WEEKEND THOUGHTS # 10

CHAKRA

Hi there,
Here are some more thoughts. This time from the youngest member
of Ornet community (I think). But step thru his mind; read this
article. You'll be amazed to discover, how great are his ideas!
Let me say this much. If you ever wondered, what goes on in the
mind of a second-generation Indian, this will open your eyes.

Enjoy ...
--
Surjit Sahoo

                        >>>>> Bio <<<<< 

Here's a self introduction by the author (Chimpoo):

Hello, my name is Asish Dash. I am currently a undergraduate at the
University of Minnesota, but plan on transferring to the University
of Arizona in the fall of '95.  When Debasmita Uncle asked me to
write this column I was a little apprehensive, but when he said it
could be about anything I jumped on the opportunity.  I have written
many papers for classes and such, but never for fun.  All opinions
will be gladly responded to, and I hope you enjoy it.

Education:  Normal, High School then college at the age at of 16.
thorugh the post-secondary program.  Interests lie in computers, and
any sports.


                         >>>>> Article <<<<< 

                 A youth's obligation to India 
                 ============================= 

The topic I have chosen is on youth's obligations to India.  There
are basically two arguments to this.  First that children raised in
America, still have an obligation to their heritage.  The other, that
children do not have an obligation to India, but to the place in
which they were raised.  I will try to argue both sides of this issue
to the best of my ability.

Children do have an obligation to India.  There are many different
aspects to the story.  My personal opinion is that we as children
raised in America are privilaged.  We are pushed by our parents to be
the best we can.  Most of my Oriya friends are first generation like
me. We have been persuaded to get good grades, to join an Ivy League
College, and other such aspirations that our parents have for us.
These long term goals that they have set for us are for our own good.
When we have passed these goals, then we set goals of our own.  As
children we might not always remember the things that our parents do
for us, but believe us we know how great they are.  When we as
children are grown up and have achieved our goals, we remember the
sacrifices our parents make for us.  Though we know that we don't owe
our parents anything, we feel obliged to give back what we got.  I am
sure all of us have had this feeling.  The way in which we give back
might be monetary, religious, or in some other way. No matter which
way we give back we as former children mean good. This brings us to
the topic of having an obligation to give back from our achievements
to India.  We can give back in many ways, and India also has much to
offer us.  India being a third world country is also in need of many
things.  I have had a goal of suceeding in America, but then owning
a business in India.  This way I can be a part of both worlds. Owning
and operating a business within India, such that it ties into the
productivity of America. There are many valuable resources that India
has, in which America is lacking.

The second argument is that youth do not and should not have an
obligation to the homeland.  Since this is not an opinion I support,
there may be discrepencies in it.  The main arguement I belive is
that youth have no obligations at all to their past and their future.
Though our parents take us on many trips to India, to expose us to
the culture there, we do not respect their ideas.  We have been
"americanized", influenced by americans.  We have adopted their ideas
and left behind those of our parents, a type of rebellion.  We do not
mean any disrespect to them, but that is how it seems.  We like the
american lifestyle so much that we could not live in any other
place.  This to me is the reason that youth feel they have no
obligations to India.  That or they feel that they have no
obligations at all.  I doubt that any Indian youth feels this way.

In the end it comes to how we are raised.  If our parents teach us
to love and respect culture, we will carry that into our own lives.
I have been raised with an extremely open mind, which in my opinion
has helped me through the rough times.  I watch and then act, but not
always.  I enjoy my trips to India for the immense culture that is
there, and I have also heard from other Oriya youths that this is
true in their cases too.  Traveling to temples, palaces, and seeing
friends and relatives are the main reasons that they do go to India.
When they come back to America, they bring back that renewed faith in
India.  I have a good friend, who recently went to India after almost
his whole childhood was past.  To me he was the ultimate Oriya youth
gone americanized, but after his trip, he wants to go back to India
as many times as possible.  The child might also be persuaded by
peers, that India is not such a great place, that is why they might
feel they have no obligations to it.

In the end there are many reasons, all just and valid.  I have only
given a brief idea of what I think is happening.  Thank you.


 >>>End Article<<< 

Posted by: Surjit Sahoo (ssahoo@ingr.com)
Constructive criticisms are always welcome.

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Your comments are always welcome...


Asish Dash


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