Overseas Indians, officially known as Non-resident Indians (NRI/NRIs) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIO/PIOs), are people of Indian birth, descent or origin who live outside the Republic of India. According to a Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 31 million NRIs and PIOs residing outside India as of December 2018.According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs based on migrants overseas with India as the country of citizenship at birth, in 2019 Indians comprised world's largest migrant diaspora populations in the world with over 17.5 million (6.4% of global migrants or 0.4% of India's population) Indians out of total 272 million migrants worldwide, this excludes the second or more generation PIO living in other nations.
As intrastate conflicts throughout the world continue to outbreak and fester, a huge humanitarian crisis has emerged on a global scale. In 2018, nearly 69 million people in the world have been forcibly displaced from war, violence or persecution. Of this figure, 40 million people are internally displaced, 25.4 million are refugees and 3.1 million are asylum-seekers.
Little has changed since the plague when it comes to containment of a virus or epidemic. Test, quarantine, burn, public hysteria that correlates to violence and less than human acts and burn it, burn everything. The world has not seen an epidemic so widely scattered with such a high population effected for quite some time. It is easy to instill fear and with social media, information is fed in waves crashing in both the factual and fiction shores. So much information, that it took me an entire day to wade through just a glimpse of what is out there in order to form some kind of opinion. The information highway allow so much traffic, that it is easy to take a wrong turn and get lost.
I yearn to see a world enshrined in equality and peace for all. The energy builds inside me just with the dreams and hopes of what the world could one day be, of what it should be now. My heart breaks for those who may never see it become reality, but still I fight and I rejoice for those who will reap the benefits of our works now, and work we must for this cannot be or reality and we cannot allow the world to continue on this treacherous path to destruction.
The biggest lie that has been told to us is that our voices hold no power. We have been instilled with the fallacy that we individually do not have the power to affect change in the grand scheme of things and we have believed that for far too long and have been blissfully aware of the corruption, evil and greed that lives with us.
It has been said, politics makes strange bed fellows, which reveals all the most corrupt, stiff necked, evil, sadistic people of our society. Politics even tho it carries a huge burden, it has been a many moon since it has been the igniter of high energy, and yes even the effect of some brutal battles.
1933-1945, one of the most prosperous times in American history. This was arguably the greatest moment for those who call themselves democrats.
I'm going to miss my view. As a privileged person, the only sacrifice I am really making is I will lose the beautiful view from my balcony. A few weeks ago, a local webzine published a fluff piece about the plan to replace the building across the street from me with a five story rental building ($2000/m rent) and commercial space on the first floor along with enclosed parking. In the article, it stated that residents can bring concerns to an aldermanic meeting two days later. Jimmy's Pizza, a neighborhood staple located in the building in question stated at said meeting that the article was the first they heard of the plan. The alderman was shocked and told the developer to go back to the drawing board in response to Jimmy's concerns. Jimmy's has great New York style pizza and beignets. The establishment employs several neighbors and delivers to residents of the area.
True to form I find myself thinking about the state of the country through a rather melodramatic lense (hence the movie inspired title). In my mind I see a country ripped apart by politice and social confusion over what is best for the country; the old fear the young for the violence they create, while the young hate the old for draining the countries economic resources and helping to destroy the environment. The rich get richer by ensuring politicians remain in power and protect their assets, while the poor are left to rot in the streets, while the rest are told to solve the problem themselves. Then there is the never ending dispute over how people should live their lives: "be proud of who you are", but "don't be too gay, straight, white, black, old, young, sexually ambiguous, prudish..." and the list goes on. Although thats a very bleak and narrow view of the overal state of the country, it isn't incorrect.
I was cirumnavigating the planet on research vessels working with scientists, community groups and projects globally, and unknowingly, I was taking a litmus test of planetary proportions. I was getting a first-hand ‘feel’ for what was happening on our planet. For anyone who has been globally sailing and exploring, you’ll understand when I say that this type of exploring, lights the imagination on fire. Something curious happens at sea. Every sailor gets to view some “Interesting” aspects of the inner workings of their mind. Most humans were raised on land, thus tend to be programmed to “land’ thinking. In other words.. a phenomenon happens when we come on deck and peer around to see, only water. The mind begins to create a safe environment for us. It sort of ‘fills in the blank’. So those distant clouds may suddenly appear to be far away mountain tops or islands. The distant glow of a long past sunset, has us certain there are surely lights of a town just over the horizon. That sound over the wind is our mother calling for us.. isn’t it?