Is regionalism above nationalism?

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray's recent outburst against Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan\'s loyalty towards his native place (Uttar Pradesh) has raised several eyebrows. While it drew strong retaliation by Jaya Bachchan and Amar Singh, many objected to Thackeray's opposition to the celebration of Uttar Bharatiya Diwas and Chhath Puja in Maharashtra. Clashes broke out between supporters of Raj Thackeray and Samajwadi Party workers in Mumbai.

Taking exception to Raj\'s advice that non-Maharashtrians should shout the slogan Jai Maharashtra, Railway Minister Lalu Yadav said people should instead say Jai Bharat . The recent developments have revived the question whether those living in metropolis have a right to target migrants from other states. Not long ago, actor-turned-politician Hema Malini drew criticism over her remarks against north Indian migrants in Maharashtra. Is it high time that as a Social Secular Democratic Republic, we rose against regionalism and learn to treat all as Indians? 

In My view, Indians have fundamental rights to do anything and anywhere in the country. Any one can celebrate any festival or set up any businesses of his / her like in secular India. It is our citizens fundamental right.

What if Millions of Tamil engineers who are working in big petrochemicals industries in Gujarat are said to go back to there place? 

What if Millions of Gujarati business persons are said to go back to Gujarat from Mumbai? Has Mumbai anything to offer if Gujarati Business lobby are not there in the picture? 

If you have problems with Chhath Puja, why dont you rebel against Garbas which is a festival from Gujarat or Christmas which is a festival of Christians and not Marathis?

Raj Thackeray\'s remarks have flared up the issue of regionalism above nationalism. We are living in 21st Century. Its time now to grow above from all these issues and get united as one India. It hardly matters even if we have different festivals in states of India, still our unique ability to call ourselves as Indians is appreciated all over the world. Atleast take pride in it.  What face will you take against international Arena if we are engaged in such issues every now and then?

Lets take a oath that any insult or abusive comment of such a kind on fellow citizens would not be tolerated. We are Indians and we should be proud of our culture, various festivals and should learn good things from it rather than commenting on it. 

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