Indians must learn from the Jews. Despite having wealth and social status the Jews did not have a home land. More so, the vast majority were victimized and suffered persecution for centuries. Thanks to the vision of Theodor Herzl and the Zionist movement, that the Jews have a homeland to call their home. Despite this achievement they are still hounded by the Islamists who want to see Israel erased from the earth.
A fifteen-month jail sentence of former President for contempt of court has now turned to a direct attack on the Indian population. Social media in South Africa is littered with racist post directed against its Indian population. Here are a few:
- Indian racism toward black people is worse than white racism.
- Indians are cruel and stingy. There is nothing good that Indians do in this world. They are mean towards black people.
- Indians Must Fall. I hope Zulu taxi drivers are mobilizing tonight and returning to Phoenix in the morning. Once and for all Indians need to know it is not their country.
Indians fail to see the writing on the wall! In 1979, V.S Naipaul envisioned what is happening in South Africa today in his novel A Bend in the River. His protagonist had his shop nationalized under the Mobutu Sese Meke rise to power in Zaire (former Congo). Finally, Salim had to bribe official and get out of the country on a steamer to some unknow destination.
In 1972 Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Indians from Uganda. Indians were given 90 days to leave the country. Their shops were confiscated by Amin and given to local blacks who had no background in business. In less than six months all the shops were without stocks and finally failed.
Indians in the diaspora has experienced similar exodus and persecution in Guyana, Suriname and to a lesser extent in Trinidad where institutional discrimination is a perpetual sore. Despite having to scatter about the world-one family with siblings in Guyana, Trinidad, USA, Canada, Antigua etc., Indians have never saw it fit to carve a homeland for Indians of the diaspora.
For example, Guyanese are doing well in Queens in New York. They have their mandirs and mosques and businesses. They also celebrate their festivals and they have grown as a group to have a 30-block area in Liberty Avenue be declared Little Guyana. Also, a street has been name Ramlal’s Ways after a renowned pandit who had served with distinction. A present lobbying is being done to have a road way named after Pandit Gossai who has served the community well and a friend to all.
While Indians can claim that they have the protection of the US Constitution, their fortune can turn topsy turvy overnight so long as they are a minority. Indians are only safe in their numbers and it would be only in an Indian majority land that Indians are going to have rights and freedom, not just in a constitution but in the society.
India is the only country that Hindus can claim as their land. Yet the majority Hindu population is being debarred from giving shelter to persecuted Hindu minorities from neighboring Islamic states. The Muslims, Christians and secularists lobby in India are contending that such concession is discriminatory and should be given to all who are persecuted.
Nation states are never gifted; they are fought for and usually blood is shed and lives are sacrificed. To thinks that people share their lands with you is being naïve. They may be kind to accommodate you in the servant quarters and even that favour may be curtailed one day.
It was Guyana, then Suriname and Uganda. It is no different for Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
With Indians homes and businesses being looted and burnt, Indian women raped in South Africa, the question must be asked: What is the future of the 1.2 million Indians in South Africa? How is the world going to respond to these atrocities? Again, we are at the mercy of others?