Disclaimer: I am a Bihari, and I am proud of being one (Exactly the way you are proud of being whoever you are). I am disappointed because you so reluctantly point out fingers at a community, even without understanding the seriousness of the situation. And it is exactly the moment when I feel that it is my moral duty to impart some lessons which you seem to have missed while you were growing up.
Dear Raj Thackeray,
You blame that the recent rape case in Delhi happened because of Bihari migrants. Well Mr Thackeray, I have two simple things to point out as my initial doubts:
#1. Are you talking about facts? – You are partially wrong, and I would recommend you to get your facts right. The assistant who collected that data for you has been cheating you, believe me.
#2. Are you talking about the issue? – You are absolutely wrong if you think so. If you believe that rapes happen because of Bihari people present in the system, you need to attend some fundamental classes about so many things which you might have missed out during your younger years.
Now, Mr Raj Thackeray, I would like to take you to another journey where I will try to explain to you some simple things which you may grasp, if only you have a little patience and willingness to see things from a different perspective.
Mr Thackeray, I understand that your grand-parents migrated to Maharashtra many decades ago, and then your family built an economic and social base in the state so that you guys could have a better future in the years to come. And they made the foundation so strong for you and your brother, that today even while you speak irresponsibly, people tend to digest it. Don’t you consider yourself lucky enough to be representing Marathi manus, even when you are not one? Think about it. However, I fully understand your situation – If you don’t give such irresponsible statements, how would people even recognize you, or how would you be able to build a future for yourself and your kids. So, I forgive you for you loose remarks and irresponsible behavior while speaking out your mind.
But, this journey which I have promised to take you to, is not about your (fake) struggle for Marathi-manus, instead, this is for a bigger purpose. I want to enlighten your shallow mind and give you a little dose of humanity and if possible some little lessons on how the modern world works.
#1. Mr Thackeray, do you believe that we live in an interconnected world. The world where everyone concentrates on their core-strengths and outsources the remaining to the world. I know, you didn’t get that. Let me give you a simpler example – Where do you kids go for education? I have learnt that they go to some high-quality private English Medium School. So, why didn’t you try teaching them at home? Why did you send them to some school where your kids may or may not be taught by Marathi manus? Did you ask the school principal that the school should have only marathi manus. No Teacher, No Accountant, No Peon, No Security Guard, No Driver, etc can be anyone other than a marathi manus. Did you bother about it? I am sure you didn’t, and if you did people would have ignored your request. Try it out if you so wish!
Mr Thackeray, get the first lesson of this journey right now and forever – We live in those times, where everyone (be it a nation, a state, or a person) is serving a social and economic purpose, and you must never ignore anyone’s importance (at least the economic importance) in the system ever!
Having given you lesson #1, here comes the next one…….We all create social costs all the time. I am certain that you didn’t understand the very term ‘Social Cost’, so I don’t doubt the fact that you didn’t understand anything in the preceding sentence. But, let me help you a bit….
#2.Do you know what happens when your goons create havoc in the city of marathi manus? Many people lose their day’s business, some get hurt (and hence need medical treatment), some people lose faith in the system and hence stay away from active life (which effectively causes an economic loss). How do you term all these losses which are a direct result of your goons ‘heroism’? Industry terms these losses as – Social Costs.
Mr Thackeray, get this second lesson into your head right now – We ALL create some Social Cost for the society to bear, whether we like it or not. Some people create huge social costs, and some a little less. But no one can never claim that he didn’t create any social cost.
I believe you got the lessons #1 and #2 in your head. Now let’s try and derive something more meaningful out the two lessons. You may choose to revise the two, if you are yet not certain about your grasping power.
#3. Mr Thackeray, you have been trying so hard to become a mascot of marathi manus ever since you started taking baby-steps in your political journey, may be because you could never come out from the shadow your uncle’s dream success, and sadly you could not even invent any other way to find a place for yourself, so you chose the easier way and became one more gate-keeper for the marathi-manus cultural society. But I don’t blame you for that.
But, lets not debate your means, instead lets discuss your way of doing things – So why do you think that you need to protect marathi manus? Is it because you believe that they are in some trouble or are near extinct? Whatever, you believe, but all I can interpret is that you have a reason to protect them. But Why? Because at some point of time Maharashtra became home to varied societies and spectrum of people from all over. And that meant that Maharashtra is not only about Marathi manus. Now that means two things to any logical person – #a. People started to flow into the state because they found social and economic reasons to be there, and they found a place in the system, and hence filled the void by their suitability into it. #b. These very people, didn’t come alone, instead they came with their values and cultures and their negativity.
So Mr Thackeray, can you see the relevance of lesson #1 and #2? People came here because they were needed, but when people come and join a new system they bring a lot of other stuff along with them which could turn into a Social Cost.
I believe you are with me so far, only if you have been patient enough to learn. I promise, this would be the last thing I want you to carry home, so please adjust and be with me for a little more.
#4. One of the important lessons for any system which allows people to migrate into itself is to serve the dual purpose – #a. Facilitate the assimilation of new people into the new system (by providing a conducive social and economic fundamental structure), and #b. Keep the Social Costs in check (by making your system more robust and up-to-date to handle the assimilation of new people).
Now Mr Thackeray, did you understand it? As always, I have a doubt and that is why I would want to simplify things for you. So read things very carefully….
#a. Facilitating the assimilation of new people into the system, means that you create space for them. A space which helps these new people to contribute to your economic cause and at the same time offer a space which allows him to co-exist with the cultural diversity. Let me give you an example – Suppose your city hires a new finance wizard for one of its top finance companies who hails from Rajasthan (or Bihar, your favorite punching bag ). So would your city welcome him with the commonality he understands and is ready to adjust with? Or will your city make his life so miserable that he can not find any commonality and started hating the place right from the beginning? Choice is yours. But while you make this choice, always keep in mind – He is not the city because he is a Rajasthani or a Bihari, instead he is in the city because he is a finance wizard and one of the companies need him.
#b. Keeping Social Costs in check means that while you welcome people to become a part of the system and the new cultural potpourri, you also see if the social and cultural balance is maintained. And this applies to everyone, be it the new comer into the system or the earlier migrants, or the aboriginals. Do you get what I mean Mr Thackeray? Mr Thackeray, the point is simple – If anyone doesn’t behave the way the society expects them to, administration needs to keep a check on the same. And which also means that the administration has a duty to keep updating itself to the needs, they can’t simply keep plying by the old rules and expectations. And the role of the government changes to mere one – Empower the administration to an extent that they are able to handle the situation on their own without any intervention from the government.
Mr Thackeray, now I wish to offer the crux of this journey to you……you believe and blame that the rape incident in Delhi was a consequence of Bihari migrants…..I want you to capture some micro-lessons below…
#A. Rape is an act of crime which society commits, and whenever you attach the reason of a crime to a region or religion you sound even more foolish and shallow.
#B. If you still believe it’s an outcome for which Bihari migrants should be blamed, then you should search for a reason why Bihari people are allowed to enter this city. Don’t be in a hurry, think twice before you even utter anything!
#C. If such a crime happened, and this happens in every city,every state, everyday; is it not the time to do a soul-searching for you hollow politicians that where did you guys go wrong in empowering the administration that such crimes happen so frequently, and you guys have nothing better than blaming Bihar for this act? Think even more seriously about this point Mr Thackeray, because a quick answer to this question might expose you worse than ever!
Thanks & Regards