Hima Das. The latest sensation from Assam and pride of India. Waving the tricolour high above with both hands with the ethnic Asomiya Gamosa proudly wrapped around her neck — the trademark picture of the Assamese fighter whenever she earns a medal for India in any international meet.
Her gesture proves that there lies no contradiction in being an Assamese as well as Indian. She is an Assamese by ethnicity, an Indian by nationality. Both are 100% or equally true.
Statements like “I am only an Indian” or “I am at first an Indian, then a Naga/ Bengali/Tamil/Konkani/Punjabi” might fetch few “liberal” claps; but it simply bear no meaning. Pride towards one’s own ethnic roots and work for the country can both happen simultaneously as brilliantly portrayed by the golden Asomiya girl of poorest of poor vintage.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata-114.