people to pin on us, when our DNA can probably be traced back to Africa? Would we suddenly become African's? I think not!
I would suggest to all Anglo-Indians that you simply rejoice in being you, and cherish those wonderful memories of childhood. Oh! and regards the good doctor I would suggest a simple, "thanks, but no thanks!"
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