Amid the air of demonetization, I heard one phrase so often from my friends that “ ”Desis” kabhi nahi sudharenge (”Desis” will never change) ? Aur kala dhan fir aa jayega (We generate black money again) ? “”Desis” ko koi nahi pakad sakta (”Desis” are too cunning to be caught) ???? blah blah blah. Not only this time but during any discussion addressing India/ Indian, we all would have heard derogatory comments like that.
Who are “Desis”. We normally refer this word for the Indian or sub-continent people. What are their so called “special” characteristic (Off course, in the eyes of other “Desis”?)………!!! They are dishonest, no respect for time, give false promises, try to cheat for small gains, jealous , don’t help other “Desis”, dirty, no civic sense , they are hypocrites, sex deprived, don’t respect woman and this list goes on. “Desis” collectively do all the things which is amoral or not sophisticated. Surprisingly, these is the observation by the “Desis” for the “Desis” across the world.
Is it true? Being a large country, one can easily find examples which proves these derogatory remarks right that “Desis” will always be “Desis”. But it may be a wrong sampling. It may not represent all ”Desis”. If one observer other race closely, we may come to the same conclusion. By and large human behaviour is same. Though external environment, historical events and survival situation has huge impact on human behaviour. What are they? What make “Desis” the “Desis”.
Population Density is the main factor amongst these factors. Statistically we are living in most dense condition. The world population is almost equally divided between four main races. White (22-24%), Black (22-24%), Brown or “Desis” (22-24%), Yellow or Asian (22-24%) and others (5-10%). However huge variance in population density amongst all. Brown or “Desis” which comprise 22% of the world population are living in 2.88% of land whilst white being 22% of world population living in 55% of land. These statistic shows highest “struggle for existence” among the “Desis” which make them different. This thing has huge impact on our behaviour.
Secondly, we were brutally attacked/ ruled by Muslims, Shuk, Hun, Kushan, Mongol and British for centuries which also has an impact on”Desi”.
Thirdly, India is mainly an agriculture nation for the centuries. Indian agriculture depends on uncertain monsoon. We, therefore, lived in a high vulnerability for centuries.
Apart from this, social taboos due to ancient civilization. Absent of social security system also has its own effect.
At last, Moral code and social scrutiny has much stronger impact on our mind than law & order. In some part of the India even today, Law & order doesn’t exist however people still refrain from doing wrong things because of unwritten social code of conduct. So many times I heard that “You belongs to good family, you should not do this”. I am sure you would have also heard something similar to this. These unwritten code of “Should and shouldn’t” saved our society from extreme chaos. But at the same time we all become moral police and start criticising other “Desis”.
Nonetheless, these adversities has given some excellent qualities in “Desis”. We are very flexible. Most of us respect elders and believe in family system. Always satisfied and happy. Adopt the culture in our own way. Patriotic Frenzy. We can laugh loudly on ourselves. And Food..!!. oh Excellent..!! I believe there are two types of food in this world. Indian food or bad food.
Best of above all is we are phoenix. We survived with dignity and pride for centuries.
कुछ बात है कि हस्ती मिटती नहीं हमारी
सदियों रहा है दुश्मन, दौर-ए-जहाँ हमारा
Proud to be “Desi”