Do Indians understand the concept of a nation state?

Do Indians understand the concept of a nation state?

Photo : Vassan Ramracha

Indian politicians are clueless as to the meaning of a nation state unlike our black politicians. This phenomenon has been quite evident since the Independence of Trinidad and Guyana. Indians run around Trinidad and Guyana like jokers at a royal court. These people do not have the slightest clue about political concepts like the violations of a social contract which is what the average Indo-Trinidadian and Indo-Guyanese has been facing since Independence.

Afro and Indo Trinidadians came together to fight for a common cause to oust the British from their country and share the land and resources. We are groups of people with common history and even a shared Trinidadian culture aside from our own community traditions. Such reasons why people felt it necessary to come together are explained by the likes of John Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu and others.

Sadly, Indians continue to miss out every opportunity of what a nation state affords them and should provide. A nation state is also a particular group of people bound by its language, cultures etc. forming a political entity to have sovereign rule over themselves. Indians have no such sovereignty in Trinidad and Guyana because our leaders did not put anything in place to safeguard our political and ethnic security when bargaining for Independence.  Yet, black leaders understood what the nation state and what the seat of power means. They are always struggling to get ahead in the political spectrum and all Indians are struggling to do is to get into the medical/engineering class. How can we ever be in control of our destiny, shaping the laws that govern the land; what happens to us economically, academically, politically and otherwise if we do not have the power to do so? At least Syrians know how to turn money into monopoly and monopoly into lobbying power while black people continue to think the Indian bar and roti shop is the threat and the business might of Trinidad.

The problems we are experiencing now is due to a lack of proper leadership, lack of strategy and lack of ideology. How is it that Indians were never interested in helping to shape our anthem, our flag, our constitution and other legal forces? Indians look down at social studies and the humanities but guess what governs us? This is the same reason Indians are not present in anything else but cricket; no imagination, no variation, no open-mindedness and no change, but they all want different results. Blacks control the bureaucracy, the education system, the armed forces and that is not their fault.. Indians themselves will downplay other Indian historical contributions to Trinidad’s history to garner black vote, but for the most part they won’t get what they’re expecting.

But as black leaders had more control and we came under their mercy, they put up all the monuments, named all the stadiums, wrote all the history books and the effect is to demoralize Indians. They have violated a social contract with their Indian brethren who foolishly did not place measures to make sure this very thing did not happen. You can violate a social contract when, for example as in Guyana, you rig an election by beating Indians and threatening them not to vote so you can win. You violate a social contract when you bring in illegals from other islands and settle them to form a vote bank. You violate a social contract when we thought it would be a shared country with equal opportunity. If black leaders violated that social contract then Indians have a right to review that social contract, seek their own destiny and define our Indian boundaries if our social rights are being violated.

To know and not to do, is not to know !

Sita Ram,