Lemme give you all a viewpoint from the north-east India..
Technically we are Indian, we fall under Indian territory because we were British territory in the 1800s and when the British left India, they gave us a choice to be part of India or be under British colony like Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa etc
We chose neither.. we said we will be independent. But Indian govt under Nehru had their own colonial plans.
-- source -->Samaddar, Ranabir (2004). The Politics of Dialogue: Living Under the Geopolitical Histories of War and Peace. Ashgate. pp. 171–173.
But Gandhiji got assasinated and Nehru and the Gang enslaved the region..
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FYI, my grandfather's backyard has a huge bomb crater which is now a small fish pond. Well actually the backyard was his original house, just that it was wiped out by bombs..
Before the bombing, there was Mass rape , torture,hanging,pure genocide etc by the Sikh Battalion in major villages. They raped women and children,small children, girls who didnt even reach puberty, in front of their parents.. Hitler was nothing compared to the atrocities Indian Armed Forces
Under these circumstances, the North east people were enslaved by the Indian Govt.
We are an ignored lot,by the entire country and i bet half of TDF members cant evenlocate 5 of the 7 north east states.
Our religion (Christianity) is different
Our culture is different
Our racial features are different
Our diet is different
Our mentality is different
Now i ask you guys--
Should i proudly recite the national anthem?
Should i say "I am proud to be Indian" ??
...and should i be criticized for not being India-patriotic?
There are 8 states.
Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam and Nagaland and Mizoram.
And no, I didn't check Wikipedia.
BTW, I thought the north-east had a Buddhists majority?
I understand your feelings, but assuming India sets you free, do you not think China would try and occupy your territory, extending their claims from just Arunachal all the way to to Tripura?
Your population with respect to the rest of the nation means that you will not have an army strong enough to defend you in such a situation. You would have to conscript the youth, which would probably go against the principle of freedom.
I do agree with you though that the north-east has been highly neglected. Stupid north & northwest-indian politicians only care about the large states that ensure a house majority. It's sad how Manmohan Paaji is representing a seat from Assam, but he barely pays attention to that region
From my viewpoint, the patriotism that we have is conditioned into us from schools and if you do not show patriotism, you will be called a traitor or a pakistani or something equivalent, no one wants that. It is common that group mentality is very commonplace in India and people will tend to see what other people are following than question what they believe. Patriotism is something that they instill into soldiers so that they will give up their lives willingly.
Its sad to note the atrocities of the IAF. It is even sadder that no one in any other part of the country knows about this. You don't have to be patriotic, but since you are living in the Indian territory, you will have to follow the same rules whether you like them or not. You can choose to remain aloof from Indian celebrations, but they will brand you as anti-Indian and your people will be tormented even more in whichever part of the country you go. What can you do then?
I hear that the situation in the NE region is pretty volatile still, is it really?
I stay aloof from Indian celebrations. I haven't been branded a traitor yet.