After coming to Chennai, one thing that surprised me is the large number of North Indians working in Chennai. They are in the IT industry, medical profession, but majority are in the low paying jobs. Like restaurant workers, service apartment workers, sales girls/guys in retail shops, etc.
Several years ago, the traffic movement was only one way. Educated and uneducated laborers will migrate from South to
and . In addition, every South Indian family will
go to Delhi Bombay, Delhi,
sightseeing. But very few (very rarely)
North Indians visited Chennai or any city.
One exception was older North Indians making pilgrimage visit to Sri
Rangam and Rameshwaram. Also, a few of them were brave enough to open business and settle here. Agra
There was a general perception that North Indians never considered the 4 Southern states as part of
. Our history books also did not do a good
job. It contained details of North Indian
freedom fighters only. No mention of any South Indian freedom fighters. In the South,
many streets were named after North Indian leaders. Not a single street was named in the North
after any India South Indian leaders. Later, in , they named one or two (due to
pressure from Southern politicians.) New Delhi
I am not complaining. I am just giving the background and would like to say the current situation works great for national integration. I know a few Tamil families in
who are now 4th or 5th generation. They carry only Tamil names but all their
living style, including the language they speak at home, is that of a Delhi-wala. New Delhi
In about 10 to 15 years, the same thing will happen in Chennai and other Southern cities where North Indians will settle comfortably. Majority of North Indians in Chennai may be low paid laborers now. But very soon their kids will become doctors, IT professionals, etc. and live here with family very happily.
Lot of their
relatives will visit them here. (Couple
of guys in a restaurant told me they are from . Wonder how they obtained work visa.) Bangladesh
I would call this true national Integration. What do you say?
PS: If you are going to work in a place, it is better to learn the local language and local customs. I saw in Chennai many North Indian workers speak Tamil or trying to speak Tamil sincerely. But a few of these workers insist on speaking Hindi only. If this is their attitude they will not survive for a long time. People in
do not want a Madarasi waiter in a restaurant speaking to them in Tamil. Same situation in Chennai also. New Delhi