Back to Primitives?

It was in the 14th March 2016 edition of New York Times, I read about Jarawa tribe. I was surprised to know that they are the remnants of Palaeolithic civilization living in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. They are still almost untouched by the outside world. It has been observed that they kill anyone who seems to be an outsider to them or/ and who tends to impure their gene by intrusion.

Recently they killed a 5-month old mixed- race baby so as to maintain “the so-called purity and sanctity of the society”. I found it gross but then somewhere, to some extent, found us as them.

Sometimes I wonder if we also want to live exactly like that. Like a tribe as each community trying to protect its boundaries with spears. Do our thought process, orientation supports such kind of living and globalization is only an apparent phenomenon under the mask of civilization. Do we actually want to confine to a tribe with distinct boundaries?

The answer seems to be NO and YES. Both come with reasons.

We do have different filters built-in our brain. Anybody who is little different from us, we unconsciously or sub-consciously put some efforts to unwelcome them. The difference due to the colour, language, creed, religion, state, caste, country, physical stature and even names becomes the basis for discrimination. It becomes a syndrome and the discriminating person shows symptoms of not acknowledging the food, nature, behaviour, personality, clothes, method of worshipping, culture etc. of “the so-called different ones”. It’s like “My Way or The Highway”.

The funniest part of this syndrome is that people feel themselves as the king of the tribe when they are in their own community. It might happen that they look down upon a person who has come from another tribe for any reason: growth/ job/ education/ peace etc. The moment they have to go out of their tribe to live in another more potential tribe where they seem to be achieving more growth/ more job/more education/more peace, they certainly do not want to be condescended. Moreover they also demand for their rights as a global person.

After hearing a lot and reading a little bit about globalization, I have understood that it’s a process of connecting businesses, technologies or philosophies throughout the world. The vision of this phenomenon is to get unaffected by boundaries and time zones.

But we tend to make more boundaries for numerous reasons. Sometimes we don’t want to include as we fear of impurity as “Jarawa tribe” does. Sometimes we don’t want to include as we have fear of insecurity. What if the person has more potential and s/he, through his/ her merit achieves in my community, which I am destined to achieve through my ownership rights. Sometimes we don’t want to include because we are well-versed with the stereotype studies we have been doing since birth. We tend to associate skills with names, caste, creed, country, state etc.

Thus point of view can be reiterated by result of a research published in The Globe and Mail. In the stated research, “the researchers sent out more than 7,000 hypothetical résumés to hiring managers at companies in the three cities of Canada that had advertised jobs requiring that applicants have a bachelor’s degree and fluency in English. The positions covered a number of professional fields.For 25 per cent of the résumés, the fictitious applicants were given English-sounding names such as Carrie Martin and Greg Johnson, with relevant Canadian undergraduate degrees and Canadian experience at three previous jobs.The researchers found that those applications were 35 per cent to 40 per cent more likely to be contacted by employers than the second 25 per cent of the résumés which were identical, except that the supposed applicants had Chinese-, Indian- or Greek-sounding names.An additional quarter of the résumés had Chinese- or Indian-sounding names, equivalent international degrees and the same level of Canadian experience. Their call back rate was a further 10 per cent lower.”  Source: The Globe and Mail, November 17, 2011.When it was asked from the Hiring Managers, they acknowledged their subconscious discriminating thought process to an extent.

It is not as sad as it sounds. Today we can see a global world in most of the developed cities. People from different countries live in New York, California, Toronto, and London quite happily. They have most of the rights, duties as a fellow native citizen. We can see integration of states in relative developed cities of my country as in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai. And there is no doubt that most of them live happily. One just need to be aware of one’s own biases. One need to keep oneself away from stereotypes and remove all the filters from brain. One should understand that today they are privileged to live in their own tribal community and putting spears on gate is a means of protection to them. Tomorrow, they might need to move to other tribal community where people could kill them with their spears made of stereotypical mind and lots of filters. Dropping our spears can only help in making a spear less world… globalized world.



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