Marathis Treat Non-Marathis Very Well, Finds Survey

Mumbai: The city of Mumbai (and the state of Maharashtra) has recently been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons: frauds, high-profile arrests, celebrities accused of “crimes,” and, most recently, issues such as loudspeakers and the Hanuman Chalisa.

Despite decades of hostile rhetoric, political squabbles, and some violence, more than 60% of non-Marathis say local Marathi Manus (people)treat them very well. Furthermore, more than 60% of Marathis believe outsiders are not a threat, demonstrating that there is more than a glimmer of hope here.

On May 1, the state of Maharashtra’s foundation day, Mumbai commemorates 62 years as the state’s capital city. A survey of around 1.300 citizens of the Maximum City was conducted.

The constant onslaught of religious and other ethnic divides dominating noisy and often insane discussions on media platforms paints a more reassuring image than the relentless onslaught of religious and other ethnic divides dominating noisy and often crazy debates on media platforms. C-voter was in charge of the survey.

When asked which state leader is most admired, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar comes out on top, with Balasaheb Thackeray trailing far behind, according to the survey. While 35.2 percent of non-Marathis chose Ambedkar, 32.3 percent of Marathis chose him first. Dr. Ambedkar was born in Madhya Pradesh, not Maharashtra, in modern times.

Both Marathis and non-Marathis chose Pav Bhaji as their favourite cuisine, which is a striking commonality. One of the best things about Mumbai, according to both groups, is the safety. The only area where there were variances was Marathis naming crowding and overcrowding as the worst thing about Mumbai, whereas a substantially lesser percentage of non-Marathis felt the same way, despite both agreeing that public transportation was a big problem, according to the survey.

Have you or any members of your family been harassed by local Marathis? One-third replied yes to some extent or to a great amount. Outsiders are a threat to Marathi language and culture, according to those born in Maharashtra. “Yes, to a major or minor amount,” one-third of the respondents answered. The initial feeling may be one of disappointment and apprehension. After all, in three of the two cohorts don’t seem to have much faith in each other. Some would say that this demonstrates India’s growing polarisation perhaps, according to the poll.

The aforementioned Survey was conducted by C-voter.

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