Popularized with the tagline, We the People, Swades is movie where you discover the essence of endearing yourself to the people.
This movie strikes me because of the experience, the realization, not because I am an Indian. It brings to light those talented people who selfishly prosper by using their talents abroad.
Think about it. You live your childhood, you earn your education, you learn the values of one place and decide to move to another place, for the sole purpose of enhancing the quality of your life. I am not sure if it is even fair to think this way, but the concept begs several questions. As one of the characters in the movie very well puts it, leaving the very country that nurtured you is very much like lighting your neighbor’s yard.
Every summer, we will go home to visit our respective countries. We will observe the low quality of life. We may even criticize it. But, at the end of the day, we are there only for let’s say, 3 weeks. It is best to just ignore everything, and ‘enjoy’ your vacation. Great. Problems exist because we passively approve injustice by not doing anything about it. We choose to be ignorant. Also, this concept cannot be limited to geographic barriers only. Think about your home. Once you leave your parent’s home, don’t you feel that you are obliged to give them what they gave you? You owe them something don’t you?
If we all watched Swades, everybody would go back. Back to where they came from. Then we would have no multiculturalism left now would we? I like multiculturalism. But we have to give this concept a thought. Who do we owe?
- India Ink: Why I Left India (Again) (india.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Let’s Make Our Home a Better Place for Everyone (indopakpeace.wordpress.com)