All people in America will say, "We are Americans." From China they are Chinese. In Russia they are Russians. Will Indian people say, "I am Indian"?
Sai Kiran, Aeronautical engineer, Lateral thinker & a lifelong learner
Unfortunately most of the people hardly remember that they are Indians. Literally, when I want to a theatre, only thing which grabbed my high attention (other than movie was) they played our national anthem before starting the show. I really loved that thing, because in day to day life we are getting busy for things like singing a national anthem, but go to a movie and waste time ( not exactly wasting but I want to convey national anthem has its own status and priority ).
Not only that we don't remember as Indians, but people are forgetting that what soil they are from.
Vikas Gupta, Indian and proud of it.
If the question is asked to someone while in a foreign country or by a foreigner, the answer would definitely be Indian.
However when asked the same question while in India or by a fellow Indian, you can expect different answers.
Which is not entirely wrong I feel. The context of the question has to be considered before you pass a judgement on the patriotism of a individual.
Take for example the following scenarios:
While travelling in India or when meeting a fellow Indian for the first time, you know the person you are talking to is an Indian. If he/she asks you this question, it means they want to know about you and its not generally considered a test of patriotism. So you will obviously tell him your home city and not the name of the country which he obviously knows is india.
When meeting a fellow Indian abroad, the answer again is going to be your home city. As both of you know that your are from the same country.
When a foreigner asks you in India, where you from, He obviously knows being in India as a tourist that he is talking to an Indian. So again the specific part of the country or your home town is the logical answer.
When a foreigner asks you in a foreign country, where you from, then the logical answer would be Indian.
When introducing yourself in a foreign country where people from many nationalities are found, there you are going to introduce yourself as a Indian and not as a Punjabi or Bengali.
The same goes when you are introducing yourself while in India to a class or a interview panel, the person asking the question knows you are an Indian, he is asking the question in order to know your better, so again the logical answer would be your gone city.
Brij Mishra, Traveller
Be with me till the end for this one.
So imagine you are travelling in a train and your station will come at morning 4. As usual you fall asleep and wake up at 15 past 4. You ask the guy sleeping next to you about where the train is currently and he answers INDIA. You'll call him a fool.
Hurl imaginary abuses and ask someone else. The other tells you the right city.
Was the guy telling you INDIA wrong? Absolutely not. He also told the correct answer, but maybe not what you are looking for or maybe not to the correct person.
Get the point. No.
The thing is the answer to a question depends also on who is asking, among others. So if you ask ask me, maybe I'll also tell my state or city. But believe me if a point comes where a person from other nation or for the matter anyone questioning my nationality, he will get only one answer, that I am an INDIAN. So doesn't matter what you tell people until, you don't forget who you really are.
Kalpak Raut, Hindu, Indian
This is a really hyped discussion across the globe and we indians should not take it that seriously. It is similar to how 'Indias Daughter' criticises rapes in India while the author ignores the state in England. When you meet an outsider outside India, obviously you will introduce yourself as an Indian. But you have to make few changes to your introduction when inside the country and theres nothing wrong in it. 'Never mess with a Jearsey guy', I hv heard that more than enough times to believe that such divisions prevail throughout the world. If they didn't Russia would still have a been a really big country. And I don't need to highlight the brotherhood of Irish-Walish-English people. So everyone and everywhere this classification is used, though in a different manner. But everyone else uses it more like a caution or a warning. We Indians have made it a part of our greetings. Be a proud ian. Be a proud Indian. Me a proud Maharashtrian. Jai Hind
Fernando Dorarinho, Seeing India like our distant cousin
They will consider themselves Indians. Simply, they are all belong to one country, the Indian nation
India is a very diverse country. They are very different. They are similar to Brazil because they have so many ethnic peoples living there, but unlike Brazil, where people speak Portuguese, ethnic peoples in India tend to speak different languages.
However, hence, they live together successfully and bless each other despite being difference in origins, therefore, they are Indians! And they are always Indians, no matter what ethnic they belong too. Same here. An Ukrainian Brazilian or a Polish Brazilian would rather call themselves to be a Brazilian but not a Pole or Ukrainian. The unique of culture!