Thursday, June 18, 2009

‘Spirit of Bombay’

If Aakar Patel of Mint is to be believed, Mumbai… sorry Bombay was created by Surti Banias… and the ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ is actually ‘Spirit of Surat’! Mr. Patel mentions only the Gujarati speaking founding fathers of Mumbai i.e. Banias, Cutchi Memons and Parsis… What about Konkani Musalmans, Chitpavans, East Indian Christians, Pathare Prabhus, Saraswats, Daivadnya Brahmins etc? 3M suggests that Patel should take a stroll in the Bhau Daji Lad Museum @ Byculla to understand who the ‘Founding Fathers of Bombay’ were!

Mumbai is successful because it rewards merit… irrespective of the person’s origins... Not because of any single community!


1 comment:

iampriteshdesai said...

Haha very well said...
recently returned from goa vacation, reading all your posts which i missed.
BTW there is a mistake in the picture, the guy in it should have a pot belly...


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