Tunnel Rat posted on August 4, 2009 23:21

I am surprised that this blogger has not been executed by the Hindu Nazis:

We're even more racist than Aussies

Jug Suraiya Monday June 08, 2009



The attacks on Indians in Australia have once again raised the ugly head of racism. Once again India is caught up in the midst of a racist storm. A while ago, the Big Brother controversy launched Shilpa Shetty as an international anti-racism icon from India. This is entirely appropriate as Indians are arguably the biggest targets of racism in the world. And they are targeted not just by unlettered British yobs or Australian thugs but, first and foremost, by their own compatriots. It's because we are so racist ourselves that we are so quick to react to a racist slur: it takes a racist to catch a racist. And our racism is colour-coded in black-and-white terms: white is intrinsically superior and desirable; black is inferior and undesirable.

In the Indian colour scheme of things, black is far from beautiful. The colloquial word for a black person of African origin is 'habshi', an epithet as offensive as the American 'nigger', both terms derived from the days of the slave trade.


Whatever the reason, 'chitti chamri' (fair skin) is a passport to fawning social acceptance -- which might partly explain why an increasing number of Caucasians look for assignments in India, be it as MNC executives or bartenders in 5-star hotels.

Our racism is largely, but not exclusively, based on colour. Caste is India's unique contribution to the lexicon of racial bigotry. Whether 'caste' - a result of cultural and social segmentation - can legitimately be conflated with 'race' - with its genetic and physiological underpinnings - is a matter of academic debate. However, as only too many horror stories testify, the average rural Dalit fares worse on the human-rights scale than her 'kafir' counterpart in the worst days of South African apartheid.

Caste apart, real or imagined ethnic traits compound our racism. People from the north-east are said to have 'Chinky' (Chinese) eyes and are routinely asked if they eat dogs. Even in so-called 'mainstream' India we sub-divide ourselves with pejoratives: 'Panjus', whose only culture is agriculture; stingy 'Marrus'; mercenary 'Gujjus' who eat 'heavy snakes' for tea; lazy, shiftless 'Bongs'; 'Madrasis', who all live south of the Vindhyas and speak a funny 'Illay-po' language. In our ingrained provincialism is our much-vaunted and illusory unity.

No wonder we can't stand racism. It reminds us disquietingly of the face we see in our own mirror.

The comments are interesting, because they reveal how open the racism and bigotry is amongst Indians. This commenter touches upon the issue of ageism in Indian culture:

sanju says: June 08, 2009 at 12:51 PM IST

We are certainly more racist.I have lived abroad and seen some racism but the extent of ageism I have seen in India is hundred times of racism I have seen abroad.

This is explains the mindset of the typical slumdog -- if you are older and still an I.T. professional, there is something wrong with you. That is why the slumdogs write shit about "fat old Americans" as if programmers are like relief pitchers who are washed up after their thirties.

The age discrimination was common in I.T. before the hordes of bigoted Indians flooded the market, but now it is rampant. As if you would rather have a "fresher" accountant, surgeon, or lawyer, right out of college working for you, rather than an experienced professional. The concept is ludicrous.

But then again, Indians ain't the sharpest tools in the shed. Their average IQ is 81.


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