Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Thank you, Beijing

Thank you, Beijing. Because of you, India has re-discovered Arunachal Pradesh. While Arunachalis have always known and affirmed that they were Indians, because of you, Indians in the big states now know and affirm that Arunachalis are Indians.

Because of you, Dorji Khandu is now a household name in India, every Indian now knows the name of the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. On October 22, as state election results were declared, news website after news website, and TV channel after TV channel had the results from Arunchal displayed alongside Maharashtra and Haryana. As a state of our union, equal to the others, and not a footnote somewhere. On October 25, our whole country took note as Dorji Khandu was sworn into his second term. Thank you, Beijing.

Because of you, leaders of major political parties saw it fit to campaign in Arunachal. This was unthinkable even a few years ago, when some small fish in the party were left in charge of overseeing their party's fate in the elections. You raised a stink about our Prime Minister landing up there; well, you made it clear to him that he has to keep landing there to affirm our sovereignty. Thank you, Beijing.

Because of you, a road is actually being built connecting the whole state. Earlier there were just thousands of crores announced, and nothing would happen on the ground. Now you have made Tawang, Bomdila and Itanagar familiar names to many Indians, creating a domestic tourism industry we would never have managed on our own. For the smiles of many happily employed Arunachalis, thank you, Beijing.

I have a favour to ask of you, Beijing. Perhaps you should now extend your claims, and dispute the borders in Sikkim, Nagaland, Uttaranchal, Himachal, maybe even Chhattisgarh (through your Maoist lackeys). These states are also in need of development and assimilation into the national consciousness. But for now, for what you have done for Arunachal, what Itanagar could not do for decades, thank you, Beijing.

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