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Im an Indian Christian (Roman
Catholic, to be precise)
When you belong to a minority,
Im an Indian Christian (Roman Catholic, to be precise)
When you belong to a minority, the experience is different, to say the least.
Firstly, your name stands out. A lot of people, Indians or otherwise wonder if I am originally from India, because my name does not sound Indian. Secondly, there is the huge number of stereotypes and misconceptions - for a lot of people in India, their idea of Christianity is heavily influenced by the Western media, movies and books, they genuinely find it hard to believe that we too have the Mangalsutra and Kanyadaan, and that we wear red at our weddings.
Several of our church customs are are heavily influenced by Hindu tradition, such as the house blessing, parish feast etc. We do not kiss in Church, we do not just say vows and we definitely do not have steak for dinner every day. Most people also consider us Westernized. No, fam! Were Indian as you are. All those experiences you have that you consider Indian happen to us too. From the relatives, to Sharmaji ka beta, from marriage to log kya kahenge, everything.
There is also the hate aspect. Several people in the country look at us - as other. They think of us people to be gotten rid of, of people who just want to convert everyone into their religion which is not true. Others ask why we havent converted back to Hinduism yet (Maybe because we dont want to ). And several others think of us, as having no respect for Indian tradition and culture. Others look down upon us for eating meats that they consider sacred, or dirty.
With all of this, there is also so many people who just treat us like any other. We might be of a different religion but we are from the same country. There are people who celebrate our festivals with us, and invite us to celebrate their festivals. There are people who come to church, just because of the calm and the peace they get when they pray there - to their God, not mine. There are several people who learn our songs, cuisine and language because they genuinely appreciate it. There are several people who went to Christian schools and tell me it was one of the best times in their life.
In short, there is both good and bad. But seriously, my religion and my country do not clash with each other. They are both strong aspects of my identity. Ive said it once on here, and Ill say it again - I am Roman Catholic. I am also Indian.