My primary interest is in working on topics of human interest based on India and my state of Andhra Pradesh. There is affinity to Chicago and its surroundings as my life is here. Politics, democracies and human interest make for great story telling and thus make topics for constant search for next story. These columns are published on the Internet Magazines and Newspapers. I have no political or any other affiliation, except interest in the topics I choose to write about.
We are never sure
of how the race as people refer to came into existence.My experience is mainly with the two largest
democracies, India my nation
of birth and the USA
the nation that adopted me.
Small TownIndia I still believe lives in relative peace and
harmony.Only when the politics become
hot, the race relations get stirred up.Men and women typically get race biased with politics and international
interference.Whenever Pakistan sends militants into India, the
whole country gets its race and religion card up quickly, but otherwise they
live in peace and quiet.India with its
huge population and wide open boarders, does get affected often with terror,
but does live in religious harmony.But
internal to the country and in its politics race is a huge factor.Politicians constantly whip-up the caste
feelings, and people keep following the politics of caste.
The United States
divides the race by color; Black, White, Hispanic, Asian and so on by mostly
color of skin and where people are from.The USA
really is the most segregated society for a nation that is only a few hundred
years with people who are not really native.But here also the politics and race relations go hand in hand.
For centuries where
there are societies race as a part of society has been a normal phenomenon.The Indian race structure was typically based
on type of work the groups of people did; Farmers, Teachers, Traders, Fighters,
and so on and the nation is pretty much divided into the families involved in
various parts of the economic and social structure of the nation.Although we have evolved into manufacturing
and information technology, the names and families continue to rely on the
traditions of their names and what they did.There is absolutely nothing wrong with family and its traditional
history and its name.
The USA primarily
is divided with color of people, and then their ancestry.As India
is divided with people’s race, USA
is with its people’s color.Both
societies as democracies have allowed for a choice few to become all powerful
in business and wealth. Each of the democracies
allow for free enterprise (hopefully) and thus allowing the enterprise also to
create massive wealth with a few.
If we just focus on
what is happening in the last few years in both USA
we certainly see the continued and forceful display of race as the primary
factor in electing nations leaders.It
is the easiest card to play in election, is whip up the race factor.No matter what we are and what we do, when it
comes to elections we will vote with our kind; typically.The national divide is fairly open and
apparent.There is no denying that race
will always be bait for politics.
As the internet and
television allows for immediate access to global news, we have exposure to the
coverage from everywhere.It is first
and foremost, the news as presented and sometimes as seen.We don’t even have to involve religion into
race relations as simply race itself can divide us, in racial lines.If you add religion to this already charged
race relations, we will end up with what is happening in ME and parts of Asia.
We are given our
names and appearance.There is nothing
we should be worrying about our race.As
the globe explodes with more and more people, and the distance becomes nominal,
race probably should not be a factor in our choices.Our choices should be based on our needs and
our family needs.
In India it works
for the politicians.It also works in
some industries to use the caste card.The huge emphasis of caste in movie business in India, especially south India is obvious.But the movie-goers primarily pay for
entertainment, but the makers remain in the caste hole.Politicians constantly use race and caste as
vote banks, and people blindly accept it.There is a pressure for development and positive change, but the sheer
magnitude of people and their needs are greater than the resources and
politicians and their ability is largely limited by resources, and internal
The United States
has greater challenges with internal issues of race and debt, and a huge
external demand for resources and terror.Perhaps a radical approach to America First might work in the short run,
but will limit the global markets for American business.Terror no longer has a face, and until the
financial institutions join hands to eliminate terror funding, it is
impractical.The USA might be
best served in a global financial shut down of terror, and cut off as much
waste as it can to become debt free and perhaps terror free.
Race will continue to
find a place in politics and society.It
is perhaps the simplest emotion, and combining with religion makes it a potent
cocktail of emotions.There is probably
no immediate solution to solving race relations, rather stop race baiting.Once again it works for politicians in
democracies, so we probably will not see any change in using race as a potent