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Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 19, 2013

Its not easy to be an immigrant. While in most cases it is in search of a better life, it does come with a price, Sacrifice. An immigrant sacrifices his cultural and family ties, he sacrifices the innate bond that he shares with his motherland, the land where he is born. Its not easy to swear allegiance to a new nation.

I find it bewildering that historical references are cited to support arguments on either side of the immigration debate. Here is a beautiful piece from the book “History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300” by Romila Thapar.

One of the current debates relating to the beginnings of Indian history involves both archaeology and linguistics, and attempts to differentiate between indigenous and alien peoples. But history has shown that communities and their identities are neither permanent nor static. Their composition changes either with the arrival of new people in an area, and the possible new technologies that are introduced, or by historical changes of a more local but far-reaching kind. Some areas are more prone to change, such as borderlands, mountain passes and fertile plains, whereas densely forested areas or deserts may retain their isolation for a longer period until such time as there is a demand on them for resources. To categorize some people as indigenous and others as alien, to argue about the identity of the first inhabitants of the subcontinent, and to try and sort out these categories for the remote past, is to attempt the impossible. It is precisely in the intermixture of peoples and ideas that the genesis of cultures is to be found. Such arguments arise from the concerns of present-day privilege and power, rather than from the reading of history.

The world was never an island, and will never be one.

8 Responses to “Immigration”

  1. TamrahJo said

    I agree the cultural aspect of any place is dependent on a long history of steady immigrant flow – – I’m from the US – – I hope that someday, our cultural values line up with the label we received in the early 20th century – “The Melting Pot of the World” – – a place where being an immigrant American means you are free and encouraged to share your rich heritage with your neighbors – –
    Right now, we may do so on an individual level, but our national political climate doesn’t – –

    • Raunak said

      thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts. I think that immigration and intermingling of cultures is a process that no political thought will be able to prevent. It never has been able to do so. No matter how much the hue and cry in the media…immigration is a reality and the process of intermixing continues quietly in the background.

  2. “Such arguments arise from the concerns of present-day privilege and power, rather than from the reading of history.”

    This sentence says it all.

  3. soumyav said

    THis time I bring an award for you. now my coffee is pending! 🙂 check here.

  4. Raunak – I nominated you for Inspiring Blogger. Because you deserve it, as I feel you present diverse topics and do so in a fair way. Happy writing!

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