…seems to be a common refrain.
Be it the injured Marathi manoos Raj Thackeray who considers everyone else a threat to the Maharashtrian ‘culture’ and langauge – never mind what they contribute to the state.
Or the French burqa ban earlier in schools. And now objecting to it on the streets.
Or then this new one – foreigners who refuse to integrate will politely be paid to leave Denmark.
I don’t know which side of this argument I am on. In principle I oppose bans of any sort. And yet, I also believe there is something to having your rules and guidelines and expecting citizens to follow them. If you don’t like it, move to the next school or country! After all every community/ school/ country has a right to its rules…or doesn’t it?
Of course there are shades to every one of these arguments and it’s not a simple black and white situation. But is this what globalisation is about? Turning into clones the moment you move somewhere and wiping out all traces of your identity? What exactly is integrating anyway? Is it also applicable to all the foreigners who come to India and look down on us while pushing our rents up and enjoying the maid service?
And where do you draw the line at holding on to your culture and offending your host country? And do you draw the line between school uniforms and cultural identity?
So many questions and I have no answers. What are your thoughts on this?