M.J. Akbar's Blog :Editorial Director of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
How foreign is foreign?
What does "foreign" mean? What exactly is foreign about a foreign
country? The instant answer is "distant", but distance is deceptive. The
Indian middle class is far closer to America than it is to Pakistan. It
takes less time to reach Tashkent from Delhi than it does to arrive in
Trivandrum, but we know which one is the foreign city. Till partition
ravaged hearts and minds Peshawar was part of the psychological home of
the Punjabi living in Delhi and a Malayali so far away that he was
called a Madrasi. Today Peshawar is part of either family romance or
nightmare; and Kerala an Indian tourist destination.