On May 16, 2017 0 comments
Even as the Indian artists, diplomats and representatives of all kinds prepare to step onto Zimbabwean soil to consummate years of cultural exchange between the two countries, this blog is going to give you a brief picture of Zimbabwe, through the Indian perspective.
To begin with, the country has one of the most prominent Indian overseas population around the globe, generations of Indian immigrants who crossed over into the country around the nineteenth century, found home on its land. With a firm foot on
The land, they have spawned generations, and claimed some place in the nation’s culture.
This blog does not intend to obliterate the syncretic Zimbabwean culture by highlighting the Indian culture: On the contrary, this blog will be a celebration of Indian cultural identity in Zimbabwe. It is only fair to acknowledge one’s own point of view, the historical, political, and social perspective that one is steeped in, even as one encounters new, exciting experiences and events. By affirming the Indian perspective, this blog will emphasize the significance of cultural rootedness, particularly meaningful on the eve of the cultural union that will be further strengthened as a result of this cultural exchange. We seek an affirmation of identity, and solidarity through acceptance of differences, and not simply a unity despite our differences.
Zimbabwe too is a cricket playing country that loves the game, although not with as much passion and zealousness as our countrymen, one may argue (perhaps they do like their football as much as cricket). However, cricket holds such a status in the country that the sport has often functioned as a platform for political mobilization. Imagine that.
Zimbabwe, like its post-colonial cousin India, uses English as the official language. The historical colonial ties that connect the two nations are strong. The colonial past, was in fact, the corridor through which Indian presence in Zimbabwe was established. Now, the immigrant community lives on peacefully, in good standing with the rest of the country’s ethnic communities.
Goa already keeps thick ties with the country (Goa’s world famous trance dance is catching up in Zimbabwe), a bond it had formed ages ago, through trade. It only remains to be seen what the future will bring through the cultural union of the two nations.