Monday, 1 March 2010

India and Quebec: will the elephant skate?

Quebec's economic astrolabe is  pointed towards India, say south-India to be exact.  This is a cultural-route with sheer economic interests. 

While Indian media is almost silent about this, Quebec's french newspapers are spending a lot of ink analyzing this new adventure.

Yes sir...after the dragon, the elephant comes...

we are not disputing the decision, but the plan of occupation. This will be long and complex game, as both partners do not adore the same idols. The idols of these two civilizations are different and a reconciliation is possibility, which may demand all its time and patience.

Language is a French-Canadian idol symbolized with social-identity and culture. It is the sacrum sanctum of French-heart. The candid "Maîtres chez nous" Jean-lesage dream transformed Quebec, shifting its priorities, daring many dreams, replacing gods...and the silent revolution begins.... la Révolution tranquille est en marche…. New gods were born. The search for new identify is still active.  It was Níkos Kazantzákis who wrote: ' no mater where you touch a Jew, there will a wound.' This is same with Quebec, it is a bleeding history.

Indian heart has its own idols and its own wounds. In the multilingual emerging India, language is a possibility and never associated with  repression. Quebec has it's problems in understanding this tolerance and India will be surprised to hear the heart of Quebec. The elephant will say ; "Mujhey samajh mein nahi aataa" ( i just don't understand you).

Paysage linguistique difficile à décoder, vu du Québec. «Ils sont sans angoisse face à l'anglais, les Indiens, ils n'ont pas notre schizophrénie du minoritaire devant le bilinguisme», dit l'écrivaine québécoise Yolande Villemaire....

http://www.ledevoir.com/international/actualites-internationales/283581/le-tout-a-l-anglais-en-inde

now the question remains...will the elephant skate?

I have my own reasons for a response positive.

But beyond that, I see many more questions....

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Maîtres chez nous: http://archives.radio-canada.ca/c_est_arrive_le/10/22/