Rice with Catalan stuff
Valencian paella

Rice with Catalan stuff

What was Gabriel Rufián doing, demonstrating on the streets of the city center in Valencia on a Sunday in October, claiming the sovereignty of the “los països catalans”? This was not just any day, October 9th was Community Day of Valencia. And what is celebrated on October 9? Its conquest by Jaime I in 1238 and its constitution as a kingdom within the Crown of Aragon. So, how do you explain the presence of the ERC leader during this commemoration? It is explained because pro-independence Catalanism is not satisfied with its own land, it needs its vital space, its ‘lebensraum’ like every nationalism.

And the excuse is the (supposedly) shared language. Like a wealthy businessman visiting one of his estates, the incontinent parliamentarian wandered down Calle Colón with several hundred believers. Among them, the good part (which is the bad part), comes Ximo Puig, president of Les Corts Valencianes and advisor to the Socialist government.

First, Enric Morera from Compromis, second, Rosa Pérez from Unidas Podemos. There were no socialists, they avoid being seen in such assemblies. But another thing is the policy of subsidizing cultural assets taught in schools and universities, or the tireless encouragement of writers like Joan Fuster, the father of the concept of ‘Catalan countries’. Despite the supremacist and exclusionary content of his work, he is an important figure for nationalism and the Valencian left.

Forty years have passed since the Valencia Community Statute of Autonomy came into force. A year later, in 1983, under the presidency of socialist Joan Lerma, the most important law of these forty years, the Law on the Use and Teaching of Valencia, was passed. A norm that imposes education in Valencian. It is such that today there are more municipalities where classes are taught only in the mother tongue than those with Spanish as the medium language.

To understand how we got into this situation, we must start from the above-mentioned law and look for the city of Valencia, for example, to be classified within the group of localities with ‘Valencian linguistic predominance’, although neither of them is recognized by anyone. Living in the capital of Turia that year, he knows that the almost hegemonic language is Spanish.

The artificiality of the whole process was completed in 2015, when the change at Consell took place and the Settlement with the Department of Education took place. The nationalist Vicen Marzà was only approving regulations (many of which were overturned by the courts) under the umbrella of a plural name ‘multilingualism’. PSPV allowed and maintained immersion, sponsored by a party present at the Rufián show.

They say we Valencians only care about the party, we don’t care about our identity, which I take as a compliment given what’s seen in other latitudes. There are also those who, when they offer us a recipe that is not paella, but assure us that we will lose our composure. A rice with these things, we’ll judge.

From here, Valencia and thence, Catalonia, with the always necessary collaboration of socialism and communism, nationalism has spent decades cooking indigestible rice with something and forcing a population that normally lives in the state of Valencians and Spaniards. They add a slightly distorted history, slightly magnified complaints, and above all, many languages, ‘our language’ to the rice. Rufián is just a kitchen helper in that grotesque kitchen where stews are prepared. But there it is.

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