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India and I (in Two Parts)

A recollection on nationalism and how we pass off our connection to a nation as mere political inevitability but simultaneously realising it is a part of the whole game that we have been mistaking as a way of life

PART I

How much do a mainland Indian—and it certainly means not the military personnel and omniscient social scientists—understands the geopolitical entity known as the Northeast? Here’s a hint: It is inversely proportional to the alienation of the people in the periphery. All along though, many natives have been leaving no stone unturned to be accepted as an equal citizen of the nation. The sense of alienation as well as discrimination is so profound that we have overlooked so many things that we share with the mainland. Apparently, nationalists and patriots have been working as hard as the conformist-natives on acceptance to build a nation and they are succeeding; well, good for them.
Our collective life is comparative to the growth or failure of the Indian nation. We love …

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