While we are inculcating ourselves with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' mantra, we need to understand and imbibe some other qualities too.
These are qualities about living in harmony... as one people, one mission, one nation.
India is a country with many religions, languages and cultures. We all need to respect each other more and more to grow and prosper as a people. And for that, among many other things, we also need to stop making fun of communities and have mutual respect.
We need to stop making comments about other cultures and communities in a taunting way. Because what is funny light-hearted humour to one, may be a strong emotional connect to another.
It's not cool to call a Sardar a "Sardar" with a connotation of "baarah bajj gaye," or calling a Maharashtrian a "ghaati" with a degrading meaning, or calling a Marwadi a "Marwadi" with a "kanjoos" connotation, or a Gujarati with a "baniya" mentality slant, or calling Haryanvis "stupid", or making fun of Sindhi community.
Yes, some of these may be accepted taunts. Nevertheless, they are communal taunts and may sound insulting to others. Not everyone can take such humour on the chin. And we need to remember and respect people and cultures. Because that is our glorious past and every community is proud of its heritage and traits. #JustSaying #HugsToAll :):)
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Dale Bhagwagar is a PR specialist with branding, image consultancy, strategizing, media manipulation, crisis management and mentorship for media students. He has handled the publicity for more than 150 Bollywood actors and 30 movies, apart from being a spokesperson and publicist to 20 Bigg Boss contestants.