POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 02, 2012 AT 19:54 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 02, 2012 19:54 IST

First came Aakar Patel's column in the Mint: Why is it better to live in the south, which, was followed by the introduction: "The south’s urban culture is more intellectual and much more tolerant."

The intro, originally, went on to say, "My hypothesis is that this is so because its culture is dominated by the Brahmin." (This part has since been removed)

And now comes the riposte:

Your article was a serious stereotype of both South Indians and North Indians, generously free of facts, and patronizing. It was also clichéd like the masala dosa in a Udupi restaurant...

I understand that you have friendly feelings towards my tribe and you would expect me to ha-ha your story and ho-ho it because it should please me to be praised.

 

It didn’t. Your article was a serious stereotype of both South Indians and North Indians, generously free of facts, and patronizing. It was also clichéd like the masala dosa in a Udupi restaurant.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 02, 2012 AT 19:54 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 02, 2012 19:54 IST
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Digression
15/D-52
Apr 13, 2012
12:13 PM

 Pointing out that Aakar Patel has an a%$hole was a%%holish. Its ok to have opinions, ain't it? If one goes down this route, soon rival journalists will be saying my opinion is better than yours, my AH is better than hers, and my opinion is better than that a&%^hole's AH, you get the drift. Then the independent bloggers/journos can let loose their own verbal diarrhea on trivilaities, and bond with each other, sharing their bodily likes and dislikes.

Tearful Onion
Jhumri Talaiyya, India
14/D-95
Apr 06, 2012
10:29 PM

With English language and western culture sweeping across the country,all the differences between the North and South will be obliterated in a couple of generations.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
13/D-108
Apr 05, 2012
07:54 PM

 BTW the Riposte, though bit loquacious was brilliant and deserving too. Kudos to the writer. Now aakar, stick to your core competence , to improve your career. Learn from likes of Saba Naqvi, Neelabh Mishra or venerable Vinod Mehta

Ramki
Delhi, India
12/D-106
Apr 05, 2012
07:51 PM

 Aakar Patel,

Started reading your article with interest.. and stopped the moment I found that it is not about South Vs North. It is about your intense dislike for your state (Gujarat). So leaving aside the most nonsensical stereotyping of 250 million South Indians into one group, you are simply ill qualified to write this. Please stick to writing articles like saying why  Narendra Modi will cause World War 3, why SoniaAmma deserves Nobel Prize etc.

BTW, the people in South India whom you prefer to eulogise - the likes of UR Ananthamurthy are representative of even their own castes (Kannada Brahmins), leave alone their state or region and infact most people even among the 4 or 5% South Indians who would be Brahmins by caste would have almost nothing to agree with the likes of URAnanthamurthy who is one piece of pure, unadulterated Indian Leftist BS.

Ramki
Delhi, India
11/D-18
Apr 05, 2012
03:31 AM

 It's not "sardars", it is "sordars" :)

hitesh brahmbhatt
san diego, United States
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