> I always thought the converts and the affected ones show stronger
> feelings and all kinds of -isms compared to the natives.
> I 'expected' Bngladeshis not to support the Pakistani team. In the
> India - Pakistan matches, number of my Bangladeshi acquantances (in US)
> cheered the Pakistani team.
> [Advani was from West Pakistan, right?]
Well Vicky, it is not like only the muhajirs are converts - the
Punjabis are also converts as are the Afghans (Afghanistan was a 100%
Buddhist country till about the 7th century - actually I was in a
museum of Asian antiquities in Tokyo recently, and almost all the
buddhist exhibits were from what is today Afghanistan and NWFP in
Pakistan - many from the Kushan period. The Kushan empire in the 4th
century roughly corresponded to these two areas.).
To answer your question - Yes Advani was from West Pakistan - I believe
he was from Karachi actually and attended St Patrick's there for some
time. I think they showed him a roster with his name on it during his
recent visit there.
But I have always felt that muhajirs have great cultural affinity with
us. In my personal interactions, I have found them very similar to us,
and quite friendly towards us.
Do you live in the bay area? Are you a member of ICC? If you go there,
talk to Wasim bhai (the caretaker). He will tell you a lot about
muhajirs (he has many relatives in Pakistan). He feels that Muhajirs
belong in India culturally - he is quite passionate about it too. From
all the muhajirs I have interacted with, I kinda agree with him. They
are really very similar to us in every way. If I could, I would try to
devise some sort of dual citizenship for them so they could return to
their country if they wished to.
By muhajir, I mean specifically those people whom the british called
"hindusthani muslims" and who migrated to Pakistan in 1947.
Frankly, I too have a lot of affinity towards them :-)