#kashmiri

β€œI grew up in #India in the early 80s. I think my first recollection of the word 'immigrant' was hearing it used to describe the plight of a community called #Kashmiri pandits who were forced to leave their homes and the state because of terrorist activities. As a child, the word had a negative connotation for me, it meant being in an artificial state, being helpless, alone, and scared. However, as I grew up, I learnt, immigration could also be a choice. A deliberate conscious decision to create a new life and start afresh. But for me the underlying tone is always that of an outsider. To be an immigrant, means to be someone creating a #space for themselves within a #community they were not born into. As the #world grows more and more #divisive, I feel, immigrant has turned into a term to differentiate between "us" and "them." As is evident, I personally don't care for the term, though I did choose to be an β€œ#immigrant" instead of being forced to be one, it still means being an outsider.” VISIT πŸ“² http://BLENDTW.COM FOR MORE #IAmAnImmigrant #MyVoiceOurStory

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